Originally Posted by Bahn Yuki
Hey Bahn here, just chiming in. After playing around with the projector this weekend I have found that the input delay is excellent. After playing Uncharted Remastered on PS4 via HDMI I found that the controls were tight and responsive. For a more rigorous test I connected Dreamcast via VGA, and it looked phenomenal. Playing Twinkle Star Sprites with a friend, I had absolutely no problems with lag or syncing. I've been keeping it in ECO mode due to the very obnoxious fan in normal mode. You lose some lumens and brightness, but during watching a movie the silence is welcomed.
As gaming is concerned, this projector is definitely worth the money. As for movie watching, the frame interpolation leaves much to be desired. During the opening scenes of The Dark Knight you see plenty of artifacting even when set to low. Black levels are sub-par at best and pale in comparison to my old Epson 8500UB. Tomorrow I will be getting my 3D glasses and I will have further thoughts with 3D after viewing a few movies. Stay tuned.
If you don't find yourself using the CFI and would like to have the possibility of deeper blacks/contrast from something that costs the same and games just as well, you might also take a look at the inexpensive DLPs like the Benq w1070/1075 and Vivitek 1186.
Otherwise that 2040 is one of the best 3D LCDs available for gaming speed.
Originally Posted by rsprance
Can anyone tell me if this would be an upgrade to my current Panasonic AE-2000U?
The Panny is ready for a new lamp but is now closing in on 5 years old. I can't afford to put another $1500-2k on a projector upgrade, but if a lamp replacement is over $300, maybe this route will give me a brighter, better picture along with 3D capability considering how old the Panny is, which I love.
The 2040 would be a step back in contrast, pixel-fill and mounting flexibility.
-If you don't mind losing a great deal of contrast and flexibility, Epson 2040.
-If you don't particularly care about gaming or the $99 lamp, Epson 3000.
-If you can afford to lose 3D, Epson 8345r...if you can find one.
-If you don't mind DLP, Benq w1070/1075 or Vivitek 1186.
-If you're using a screen under 120" and can use an UltraShort, LG pa1000.
All of the above cost under $1000 except the LG which is LED and doesn't require replacement lamps or power-up/down time.
All of the above feature 3X-5X higher contrast than the 2040 which will allow them to avoid being such a step backwards from your Panasonic.
The Epson 8345r and 2040, Benq w1070/1075 and Vivitek 1186 are more responsive for gaming than the Panasonic (if that matters).
Only the 8345r has the serious flexibility that the Panasonic offered.
The Benq, LG and Vivitek offer better motion-handling and higher pixel-fill than the Panasonic.
The Epson 2040 boasts the least expensive lamp besides the LG.
The Panasonic measured about 350lumens in accurate presets, 600 in calibrated natural-bright and over 900 at colder natural on a fresh lamp.
Near the lamp end you are likely seeing 200-500lumens.
The LG can hit only 700-900lumens but doesn't dim significantly with age.
The 8345r measures fairly close to the Panasonic.
The others all measure around 1100+eco/1600+full in accurate settings or a little higher in brighter settings.