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Upgrade recommendations from Optoma HD20 (1080P) Projector (1 Viewer)

neuropathy

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Hi everyone,

I built an HTPC in 2009 or so and got an Optoma HD20 1080P projector that it's been connected to ever since. It's an older HTPC now (socket 775), but I upgraded it with a Xeon quad core and an SSD pretty recently. It runs well still! I'm not sure how it'll handle 4K. I bought the projector on Newegg when it was a great site (didn't have 3rd party sellers, review system was excellent) and I simply found the projector by judging based on price and good ratings.

My question is about the projector. I've repaired the Optoma many times - replaced the lamp, cleaned it, color wheel, fixed fans. It's really on its last legs and it's buzzing a lot, which is annoying, so I think it's time to donate this one to goodwill and get another projector. After I have another one, I might tinker with the Optoma HD20 again and see if I can get it to stop buzzing, but it's been taking a lot of effort to deal with that lately (it has to be opened and closed each time to test if it's OK - can't bench test it while it's open). It started to warp at some point and I think the color wheel was getting scratched by a piece of the housing. I just don't have time to get into it any more with everything else going on, so I've decided to bite the bullet and replace it - I tend to be very frugal, so this is a big purchase for me.

I'd rather not spend too much - under $1600, let's say. Hopefully somewhere between $900 and $1200 or so, though.

Would you get a 1080P or 4K projector? I don't know how much I'd benefit from 4K at this point since I don't have a 4K projector now, but a lot of the material I watch is in 1080P anyway. I'm just thinking about the future - if I keep this new projector for another 10 years. It could be good to have a 4K projector.

Is Optoma still building good projectors?

Any particular models that you'd suggest that are available currently?

I mostly watch the English Premier League (soccer), Netflix, shows and movies.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone recommends these days.
 

DaveF

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In your price range of ~$1000...

Wirecutter recommends the BenQ HT2050A Movie Projector

ProjectorCentral has a list of 10 options. They also include that Benq

CNet also likes the Benq as a good value
 

neuropathy

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Thank you - I think I'm headed toward a more expensive projector, after all - looking at the Epson 4010 (around $2000 - hopefully I can find some coupons to use somewhere online). Is there anything in that price range you'd recommend over the 4010? I did a good amount of research and that's where I wound up.
 

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