Originally Posted by whiteshirtkyd
So I'm deciding between buying this, or the Epson 8350... Is the slight increase in price worth it? I'm Very close to buying this within the next day or two, any advice would be greatly appreciated
I hate being an HD20 owner siding with a different projector. I was originally going to go with the Panasonic AE4000U and do a CIH setup. Unfortunately I live in Phoenix and have a ton of dust even though I use air filtration in the home. I was reading that many LCD projector owners get dust blobs inside and have to clean the filter and the inside frequently. As in monthly to bi monthly in areas with high dust. I really didn't want to mess with that right now.
So because of the dust where I live, I decided to stick with DLP projectors. And out of DLP projectors I still feel Optoma has the best value.
If I went LCD and CIH, then the Panasonic AE4000U. Though I decided for this house that my 16:9 image would be too small with a CIH 2.4 screen. I need more room width. So with CIH out of the picture. I would go with the Epson for LCD.
Out of these 3 projectors, I wanted to go LCD for the lens shift ability. And I haven't seen any good value DLP with lens shift. I have done 2 installs of DLP projectors with fixed screens. And I can tell you that placement is a game of precision and fine tuning. So the Epson is one of the best LCD value projectors. So if you don't have a lot of dust, I would recommend the Epson.
Again, I love my HD20 and you will certainly be happy with the HD20 or HD180. But installation can be a challenge without lens shift. I haven't heard many people complain about this, but 3xLCD can also have dead/stuck pixel issues much more than DLP. And 3 chip systems can have convergence issues, causing bad color fringing. But I still would have tried LCD for the lens shift if I didn't have so much dust.