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I have a Optoma HD33 from 2012, want to upgrade with a $1500 budget. Help.

I have the Optoma HD33 ceiling mounted in the back of a large room shooting to a 150" screen. It's served me well since 2012 with only one bulb change but I'm getting the itch now to upgrade to 4k maybe unless you guys think I should just get a better 1080p projector? My budget is $1500ish. I assume I'll need to to upgrade my HDMI cord that's in the wall to a 4k one as well and probably upgrade my HTPC to handle 4k if needed which I'm willing to do if the difference is worth it. I mostly use the projector for watching movies/tv shows.
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It depends a lot on the room. In a bat cave fully light controlled room with dark non reflective surfaces contrast trumps resolution. The HD33 is not an overly bright projector so you must have fairly decent light control. I had an HD33 and loved it especially because it had excellent FI but many are not a fan so if you don't use it ,it's not a plus. Unless you go the refurbished route $1500 is not going to get you a higher contrast projector, try and snag a refurbed Epson 5040. If your room is less then ideal like a white ceiling contrast is all ready compromised so a BenQ HT3550 might be an excellent upgrade with an msrp of $1500 but may have too short of a throw so use the calculator to check it out. Upgrading to 4K needs every thing in the chain so HTPC, AVR and cables need to be up too snuff. If streaming 4K a 25 Mb ISP is the minimum. Upgrading a PC I recommend a NVidia 1050ti card at a minimum.

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It depends a lot on the room. In a bat cave fully light controlled room with dark non reflective surfaces contrast trumps resolution. The HD33 is not an overly bright projector so you must have fairly decent light control. I had an HD33 and loved it especially because it had excellent FI but many are not a fan so if you don't use it ,it's not a plus. Unless you go the refurbished route $1500 is not going to get you a higher contrast projector, try and snag a refurbed Epson 5040. If your room is less then ideal like a white ceiling contrast is all ready compromised so a BenQ HT3550 might be an excellent upgrade with an msrp of $1500 but may have too short of a throw so use the calculator to check it out. Upgrading to 4K needs every thing in the chain so HTPC, AVR and cables need to be up too snuff. If streaming 4K a 25 Mb ISP is the minimum. Upgrading a PC I recommend a NVidia 1050ti card at a minimum.
The ceiling is white and the projector is mounted about 18-19 feet back from the screen on the ceiling right now. I was thinking about the HT3550 as being my upgrade, think my AVR is already 4k compatible and I do have a laptop with a 1050ti I guess I could make my HTPC instead. Would you recommend I go with the HT3550 then?
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I'd be on the lookout for an Epson 5040ub that's refurbished or in great condition, can't really beat it for the price. And if you can do without 4k, the Epson 5030ub is a fantastic projector with great brightness and black levels, pair it with a Darbee 5000S, and it'll knock your socks off, that's what I have, and it's truly an amazing image.

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For a 150" diag screen the HT3550 can be no more then 16' front of the lens to screen so you would need to move the projector. I second the 5040 but they are selling for $2K new. If you can move the projector the HT3550 would be my choice if 4K is a priority but the 5040 will have better contrast.

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Seems like a refurbished Epson 5040UB is the way to go for me then, I'll keep checking the website and hope it comes into stock. Really appreciate everyone's help.
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Seems like a refurbished Epson 5040UB is the way to go for me then, I'll keep checking the website and hope it comes into stock. Really appreciate everyone's help.
Please come back and post your comparison here, as it would be very helpful for me. I am going to upgrade to a 4K projector this year, also coming from an HD33. I am currently leaning toward the BenQ TK-800M, but I am waiting a bit longer to make sure, or see what they have in store later in the year for the following TK line.
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I just wanted to comment that I had upgraded from my circa 2013 HD25e early last summer, so somewhat in the same situation as you.
Note that I have a 133" screen in a fully light controlled room with black/dark paint on walls, ceiling, and dark carpet on the floor.

At the time I didn't have much UHD or HDR content, so I planned to wait a few years for true 4K (making pixel shift a good compromise IMO)


That being the case, I was comparing a Sony HW45 (for a good 1080 option), an Epson 5040, Optoma UHD65, and JVCX590 and spent a number of hours demoing at a local Home Theater store.
Right off the bat, my partner and I really liked the Epson the best.
Although it didn't have as outstanding blacks (or e-shift) as the JVC, the Epson seemed to have the most enjoyable picture to us.
It came across as more vibrant and enjoyable to watch, and wow, what an upgrade from the HD25e!
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