Originally Posted by diarhea
Helloe. I'm wondering if uhd50 is the right one for me. I want 4K for movies primarily, some occasional gaming and sports. I will be sitting around 8-10 ft away. Projector distance will be about 10-12 ft away. Ideally screen size around 120-150 inches. I can control the lighting in the room and make it dark. The uhd50 seems to check those boxes. And at $1200 seems like a good budget 4k. How many hours is it supposed to last? How much are bulb replacement s? Are there any other variables I need to consider and question?
Choose a screen size after you've had the projector for a while. From 8-10' seating distance the general consensus is no more than 120".
I've already had this conversation on the thread several times. These are not movie projectors, they are sports/gaming for use in living rooms /with some ambient light models that sacrifice color and black level for brightness.
Priority should be picture quality, not 4K, laser, or whatever other new tech. In terms of picture quality, resolution is not a primary requirement. Contrast and black level, for starters. Of course some people are happy with these low contrast DLPs.
With any projector wall reflections will affect contrast:
So the first step is to treat the room.
As to what projectors you should buy, in North America there is a great deal on a refurb 5040UB. It does have a 10GB HDMI bandwidth limitation. You can read about that if you want. It's 4K, has good blacks, is bright, mid 20ms lag. Motion handling not as good as DLP, but they are widely used for gaming.
Other options in 1080p would be used from Sony and JVC.
From the DLP space, the HT3550 would be best option, with lag ~50ms. Not recommended for screens over 130", but there are people that do use them with higher screens.
In untreated rooms and or with projectors with poor contrast different types of screens can be used. For ALR ideally a larger throw is required, over 1.7x, so this eliminates a lot of projectors. Paint mixes or grey screen are other options.