Originally Posted by Snausy
btw, some people seem to be sitting in an Epson thread endlessly pointing people away from epson projectors. Is there a reason for that?
Thank you. I have fought this battle for two years against made up numbers and "forum experts" constantly attacking Epson while ignoring quality issues (dust), expensive lamps (look at how many are shopping for aftermarket for the Bens), bad warranty (one year and weeks to get a pj fixed) and it is the same experts over and over talking about projectors they don't even own. I don't go to the Bens threads and try to direct members to what I feel is the best entry level projector. While I've seen both, I am not an expert.
Ask the experts for a source for their claims on contrast numbers or lamp hours or warranty issues and they never respond. (I have never seen a 3000:1 test for the 1070.) When the 2000/2030 came out, they said the lamp cost was a wash because members were reporting 7000 to 8000 on the Ben's lamps. Really?
I trust projector reviews and projector central a lot more than the forum experts here because unlike these experts, the professionals are objective. (Read the reviews if you don't believe me.)
I notice that new members sometimes post and are told to take the Epson back for the BenQ while all the professional reviews say they have poor black levels similar to the Epson. The BenQs have a slight advantage is often stated.
Some "installer" recently posted an Amazon review for the 2000/2030 and said his was the only review that mattered and to get a BenQ. He said that he hated people (owners) giving 5 stars to the Epson when they didn't know what they were looking at. Bad contrast and impossible to mount correctly. When I responded and mentioned the lamp and warranty, he claimed that the Epson lamp was cheaper because the BenQ lamp was a better lamp, and that Epson has a longer warranty like a Kia because you need it. Really, I don't see anyone shopping for aftermarket lamps with the 2000/2030 and most like Epson's 2 years warranty with overnight replacement.
Epson is number when it comes to projector sales, so they don't need my help, but I do get tired of the misstatements.
Is the Epson 2000-2045 the best entry level projector? Probably not but they have a great warranty, a low cost lamp and provide a great image for the average consumer. I like how the experts downplay the added features of the 2040/45 and according to these experts the 5025/5030 sound like jet airplanes due to fan noise. According to these experts everyone picks the Sony over the 5025/5030. Really?
When new members are trying to decide, I do tell them to search dust issues with the 1070/1075 and look at Amazon for the pictures of the light leakage from the vent. I also mention searching Benq 1070/1075 lamps on this site and then do a similar search for Epson 2000/2030 for both dust and lamps.
I don't mind a member providing a honest opinion on any projector if they own it. I have a ViewSonic and I think dust is becoming an issue, but I got my $300ish out of it. I like the Epson HC2000 and haven't had any problems. I was able to mount it but my image is not perfect because I worked with my ceiling and the projector is not centered which is my fault not the projectors. Black levels could be better and motion could be better, but it is entry level and doesn't bother me enough to step up to a better projector. I have never noticed a screen door effect and I sit 15 feet (sometimes closer for 3D) to a 169 inch image. The 3D looks great and do I recommend it to friends, family and co-workers, yes, but I let them come over and see for themselves. (According the Amazon "installer" they are too dumb to know what looks good.)
So thank you again, but on this forum Epson bad BenQ/Sony good.