Originally Posted by hotpepper007
AV intergrated have you seen both the 5030 and hw40. All projectors have issues. Their are thousands more 5030 out in the field than the hw40 so their will be more problems reported. Epson does have the best support and 48 hour replacement. Why do you prefer the hw40 with its inferior blacks. Thanks
Epson has had several years running with high numbers of complaints about lamp issues, but I'm actually a big fan of their products. I don't buy (or recommend) a projector based entirely on reliability, or on customer service. Those things are part of the package, and there are Sony owners who have claimed excellent service as well. So, while Epson may be better, why would I want to call anyone at all.
As to 'inferior blacks' on the Sony... It's very questionable. In almost all cases the Sony looks identical to the Epson. There are some cases where the Epson can outperform the Sony. But, it does so using a dynamic iris, which is not only a point of failure, but can be noticeable. I've seen the 5020 and noticed the iris, I've seen in on the AE8000 as well. This isn't a feature I want to have to use to get the most out of a projector, so I give Sony points for that.
Likewise, I don't like how LCD handles motion. Once again the AE8000 and 5020 are the examples I use, but I've personally owned a couple of Panasonics and it remains the case that LCD doesn't handle motion as clean as LCoS does from what I've seen. I think my W1070 does a better job than either tech with DLP, but the black levels aren't very good. So, for me, LCoS is my preference.
Now, I'm not an avid 3D viewer, but enjoy it from time to time. But, that doesn't play into my decisions at all. I've seen 3D on a JVC RS46 and it was completely acceptable. Certainly better than what movie theaters deliver. So, I don't buy into the hoopla of 'bad' 3D. It's all very good quality across all these models.
Since I don't game, or at least seriously game, on projectors, the lag time isn't an issue for me as well.
So, at the end of the day I prefer the Sony and recommend it over the Epson. I don't think it is a clear cut winner, and I don't deny the quality of the Epson. But, I don't pick the Sony blindly either as a preferred model.
In the next couple of weeks (or month) I am hoping to test the Sony directly against the W1070 on my 161" screen.