Originally Posted by bradandtheater
Hey guys, this weekend I was able to pick up a 5030 for a really low price ($550) off of Craigslist and I'm hoping maybe I can get a bit of help with a few questions:
So, the projector wasn't set up to test out or inspect, but at the price I got it for it seemed worth the risk. Anyway, I got it home and it seems to be working well and throws a clear image. It does have 3500 Dynamic hours (I'm assuming, since it was set to Dynamic mode when I booted it up) on it, though, which was a bit more than I was expecting given the "very low usage" description in the ad.
Anyway, my issue is that THX/Cinema modes seem very very dark, while Dynamic/Living Room modes have it looking like a light canon. This is replacing an Optoma HD25e that also had 3500 eco hours on it and the THX mode is much darker than where I was at before. The Dynamic, however, is much brighter and seems to have a lot of fan noise. A lot more than the Optoma in bright mode.
So my questions are:
Is the fan supposed to be so loud in Dynamic/Living Room mode? Is it possible to clean/replace the fans? I've already cleaned the filter (which was very dirty) but it didn't seem to help with the noise. I'm ordering a new filter this week.
At 3500 bright hours, would my bulb be significantly dimmer than it should be? I'm hoping that maybe a lamp swap would bring the THX/Cinema brightness up to the levels of the eco mode on the Optoma.
BTW, this is all in a regular living room with curtains on the windows, at night time, with light colored walls, and a 100" screen. So they're not the greatest conditions, but they're not the worst.
Thanks for any help / advice.
Dynamic/living room mode is much louder than ECO.
THX is darker. Calibration is a must for each type of screen/distance, room, ambient lighting, source, etc.
The bulb will be much dimmer at 3500 hours on dynamic. You average about 2000 hours on dynamic and about 4000 on ECO before dimming gets noticeable. Investing in an original Epson bulb for 200 - 300 bucks is a must.
Cleaning the fans shouldn't be a factor. Keeping the filter clean is easy as pie. If you have to disassemble your PJ to clean fans, I'd recommend a very clean room and some very good electronics skills.
Controlling the ambient light is key to projectors. Especially when you use THX modes. I' almost always in ECO living room mode. I have covered my windows in the room except for one but most of our watching is in the evening anyway. Daytime watching requires room darkening shades. You can help a little by applying window tint from Lowe's to the windows. I bought the Gila Titanium Heat-Control Window Tint
from Lowe's. It's not easy to install, but works great.