Originally Posted by Archaea
My refurb 5040UB just came in. I was hoping for something like JVC RS600 level blacks (Which I demoed in my room in 2017), based on the Epson's 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. I knew it wouldn't quite be JVC level black, but I was hoping for something of a middle ground since my Panasonic is 500,000:1. I understand that rating is with dynamic iris on both Panasonic and Epson, and probably way overstated --- but -- out of the box on the stock presets this projector has just about the same black level, perhaps even worse, black than my Panasonic AE8000U. IMO. Would someone be so kind to direct me to a couple key settings to juggle and see if I can lower the black floor to something I can become excited about?
Setup is in my sig. I was expecting to really see a nice uptick from my Panasonic out of the box, but it's more like a hmm - it's different, but not clearly better. Maybe my expectations were too high. Clearly sharper? Heck yes. (legitimately perhaps too much) Clearly a better picture that makes me think wow this was worth it? not so much..... So far anyway. I used my lunch hour to play with it a bit. I'll continue to dial it in after work.
As far as dialing it in... I have tried it all. Every setting on this thread I've probably fiddled with at least a couple times - well, except for the more recent ones - because I've decided I just like the out of the box "bright cinema" better than anything I've tried. On my screen it looks like a vibrant/huge LCD almost and is sharp as a tack and the blacks are very good (not JVC blacks but easily good enough for my taste).
However, it could be that your screen is brighter than mine so you indeed do have to dial it in to get the blacks darker - or - it could be that my eyes are screwed up and no one in their right mind would want the image to look like how I like it.
As we talked about, I would be shocked if this unit was actually in good working order since it is refurbished. A refurbished Epson just means that it's a returned unit that had a problem, and Epson responds to that by sending out another refurbished unit that has a different problem and I guess they hope the customer doesn't notice? Rinse and repeat, they keep doing this until you actually get a new one. Maybe in the case of a purchased refurbished projector they actually repair the problem? I'd be surprised though...
Long story short you are probably like most people in this thread that will really like HarperVision (Dave Harper's settings) or Oledurt's settings for HDR and I can't remember what the most popular settings are for SDR which is what you are most interested in at this moment since you don't have a 4k player yet. All of the settings I have tried end up looking too dark/dim for my taste but like I said, it's probably either my screen, my taste, or a combination of the two.
Come over with your new toy and we will compare and make sure you have a good working projector with no issues, and we could also see if my screen looks a lot different with the 5040 than your screen does. In my room the Panasonic you had (remember I bought one a few years ago) looked dark, I just couldn't get enough pop out of it.