Originally Posted by Emvious
I’ve been doing a lot of research and have come down to either the Sony HW45ES or Epson 3100. I think 4K is more than I need at this point but am interested in a quality projector with good contrast and brightness.
It’s going in a basement with great light control. Mostly for movies at night with little to no ambient light. Kids may use it some during the day while in the basement playing but likely won’t mind a slightly washed out image. I’ve gotten tentative approval to paint the walls dark gray to minimize reflection etc.
Initially I wanted to do a 120” painted screen at roughly 12 feet away but am considering moving up to a 150” AT screen. I have installed in wall surround and am using an older Sony AVR for 5.1 surround.
The Sony seems to be $1800 while the Epson is discounted to $700. I realize the Sony is “nicer” but is it $1100 nicer? Would I be better off with the Epson and spending $600 on a dedicated screen. I realize the ultimate is probably the Sony with a screen but I don’t want to spend money if I’m really not going to see a huge difference. Am I at the point of diminishing returns?
I realize it is likely just a matter of preference. I may decide that I want to upgrade to 4K sooner than I had planned so keeping cost down is a plus, but on the other hand I’m happy to spend a little more to get a quality projector that will look nice enough I don’t feel the need to upgrade. Any thoughts are appreciated.
Dark grey walls will help with black level/contrast, the Sony's image will have better blacks and contrast.
Not sure what the exact room dimensions are,but the Sony can't do 150" from 12'.
If the Sony could possibly be placed backwards for an 150" screen, it would probably be too dim. If the AT screen has a negative gain, that would make it even dimmer.
The HC3100/3700 can power an 150" screen.
For brightness estimates use this website:
For screen to distance measurements use the projectorcentral link above, other projectors can be selected.
If you live in the US, there is a deal for a refurbished 5040UB.
Link and thread:
The one without the wireless is out of stock now, and you have to keep an eye on it since they are sold very quickly.
The 5040UB has good blacks, motorized lens shift with memory, 4K, is bright enough for an 150" screen, etc.