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Epson Home Cinema 3100 $699 New

I know this model has been on sale in the past, but this looks to be the lowest price yet. Just ordered one to replace a six year old 725HD. This seems like a huge upgrade for little more than I paid for the 725 originally. Very excited.

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https://epson.com/For-Home/Projector...r/p/V11H800020

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Epson 3100 vs BenQ 2050A for same price?

I've found a little past discussion comparing these projectors, but not much. Considering this Epson 3100 used to cost quite a bit more than the BenQ 2050A, is this a no-brainer, or is it still debatable which one is better buy?
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I've found a little past discussion comparing these projectors, but not much. Considering this Epson 3100 used to cost quite a bit more than the BenQ 2050A, is this a no-brainer, or is it still debatable which one is better buy?
I don't know anything about the BenQ, but I just got this setup and it's incredible. Was an easy swap with my 725 and, with the lens shift, I had everything lined up within a few minutes. Even with daylight pouring in, it looks awesome at factory settings. Fan is inaudible on eco. I already love it. It's a beast though. Hope it doesn't ever fall on my head.

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This is with a large window on the right with lots of light.

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I've found a little past discussion comparing these projectors, but not much. Considering this Epson 3100 used to cost quite a bit more than the BenQ 2050A, is this a no-brainer, or is it still debatable which one is better buy?
Of course those who greatly prefer DLP over 3LCD are likely to still go for the BenQ HT2050A over the Epson 3100 even at the 3100's greatly reduced sale price. The 3100 can go brighter so it can handle a larger screen or more ambient light than an HT2050A. It also has a bigger zoom lens and extensive horizontal and vertical lens shift plus other features expected in >$1,000 MSRP models. So it really depends on your personal preferences (DLP vs. 3LCD) and setup requirements.
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Of course those who greatly prefer DLP over 3LCD are likely to still go for the BenQ HT2050A over the Epson 3100 even at the 3100's greatly reduced sale price. The 3100 can go brighter so it can handle a larger screen or more ambient light than an HT2050A. It also has a bigger zoom lens and extensive horizontal and vertical lens shift plus other features expected in >$1,000 MSRP models. So it really depends on your personal preferences (DLP vs. 3LCD) and setup requirements.
The lens shift is something I didn't realize would be so awesome. I've never been able to square everything up so perfectly. I've always had to use some degree of keystone. I didn't even touch it this time so I'm actually using every available pixel for the first time ever and my screen has no distortion. Amazing.

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Well, I pretty much got it all dialed in on my Silver Ticket Grey. The 725HD had higher rated lumens, but this one is somehow crazy bright in eco, and I even dialed back gamma and brightness a bit. 5/5 for me. Only con is the size and weight. I had to add reinforcement to prevent pulling ceiling tiles and a projector down on my head, haha.

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