Originally Posted by momofx
Ok this is gonna come as twist, I thought I would ask you what do you think of the Epson 5040UB? I've been looking at that and I must say it does look very interesting even compared to the HT3550...
3LCD is not as good with motion handling and 3D as DLP. There have been some reports of the 5040UB and other 3LCD's having ghosting in 3D. So if 3D is a priority, DLP is the best.
Other than that, the refurbished 5040UB is a great value. It's got good black level, contrast, low lag, bright, motorized lenses with memory, bright. Only has a 10GB HDMI chip, so no 4K 60Hz HDR, 24Hz (30Hz) at the most. So it can't accept a 4K HDR 60Hz signal.
This unit has had issues with it's power supply, but warranty would help with that.
The HT3550 can display ~8 million pixels vs the ~4 million on the 5040UB (1080p has ~2m). Seating distance is relevant is this detail is going to be noticed, but sharpness (and general PQ) is influenced by lens quality and contrast.
A review between the HT3550 and the Epson HC4010 which is the next generation after HC4000 (5040UB without the black level) claimed the Epson provided an overall better PQ for SDR, with HDR being equal.
Motorized lenses on the Epson allows for CIH (constant image height) setups. With a 2.35:1 screen, users use the zoom to fit a 2.35:1 image. The projector displays a 16:9 image, so the top and bottom black bars will be outside the screen. When it's time to watch another format like 16:9 they zoom out, the image becomes smaller with black bars on the right and left. Keeping the zoom used for an 2.35:1 image and playing a 16:9 would make it too large. So you could have a 150" 2.35:1 screen, and an 120" 16:9 screen at the same time. The memory on the motorized lenses make this change easy. Painting the wall would make it easier to choose whatever size is desired.