Originally Posted by skylarlove1999
I am sure it does add quite a bit at that size when watching 4k content. Most people would not feel comfortable taking a $3500 projector outside. Along with the 9 available lens that is quite an expensive setup for being outside. I am sure 6500 lumens it is quite breathtaking for outdoor viewing. Hopefully it is all covered.
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Originally Posted by shasta
Yeah, I've got to disagree here. Sure in a controlled environment like my theater room, 4k is fantastic, but outside on a random BBQ night at the house, most people are not going to discern the slightest bit of difference between a 4k enhanced picture and a bright 1080p one. Also, you're talking about a $4,000.00 dollar projector, I feel it's safe to say that most of us are not going to be comfortable lugging our expensive projectors outside into the elements for a backyard movie when a $600.00 dollar projector is going to wow 99% of the people watching.
As a wise man once wrote, "One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor"...
4K is 4K, doesn't really matter if it's indoors or outdoors. Whether or not one can discern, appreciate, or care about the difference is a personal choice and opinion at best and we all know that opinions vary. One could opine the same about 4K's value on an indoor screen and not be wrong taking into account "most people"
and their varied opinions. Like you said, "... a $600.00 dollar projector is going to wow 99% of the people watching."
The price of the projector is somewhat superfluous in my opinion but FWIW, that unit can be purchased for ~$3000 or less with lens.
I've been doing backyard movies for some time now. We set up a 5.2 sound system that supports lossless codecs and tear it all down at the end of the night. Life is short and fun is fun.
With regards to the OP, I see nothing wrong with using his Epson 5050ub outside on occasion. Sure, there is some risk. But there's risk using it indoors too; power surge, water leak, someone/something hitting it, etc... Most people using front projection will move on to or update the machine long before its useful life has come to an end. Craigslist and ebay is full of last years model projectors for sale.
Again, I've been doing backyard movies for sometime now and I've yet to have a problem with or find a bug inside the light engine. I use Epson units for outside because they have great PQ and light output for the money. I don't pretend to know why, but bugs do not get sucked into the unit. We are set up in a forest, surrounded by lakes, and have more than our fair share of flying insects. I suspect it has something to do with the heat generated by the lamp that keeps the bugs away. I've never had any problem with dust, pollen, etc., and the Epson filter is as clean as using it indoors.
Unless you live in a hermetically sealed home, using a projector outside is not that much different than using it inside. That is unless you ignore common sense or intend to use it in storm type weather conditions. I live in Michigan and we've even set up in the snow for ice skating parties and the equipment preforms flawlessly.
While I can certainly understand one placing such value on their projector and not wishing to take it outside, it's not a very valid reason with regards to its enjoyment, use, or physical capability when used outside.