Those images are very sharp, no question about that. I've even tried the same 4K content in both 1080p and 4K on the BenQ and I can hardly tell the difference, so the lesser sharpness of the Epson's does not concern me. How did you get such black bars around your images? It seems the images are different aspect ratios so the surrounding blacks cannot be off-screen, is the 5050UB so good with those black bars?I don’t have the Epson 3800 you were considering, I’ve it’s big brother the TW9400 or what you call the 5050/6050. I honestly don’t want or need more resolution and no one who has seen my setup thinks it’s image is anything other than pin sharp but please you be the judge.
The rated contrast difference between 3800 and 5050 is huge (100,000:1 vs 1,200,000:1), I am not sure I can expect similar contrast as you with a 3800.
I see what you mean. I tried a 4k HDR sample of the movie Lucy in both 1080 SDR and 4k HDR (directly connect to the projector's media port), and honestly I could not tell the difference . Why? Projector Reviews says the HDR difference on the BenQ cannot be missed, yet the same 4k HDR sample looks as good when downscaled to 1080 SDR.Demos are unnatural images made to sell TVs in a bright store. Not similar to regular content in many ways. Primary was is content has many dark scenes, which you will notice more and more once you start using the projector.
A low black floor and good performance in low ADL is number one requirement for a projector by far.
I am looking into this, but I run into this problem:I would definitely look for a used or refurb Epson 5040ub.
I know that the Epson 5040UB is limited to 4k HDR @ 30fps, so I forced the NVidia shield to output [email protected] and then tried Netflix HDR movies (which should be 24 fps). The movies look fine, but the audio goes out of sync when I choose anything other than 59/60Hz for output. This leads me to believe that I will not be able to play Netflix content [email protected] HDR which is the best the 5040UB can do.