My 7 year old Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 finally died for good this week (some kind of failure in the optical filter component, which I fixed a year ago (https://www.avsforum.com/forum/68-dig...00-myself.html
) but did not succeed in a repeat attempt this time.
Which is bad news and good news. The bad news is: time to spend some bucks. The good news is that I get to upgrade! My room is moderately light controlled but not fully enclosed from the rest of the house. Nighttime viewing is great. Daytime viewing is pretty good, but the Epson was mounted 19' back from a 106" screen so I was pushing it on brightness. So any upgrade would be a noticeable benefit.
Anyway, to make a long story short, I ended up pulling the trigger yesterday on the Epson 5030UB, but took a very hard look at this Sony first. The Epson was Wirecutter's top pick last year, but Sony has edged them out. HOWEVER, I realized late in the selection process that the Sony does not have the same zoom or shift range, and it could not project onto my sized screen from the shelf in the back of my room. So I had two choices: Mount the Sony off the ceiling with a 21" extension pole (because my screen is a ways down from the ceiling); or get the new Epson which would do fine in the old location.
I decided after lots of thinking that I didn't want to be so constrained in install location. So I got the Epson. The truth is that I was thinking of moving to a ceiling mount much closer to the screen anyway, because I'd like to use my Xbox One Kinect in the room without people blocking the image, but with the Epson I could mount closer to the ceiling (shorter pole) since it has much better vertical shift. This would be much less intrusive visually than a 21" pole.
Still, part of me really wanted the Sony. It looks great. I like the faster response time. And now this sale... Oh well, I'm sure the Epson will make me very happy. It's a huge step up from the old 1080.