Close enough! Because what really matters for serious home theater enthusiasts, is being able to do a great job on very dark scenes (black level performance). And to beat the Epson 5040UB or other Epson UBs at black levels, there’s only the JVC at $3,999, and even more expensive JVCs. Even Sony’s native 4K projectors don’t outperform this Epson on those dark scenes, until you get up around their $15K and $25K projectors.
And that keeps the Epson 5040UB as the highest performance, serious home theater projector you can buy under $2,500 list price (or under $3500 for that matter).
Until they eventually replace it. We’ll keep you posted. Meantime:
This is still the projector to beat if you take home theater seriously, are on a budget, and want 4K capabilities. Lens memory and its many other features only further enhance its value. And let’s not forget the 2-year parts and labor warranty with 2 years of replacement program. If you buy, instead, a Pro Cinema 6040UB from a local dealer, you’ll get an extra year of both warranty and replacement program, plus a spare lamp, cable cover, and ceiling mount. But all that puts the 6040UB into the more expensive price Class. You’ll pay a slight premium for the Pro Cinema version. That decision is up to you.
For the serious home theater person with a proper room (and even many without a “proper” theater/cave), for now, I consider this the best choice short of spending for the $4K JVC which also wins an award, but in the more expensive $2,500 - $5,000 Class.
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