The Epson 5020 offers a dark-room picture nearly as good as both the JVC DLA-X35 and the Sony VPL-HW50, for significantly less money. The only major advantage exhibited by those two is a slightly lighter overall black level.
While I was a little underwhelmed by the Epson 3020 for the price -- its colors were good enough but its black levels were fairly ordinary -- there are no such troubles with the 5020. Yes, you are paying an extra $1,000, but the results are tangible. Colors are excellent -- very close to our reference JVC X35 -- and black levels are much improved on the cheaper Epson but with a better degree of pop than the JVC. Yes, the JVC has better black level and overall contrast, but there isn't the same jump in dark-room picture quality that there is between the two Epsons. Turn on the lights, meanwhile, and the light output potential of the 5020 outdoes any of the others.
March 14, 2013 1:02 PM PDT
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| Caption by: Ty Pendlebury
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