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Getting back into projectors - HT3550 or 5040UB

Looking to upgrade my viewing experience from my Sharp 60" TV and I've decided to go the projector route. A little background, I used to have a CRT projector (long time ago) and I also had an Optoma DLP projector (also a long time ago). So I have some familiarity with them. The projector would go in my living room, which has a white ceiling a lighter colored walls, which I know isn't ideal; there would be no direct light hitting the screen, but ambient lighting would be an issue, especially given we watch some content during the day. I'll probably go with an ALR screen of some kind, probably a DIY using Carl's to save some $$, to at least help with the issue a bit. Looking for a screen size of 110"; placement is very flexible and not a concern.

I don't watch a lot of movies (10% maybe) and there would be no gaming. It would mostly be broadcast TV, sports in particular and Netflix.

I've done quite a bit of research and narrowed it down to the HT3550 or the 5040UB, since I can get both at or below $1,500. Does anyone have any insight or opinions that would point to one over the other?
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I would most likely opt for the Epson 4010. The 5040 refurbished are a nightmare to get a decent one. With sports being the primary content 720p are your most common broadcasts so 4K may be more of a waste of money. Even a Epson 3100 might be better as it puts out more lumens then any of the others and is 1/2 the price. If movies were more of a concern the BenQ 3550 but don't think it would be bright enough.
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I would most likely opt for the Epson 4010. The 5040 refurbished are a nightmare to get a decent one. With sports being the primary content 720p are your most common broadcasts so 4K may be more of a waste of money. Even a Epson 3100 might be better as it puts out more lumens then any of the others and is 1/2 the price. If movies were more of a concern the BenQ 3550 but don't think it would be bright enough.
I got a refurbished 5040UB. I hit the lotto though, 0 bulb changes and 0 hours on the bulb. Everything seems great.

Mine is in the living room too with ambient light. I got a motorized 120" ALR screen with a 0.8 gain on amazon for around $550 which works great because I can hide it when not in use (wife-friendly!). If you need photos I can take some with the ambient light. The throw distance is around 15ish feet. I wish it was 1.0 gain, but I can live with it for now. Other motorized screens are a lot of $$!
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I would have to say that the 5040, while a bit of a question mark on whether you will get a 'perfect' refurb unit, is still THE deal of the year right now. It will be brighter than most of the others and will have contrast that is significantly better than anything else. It's certainly the way I would go if I wanted the best image quality for the money.

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I got a refurbished 5040UB. I hit the lotto though, 0 bulb changes and 0 hours on the bulb. Everything seems great.

Mine is in the living room too with ambient light. I got a motorized 120" ALR screen with a 0.8 gain on amazon for around $550 which works great because I can hide it when not in use (wife-friendly!). If you need photos I can take some with the ambient light. The throw distance is around 15ish feet. I wish it was 1.0 gain, but I can live with it for now. Other motorized screens are a lot of $$!
Some pictures would be great!
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Some pictures would be great!
Ok, I will take some tonight with it being "dark" in the living room even though I got white walls/ceiling and I will take some tomorrow during the daytime. Are you looking for a fixed frame or motorized?
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Just a thing of note in regards to the Epson. If you have been used to projectors that were fairly compact, the Epson is a pretty big projector at around 24 pounds.

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Ok, I will take some tonight with it being "dark" in the living room even though I got white walls/ceiling and I will take some tomorrow during the daytime. Are you looking for a fixed frame or motorized?
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I would most likely opt for the Epson 4010. The 5040 refurbished are a nightmare to get a decent one. With sports being the primary content 720p are your most common broadcasts so 4K may be more of a waste of money. Even a Epson 3100 might be better as it puts out more lumens then any of the others and is 1/2 the price. If movies were more of a concern the BenQ 3550 but don't think it would be bright enough.
I've been reading up on some of the issues people are having with the power supply and such. Is this an overblown issue or is it something to definitely worry about? Almost seems like there's a manufacturing defect that can't be fixed as I've heard people getting multiple units replaced.
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I just picked up a refurb 5040ub. AMAZING detail and colour. Swapped it.out from my ht1070a benq. Huge upgrade for me.
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Both are good choices.
Mid you want deeper blacks and better overall PQ?

Or do you want the sharpest possible picture and HDR that works on everything?




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This is with ambient light all over. A window is on the right side though as you can tell. It has blinds and is closed

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If I have a 16:9 screen, I would benefit from lens memory?

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If I have a 16:9 screen, I would benefit from lens memory?
Not at all. You would have a 16:9 projector matched to a 16:9 screen, which is exactly what you want.

About the only thing you could do is if you wanted a bit more brightness, you could zoom in some to make the image smaller and that would make it brighter. This may help if you have some daytime viewing where you think the image is 'dim'.

But, sports viewing during the daytime, with curtains drawn and general ambient light is typically not a big deal at a 110" diagonal and the 5040 would do you well.

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