Epson can sell me a bridge in the 2000/2030. A bridge with a two year warranty, no light leakage and no rainbows.
Is it perfect? Once again... No. It could be sharper, handle motion better and have better contrast. Wait, didn't Epson just improve those things with the 2040/2045.
As I have visited this forum, the same members would try to say the lamps in the 2000/2030 would last about a 1000 to 2000 hours at most and run more than the BenQ over time based on models like the 8350 while ignoring Epson uses a new lamp with instant off/no cool down unlike the old lamps. Really, I see posts about replacing the BenQ lamps but nothing about lamps in the 2000/2030. To be fair, this forum leans towards BenQ thanks to several members.
I was at a meeting last Friday and to turn the projector off a guy pulled the plug to avoid the cool down. (He wasn't a tech guy, but what can you expect from a supervisor.) Not an issue with the 2000/2030 and a feature that I really like coming from a DLP.
Next was Epson is bad about dust blobs. Yes, some models, but I just don't see any with the 2000/2030. Might be a problem with the 2040/2045? Only time will tell. Search dust with the BenQs on the forum.
Epson warranty: 2 years overnight. What about BenQ? Ship it back and wait weeks? What about at month 13? Is Epson's warranty perfect... No. You might get a bad projector. Some members report getting 5 projectors before they got one that worked for them. Would BenQ do that? Yes, I know certain members will attack Epson's warranty, but 2 years is 2 years. Maybe, at month 23 mine will die and I will receive a project that last only 5 months. If I do the math, it is still better than a 1 year warranty.
I have a ViewSonic with a 3 year warranty. Do I really think ViewSonic's three year warranty is worth anything? No. I've got two years out of it and in the trash it will go if and when it dies.
Does any manufacturer tell the truth? Would they be in business if they told the whole truth? I've had two Mazda vehicles and I never thought Zoom Zoom. Do I really feel like I am in Good Hands with Allstate? Is Nation Wide really on your side? What contrast does BenQ state? Is it the truth?
Speaking of professional reviews. BenQ has received some negative comments on contrast as well. Yes, it is better than the current Epson 2000/2030, but by a wide margin? If so, I am sorry. I didn't see it.
Like everyone else. I read the reviews from SoundandVision.com, Projectorreviews.com and Projectorcentral.com. I also enjoy this forum but I often notice a cult mentality with certain models. ("Not that there is anything wrong with that.") I know the members with an Epson, BenQ, Sony and LG. This new Epson might scare some of them. If the lamp is cheap and they improve Sharpness, Motion and Contrast along with LCD strengths of no rainbows or light leakage. Why pick their favorite with its $200 plus lamp and weak one year warranty?
I like the HC2000. I haven't seen the LG. I've seen the BenQ W1070 and it is great projector. I've seen the Sony HW40ES. Wow, it really is a great projector, but after my 55 inch Sony TV, I don't trust Sony. For the record, I bought three Sony TVs at the same time a 32, 40 and 55 inch. Two out of the three were great, but the 55 wasn't. I just don't want to take a $2000 plus chance based on my experience with the brand as well as some members views on the product/Sony.
I wish Projectorreviews.com would publish their findings when they say they are, but it is a free service that I greatly appreciate, so I keep checking each day.
Last edited by steve1106; 09-14-2015 at 09:05 PM.