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What's new since Epson 1080UB?

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Used to be into home theater as a hobby but fell out for about 4+ years now. I have an Epson 1080ub?

Wondering what's new in this sphere?
What comparable modern projector is best right now?
How much of an improvement would it be over the 1080ub in pq?
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What is best depends on what you want to watch, room conditions, screen size, screen gain and budget. Answer those questions and we can give you better advice. You can also just give us a call to discuss. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Sittler27 View Post

Used to be into home theater as a hobby but fell out for about 4+ years now. I have an Epson 1080ub?
Wondering what's new in this sphere?
What comparable modern projector is best right now?
How much of an improvement would it be over the 1080ub in pq?

Lets see if i have this right...since then... Epson only..

6500UB
8500UB
8700UB
5010

So..quite a bit. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Sittler27 View Post

Used to be into home theater as a hobby but fell out for about 4+ years now. I have an Epson 1080ub?
Wondering what's new in this sphere?
What comparable modern projector is best right now?
How much of an improvement would it be over the 1080ub in pq?

I owned the 6500 ub, which I beleive had a 200 watt bulb as opposed to the 170 watt bulb in the 1080ub. I now own the 5010, which has a 230 watt bulb. I calibrated both projectors and the 5010 is considerably brighter than the 6500 and easier to calibrate (gamma adjustment much easier).

So I think what you'll find is the the newest Epson will be significantly brighter and the default color setting is probably more accurate, but add'l brightness will be the most noticeable change in my opinion.
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I have the 6500UB and am debating upgrading to a brighter projector. I use it both indoors and outdoors on a 16'x9' screen for 16:9 material (up to 20x10). When outside, I use the dynamic setting. In doing some research, I saw that Projector Reviews rated the 6500UB dynamic mode as having 2175 lumens: Home Cinema 6500UB Projector - Uncalibrated:

TheaterBlack1 (best mode): 682 lumens
TheaterBlack2: 623 lumens
Theater: 715 lumens
x.v.color: 736 lumens
Natural: 778 lumens
LvingRoom: 1688 lumens
Dynamic: 2175 lumens

http://www.projectorreviews.com/epson/home-cinema-6500ub/performance.php

They rate the dynamic lumens output on the 5010 at 1819 lumes (or 2051 with zoom out): http://www.projectorreviews.com/epson/home-cinema-5010/performance.php
Dynamic= 1819 @ 7111
Living Room= 1375 @ 7983
Natural= 635 @ 6969, 455 in Eco lamp mode (default)
Cinema= 635 @ 6924, 455 in Eco lamp mode (default)

The Panasonic PT-AR100u which is supposed to be a very high lumens unit rates at this:

Effect of zoom on lumen output (Dynamic mode):

Zoom out: 2051
Mid-zoom: 1819
Zoom in: 1347

If these measurements are accurate, then it appears I will not get a brighter picture when in dynamic mode with these projectors vs. what I am getting now with my 6500UB. I am hoping somebody here can point out something I may be missing. I've also thought about a high lumens unit like the Optoma TH1060p DLP at 4500 lumens but not too sure what I'd be sacrificing in picture quality. Open to any suggestions!
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Could you please get your own thread?
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Could you please get your own thread?
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