With an impressive Home Theatre pedigree, the Epson EH-TW Home Theatre Projector is the latest release from the world’s number one projector. Epson EH-TW review. As an entry level projector, we can’t recommend Epson’s extremely capable ‘ enough. You’d need to spend a. Epson is one of the leading projector manufacturers in the world today and offers a five-strong home cinema lineup. The EH-TW is its.
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Overall the performance of the Epson TW was very good and this was primarily due to the accurate greyscale and colour gamut after calibration. However it was unfortunate that td3600 out-of-the-box performance was not as tq3600 with an over saturated colour gamut and errors in both epsob tracking and gamma. It is impressive that Epson includes such comprehensive calibration epsoj at this price point but it would be nice to see a more accurate preset for those that are unable to take advantage of the calibration controls.
Unfortunately the video processing is not as good as the HQV processing included on the TW and as a result standard td3600 material didn’t look as good on the TW However there were no such problems with high definition material and the resulting images were excellent with plenty of detail and smooth judder free motion from 24p material.
The other area where the TW was clearly inferior to the TW was with blacks and unlike the surprisingly deep blacks on the TW, the blacks on the TW had that dark grey look that we have come to expect from an LCD projector. Images looked fine in bright scenes but with dark scenes there was a decidedly washed out look and we wouldn’t recommend the TW for use in a light controlled dedicated home cinema. However on the plus side the TW is much brighter and whilst this might be detrimental to the overall black levels is does mean that the TW is capable of producing quite a bright image.
This might prove useful if you are planning on using a projector in a room with a lot of ambient light where washed out blacks are to be expected and overall brightness is more important. The TW was certainly capable of lighting up a reasonably large screen but if this is your intention there is the possibility of being able to see pixel structure at a normal viewing distance. Despite the brighter bulb the TW was reasonably quiet, especially in ECO mode and we couldn’t hear it when watching normal viewing material.
As always with LCD projectors the inability to tw300 the light path which might result in ‘dust blobs’ where contaminants in the light path are visible in the projected image. You epsom mitigate this problem to a degree by being careful and trying to keep the amount of dust to which the epsom is exposed to a minimum but if you get a dust blob it can be very annoying and difficult to remove.
Ultimately whilst the TW offers great performance for a projector at this tq3600 point, the superior video processing and blacks on the TW make it a better choice if you can afford the t3600 cost. However if your budget is tight or you plan on using the projector in a room with a lot of ambient light then the TW is certainly worth a look.
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Epson TW3600 (EH-TW3600) 3 Chip LCD 1080p Projector Review
Steve Withers takes a look at Epson’s entry level home cinema projector by Steve Withers Aug 31, at So far we have managed to take a look at two of the projectors in Epson’s Home Cinema range, the top of the line TW and the mid-range TW We were impressed with the performance of both and felt that the TW in particular offered excellent value.
However what if you are looking for a slightly cheaper projector that is perhaps a bit brighter? Whilst not having the superior video processing and bigger contrast ratios found on the higher end models, it does include the same comprehensive calibration controls and a claimed brightness of 2, lumens.
So let’s take a look and see how it measures up Design and Features The Epson TW shares exactly the same white chassis as Epson’s TW and as we mentioned in the review for that projector we would prefer it if there was an option for a black version as well. Otherwise it has the same reasonable build quality and weight of the TW whilst still retaining a slightly plastic feel. The setup of the TW was very straight forward and thanks to the three feet it was easy to level the image with the projector screen.
Once level it just took a couple of minutes to zoom up the image, then shift it so that it precisely filled the projector screen and focus the image. The TW sports the same monochrome system that we saw on the TW but with a few slight changes. The first sub-menu is Image which as the name suggests includes all the controls needed for correctly setting and calibrating the image. There is also a Power Consumption control which adjusts the brightness of the bulb and provides the choice of Normal or ECO and a control for the Auto Iris function.
Finally there is a sub-menu for all the Advanced calibration controls which we will come back to later. Out-of-the-Box Measurements For the purposes of our out-of-the-box measurements we used the ‘Cinema’ preset, selected the 2. Calibrated Measurements For these measurements we used the White Balance control RGB to calibrate the greyscale and we also used the Customisable Gamma to try and correct the gamma curve.
When it came to the video deinterlacing tests the results weren’t quite as good with the TW producing jaggies on the rotating line at a less acute angle than we saw with the TW In the motion adaptive deinterlacing test the performance was also not as good as we would have liked with significant jaggies on the bottom on the three moving lines.
On the film detail test the TW’s performance was good, correctly locking on to the image but in the cadence tests the performance was a mixed bag. The TW was able to correctly detect the 3: The projector did however have no problems displaying mixed film material with scrolling video text and was able to reproduce the text without any shredding or blurring.
In contrast to the standard definition tests the TW performed much better in the high definition tests and with the player set to i the projector correctly deinterlaced and displayed both the video and film resolution tests.
With i material the projector also had no difficulties in showing video text overlaid on film based material and also handled 24p content without any problems.
We also checked that the TW was showing detail down to video level 18 which represents reference black. Once again it was showing epsob down to 18 but not below it which epon it is correctly reproducing black whilst maintaining appropriate shadow detail. Picture Performance Whilst the TW might not be perfect it was certainly capable of a very good performance, especially with high definition content.
This high level of performance is mainly thanks to the accurate greyscale and colour gamut which form the backbone of any good video image. The colours appeared natural and the transitions from black to eoson were smooth and free of discolouration. The gradations in colour, which are always a strength of LCD projectors, were equally as impressive and the shadow detail was also good.
When it came to standard definition material the TW performed adequately but was somewhat limited by the mediocre video processing. This was especially true of Freeview broadcasts, although at least there were some noise reduction controls try and clean up the image. Things improved considerably with Freeview HD broadcasts and when it came to Blu-rays the TW was capable of producing natural and detailed images with a lovely film-like quality. The TW also had no problems with 24p and was able to deliver images that were smooth and free of judder.
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However aside from the video processing, the other area where the TW was clearly inferior to epsoon TW was with blacks. Unlike the surprisingly deep blacks on the TW, the blacks on the TW had that dark grey look that we have come to expect from an LCD projector. The TW does include an auto iris function which you can use to tw360 and improve the black levels but we found the associated artefacts and loss of detail in bright parts of the picture to be even more annoying.
On of the reasons that the blacks on the TW are not as impressive as on the TW is that the light output if the bulb is much higher. Whilst tw300 might be detrimental to the overall black levels is does mean that the TW is capable of producing quite a bright image.
It also means that the TW can light up a decent sized screen but if you plan doing that you need to be aware that the clarity is such that pixel structure could become visible at a normal viewing distance. This was certainly true when using the TW in conjunction with a 2. Of course the brighter the bulb, the greater the heat that is generated and the more cooling that is required. However despite this the TW was reasonably quiet, especially in ECO mode and we couldn’t hear it when watching normal viewing material.
In fact the biggest problem with the amount of heat the bulb generates isn’t the need for cooling but the fact that the light path cannot be sealed. This means that LCD projectors can suffer from ‘dust blobs’ where contaminants in the light path is visible in the projected image.
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