Originally Posted by EastMo40
Just a quick question for those with a little stronger background with projector purchases. Would you purchase a used JVC 4910 or a used Epson 5040UB? Honest opinions! I have read a ton of reviews and I am pretty close to pulling the trigger on 1 of them.
Thanks again for all of your input. It has been a huge help.
I have been watching an Epson 5040UB for a little over a year and a half. The projector is extremely
bright, sharp, and fully featured. Contrast is very good - though not as good as JVC contrast - and colors are great. Replacement lamps are significantly cheaper than JVC lamps, and this can add up if you use your projector like a television. The pixel shifting (so-called 4k enhanced) and HDR features are frosting on the cake. My projector has worked perfectly since day one. That is the good news.
The bad news is that 1) more than a few owners have experienced power supply failures. Some have shipped their projectors back to Epson for warranty replacement, and have gotten replacements that also failed. What percentage of 5040UB owners have these problems? Only Epson knows. They are not talking. 2) The 5040UB has a 10gbps HDMI chipset that limits full 4K HDR performance with some games and streaming services. If you only watch Blu Ray discs, this is not a problem. If you like playing 4K HDR games and use streaming services like Amazon, Netflix, etc. this can be an irritating limitation. 3) The frame interpolation and pixel shifting features cannot be used simultaneously with 1080P material. Pick one or the other.
I am very happy with my Epson projector. With recent 4K movies and documentaries (Planet Earth II, Blade Runner 2049 etc.) the picture quality is very
But I sometimes worry about having a power supply problem after the warranty expires. Will Epson lend a helping hand? Don't know.
No personal ownership experience with the JVC. They are the clear favorite projectors of most bat-cave movie watchers on AVSforum, mostly because of their outstanding contrast performance.