TV Projector

Hi All

So if all goes fine and as soon things calm down with the current climate I am planing to move away from my Vizio 55" LCD.

I have narrowed down to two options the Epson 5050UB or the BenQ HT5550. The living room is about 20' X 13' with a big window on the side and a 3.5' opening to the kitchen.

I plan to get maybe a 120" black projection screen. I don't watch too much TV during the day even on the weekends. I will say 80% of the time is at night after all my work is done.

I have no experience with projectors and this will be my first venture. Any advice will be welcome.

Cheers
HT
AVR-Pioneer SC99
Adcom 585
RTi12s
Rear- RT150
Center-CSi5
Sub-Rythmik audio F25
Player- Oppo BDP-103


Living room 2ch rig:
Peach Tree Decco, Onkyo CS-5VL SACD and Linn Kelidh

Bedroom 2ch rig.
Cary AE-3, Parasound 2125, Marantz SA8005, Usher V-601 or SDA 1C, SVS SB12-NSD, Intel NUC PC and Panamax MX5105

Headphone rig;
Little DOT MK II with upgraded tube's and Sennheisers HD650.

Comments

  • Dennis GardnerDennis Gardner Posts: 4,866
    edited March 20
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    The 5050UB will be much brighter than the HT5550 according to this website:https://projectorcentral.com/BenQ-HT5550-projection-calculator-pro.htm#top

    My Optoma HD25LV is very bright and can be used with lights on if needed. When I put into the calculator it comes up 52 FL (foot lamberts) on the 120"diagonal screen. The Epson is close to the level, but the BenQ is only 19FL on that size screen.

    I have found that a projector used for TV with a number of people in a living room needs to have the ability to project an image even with lights on, so casual watchers can talk to each other. In a home theater setting with total light control, projectors look best when calibrated for movies. In a living room, think sporting event where people might want to get up and move around to get a drink, a bright PJ that has the ability to overcome the lighting works best. You can actually have two setting saved to accomplish this. The BenQ may not let you do that with only 19FL.

    No comments allowed about CRS+ setup.......I put them on stands 6 foot apart when in use.
    HT Optoma HD25 LV on 80" DIY Screen, Anthem MRX 300 Receiver, Pioneer Elite BDP 51FD Polk CS350LS, Polk SDA1C, Polk FX300, Polk RT55, Dual EBS Adire Shiva 320watt tuned to 17hz, ICs-DIY Twisted Prs, Speaker-Raymond Cable

    2 Channel Thorens TD 318 Grado ZF1, SACD/CD Marantz 8260, Soundstream/Krell DAC1, Audio Mirror PP1, Odyssey Stratos, ADS L-1290, ICs-DIY Twisted , Speaker-Raymond Cable
  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 3,561
    I really like our BenQ. The DLP may not be as bright as the lcd at the same price point, but it’s beautifully natural. We purchased the 2050 in 2016; have had zero issues and the picture is still fantastic in our dark HT room. I imagine the newer more expensive 4K DLP projectors are even better.

    Projecting 1080 on a 120” elite screen.
    Oh, Listen here mister. We got no way of understandin' this world. But we got as much sense of this bird flyin in the sky. Now there is a lot that bird don't know, but it don't change the fact that the world is happening to him all the same. What I am tryin to say is, is that the course of your life, well its changing, and you don't even see it- Forest Bondurant
  • IrrenhausIrrenhaus Posts: 917
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    The 5050UB will be much brighter than the HT5550 according to this website:https://projectorcentral.com/BenQ-HT5550-projection-calculator-pro.htm#top

    My Optoma HD25LV is very bright and can be used with lights on if needed. When I put into the calculator it comes up 52 FL (foot lamberts) on the 120"diagonal screen. The Epson is close to the level, but the BenQ is only 19FL on that size screen.

    I have found that a projector used for TV with a number of people in a living room needs to have the ability to project an image even with lights on, so casual watchers can talk to each other. In a home theater setting with total light control, projectors look best when calibrated for movies. In a living room, think sporting event where people might want to get up and move around to get a drink, a bright PJ that has the ability to overcome the lighting works best. You can actually have two setting saved to accomplish this. The BenQ may not let you do that with only 19FL.

    No comments allowed about CRS+ setup.......I put them on stands 6 foot apart when in use.

    Hey thanks for the advice. On my end I am not much a sports fan so no gatherings. Is mostly me all the time to watch a good movie or a TV series.

    I am leaning to the Epson especially the e version which is wireless.

    Cheers
    HT
    AVR-Pioneer SC99
    Adcom 585
    RTi12s
    Rear- RT150
    Center-CSi5
    Sub-Rythmik audio F25
    Player- Oppo BDP-103


    Living room 2ch rig:
    Peach Tree Decco, Onkyo CS-5VL SACD and Linn Kelidh

    Bedroom 2ch rig.
    Cary AE-3, Parasound 2125, Marantz SA8005, Usher V-601 or SDA 1C, SVS SB12-NSD, Intel NUC PC and Panamax MX5105

    Headphone rig;
    Little DOT MK II with upgraded tube's and Sennheisers HD650.
  • Inspector 24Inspector 24 Posts: 1,306
    How good is the wireless? I seem to recall projectors of past that had issues with signal interruption, but haven't investigated recently.

    I'm partial to DLP projectors. To my eye they have a ease of color presentation and they just look more natural than others. The tradeoff is the occasional rainbow from moving or looking too fast which for me is a more than acceptable tradeoff.

    My current projector is a Sim2 D60, essentially a hot-rodded BenQ W5000. Has been going strong for over 10 years now. The picture is rich and natural, plenty bright, and sharp enough that I have no desire to upgrade to 4k. If/When I upgrade mine it will most certainly be a BenQ, likely the HT5550.
    Up
    LSi15 LSiC - RX-V3000

    Down
    LSiM707 - 706c - 702f/x - Dual HSU VTF-15H Mk2
    Parasound HCA-3500 - HCA-2003A - Marantz SR7005
    Sim2 D60 - Dragonfly 106" Panny 500

  • LeftCoastLeftCoast Posts: 402
    How good is the wireless? I seem to recall projectors of past that had issues with signal interruption, but haven't investigated recently.

    I'm partial to DLP projectors. To my eye they have a ease of color presentation and they just look more natural than others. The tradeoff is the occasional rainbow from moving or looking too fast which for me is a more than acceptable tradeoff.

    My current projector is a Sim2 D60, essentially a hot-rodded BenQ W5000. Has been going strong for over 10 years now. The picture is rich and natural, plenty bright, and sharp enough that I have no desire to upgrade to 4k. If/When I upgrade mine it will most certainly be a BenQ, likely the HT5550.

    I was looking at projectors last year. It was one of the projector websites, projector people or projector central...One of them.. Anyway, the sales person who was working with me was clearly trying to steer me away from the wireless Epson without outright saying it. She was hinting that the wireless was problematic.

    I too am thinking about the 5050 or the 6050. A selling point for me is that you can program different aspect ratios.
  • Inspector 24Inspector 24 Posts: 1,306
    edited March 24
    Wireless sounds nice, especially considering the difficulty in running HDMI in some applications. I use an HDMI Balun, converts to cat5 cable, boosts the signal, reconverts on the other end. Run is about 55' Only problem I've had is the first balun died after 2 years, current one is going on 5. No signal loss, no need to buy a crazy expensive HDMI cable and hope it survives being ran through walls.
    Up
    LSi15 LSiC - RX-V3000

    Down
    LSiM707 - 706c - 702f/x - Dual HSU VTF-15H Mk2
    Parasound HCA-3500 - HCA-2003A - Marantz SR7005
    Sim2 D60 - Dragonfly 106" Panny 500

  • IrrenhausIrrenhaus Posts: 917
    Okay so after some research I decided that for my first venture into TV projectors I will start basic and go from there. I got an EPSON Home Cinema 1060 this one is only 1080P but at the moment I don't have any 4K material.

    So far I am happy it looks great and is bright even with a lot of ambient light. I got this one refurbished for only $399

    Just did a full re-arrangement of the HT system and more work is coming.

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    Cheers
    HT
    AVR-Pioneer SC99
    Adcom 585
    RTi12s
    Rear- RT150
    Center-CSi5
    Sub-Rythmik audio F25
    Player- Oppo BDP-103


    Living room 2ch rig:
    Peach Tree Decco, Onkyo CS-5VL SACD and Linn Kelidh

    Bedroom 2ch rig.
    Cary AE-3, Parasound 2125, Marantz SA8005, Usher V-601 or SDA 1C, SVS SB12-NSD, Intel NUC PC and Panamax MX5105

    Headphone rig;
    Little DOT MK II with upgraded tube's and Sennheisers HD650.
  • verbverb Posts: 10,154
    Very nice! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS,Cary SLP-05 Pre,Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport,Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC,Cambridge 851N streamer,Marantz SA-14 SACD,McIntosh MC300 Amp,Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Pangea Power Cables,Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's,MIT Shotgun S3 IC's,MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC,EAR Acute CD Player,EAR 834L Pre,Northstar Designs Intenso DAC,PASS ACA Monoblocks,Denon UDR-F10 Cassette,Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers,SVS SB12 Plus sub,MIT AVt2 speaker cables,IFI Purifier2,AQ Cinnamon USB cable,Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks,Tisbury Mini Passive Pre,Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38),Analysis Plus Oval 9's,Zu Jumpers,AudioEngine B1 Streamer,Klipsch RB-61 v2,SVS PB1000 sub,Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated,Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer,Rotel RCD-1072 CD player,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers,Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 4,242
    Man, I miss having a true home theater.

    Looks great. Enjoy!!!

    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.-John Wooden
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 4,125
    DLP rules for movies and live sports....the pic looks softer and more natural IMO over our LED TV. Over time the bulb will dim quite a bit, but ours is usually on low power to conserve bulb life.
  • Inspector 24Inspector 24 Posts: 1,306
    Great thing is it happens over 2000hrs so you don't notice...Until you put a new one in. :p

    Nice grab on the projector! I look at 4k screens on display, calibrated and not, come home to watch mine and don't' miss 4k one dang bit. It's a 106" screen and I sit ~13-15' away.
    Up
    LSi15 LSiC - RX-V3000

    Down
    LSiM707 - 706c - 702f/x - Dual HSU VTF-15H Mk2
    Parasound HCA-3500 - HCA-2003A - Marantz SR7005
    Sim2 D60 - Dragonfly 106" Panny 500

  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 3,561
    Agree on 4K being no big deal. 1080p is plenty good enough for movies and sports.
    Oh, Listen here mister. We got no way of understandin' this world. But we got as much sense of this bird flyin in the sky. Now there is a lot that bird don't know, but it don't change the fact that the world is happening to him all the same. What I am tryin to say is, is that the course of your life, well its changing, and you don't even see it- Forest Bondurant
  • Inspector 24Inspector 24 Posts: 1,306
    Yeah, I think the biggest improvement I'd get with a new BenQ would probably be some contrast, maybe some depth of blacks, maybe a little sharper, and probably quieter...this one's fan is a slight bit noisy, and updated HDMI spec, but all my stuff is from the same generation so it's happy for now.
    Up
    LSi15 LSiC - RX-V3000

    Down
    LSiM707 - 706c - 702f/x - Dual HSU VTF-15H Mk2
    Parasound HCA-3500 - HCA-2003A - Marantz SR7005
    Sim2 D60 - Dragonfly 106" Panny 500

  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 4,125
    Agree on 4K being no big deal. 1080p is plenty good enough for movies and sports.

    Hey ya think a 4k BDP is a "waste" then for an "average" LCD TV? I may sell my Pioneer and get a smaller Sony BDP for space reasons....
  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 3,561
    Yes. I wouldn’t buy a 4K BDP, unless you like having physical media or need something to pass the latest audio codecs. We personally stream 99% of our 4K content to our TVs. Despite the technical differences 4K doesn’t guarantee a great picture; a quality set will make the most difference IMO.
    Oh, Listen here mister. We got no way of understandin' this world. But we got as much sense of this bird flyin in the sky. Now there is a lot that bird don't know, but it don't change the fact that the world is happening to him all the same. What I am tryin to say is, is that the course of your life, well its changing, and you don't even see it- Forest Bondurant
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