Originally Posted by snyderkv
Sony class = $4000 MSRP
Epson class = $2600 MSRP
Epson is best value in its own class obviously and considering it matches the Sony in PQ in most ways and beats it in a few, I'd say the Epson is competitive even in the Sony class if they charged the same price. That says a lot about the Epson value imo.
We seem to be going in circles on this vs that. I posted the facts above which nobody has disagreed with so if those advantages are worth an extra $1000 to that person so be it. All other oppinons on what's best has more to do with what fullfills their specific application and needs.
Yes the Epson is competitive but I was merely pointed out that Art the same reviewer you were referring to prefers the Sony over the Epson in the $2000 - $3500 class. You can get the Sony for less than $3500 and that's a fact, it also has an extra year of warranty and a spare bulb. So the price difference does get even smaller.
It just seemed like you were drawing your own conclusions that the reviewer felt the Epson was better, when he clearly said he would take the Sony.
In the end, it's value to each one of us, the Value of the pros I had listed were worth the extra at the time for the Sony over the Epson.
Competitively, the big decision was Epson vs. Sony. Although brightness and other features vary, I see it this way. In each of the last few years, the Epson "UB" projector was our winner in this price class. this year, I have to personally concede, that price being equal, this Sony I consider the slightly better choice, at least the one I would pick of the two, for a dedicated theater. Those Epson's would have the advantage in a family room, with their 50% brighter "brightest" mode, but when it comes to best color, the brightess advantage is all Sony in this case. As you can see, there are plenty of trade-offs. I found Sony's Reality Creation to be the best dynamic detail enhancement feature I've seen.
Assuming both Sony and Epson projectors will well work in your environment, let me conclude this way: I'd say the Sony VPL-HW50ES is the best projector in this class. And if both Sony and Epson cost the same, I'd say the Sony is the better value. But with about a real $800 difference, favoring the Epson at this time, it's probably the better value proposition. Ultimately, you will have to make that call, which will likely be based on budget and specific features that relate to your needs.
Ultimately, the Sony is a great projector, with the type of overall picture quality we all appreciate. A well deserved win for the the Sony VPL-HW50ES.