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Deciding: Optoma vs. BenQ vs. Epson

Hi Everyone; new time joiner here, but been a lurker for a while - thanks for all of the help this forum has provided me over the years.

I'm in a position to get a new projector, and have narrowed it down to 3 choices:

(in no particular order)
Optoma HD27 --- about $1,000 CAD
BenQ HT2150ST --- about $1,000 CAD
Epson 3500 --- normally about $1,500 CAD, but I can get a refurbished on Amazon for about $1,000 CAD

So, I'm leaning towards the Epson because of the basic math that I'd be getting a $1,500 machine for the same price as the other 2, but... is it actually a better projector?

Also, knowing that my budget is about $1,000 CAD, is there an obvious machine that I really should be giving some thought to that I don't have listed up there?

I'm currently running a Mitsubishi HD1000 and I love it - but the bulb warning is coming up, and I've got some cash set aside for this, so I'm thinking of upgrading it.

I'm lucky to have a dedicated room in the basement, pitch black when watching movies - no ambient light at all.

Any suggestions / advice are whole-heartedly welcome - thanks everyone!

(I have no brand loyalty, don't care much for brand-loyalty pissing contests either.)

Thanks!!
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Hi Everyone; new time joiner here, but been a lurker for a while - thanks for all of the help this forum has provided me over the years.

I'm in a position to get a new projector, and have narrowed it down to 3 choices:

(in no particular order)
Optoma HD27 --- about $1,000 CAD
BenQ HT2150ST --- about $1,000 CAD
Epson 3500 --- normally about $1,500 CAD, but I can get a refurbished on Amazon for about $1,000 CAD

So, I'm leaning towards the Epson because of the basic math that I'd be getting a $1,500 machine for the same price as the other 2, but... is it actually a better projector?

Also, knowing that my budget is about $1,000 CAD, is there an obvious machine that I really should be giving some thought to that I don't have listed up there?

I'm currently running a Mitsubishi HD1000 and I love it - but the bulb warning is coming up, and I've got some cash set aside for this, so I'm thinking of upgrading it.

I'm lucky to have a dedicated room in the basement, pitch black when watching movies - no ambient light at all.

Any suggestions / advice are whole-heartedly welcome - thanks everyone!

(I have no brand loyalty, don't care much for brand-loyalty pissing contests either.)

Thanks!!
I have the Benq 1085ST which was the predecessor to the model you're looking at. Previously, I had an Epson 6500UB. Honestly, I much prefer the Benq. It's brighter which is nice even in a light controller environment. We love the 3D and use it all the time, my Epson wasn't 3D. The Epson ate bulbs, which is why I ended up getting rid of it and buying the Benq. I only used factory bulbs too, no eBay cheapies. Here's a pic of MNF on the Benq from last season.

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Forget the optoma as its doesn't have an RGBRGB color wheel. The BenQ is a short throw projector and I assume would need to be mounted much closer to your screen than the Mitts. Not knowing you screen size/throw the Epson would be the best choice or a BenQ 2050 if you prefer DLP.

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Thanks for the help!

The throw is adjustable... I've got a dedicated room for this, and the HD1000 is about 10~12 feet away from the screen (a simple, motorized one from Monoprice - it was a gift, it does the trick).

The screen is 105".

So... no need for a short throw.

Optoma seems to be removing itself from the list.

BenQ seems to be much better for gaming / graphics intensive stuff...

I do not play video games; just movies, concerts and sporting events.

Wrapping my head around the whole DLP vs. LCD display.

Leaning towards the Epson; from my understanding, the LCD is okay if I'm not using the project *that* much (less than 5 hours / week, some times even less than that), so I'm not worried about burning the LCD out.

Yeah, I'm really thinking the Epson 3500 is gonna win this battle in my head.

Just wanted to check in here and make sure that there are no huge flags with that decision. (I read much of the 35 page thread about the Epson owners - only worry about he refurb unit is that I might get into a hassle with Epson if I need to send it back... seems like some owners had to go through 2 or 3 units before they finally got one that was good.)
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