Originally Posted by scottyroo
I had the Epson 4000 e-shifter. Very similar to the 4050. Nice piece of kit especially with the lens shift and motorized zoom. Contrast was decent but I noticed the lack of sharpness. The ht2550 and tk800 were much sharper and the hdr implementation was an upgrade on the BenQas well. Contrast was marginally better on the Epson 4000.
I have a 160” screen so while I liked the ht2550, I felt like I want a bit more brightness. That is the main reason I use the TK800 in my setup. For the brightness... and it is still good at colors. I love it.
With your large screen I like a Tk800 now (good 3D) or if you can wait for the W2700/HT3550, go that route. For what the HT3550 will lack in brightness, I think it will be a performer in the contrast/color categories.
Here’s a quickly put together video I did of the tk800 https://youtu.be/iDAuSeOtFoU
I need to do part 2 with my 7 months in impressions.
Thanks for your response, Scotty, and others as well.
Your response is very useful as you've got an apples to apples comparison with Epson 4000, which as you noted is similar to one of my main competing choices against BenQ, the Cinema Pro 4050.
Sharpness has been a bother for me through the entire life (8 years I think, as I bought mine in 2011), of my Epson 5010. So I'm definitely hoping for better sharpness. 3D was good, but not great, for that as well I'm hoping for an upgrade, as I have a decent 3D collection and my wife & I both enjoy good 3D movies like Avatar, Gravity & Prometheus.
I'm keeping my 1080p needs on the rear with this purchase, even though technically there will be more 1080p content playback, and keeping 4K HDR implementation on the forefront, as our 4K collection is building rapidly, and well, I had my Epson 5010 for about 8 years, so I don't replace projectors that often - I assume this purchase will carry on for some years as well. Which only means the 4K collection will grow stronger.
So primarily my basis would be:
- For 4K HDR, is Epson 4050 better or BenQ?
- For 3D, is Epson 4050 better or BenQ?
One thing I've pretty much decided is to wait for BenQ 2700/HT3550. So it's either going to be Epson 4050 or BenQ 3550. I won't go in for TK800 at this point since the new, and what it seems very likely better model is too near. I'll wait.
Your review of the Tk800 is very promising, and if HT3550 is to be better in any way, I think it's taking the edge on the Epson 4050 for my needs.
Still open to suggestions & info, as at this point I'm really backing off from an immediate purchase & waiting for the BenQ HT3550 to release.