Originally Posted by Jayls5
I'm tired of troubleshooting the firmware problems with my HT3550 involving random dimming, half screen glitches, and the insane fan noise mounted up high in my (hotter) vaulted ceiling. Throwing in the towel on that unit.
Is there a comparable projector that has more vertical lens shift to minimize my keystone use? I'd also love to have a bit of horizontal lens shift to not have to redo my universal projector mount. I remember seeing Epson had something comparable to the HT3550 that might be a little brighter for my living room environment.
If anyone could list a few model options for me to research, it would be greatly appreciated!
First of all don't use keystone.
The issues with the Benq should be fixable. Every projector has it's quirks.
You shouldn't use it in a heated area.
The issue with the HT3800 and focus issues have been noted already, but the Benq will look better.
Something like the Optoma UHD50/51A is said to be much quieter. The Benq does have slightly better blacks, but it less sharp and less bright.
Originally Posted by dreamer
Well, none of the Epsons are 4k -- they accept a 4k input but throw away half the pixels before putting a double 1080P image on screen. So in this price range, DLP is the only 4k game in town. None of them have horizontal lens shift that I recall except the Viewsonic X100-4K (only 1200 lumens), the JVC LX-UH1B (2000 lumens), and the Benq HT5550 (1800 lumens). The others are all above the $3,000 price limit for this forum. None of these lumen numbers really scream "living room" level of brightness.
The JVC LX-NZ3B is 3000 lumens laser but is $3K-$4K. The NEC P506QL and BenQ LK952 are 5000 lumen lasers but $4k-$5k price range.
Finding a mounting solution that didn't require horizontal lens shift would open up your options in this price range a lot.
Where did you get the lumens for the X100 4K? It claims 2900 lumens and I don't even think they have been released. Also the HT5550 does not have 1800 lumens.
This Epson's 4K is not 4K has been debunked:
There is more to 4K resolution then just the panel technology involved. Many factors contribute to sharpness/detail perception like lenses, visual acuity, the source, the application, etc.
Unless the screen is overly large and or sitting too close the Epsons are sharp enough. With OP's 120" from 12' I don't think this presents a problem.
More importantly, resolution is not the primary improvement when it comes to 4K HDR. It's the grading, HDR effects, followed by color, then resolution. The other aspects of what makes a good looking picture also don't change, aka contrast, motion, etc.