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Old 01-17-2018, 09:41 AM   #1
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So my 3rd 5040UB died the other day, another power supply failure. This one after 2 months, and a total of 7 months from original purchase date.

I decided to request a refund and Epson, despite not having an official refund policy (their words) seem to have a policy for pro-rata refunds based on how long is left on the two-year warranty.

First they tried to offer me just over $1000 until I reminded them I have a year and a half left on warranty and now they are getting ready to refund me about $1700. This amount still stings after spending $2499 on my 5040 but I'm so tired of dealing with crappy replacements I figured I would try a different model.

Initially I was looking at the Sony VPLHW45ES but am hesitant to spend that much money as I'm still sore from Epson. I see lots of good deals on Benq and Optoma but I don't want to be disappointed with an $800 projector if there is noticeable differences in quality from the 5040UB.

Any buying advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm viewing in a small box room, 12x11' with low light to total dark.

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Old 01-17-2018, 03:47 PM   #2
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I have the Sony 45es and it's a really good projector. Best projector for 1080p content around $2k and I haven't had any technical issues with it over the last year and a half. While it's probably not noticeable from a computer or phone, I have screenshots in my HT gallery.

However, I plan to upgrade to either a JVC DLA-RS440 or Sony 285es this Fall, if there's nothing really good announced at CEDIA. If you're happy with 1080p content and you're on a budget, def look into the 45es. There may be some good deals at avscience.com if you call them. But if you want 4k content, I would avoid the Benq and Optoma's. While they can display 4k, I've read that they lack in contrast and black levels.
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Old 01-18-2018, 03:38 AM   #3
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I agree with the post above. If you want something that at least somewhat matches the quality of the 5040UB, I would go with that Sony 45ES. However, you would lose the 4K capabilites including HDR and Wide Color Gamut.

If you want something that still has 4K and HDR capabilites without sacrificing quality (WCG, contrast, black levels) you would probably need to jump up to the Sony VPL-VW285ES which is currently going for about $5000. There are other cheaper projectors that accept 4K and HDR but their color, contrast, and black level performance has been very subpar compared to that Epson and Sony. For a while the Epson 50X0UB models have been the best bang for your buck projectors. As far as I know anyway, if you want to get something else you need to sacrifice quality to buy something cheaper or spend more to keep or surpass that quality.

I’m surprised that has happened to you, and 3 times no less. I had the 5030UB for the longest time and I never had any problems with it. I ended up selling it but it still worked perfectly fine.
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Old 01-18-2018, 12:59 PM   #4
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3 times seems beyond unlucky, have you tried putting a power conditioner in? Maybe you've got dirty power that the projector's power supply isn't liking?
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Thanks for the replies. I've requested a 4th warranty replacement and will order a Panamax power conditioner and backup battery. Hopefully this will prevent any further issues. Other than the intermittent failures, I've been happy with the projector.
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Old 01-27-2018, 01:14 AM   #6
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I had the 5030ub for about 1.5 years and I had minor issues. After only 1,500 hours I noticed the image was flickering. Every once in awhile I would have to put it in the high lamp output. Then it would be okay. After 2000 hours it wouldn’t go away. I also noticed the brightness decreased rapidly unlike my other projectors. I had to constantly adjust focus. I had to calibrate it monthly because it shifted so much I finally got fed up and sold it for nearly what I paid for it and bought a 4K panel. I’m much happier with the panel. If you want to stick with a projector I would stay away from Epson. I would go with a JVC or Sony. Don’t cave and buy a $800 BenQ. You will be disappointed.
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Been very happy with my jvc dila x35b. No degradation in picture quality with 2000 hours on lamp.

Ross T.G. has good advice, go with something else perhaps for piece of mind, should be able to sell your replacement at a good price!
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Old 01-27-2018, 05:47 PM   #8
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Been very happy with my jvc dila x35b. No degradation in picture quality with 2000 hours on lamp.

Ross T.G. has good advice, go with something else perhaps for piece of mind, should be able to sell your replacement at a good price!
Killer room, Iíve looked at several times and rated 10/10. Congrats!
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My 4th Epson 5040 seems to be holding up well after they sent me one which has had the in-house power supply fix.

Anyone know of a good quality wall mount which will work with an Epson 5040? I have 12' ceilings so prefer to go this route.

Edit: My old account is Sideways8LV.

2nd Edit: Was pointed in the direction of Ikea's shelf configurator and found a great option for my projector for $30 shipped!

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Old 09-05-2018, 05:07 AM   #10
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My 4th Epson 5040 seems to be holding up well after they sent me one which has had the in-house power supply fix.

Anyone know of a good quality wall mount which will work with an Epson 5040? I have 12' ceilings so prefer to go this route.

Edit: My old account is Sideways8LV.



2nd Edit: Was pointed in the direction of Ikea's shelf configurator and found a great option for my projector for $30 shipped!
Hello, first post here. I've been looking and just keep going in circles that the best projector to purchase is the 5040ub, but after reading probably a thousand plus complaints that read just like yours, I called Epson today to see if 1) they have fixed the power supply issue or 2) how to guarantee I get one that will not need to be replaced over and over. I was told that if the unit fails they will send me a new one, which is not what I want... Has the fix been made? They created a ticket number after being transferred to a third person and the final response was that someone from corporate would email me this week with a follow up to my questions.

Did the power conditioner fix your problem?

Really don't want to drop $5k on the Sony if they can send me a good 5040.

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Old 09-19-2018, 08:32 PM   #11
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My current Epson 5010 has a failing LCD panel, and I really wanted a 5040UB to replace it with, but I shied away from it because of all the rampant power supply horror stories with it. Because 3D is still a major must-have for my replacement projector, I actually ended up going with a 5030UB refurbished unit from Epson as an interim solution, for only $1,100. I'm actually picking it up from the UPS hub near my house tonight on the way home from work. I'll see how that one performs compared to the 5010. I of course won't have the 4Ke capabilities and motorized lens controls with the 5030, but if it performs well enough I'll keep it until Epson can get proper 4K into their projectors at an affordable price. I have almost 200 3D Blu-rays in my collection, and I want to be able to watch them into future for a long while, so right now 3D is more important to me than 4K anyway.
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My current Epson 5010 has a failing LCD panel, and I really wanted a 5040UB to replace it with, but I shied away from it because of all the rampant power supply horror stories with it. Because 3D is still a major must-have for my replacement projector, I actually ended up going with a 5030UB refurbished unit from Epson as an interim solution, for only $1,100. I'm actually picking it up from the UPS hub near my house tonight on the way home from work. I'll see how that one performs compared to the 5010. I of course won't have the 4Ke capabilities and motorized lens controls with the 5030, but if it performs well enough I'll keep it until Epson can get proper 4K into their projectors at an affordable price. I have almost 200 3D Blu-rays in my collection, and I want to be able to watch them into future for a long while, so right now 3D is more important to me than 4K anyway.
FYI Epson is releasing the 4050 in a few weeks
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Yeah, I am aware of the 4050 and 4010 models coming out, was going to get a 4010, but decided on the 5030 refurb because it was so inexpensive - less than half the price of the 4050. I just picked it up last night and spent 4 hours installing a new, much better quality ceiling mount and the projector itself, and aligning the image on the screen. I had to change the wood bracing inside the joists above the drop ceiling first, and that took a while. The 5030 looks completely brand new on the outside, the white case is even brighter white than the case on my 5010, which appears to have very slightly yellowed over the years. Hopefully I will have to time to sit down and watch something tonight, and test out the 3D as well.
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Yeah, I am aware of the 4050 and 4010 models coming out, was going to get a 4010, but decided on the 5030 refurb because it was so inexpensive - less than half the price of the 4050. I just picked it up last night and spent 4 hours installing a new, much better quality ceiling mount and the projector itself, and aligning the image on the screen. I had to change the wood bracing inside the joists above the drop ceiling first, and that took a while. The 5030 looks completely brand new on the outside, the white case is even brighter white than the case on my 5010, which appears to have very slightly yellowed over the years. Hopefully I will have to time to sit down and watch something tonight, and test out the 3D as well.
So how good does 3d look? I'm a big 3d lover also. My next big screen purchase is going to be a projector because 3D on television sets has been phased out.

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/166-l...l#post55858318

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You will get lots of contrasting opinions here, but the InFocus IN3146 3D Network Projector might be good https://www.outdoormoviehq.com/best-3d-projectors/
The current favorites 3D projectors are listed in this page like Optoma Portable DLP LED Projector and Epson 3D Cinema which will be affordable.
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