I wont be able to compare the 5025UB to the 5030UB, but will be able to compare the 5025 to the Sony and my HC2030 when I get it.
For noise, the Sony in high lamp mode is still quieter then the HC2030 in eco. The HC2030 is mounted directly above the couch about 3ft higher then my head. When I had the Sony setup temporarily it was sitting on its box on the couch directly next to me, and on high made about the same audible noise. If both were equal distance, Id say the 2030 is about 1.5x louder in Eco then the Sony in high. The Sony in low shouldn't bother anyone unless they were watching a scene with 0 sound, and had it on the couch next to them like I did.
With that said, I do not find the 2030 in eco 3' above my head to be distracting at all. Im very sensitive to fan noise as well (my PC has Noctua 120mm fans running at 400rpm and I can still hear them). So assuming the 5025/5030 is in between the two, I imagine the noise difference really wont be drastic at all between the 5025/5030 and the Sony. Im guessing the Eco mode on the Epson is equal to or slightly less then high on the Sony, making it quieter then the 2030 in Eco as well. I would also guess high on the 5025/5030 is the same as eco on the 2030, or very slightly louder. Will know for sure shortly.
Another noise related issue Im concerned with, is I find the iris on the 2030 to be unusable due to how loud it is. Im hoping/assuming the 5025/5030 is far quieter in its adjustments.
For gaming on the 2030, switching the fast mode has no noticeable input lag, and the only visual differences I saw was text becomes noticeably jaggier, and games with very poor AA get slightly more jaggy as well. In most games, there isn't really a visible difference. So really for gaming, Im suspecting the 5025/5030 to tie the Sony instead of the Sony winning. The reason being is the reality creation on the Sony. With it off, the 2030 in fast mode looked sharper (jaggier but not blurry like the Sony). With reality creation on minimum settings, it still implemented too much noise and had too much of an artificially sharpened image. I even tried adjusting noise reduction to low and medium. To me, RC just isn't a usable option, and with it off, the image is way too blurred.
As for SDE, I sit about 12' from a 120" screen and do not see it on the HC2030. Moving up to the 6-7' range I can see it if I look for it, but, I never sit that close to watch anything. Only when Im at my desk and bouncing around a guide or Xbox dashboard looking for something to watch before moving to the couch.
Between the Reality Creation, and multiple reports of panel alignment problems with the Sony (which mine has), Ive dropped it all together as a consideration. If Im unhappy in any way with the 5025UB, Ill either stick with the HC2030 until something new comes, or try to find a deal on a JVC. But with the 5025UB being $1700 with a free second lamp, that essentially makes its $1,000 cheaper then the Sony right now, and $2,000+ cheaper then a JVC.
Last edited by CTM Audi; 04-21-2015 at 04:39 PM.