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Epson 5050UB worth $600 more than 4050?

My local electronics place has both and I'm going to finance whichever one I get. Financially poor statement aside, $600 in financing over 2 years means nothing to me basically.

I had the BenQ 3550 and live in a bright studio and the difference in 400 lumens from the 3550 (2000) to 4050 (2400) (I tested a friends in my place) was astounding. Completely different ballgame. So I'm thinking just 200 more lumens alone might make it worth it. But, perhaps not.

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Thought it had quite a few improvements.
-Better pixel shifting (responsible for some of that lumen boost). Faster, more accurate and more output.

-Better HDR support including HDR10 and HLG if you plan on streaming 4k.

-18gb/s HDMI support. Will support the best pic possible from gaming consoles, Apple TV and the latest roku

-and they improved the motorized lens control. Quieter, finer adjustments and auto centering.

Seems like an easy choice to better future proof yourself for a bit.

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You also should be looking at the new Epson 3800. If a truly poor light controlled room the 3800 is brighter then either the 5050 or 4050. 4K eshift with 18Gb HDMI but does lack any P3 color filter with the bonus of inexpensive replacement lamps.

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You also should be looking at the new Epson 3800. If a truly poor light controlled room the 3800 is brighter then either the 5050 or 4050. 4K eshift with 18Gb HDMI but does lack any P3 color filter with the bonus of inexpensive replacement lamps.
Hate to have to bump this, as I sent you a PM, but can someone tell me what I'll notice different about the Epson 5050UB and the 3800? W/ a $1k price difference and one being among the go to best projectors under $3k vs. this new 3800.. I just don't know enough about these things to know how it'll look different. Other than the 3800 having 400 more lumens so it'll be brighter, apparently.

I'm also going to buy one or the other in about 7 hours so would appreciate any knowledge today.
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Hate to have to bump this, as I sent you a PM, but can someone tell me what I'll notice different about the Epson 5050UB and the 3800? W/ a $1k price difference and one being among the go to best projectors under $3k vs. this new 3800.. I just don't know enough about these things to know how it'll look different. Other than the 3800 having 400 more lumens so it'll be brighter, apparently.

I'm also going to buy one or the other in about 7 hours so would appreciate any knowledge today.
It’s contrast appears to be worse than the 4050 never mind the 5050. No doubt lumens is very important if your room has ambient light but even then you’ll need to really look at buying an ALR screen to get remotely decent blacks plus it will also help get you even better blacks when the room is dark.

If possible try an demo all three projectors but if you get the chance to compare the 4050 vs 5050 at a store which can completely get their room dark you should be able to see why the 5050 is worth that $600 more.

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... I'm also going to buy one or the other in about 7 hours so would appreciate any knowledge today.
It's generally not a good idea to set an artificial deadline and rush into choosing between different projector models before fully understanding and thinking through the different balance of pros and cons of each as well as which pros are most important to you and which cons you can most easily put up with.
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