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Topic: Looking to upgrade my Sanyo plv-z2000 to a 4k projector
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Hello all,

I have a Sanyo plv-z2000 projector that I've been using for the last 10 years in my home theater. I have a 90" screen and I'm able to control the light in the room, getting it fully dark. The projector is installed in the ceiling, in the back of the room, at 3,6 m from the screen.
Now I'm looking to upgrade to a 4k projector. I'm thinking about getting an Optoma UHD38 as I've read pretty good reviews about it and it is within my budget ($1,449).
What are your thoughts on that one? Do you guys think it is a good call or would you suggest any other competitor around the same price?
Thanks in advance!
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I'm not a huge fan of recent Optoma reliability. Their image quality out of the box often needs some work as well, so this would be a buy at your own risk consideration.

The UHD38 must have the throw distance (lens to screen) between 3.08 and 3.32m so, make sure that works for your setup.

I would possibly lean towards the Epson 3200 as a nice and direct upgrade for the Sanyo in your price range. It will compare nicely to other 4K options at that price point. It also has the nice lens shift, similar to the Sanyo, that you may need. Also, plenty of zoom range which should work well.

https://www.projectorcentral.com/Epson-Home_Cinema_3200-projection-calculator-pro.htm?td_=11%2E8&id_=90&l_=0

It will throw a 90" diagonal from between 2.63m and 4.28m which works well for your setup.
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Hi AV_Integrated , thanks for your reply.
I took a look at Epson 3200 specs and apparently it's not a true 4k projector. Instead, it has a native resolution of 1920x1080 and achieves 4k with pixel shifting.
Considering this, shouldn't I get a better image quality with Optoma UHD38 with its native resolution of 3840x2160? Also, contrast is better on UHD38.
I just feel like if I'm replacing my Sanyo I'm more inclined on getting a true 4k projector.