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Hi,
I am looking for advice regarding buying my first projector. I have done alot of research and found these 2 to fit me best.

The ViewSonic PX747-4K is on sale for 1179$ and the Epson EH-TW9300 is on sale for 2290$.

Which one do you think gives most value at that price point? I know the Epson might be a little better but is it worth almost twice the price?

Thanks in advance for answers
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What is your room like? What do you intend to view? What size is your room? What size is your screen? How far away from the screen do you intend to sit?

The Viewsonic is a very entry level DLP4K model. It's not bad, but it's lacking in black level performance. DLP handles motion well, but doesn't have the black levels that the Epson will deliver. It also has significant placement restraints while the Epson features a much better lens system.

Yes, the Epson is significantly better, and is designed for better theater spaces. If you just have white walls and can ensure the projector will be placed EXACTLY where it must go, then the Viewsonic may be a better entry level choice. But, it's not a good home theater level projector. It's still entry level. The Epson gets into the 'good home theater' level of projectors.
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Quote (AV_Integrated on Jul 11, 2018 10:04 AM):
What is your room like? What do you intend to view? What size is your room? What size is your screen? How far away from the screen do you intend to sit?

The Viewsonic is a very entry level DLP4K model. It's not bad, but it's lacking in black level performance. DLP handles motion well, but doesn't have the black levels that the Epson will deliver. It also has significant placement restraints while the Epson features a much better lens system.

Yes, the Epson is significantly better, and is designed for better theater spaces. If you just have white walls and can ensure the projector will be placed EXACTLY where it must go, then the Viewsonic may be a better entry level choice. But, it's not a good home theater level projector. It's still entry level. The Epson gets into the 'good home theater' level of projectors.

Thanks for taking time to reply and helping me out

I am going to use the projector in my livingroom which has white walls. The distance from wall to wall will be around 11-12 feet and according to the calculations ive done on throw distance i should be able to project on a 90 inch screen? So I intend to sit about the same distance from the screen as the projector (around 10 feet). I have a average sized livingroom with some light leaking in from the windows.

I will mainly use it for downloaded movies and tv shows that i will stream through an nvidia shield. Also some gaming now and then, but nothing serious.

My impression with the Epson is that its of much better quality, however it was launched in 2016 and I dont know if its an good investment to pay twice as much... my initial thought was that with technology moving so fast I might go for the cheapest option and upgrade to something truly good in the future, but at the same time I dont want a horrible experience if the PX747 is really bad. The thing im most concerned about is the noise, some say its really loud and some say its quiet... Thanks again for the help
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I've also checked out Optoma UHD51 which i've heard alot of good things about. The price for Optoma UHD51 where I live is 1935$ so slightly cheaper than the Epson but still about twice the price of ViewSonic... IF I was to choose something other than the ViewSonic would you recommend the Optoma over the Epson or maybe something else in the same price class?
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It's really a tough call. I think that you have some issues because the Epson is designed around home theater use, and your room is pretty much exactly not that. It's a nice projector, but not designed for your room.

Be aware that throw distance is measured from lens to screen, not from back of projector to screen. So, you will have to deduct the length of the projector, plus cabling out the back, from the throw distance. It looks like you may have taken that into account.

I believe that the Optoma is the best DLP 4K model on the market, but the contrast won't be as good as the Epson. With a 100" diagonal from 10' viewing distance, you won't see any real resolution jump between the DLP and the LCD, but the LCD will have a visibly superior image due to the better contrast and the better real world brightness with that contrast.

At the end, this isn't a straightforward question. Yes, the Epson is better, IMO, it's worth it. But, the Viewsonic doesn't suck. None of the 4K models really 'suck', they just aren't as good. Whether that price difference is worth it to you or not is a personal decision more than anything.

Keep in mind the Viewsonic does have the longest throw distance of any of these models and will force you down to the 92" screen size (or so) to work. The other models will give you a 100" diagonal, or pretty close.
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