Originally Posted by thebard
I'll be in the market to upgrade my current projector (Optoma HD70) soon, and I was hoping for some honest feedback, particularly from folks who have seen this up against the BenQ 1075. I've read through the thread, but if there is any additional input for my priorities:
- Small-ish (10' x 16') living room, generally lots of ambient light, so need something bright.
- Due to a ceiling fan will have to mount off-axis no further than 8'-10' back, so H+V keystone are important.
- Primary use will be movies, including 3D. Not sensitive to rainbow effect, but I *am* annoyed by crosstalk/ghosting with 3D.
- Don't like judder, so I'm tempted by the Epson's frame interpolation feature, but I've also read comments that the BenQ handles motion better, so if someone could elaborate...?
- For someone who's seen both in ambient light and in the dark: how bad is the loss of contrast on the Epson, really? I understand I'll lose some contrast with the windows open, but I'd prefer a picture that's not *completely* washed out.
- How does the fan noise compare?
- Lastly, I have four pairs of Bit Cauldron/Monster 3D RF glasses from my old emitter setup. Can someone confirm that this will/won't work with the Epson? If yes, the savings on glasses (combined with the low cost of lamp replacement) might sway me.
Coming from an old 720p dlp with a too-long throw, I'm sure anything will be a step up, but would still like to avoid buyer's remorse.
Hi, thebard . . .
I don't have any experience with the Optoma HD70, but I recently bought the Optoma 28DSE (with the Darbee image procession). I was hoping that I would love the projector since it had some cool features that made it worth the asking price, I thought. I ended up returning it since, despite some reviews suggesting the 3D performance was good, I found it too dim even when operating the projector as bright as it could go. Aside from the poor 3D, the colors were really not very good - even after doing some tweaking.
I bought the Epson 2040 after returning the Optoma 28DSE. And, to me, the Epson is a much more refined unit. The Epson does 3D quite nicely - the blacks are actually better than the Optoma HD28DSE. There is minor ghosting with the Epsons that you won't see as much with any of the DLP projectors - they simply do 3D better. But, what the Epson 2040 can do with 3D is pretty damned good - especially when you can purchase the low-cost Samsung glasses that are completely compatible with the projector.
I have the BenQ 1070, and the performance from it is definitely better than the Epson 2040 - especially with black lever performance. But, the Epson is still still excellent - especially when you consider the full feature set the 2040 includes with frame interpolation and other goodies. Since frame interpolation is important to you, this projector is worth considering since it isn't commonly available on lower-priced units.
The BenQ does handle 24fps content better than the Epson. But I don't think anyone would complain about the small difference there is between how the Epson and BenQ handle motion - it's just different. But if you love CFI, you don't have to worry about this anyway.
The brightness in both 2D and 3D is pretty similar between my BenQ 1070 and the Epson 2040. The fan noise on both units is similar in the lowest (eco) lamp settings. But when you start to crank the lumens, the Epson is louder. I am not one that is bothered much by the noise, even when it's on the loud side. I can hear it, but I am able to ignore it - which is easy to do when you crank up your surround sound system.
The really great thing about the Epson is the bulb replacement cost of $79.00. The BenQ bulbs are about $179.00 to replace. Ouch! So, for me the Epson is a great unit with a low cost of ownership. One cool thing about the cheaper bulbs is that when they start to noticeably dim, it becomes affordable to replace the bulb to keep the projector looking as bright as new. And, you can keep the older bulb as a back up in the event you need the spare in the middle of a movie.
I've mentioned this in another post -- I went to DLP's after finding a lot of the Epson units looked too soft. To my complete surprise, the 2040 is really offers a very sharp image (especially when using Epson's on-board image enhancement). My 2040 looks every bit as good as my BenQ when it comes to sharpness. And the colors of the 2040 are well saturated and realistic looking. If you can overlook some of the low contrast issues, you will love the projector. The BenQ has better blacks -- but they too are still more dark gray then black.
I hope you enjoy whatever projector you decide to bring home.