Originally Posted by bjones8103
I need opinions. I live in a small house, 900 sq ft, but I run four projectors in three different rooms. I'm 70 years old and have earned the right to be eccentric. My vision is 20/20 with no cataracts, no macular degeneration, no diabetes, and my goal is to go to my grave watching movies and playing video games. Presently I have an Optoma UHD51alv, a Benq HT3550, a Benq HT3050, and a Benq HT2150 which is my primary gaming project, and is portable room to room. The other projectors are installed at a lens to screen distance that give a neutral zoom or mid zoom setting that should provide the sharpest image.
Here is my problem. The Optoma UHD51 has died. I need a projector to replace it. The projector needs to project to a 100 inch diagonal screen at no more than 10 ft 6 inches and no less than 9 ft and I would prefer it be 4k and 3d capable . I would buy another Benq Ht3550 but Benq has for whatever reason raised its price $200.
Enter the Epson HC3200/HC3800. Epson, for whatever reason, has dropped the price on the HC3800, $200. At 10 ft, six inches the Epson's throw puts the lens heavily to the wide side of the zoom, which may degrade the sharpness of an already soft focus. Another problem with the Epson is its brightness. The room is totally dark with light, pinkish walls (not my fault) and a white ceiling. The brightness problem can be addressed but the throw problem can't. I have no way of viewing the Epson's image before buying. I need a rough estimate of how sharp the Epson's focus is at a wide zoom (75%) setting. To make matters worse the Optoma had the sharpest image of all the projectors I've owned. I've always wanted to own an Epson, but never found one that would fit my needs. Your opinions will be greatly appreciated. I'm also open to suggestions to other projectors that may fit my throw specs, but I've done my homework and haven't found a one. These boards are the best I've found. thanks.
From online testimonies the Epson HC3xxx will be less sharp.
DLP is also the best at 3D. 3LCD on the Epsons is susceptible to ghosting.
For gaming a native 4K projector will bring a noticeable upgrade, but native 4K projectors start at around twice the price of a HT3550.
Sharpness is also affected by the quality of lens and the source. Shot in 4K/games in 4K>Shot in 2K (4K signal)>1080p source upscaled to 4K by projector/other component.
If you want more sharpness, get a UHD60/65.
Another component that will increase perceived sharpness is contrast. Seeing that you already have a few projectors with poor/mediocre contrast, why not get one with good/excellent contrast and black levels?
There are options in this price range, better with more (of course), but the room must be treated for reflections.
Wall reflections will affect the contrast considerably. On a very dark scene less so, but as images get brighter the cross reflects will have a greater and greater impact.
Room treatment can be done with black paint, but for projectors with great black levels, black velvet is required. Not the entire room, just the area closest to the screen, around 5ft or more. The white ceiling would have to be painted though, and preferably so the pink walls.
This example has the screen in an enclosure, so light form the non treated part of the room has more difficulty getting there:
Or get another UHD51. They are said to be amongst the sharpest 4K devices.
Alternatively, for fast paced gaming a projector with lower lag could be another option. There are models that can do 1080p in 120Hz at 8.3ms lag.
The Benq HT2150ST has 16ms.