Originally Posted by alvaroec
I am considering upgrade my Benq 1080st to a new projector, focusing on HT3550, HT5550, Epson 4010, 5040UB, 5050UB (all DCI-P3 near to 100%, under $3k).
Can anyone explain me why 4k and HDR were a must for television and, literally, ALL specialized projector reviews says that 4k is not so important in the projection area spite of >100” screens?
All comparisons give the victory to Epson, but I can watch videos about the sharpness on YouTube and there the is an important GAP between 2-pixel shifting and 4-pixel shinfting, the last, near to native.
Why does Epson UB win all reviews? Contrast is the the most important to projection?
If YES, why i shoud go to 5050ub instead 5040ub, considering the $600-700 less new at the second?
Sorry for my english,
Thanks for your replies
Yeah, I tend to differ with the established position taken by many reviewers and some members here. I think resolution matters a great deal in projectors because, as you rightly point out, screen sizes are so large.
When 4K came to flatscreens it sort of flopped. Sure, the TV manufacturers claim 4K was a success but that was largely down to consumers not really having a choice: if you were buying a Tv at a certain size you had to buy 4K. The truth is, it difficult if not impossible to discern any noticeable increase in picture clarity on a 50-65” set from typical viewing distances. So, quickly, the conversation went from resolution being the main benefit to HDR/wide color being the main benefit. And in the context of a tiny flatscreen that makes perfect sense.
In the projector world things are a little different. Resolution becomes (again, IMO) vastly more important as the average screen size increases from 100 to 120 to, in some cases, 140” and above. While it’s difficult to see the advantage 4K brings to a 60” flatscreen when viewed from across the room— heck, while it’s not a given that 4K is always a discernible advantage for my 28” monitor that I sit RIGHT in front of— it was immediately apparent the advantage 4K has over HD on my 100” projector screen.
When comparing projectors you can’t take cost out of the equation. You say the Epson 5050 “always wins”. I’m not sure that’s the case as I’ve read a lot of comparisons and reviews of that model and while the reviews are glowing it’s also important to consider that it’s the most expensive of any of the projectors you mentioned. It also has the best contrast of any projector you mentioned and contrast is a highly valued metric and tends to win in direct head to head comparisons. Still, head over to the BenQ Ht5550 owners thread and you’ll find more than a few members who preferred that model owing to (among other things) it being sharper due to the fact that it has twice the resolution, has DLP’s typical better motion handling, and some have argued it’s HDR picture has a leg up on the Epson’s. So it’s not so clear cut and depends greatly on the priorities of the owner.
I have not seen the 5050 yet but I have spent some time with the 4010 and while I think Epson’s 4K enhancement pixel shift is a solid tech and a great addition to their lineup and the market in general— it’s not as sharp as the DLPs and the difference is, IMO, not subtle. Now, factors like screen size, sitting distance and content can all conspire to lessen that difference. And you have to consider other factors as well: contrast, color, brightness, lens shift, throw, zoom, picture features... there are a ton of reasons besides resolution that you might choose one model over another.
For me, I’m pretty high in the 4K DLPs. I’ve grown accustomed to the extra clarity the 4K resolution provides and I’ve long been a fan of DLP’s motion handling (as a former plasma fanatic I found the motion blur on LCD and LCD based tech to be a big turn off when I tried to make the switch). But I also understand the tech has it’s weaknesses. DLP has long struggled to compete with pricier 3LCD and LCOS projectors in terms of contrast and the continued inability of manufacturers to produce affordable DLPs with generous lens shift/zoom is a downer. Again, it’s all about your priorities.