Originally Posted by s.newave
Im sure you've got this question before and i hope im not hijacking your thread. I did try and PM you first but as someone who owns the two options i am looking into buying im hoping you can help me out a little.
Basically i am looking to upgrade my current 34" crt to one of the above options (although would probably be the epson 6500UB once that arrives) which i detailed in a little in this post http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1093502
I have come across many of your great posts, esp pics
when doing research and would appreciate any input you have on the following questions:
-How would you compare the two in PQ? Especially sharpness, detail and color? I wouldnt say i am obsessed with black levels etc like some i but do have a pretty critical eye which is one of the reasons i have waited until my cable co went digital/hd before considering upgrading as i have seen how awful lcd/plasma looks with a sd analog signal.
-How would you compare the two for gaming (especially lag sensitive games such as Call of Duty, Gears of war, Rockband etc)?
-Can you watch the projector adequately during the day/with a light on? Id love to have your setup and i really dont think my S.O. would be ok with living in a dark room just to watch tv
-Would you recommend getting a projector as my main and only viewing device?
It seems for many that simply due to the size difference in the screens they opt for a projector for the WOW experience, which i will say definitely has me very interested especially looking at the pics above, however i would love to get your opinion.
thanks in advance
Awe man, don't make me choose! I may lose my username
...seriously, It would be like asking a parent to give up one of their children.
They are both sharp with excellent color accuracy and performance, with a slight edge to the Kuro for quality, but a HUGE size advantage to the Epson.
Truth be told, I dont use my basement 5080 very often anymore, because I prefer the HUGE 120" picture even if I have to give up a wee bit of picture quality.
You really need to see both demo'd to let your own eyes decide what appeals more to you. There's no doubt I would take a 120" Kuro Plasma if it was available and physically/financially possible...but the 1080UB is SO close to perfect for such a reasonable price its hard not to take one home.
It's a whole different experience as opposed to just watching TV.
I've sat as close as 5' from my 50" Pio at times trying to fill my field of vision and get that elusive immersion, and it just does not happen. I looked into the new 6020's but at nearly $6k in Canada I could not justify the purchase unless I got the "feeling" that I was right there IN the movie/game.
A soon as I saw a well set up Theater in a home I gave it the " THATS IT!!!"
That's the "FEELING" and emotion I want to experience. When I found out it would cost me less than HALF the cost of a new 6020... = no brainer!
Gaming Lag has not been an issue for me at all and I dont notice anything different whether I'm using the 5080 or 1080UB in action sequences. (other than a tendency to DUCK more often when bullets start whizzing around with the PJ on
Daytime viewing?, now that's a tough call as I have no daylight at all.
However I can run the 1080UB in Living Room mode and it is definitely watchable even with a couple small lamps on. You can pull it off in a pinch for a bright sporting event (Football or Baseball game)...but I highly recommend a total bat-cave for movies with darker scenes.
The Plasma is still the King in an ambient light situation.
I also have a small Samsung LCD in the Kitchen, and Pio 5070 in the Master Bedroom that gets used a LOT. So although I could probably give up my 5080 down in the cave...There is no way I could have the Epson as my one and only display. Having both is the ideal situation. The PJ is not meant to be turned off and on several times during the day. The number of lamp strikes greatly reduces bulb life...which could get costly after a while at $350/bulb.
Having a smaller cheaper plasma, perhaps a $1200 +/-, 50" Plasma would pay for itself within couple years and extend the life of your PJ and Bulb(s).