Originally Posted by waynejs
Definitely doesn't sound like it's the 3D glasses since they're Epsons. Yeah, name brand 3D glasses are way too overpriced. Sorry that the projector isn't working out.
Oddly enough, I tried the ValueView 3D glasses that someone here (in this or another thread, maybe the 5040UB thread) recommended and it seems that it is superior for crosstalk-free 3D viewing. Need more vigorous testing (switching glasses to compare while watching) but so far, so good!
Originally Posted by bix26
So generally 3D looks best on non 4k dlp projectors. This is because the dlp chips in 1080p dlp projectors are capable of about twice the contrast of their 4k dlp counterparts. You can find native 4k lcd/lcos projectors under $5,000 but they will likely have the same issues as your Epson. These issues are caused by lcd/lcos typically having less brightness (but higher contrast) and slower refresh rates than dlp generally does.
My suggestion, keep your projector and buy an in expensive ($500-$700) 1080p dlp projector dedicated just for 3D.
Thanks for the info. One reason I probably can't do DLP in the future either is that they typically have more limited zoom/lens shift than LCD projectors for reasons I don't recall. Otherwise, I would probably consider it for my next PJ. Wish I could have two but I have limited installation space (low ceiling install with no shelf ability) so can't do two at a time or switching between two.
Originally Posted by Barry C
I have an Epson 5030UB, one model year before your 5040. On a 132" 1.2 gain screen, the 3D brightness- with a low hour bulb- is quite satisfactory. So, if your bulb has more than 1000 hours on it, changing it might certainly help. The other possibility is a higher gain screen. That can make a huge difference.
Thanks, that's a good idea and I may look into it although I hate the idea of changing my screen for higher gain since the black performance will also go down then (and the 5040UB isn't known for good black levels to begin with).
Originally Posted by Frank714
Yes, still the big # 1 problem with shutter glasses for 3D projection. Tested multiple glasses last week and couldn't really tell that one was significantly brighter or darker than the other (with the exception of 3DTVCorp.'s kids glasses that were noticably darker than all the others).
Too bad about the kid's glasses as the lack of active 3D glasses for kids (compared with the kids RealD 3D glasses you can get from ebay or the theater) is one of the reasons I am also looking to upgrade my 3D TV.
Originally Posted by Barry C
For your Epson 5040, I would recommend sticking with the OEM glasses, which I have found to be the best in all respects. Other glasses often have crosstalk issues which the OEM glasses do not have. Again, I'm wondering if it may be a combination of bulb hours and screen gain.
Thanks, I like the Epson glasses a lot (although quite pricey) but the ValueView glasses seem to be better. I recommend giving it a try if you have a 5040UB also. It's too bad, because I remember 3D performance (brightness/crosstalk) was better in my older Panasonic PT-AE8000U than the 5040UB.