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Offering exceptional color performance, the Home Cinema 5040UB delivers immersive experiences. Featuring 4K Enhancement Technology1, this brilliant home theater projector supports 4K streaming devices and Ultra HD Blu-ray™ content. It's also compatible with High Dynamic Range (HDR) content, displaying an extraordinary range of brightness levels with deep, dramatic blacks. Delivering 2,500 lumens of color brightness and 2,500 lumens of white brightness2, the 5040UB is ideal for a variety of rooms. Its expansive color gamut displays the entire sRGB and DCI color spaces3. A 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio ensures rich detail in both bright and dark scenes, while its 16-piece glass lens achieves stunning clarity.
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Been eyeing this exact one for a while now as I really don't want to shell out $10K for a true 4K projector, and this seems to be the next best thing

Any idea if the sale is driven by a new version coming out shortly?

Also, a request for advice - I'm still 3-4 months from having my home theater built, so this will likely be sitting in a box for a while. Any advice on which store is best to buy from in the event that the projector doesn't work properly once it comes time to fully set it up? Or should I just be purchasing a protection plan that covers all this anyway?
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Been eyeing this exact one for a while now as I really don't want to shell out $10K for a true 4K projector, and this seems to be the next best thing

Any idea if the sale is driven by a new version coming out shortly?

Also, a request for advice - I'm still 3-4 months from having my home theater built, so this will likely be sitting in a box for a while. Any advice on which store is best to buy from in the event that the projector doesn't work properly once it comes time to fully set it up? Or should I just be purchasing a protection plan that covers all this anyway?
This is not true 4K. It's just putting more pixels.

Epson 4000 is equivalent to this. Then new UST Laser one hopefully is what will be a game changer.
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This is not true 4K. It's just putting more pixels.

Epson 4000 is equivalent to this. Then new UST Laser one hopefully is what will be a game changer.
Understand it's not true 4K, but from reading reviews, the difference between this and a true 4K projector does not necessarily seem to be worth the difference in price ($7-8K right now)

Obviously it's a personal choice, but this seems to be the best reviewed non-4K projector out there
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Other minor point...

Terms of the $200 GC offer on Amazon say:

"Offer only applies to products sold by Amazon.com or Amazon Digital Services LLC (look for 'sold by Amazon.com' or 'sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC" on the product detail page). Products sold by third-party sellers or other Amazon entities will not qualify for this offer, even if 'fulfilled by Amazon.com' or 'Prime Eligible'."

On Amazon, it says this is sold by Epson, so wonder if that means it would not be eligible?
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Understand it's not true 4K, but from reading reviews, the difference between this and a true 4K projector does not necessarily seem to be worth the difference in price ($7-8K right now)
The new Optoma true 4K unites are in this price range. They're kinda low on features though, but certainly the price gap is shrinking quite fast.
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How about this for $2,500 more?

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_158...285ES.html
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Why'd you have to post this? Yargh... Might upgrade my 5020. But then I'll have to buy something to play 4k content...

Edit: ordered from projector people. No tax except in FL. Should receive it on Friday!
Expecting $500 price match from Citi for total price of $1800.

Then hopefully i can recoup most of the $950 I had paid for the 5020 18 months ago...
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Been eyeing this exact one for a while now as I really don't want to shell out $10K for a true 4K projector, and this seems to be the next best thing

Any idea if the sale is driven by a new version coming out shortly?

Also, a request for advice - I'm still 3-4 months from having my home theater built, so this will likely be sitting in a box for a while. Any advice on which store is best to buy from in the event that the projector doesn't work properly once it comes time to fully set it up? Or should I just be purchasing a protection plan that covers all this anyway?
I would (and am, personally) wait on a 4K projector. This wobble K projector is very good, but why not get a great 1080p projector for 1/5th price and buy a true 4K projector with full P3 color and HDR in 2-3 years for this price or less?

That was my plan when I got my HT2050, and it looks like things are headed in that direction. Sony just announced the cheapest true 4K projector yet, for $4,999, but it doesn't have P3 color.

I strongly suspect next year we will see a true 4K projector with P3 color and HDR for ~$5K and then in 2019 see that price erode to the ~$3K or less.

And then there is the low volume of 4K/HDR content currently available. It is coming, but it will take time.

I'm excited about 4K/HDR/P3 color as well, but I don't think now is the time to buy a 4K projector. Flat panel yes (OLED!!!!) but projector, not for a couple more years.

So i would recommend a cheaper 1080p projector now and in 3 years, instead of replacing the bulb, replace it with a 4K projecor.

Who knows, maybe laser light driven projectors will hit sub $3k prices by then, and you may never need a new projectorbounce
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The new Optoma true 4K unites are in this price range. They're kinda low on features though, but certainly the price gap is shrinking quite fast.
Not true 4K either:

"This 0.67 DLP chip employs 4 million mirrors, yet displays 8 million pixels thanks to the mirror's ability to create two distinct and unique pixels by switching over 9,000 times a second."

https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/05...d65-price/

Not the same as wobble K which uses 1080p chip, but the Optima uses a 2K chip and uses each pixel twice.

The cheapest true 4K projector is the new Sony for $4,999
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I would (and am, personally) wait on a 4K projector. This wobble K projector is very good, but why not get a great 1080p projector for 1/5th price and buy a true 4K projector with full P3 color and HDR in 2-3 years for this price or less?

That was my plan when I got my HT2050, and it looks like things are headed in that direction. Sony just announced the cheapest true 4K projector yet, for $4,999, but it doesn't have P3 color.

I strongly suspect next year we will see a true 4K projector with P3 color and HDR for ~$5K and then in 2019 see that price erode to the ~$3K or less.

And then there is the low volume of 4K/HDR content currently available. It is coming, but it will take time.

I'm excited about 4K/HDR/P3 color as well, but I don't think now is the time to buy a 4K projector. Flat panel yes (OLED!!!!) but projector, not for a couple more years.

So i would recommend a cheaper 1080p projector now and in 3 years, instead of replacing the bulb, replace it with a 4K projecor.

Who knows, maybe laser light driven projectors will hit sub $3k prices by then, and you may never need a new projectorbounce
There's always going to be something new. It will likely be a while until 4k are sub $2k though. (3yrs+? ) 4k is not the only attribute of a projector though. A $600 projector is not really comparable to this one.

I bought this for better 1080p. There's no 4k content really yet nor much uhd.

This will be the 5th projector I have owned. When there are more affordable decent spec 4k projectors, I will still have to wait a year or two for the prices to fall before I buy.
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There's always going to be something new. It will likely be a while until 4k are sub $2k though. (3yrs+? ) 4k is not the only attribute of a projector though. A $600 projector is not really comparable to this one.

I bought this for better 1080p. There's no 4k content really yet nor much uhd.

This will be the 5th projector I have owned. When there are more affordable decent spec 4k projectors, I will still have to wait a year or two for the prices to fall before I buy.
I went with bestbuy for the 0% - ugh - its the best stop gap projector right now.
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Not true 4K either:
Thanks, didn't know that - stopped even considering it due to fixed lens.
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The hd65 looks like a good alternate option. Frustratingly there's no direct comparisons I find between the two on color/contrast (only comparisons with the 4040 for some reason). It looks like it's significantly lower end in picture quality in every respect except resolution.
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this PJ doesn't work with XBox HDR10.

Just FYI.
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