i've had my Epson 8700UB for 2 years, mounted on a post from the ceiling, and in-wall wiring during a renovation of my apartment, so rewiring for anything is borderline impossible at this point.
i'm, thus far, entirely not interested in 3D, plus the fact that my in-wall wiring is from 2 years ago, just prior to the new HDMI cables, so i cannot do 3D using the current wiring. That, plus my personal lack of interest in 3D (for now), means that i'm strictly looking at 2D performance.
i'm fine with this projector, which i've been using in THX mode for 2 years. i almost never ever take out the Epson remote, so i've never really tried the other modes. That is, until the last week.
i'm thinking about upgrading to the current 5020 or the Panasonic PT-AE8000U, just so that the brightness is increased and the ambient light in my living room/viewing room is less of an issue. however, having taken the Epson remote out and experimenting with the other modes, i.e. the Living Room mode, i went "wow"! The brightness makes it entirely usable even with a decent amount of ambient light (i do have blinds but sometimes it is nice to have a section of the blinds not fully down, especially if that section of blinds is further away from the screen). Of course, the black level and the color balance suffers, but i can work on that and make adjustments.
may i ask the good folks here on this forum:
- are there many who have either made the upgrade from the 8700 to the 5020 or the Panasonic PT-AE8000U? If so, what are your findings please?
- would the upgrade be very significant? or only somewhat significant? I've read the reviews on the increase in light output, etc. In THX mode, the increase is somewhere between 20% to 45% from the 8700 to a current year model at this price point.
Any advice/guidance would be most appreciated.
Thanks in advance.