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Epson 4010 or 5040UB for not ideal conditions

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I would like some help on deciding which projector I should get. The set-up is in a family room that is 22' x 17'. The windows are blocked out with light blocking shades and light blocking curtains. During the day, I can control the ambient light fairly well, but can not completely eliminate it. I have purchased a 130" Dark Energy Pulsar 1.4 ALR scope screen to improve the daytime performance. My budget is around $2000. I am looking at these two primarily because both have motorized lens control and lens memory (pretty much a must) and both have outstanding reviews. The UB has better specs for contrast, a slightly higher lumen count, but a problematic power supply. The 4010 has the improved 4k shift. My question is would I really benefit from the higher contrast rating of the UB projector in my set-up?
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If you have a white/pastel colored room then the benefits of the older 5040's contrast would be minimized. The 4010's improved tone mapping for HDR I think would be a higher priority. A higher contrast projector is always better in any room but the difference is not as great in less then ideal conditions.

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rekbones, Thanks for your input. Is there anyone else who would like to chime in? Will the Pulsar ALR screen combat the ambient light well enough to maintain higher contrast levels and warrant a projector with better black levels?
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jbail804, I had similar dilemma. My room is 20'L x 18'W and I have white vaulted ceiling which couldn't be painted dark due to WAF, so I decided to go with 4010. 5040's power supply reliability also played a role, I really didn't want to gamble on it.

I built 178" scope screen using carlofet flexiwhite material. The room has large opening on rear left side, so there is some ambient light during daytime which makes image not perfect but it is still viewable in dynamic mode. Night time viewing is great, no regrets.
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RK73, Thanks for the input.
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I built 178" scope screen using carlofet flexiwhite material. The room has large opening on rear left side, so there is some ambient light during daytime which makes image not perfect but it is still viewable in dynamic mode. Night time viewing is great, no regrets.
That's the spirit! No namby-pamby 100" or 120" screen for you.

Very nice.


JBail - I'd go 4010, save the dough, and upgrade in 3+ years or so.

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That's the way I'm leaning...
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That's the spirit! No namby-pamby 100" or 120" screen for you.

Very nice.
The original plan was to get a 150" 16:9 Silver Ticket. But my front wall is low and wide, height to ceiling slope is only 7', so 2.35:1 scope seemed to be more appropriate. As I started experimenting with projecting different screen sizes/aspect ratios on the wall, I quickly realized that for CIH I would need a largest screen that I could fit on that wall. There were no factory made screens of that size that I could afford, so I decided to build one.
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There were no factory made screens of that size that I could afford, so I decided to build one.
Yeah, unless you have a small standardize screen, they really soak you on the pre-built screens. DIY is the only way to go.
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