In this forum, it seems like you are either a DLP fan or a LCD or even LED in the entry levels. We love what we love and we hate what we hate.
Moving up to the next level it is Sony vs Epson fans.
I don't have a perfect room and I don't want to spend 100k or even 10K on a room, but I do want an affordable quality image that is the largest my home will allow, so...
When I was originally buying two years ago, most on this forum were BenQ fans, but the professional reviews listed the pros and cons for both. At the end of the day, the reviews (projector central and projector reviews) indicate that neither type projector in this price point have great black levels with the BenQ having the advantage and the Epson winning on cost of ownership via warranty and lamp cost. The reviews stated that the Epson was the projector most likely to be used as a TV. Exactly what I wanted, so I went Epson.
Now two years later the same argument. Isn't it great to have choices?
About a year and half ago, I really was sold on getting a BenQ W1070 based on reading this forum. I really thought the projector must be amazing based on the comments. I was planning on moving the Epson to a spare room and I couldn't wait to see the Ben in action and jumped at the chance to sample the W1070 at a co-workers house. I really sold the projector to the wife and told her how great the forum said it was. (I did the same thing jumping from 47 to 55 then to a 70 inch TV within a few years.) I had her sold on the way to the guy's home....but, three hours later we walked out, and she thanked me for saving nice things about the experience to the co-worker. In the car, we both had a what the heck moment. If the black levels were better, we didn't see it. If it was a sharper image, we didn't see it. If it handled motion better, we didn't see it. For us the glaring problem with the projector was the light leakage from the vent. In an untreated room with it on a table it was like a spotlight, which ended my Ben dream. I waited to a too good to be true price happened and picked up a second Epson HC2000. Of course, now it can be had on sale for $90 less.
Epson, BenQ or Vivitek in this price point all have strengths and weaknesses. Be it SDE or RBE or dust or light leakage or warranty or placement. What kills a projector for one person isn't an issue for another.
With the entry Epsons, I like the warranty and the $99 lamp. I have a ViewSonic DLP that I got for $300ish but the lamp runs over $200 to replace. To me, paying $200 or $300 or $500 for a lamp...a lamp is crazy. When the ViewSonic lamp goes so goes the projector.
Over the last two years, I have been tempted many times to get the Epson HC3500 and the HC5025, but the lamp replacement cost stops me. I can get a new 2040 for $799 and the lamps alone for the 3500/5025 run almost $300 unless you find a cheap aftermarket worth buying. To me it is like printer ink, and that is where the companies make the real money on entry level projectors. Make a lamp for say $25 and sell it for $300. Not too bad for the company but the consumer takes it in the shorts.
So I really don't think there is a right or wrong answer and that it depends on the room, the use and the individual.
Last edited by steve1106; 09-30-2015 at 04:09 PM.