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Is it worth to pay 1k$ more for Sony HW50es? (vs epson5020)

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hello brothers

I will buy my first projector next week and i live in turkey.

In our country both of projector comes with 2 year warranty and no extra spare lamp.

They come with pair of 3d glasses. Epson 5020 (named 8100 in europe) doesnt have THX Mode in european units.

Sony Hw50es: 4000 $

Epson 5020: 3000 $

My screen is 106 inc (diagonal) grandview matte white and viewing distance is 12-13 feet. Room has grey matt walls and black ceiling.

I will use my home theater for %70 2d bluray movies %20 3d bluray movies and %10 HDTV sport.

My concern is picture quality.

So my friends what do you suggest for me?

Kind Regards

ps: Sorry for my English
post #2 of 12
My experience with both of these projectors is fairly minimal. I prefer the picture of the Sony. HD sports is killer, the best I've seen. Regarding the Epson, I wasn't overly impressed but did not play with the settings extensively because, with it mounted 3 feet over my head, the dynamic iris was way too noisy for me to consider keeping it.
post #3 of 12
I considered the 5020 but the HW50 has the following advantages:
-Better OOTB colour
-Easier to calibrate
-Brighter calibrated
-Reality Creation
-Quieter
-No "dust blobs" like 5020
-Better QC (not as many issues)
-Faster lag time
-It's black cool.gif

Haven't played with the 5020 but this was enough for me to "upgrade" to the HW50.
Edited by n8dgr84 - 5/5/13 at 9:58am
post #4 of 12
Having both set up at the same on the same screen and just blocking the lens of one or the other with the same source the sony easily wins.
Better blacks on actual content with the sony, epson better blacks with credits rolling. The sony wins every where else. The epson is not bad but side by side the sony is worth the price upgrade.
post #5 of 12
Unless you need the extra brightness I don't understand why people even look at the Epson 5020. Considering you can get a refurbished or b-stock JVC DLA-RS40 or RS45 for less money (either comes with a full warranty when purchased from an authorized dealer like AVScience). I'm a stickler with motion so I'd recommend the HW50ES over the JVC because Sony has faster LCOS panels, but if you want a sharper image and better native contrast the JVC wins hands down over the Sony and in most cases (regarding sharpness) the Epson too.
post #6 of 12
If you sit far enough from the screen (which many do), almost every projector looks the same except for IRIS's and contrast changes. I sit close enough to where I notice even the slightest differences, I am at 1x screen width.
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by coderguy View Post

If you sit far enough from the screen (which many do), almost every projector looks the same except for IRIS's and contrast changes. I sit close enough to where I notice even the slightest differences, I am at 1x screen width.

Yeah, the sharpness debate is definitely out the window if you're sitting too far from the screen too. The JVC looks very sharp for a 3 chip projector, especially at farther distances. I normally site roughly 10 feet from my 92" screen and it was easy for me to tell the difference in sharpness between the JVC X3 I had (it had very good convergence too) and a good DLP like one of the Marantz, Planar, Samsung projectors I had. I'm sure the Sharp I'm getting will be the same. But if I were to stand at the back of the room (roughly twice the distance) the JVC looked just about as sharp as those DLPs.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks all brothers, i would like to read new opinions
post #9 of 12
http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/we-three-projectors their review/comparison of a couple of these your looking at. Good luck with the search.
post #10 of 12
I've used two of the ones discussed here. I had that Epson for a bit, and really liked the extra brightness for 3D (we watch lots of 3D in our home). However, I ended up swapping that out for the Sony, and that is currently what is running my my theater. I'm partial to the Sony pic, and that is often a big part of long-term projector enjoyment - what you end up partial towards...
post #11 of 12
As one professional reviewer put it this way: Epson is like a Corvette, Sony is a BMW M3 while the JVC is Porsche.

Your mileage might vary.

I owned all 3 lines of projectors, but my preference has always been LCoS technology. Piad a little more but they are worth it to my eyes. Wide and friends could not tell or care.
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by warrenP View Post

I've used two of the ones discussed here. I had that Epson for a bit, and really liked the extra brightness for 3D (we watch lots of 3D in our home). However, I ended up swapping that out for the Sony, and that is currently what is running my my theater. I'm partial to the Sony pic, and that is often a big part of long-term projector enjoyment - what you end up partial towards...

How do you like your Sony?

I have been thinking about upgrading my PJ and the Sony is high on my list.
I'd like to be able to play some 3D as well. Is the 3D good on the Sony?

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