Isn't it strange that in every Epson thread the same guys pop up to push BenQ, Sony or LG. For the last two years as a proud Epson owner I have seen it over and over. They say odd things like what was stated a few posts above: " Brighter than your old Epson and as brighter than your 2040's will be later on in eco or near lamp's end-life in full. " Odd thing to say. It makes the 2040 seem bad, but it makes no sense. So, in about 7000 hours the LG will be brighter. Who cares by then? It is $99 to fix the issue and then it will spank the LG again. I've got 3800 hours on my first HC2000 lamp and I have 30 hours on my second. If there is a difference I don't see it.
Two years ago they told members that Epson had bad lamps and the BenQ lamp would last 3 times as long. Now we know they were just making it up based on the HC8350 issues. It didn't matter that I can buy two and a half lamps for the cost of one BenQ. Another odd thing to say.
A simple look at this very forum shows issues with BenQ lamp dying early and exploding lamps. I haven' seen anything like this with the 2000/2030. You really have to laugh at the attempts to find a good cheaper aftermarket lamp to avoid paying $250ish for a BenQ lamp. Odd. A long lasting lamp according to these members that will only cost you pennies per hour.
When I am helping a friend, I show them mine and tell them about the BenQ better contrast, dust issues, 1 year warranty and that a few see rainbows. With the Epson I tell them about the 2 warranty, lesser native contrast, and 99 lamp cost. I let them sample a 3D movie, a blu-ray, regular HD TV and a little Amazon streaming. I really don't push what I have and let them decide. Usually they pick the Epson or move up the projector ladder. I don't care as long as they are happy.
It is like a game to several members. Pick their product and bad mouth the other product that they don't own. Just look at AV in the projector central forum. Makes you wonder why. Is there something going on that we don't know about. Look at the Amazon reviews for the Epson 2000/2030 and notice a posting or two directing people to the BenQ. Odd. Look at the BenQ postings when someone says something negative and the comments attack the person. Odd.
The next thing is to attack the overnight warranty. Oh my gosh, they send you a refurbished model or they fix your projector. Odd. They will keep sending you projectors until you get one you like and lets face it, some of us are picker than others. Think about a company who will keep sending you projectors on there own dime trying to make it right for the most hard to please customer. Odd, they say that is a bad thing.
I have heard of companies hiring people to post positive reviews. Just think, steer a person to a entry level projector with a $249 dollar lamp and a 1 year warranty. That has got to be worth something.
But these same members always claim: I just want the member to get the best product. What I have. Odd. This isn't one size fits all, but they would have you believe that everyone picks their product. Odd.
For the record, the only way I'll ever own a Ben is if they up the warranty and offer a $99 lamp. Oh, and fix the light leakage from the vent. While the image is as good, the support isn't. I guess I could always pay extra for a square trade warranty and take my chance on an aftermarket lamp. Odd.
As I type this, I am torn. I want the new HC2045 for $650 ($850-$200 gift card), but I have two perfectly good HC2000s for an 120 inch image and 169 inch image. Does my Epson family grow this weekend?
Last edited by steve1106; 10-09-2015 at 05:48 PM.