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Epson 4030 vs epson 3100 vs epson 2150

So i have a budget of about 1000 for a projector and i was looking at epson's website and found a refurbished 3100 for 900 or a 4030 used in my town for 800. I'm wondering what would be the better purchase I've been doing a little bit of research but I'm still unsure on which one I should get. I know the 4030 is pushing 5 years old and the 3100 is only a couple years old. Was possibly thinking of getting the Epson 2150 as well but I'm hearing it's pretty close to the 3100; with a 3100 just edging it out in quality. Im in Canada btw so prices are a bit higher for everything. Thanks ahead of time.
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The 4030 should have the best picture assuming you have a light controlled room as it has the best contrast but buying used is always a gamble. If you can set it up and verify it has no burned polarizers or dust blobs it's the best deal. If you want a warranty the 3100 is the best deal if you need lens shift and the added brightness for a less then ideal room. The 2150 is decent if you don't need the lens shift or brightness of the 3100.
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Thanks for the reply. I'm leaning towards the 3100 just due to the added security and brightness but I'm probably going to go check out that 4030 see if it's in good condition and if it is I will probably snag it.
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Thanks for the reply. I'm leaning towards the 3100 just due to the added security and brightness but I'm probably going to go check out that 4030 see if it's in good condition and if it is I will probably snag it.
Run an all white screen and look for any discoloration and run a all black screen to see if there are any dust blobs.

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I bought a refurbed HC1040 from Epson.ca and it had only 4 hours on the clock - it's a very nice PJ for the money and is really nice for use in daytime. I'd prefer that route over buying used. I also bought an HC2030 refurb from Staples and it's been a real workhorse as well.

Epson has some 2150 refurbs on sale now. I'd also be comparing bulb replacement costs as the HC2150 bulbs are really cheap at $49us versus $299us for the Epson 3100 and I bet the HC4030 bulbs are not cheap either.

In your shoes I'd go for the HC2150.

OTOH, I prefer my W1070 to either...but to be fair that's because I mainly use that one after dark when I can control the ambient lighting better.
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Yeah on second thought I'm probably going to stay away from the 4030 even though it could have a better picture if it's not damaged. I feel a five-year-old projector would have a higher chance of being prone to problems as well so I'm going to stay away from that.

So I'm kind of drawn between the 2150 and the 3100, they both have roughly the same specs. Besides the lamp replacement price. Are there really any other differences between the two because the 3100 is about an extra $70 on Epson.ca. Both being refurbished of course.

Do they have much identical picture quality and Etc? I mean I'd expect it to have a better picture quality on the 3100 just due to the fact that it's a 3000 Series.
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The different Epson series are always improving. Since the 2150 is a 1-year newer model than the 3100 it has moved closer in performance than the previous 2045 was to the 3100. But there are still significant differences. The 3000 series comes in a much larger case (body) than the 2000 series and that larger case likely hides internal differences that may not be completely obvious from the specifications. The 3000 series also has a much wider range of vertical lens shift than the 2000 series and also adds horizontal lens shift. As far as image quality there has been much speculation as to how close the 2150 actually is to the 3100 but I'm not aware of any direct comparisons having been made by any experienced AV specialists. For someone new to front projection the differences in performance might not be obvious. But it can depend on the individual's sensitivity to fine detail.
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There's a very good HC2150 review here:

https://www.projection-homecinema.fr...son-eh-tw5650/

The HC2150 is lighter, has longer lamp life and cheaper lamps. Overall performance is very similar to the HC3100.
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To the best of my knowledge the 3100 lamps are $99, is brighter and of course vastly superior placement flexibility over the 2150.

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To the best of my knowledge the 3100 lamps are $99, is brighter and of course vastly superior placement flexibility over the 2150.
I got the lamp costs here:

http://www.projectorcentral.com/Epso...bee-review.htm

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http://www.projectorcentral.com/epso...ge=Performance

But you are correct that the HC3100 lamp street price is ~$100us

The HC3100 is brighter but given it's shorter lamp life, in actual use the HC2150 will probably, on average, be brighter.
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