Originally Posted by mjposner
This is my set-up:
First pic is with window blinds open, second is the darkest I can get during the day.
I watch a lot of football, movies and tv shows using a Directv HDDVR (no 4k, have not upgraded to Genie yet)
Also have an older Roku for netflix, amazon and hulu
Do not play games, rarely play blu rays and have no plans to buy any 4k movies
Would rather come in under $2,000
So given this, what should I do? Also, in searching for replacement 8350 bulbs, looks like onlt 3rd party options are available. Last time I went that route I had bad luck and purchased oem from Epson. So now will mor elikely upgrade.
P.S. We have two 4k tv as well, still very little 4k content.
Definitely the JVC RS-400 as long as you can take the bulb costs.
(EDIT - They just sold out, you might try 420 or 440, but might be over your budget slightly)
Contact Mike Garrett @ Avscience.com
They are having a fire sale, so hurry, the price is insane for a JVC, it's significantly UNDER your budget. I have owned over 15 projectors, and the only one I ever kept was a JVC (and a Benq for 3D), I sold all the rest or returned them all, including several Epsons
The contrast is killer, and will really improve those movies. It also has fully motorized everything (lens, focus, and zoom). It's jam-packed with features, and if you do decide to use 4k later, well it supports that too.
One of the best features though is its one of the brightest 'best-mode' projectors ever offered, and it has a FIXED adjustable aperture, so you can dial in the brightness EXACTLY as you require.
It should be far sharper, have much higher contrast, and the best mode will smoke the best mode of the Epson 8350. It doesn't have a torch mode like some Epsons, but the calibrated modes are so bright it doesn't really need it.
Also has the best NON-DLP 3D capabilities if you care.
Projectors at this level used to cost $3000 - $5000+...