Originally Posted by k3nnis
If the price was the same as the 5040, technically which projector is better? contrast, black levels, brightness, sharpness etc
I know the 65 is not an e-shift
Well the HW65ES would provide much brighter calibrated color brightness.
The Epson 5040UB running in cinema mode (only full p3 color mode available) on medium lamp delivers about 500 lumens. The Sony calibrated color on low (eco, low, high so essentially medium) lamp delivers about 1400 lumens.
Black levels should be about the same with a slight native black level advantage for the Sony.
The Epson has a much better glass lens, powered focus, power lens cover, power lens shift.
The Epson suffers from screen door effect in 1080 mode with e-shift off. The Sony does not. But the Epson cleans up the SDE when e-shift is turned on. The Epson offers HDR compatibility but has less accurate color when operating in brighter HDR modes.
The Sony replacement bulb is more expensive than Epson. The Sony has a sealed light path the Epson does not. The Sony looks much nicer in black, whereas the white Epson looks like crap. The Sony is quieter. Some say the DI on the Sony works better than the DI on the Epson.
The Epson e-shift mode is sharper than the Sony Reality Creation processing. The Epson has better zoom and more lens shift.
So it is basically a matter of preference. One projector is not better than the other. Only the options are different.
Some will prefer the Epson for it's strengths while others will prefer the Sony for it's strengths.
However, the Sony is way overpriced. It needs to drop at least $1000 to be competitive.