Originally Posted by dbldown768
It isn't a flat row of white tiles. There is a soffit in between that breaks up the white. No chance in moving anything but I have to imagine if I was happy enough with the Epson whenever it would work I would be looking for something comparable in a newer model. It felt like 4k (or faux 4k) with hdr would at least bring it into the modern century at this point. Mostly movies and TV. Little gaming. Not too concerned with input lag. At this point I want a dependable brand than isn't going to require me to reach out to support for a referb replacement after a year.
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In this budget a projector with ok blacks, 4K (faux or not), HDR support, outside Epson doesn't exist.
The black level on the HT3550 and DLP will be well below of the 5020UB, and can be considered mediocre at best. Only the HT3550 with it's active iris will do a better job, but not by much.
As I said before, problems exist on many projectors, just check out the HT3550 thread:
The forum is where people are more likely to complain, but the launch of the HT3550 has not been smooth.
Options in this budget for 4K DLP's would be Benq HT3550, Optoma UHD50/51/51A, Viewsonic PX7274K.
They will probably fit the setup distance wise, but what they do not have is the lens shift the Epson's have.
The Viewsonic has none:
At the bottom of each calculator, after inputting the setup details, there is a section called Lens Shift.
If you want to stay with Epson there is a great deal for a refurbished 5040UB:
It's got lens shift, better blacks, brighter than the DLP's mentioned above, 4K, and a general upgrade over the 5020UB.
It has a 10GB HDMI chip which means it can't do 4K 60Hz HDR. This is usually only for gaming but some streaming services/boxes are locked at 60Hz. To bypass this the bit depth needs to be changed to 8 bit so that 4K 60Hz HDR can fit through the 10GB bandwidth. Can be done with a PC or a similar device, or a HDFury linker.
Additionally, the HDR tone mapping is not great, so some users get a Panasonic UB420/820/9000, or use madvr on a HTPC (with an ok GPU).
The 5050UB has an 18GB HDMI chip and a better HDR tone mapper, although the Panasonic may be useful here as well.