Originally Posted by bitTRL1000
Last night I upgraded to the UHD50 from my 9 year-old Epson 8350. First impressions:
-The lack of horizontal lens shift is making it a little trickier to get the image squared-up to my screen as much as I'd like. I've only spent about 5 minutes, so I think a few more minutes spent tonight will get the image close enough for me.
-I'm running an Xbox One S to an Onkyo TXNR-676, and then a 30' Monoprice Active HDMI cable to the projector. I was a little worried that this cable would work for such a long run, but so far it seems to work fine. I've had the Xbox output 4k 60fps HDR, and the projector displays the signal with no drop-outs after "searching" for about 5 seconds.
-I first turned on the projector at about 5pm, when I still had a small amount of ambient light. I noticed the improved detail when watching a 4k HDR blu-ray, and the World Cup soccer I recorded from last summer on DirecTV. Overall, I thought it was a nice improvement, but I probably would have waited to upgrade if I had had a choice (My Epson 8350 has been having auto-iris issues the last few months, and turns on only about 2/3 of the time now.)
-Later in the evening I turned the projector back on and watched the beginning of Velvet Buzzsaw on Netflix. This is an Dolby Vision title that the Xbox sent to the projector as simply "HDR". Now, with a completely dark room, I was very impressed. Not only was the detail much better than my old 1080p projector, but the color popped much more. I'm using the default settings, so I'll look for recommended settings to see if I can make it even better. Still, I used to have the urge to watch Netflix's Dolby Vision titles on my LG OLED so that I could see the amazing color and contrast of HDR. But now, whenever I'm watching at night, my first choice will by the Optoma UHD50.
Updated impressions, now that I've had the proj for about a month:
Overall, I would say the projector is ok.
The best thing is the picture quality (resolution and color are great, especially at night with a completely dark room). Watching The Grand Tour in 4k HDR in a completely dark room...it looks almost as good to me as it does on my LG OLED. Colors really pop!
My issues are: although I have a fixed screen with roughly a 2" black border, I can see light leaking outside of the border when the image being projected is mostly dark. When the image is of daytime, the light shining outside the screen border is not noticeable. But when, for example, there's a title screen at the beginning of a movie, the light outside the border is very noticeable.
There's a persistent buzz that is noticeable during quiet scenes.
I wish this proj could use the HLG from DirecTV's 4k channels. I'm not sure how much of a difference that would make, though.