Not logged in
 
Author
Topic: Best 4k projector for £1k?
member
Joined: Jul 2, 2023
Posts: 7
Reply to PostAlert Moderator
Hi all- my optoma UHD 30 has recently died on me after only 500hours (and I do not fancy paying optoma the suggested £650 to fix it), so I am looking for a replacement. As I cannot afford to pay for a divorce at the same time I am really looking to spend about £1,000. Despite it's early demise I was very pleased with the picture on the Optoma so I want to stick with 4K (although I want to get something new to have the piece of mind of a warranty and I am a bit nervous about getting another optoma). Having taken a look at what is available in that price range it appears that my options are likely to be:

- Epson eh-tw6150 £850 (that strangely I can find very few reviews of)
- optoma uhd35x £950
- Epson eh-tw6250 £1k
- optoma uhd38x £1k
- benq tk700 £1080
- benq tk850 £1100
- benq w1800 £1100

Are these projectors likely to be all of a very similar quality? I would be very grateful for any views, especially from people who may have owned any of the above!
member
Joined: Jul 2, 2023
Posts: 7
Reply to PostAlert Moderator
Sorry - meant to say that the projector will be ceiling mounted 130" from the screen and the maximum screen size (I would like as large as possible) is 100" diagonal (87" x 50").
moderator
Joined: Mar 28, 2005
Posts: 13,305
Reply to PostAlert Moderator
Epson will generally provide a softer image, and will not have the contrast that DLP will have at this price point. As things go up in budget, the LCD models exceed what DLP can do, but not the cheaper LCD models. So, while Epson is nice and reliable, it is not the best product for the money.

I would stick with the BenQ models. Really, the W1800 is the one to get, as I think I've suggested elsewhere for you. But, any of the BenQ models are quite solid in performance. Whatever you buy, ensure you have a solid warranty on it. So, if you buy used, ensure it carries a 1-2 year warranty.

Do NOT make the same mistake with Optoma again. Optoma has had much higher than typical reliability issues in the past few years. This is a shame as they make some unique products and, as you've seen, their image quality is decent for the money. I'm not sure what they're doing wrong, but I think it deals with their cooling design, it just doesn't work right.
AV Integrated - Theater, whole house audio, and technology consultation during the build and installation process in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
member
Joined: Jul 2, 2023
Posts: 7
Reply to PostAlert Moderator
Thanks- I have just ordered the w1800 from Richer Sounds (I want the piece of mind of the 6-year cover this time!)
moderator
Joined: Mar 28, 2005
Posts: 13,305
Reply to PostAlert Moderator
Post some photos when you're done! Would love to see how it turns out and I hope you're super happy with the final result.
AV Integrated - Theater, whole house audio, and technology consultation during the build and installation process in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.