Optoma UHD60 vs Epson HC4000 (and PC4040 bundle)
Optoma UHD65: Best In Class – Best Performance: $2500 - $8000
Epson HC5040UB: Best In Class – Best Value
The HC4000 might actually perform better compared to the UHD60 than the UHD65, but for these purposes, I assumed that other than extra white lumens, but not extra color lumens, wouldn’t change things much with doing HDR. If they do, it’s probably not to the benefit of the Optoma.
Still, the UHD60 takes the Best Performance Award, primarily for the extra native sharpness, despite less placement flexibility, etc. I would expect overall color to be about the same, post calibration. With no dramatic difference in black level performance, the Performance award has to go to the projector with the best picture – no matter that the Epson has far more features, including Lens Memory.
And the Epson HC4000 takes the Value award, because in some ways it bests the Optoma slightly, but only in feature set does it dominate. So, it’s almost as high performance a projector, but with far more features, and that equals Value.
Optoma UHD65 vs HC5040UB
Epson HC5040UB: Best In Class – Best Performance: $2500 - $8000
Optoma UHD65: Best In Class – Runner Up, Best Performance $2500 - $8000
This time, based on my usual, well reported biases, the top honor, Best Performance in the $2000 - $3500 class, has to go to the Epson Home Cinema 5040UB.
Consider the one major difference, (since we’re assuming the UHD60 is close enough to the UHD65, that we’re treating them as slightly different but equal), is the 5040UB’s black level performance. The Epson crushes the Optoma, and that is, in my opinion, far more important than the slight sharpness difference, (or a bit more than slight), but it certainly be reduced to slight – or less, if you don’t mind pushing Epson’s Image Enhancement feature up a bit.
In other words, it came down to the UHD65 simply not lacking great black levels. Without direct comparison, I’d say that the UHD65 will beat most entry level DLP projectors at black levels, but it will be much closer to the best of those than to the Epson 5040UB. It really is a huge difference on those dark scenes.
Now, if you value a slight amount of sharpness as more valuable than a huge difference in black levels and if you don’t need the Epson’s feature set, the Optoma will be for you. But, for me, the black levels make it virtually no contest for my viewing in my dedicated home theater.