Epson Home Cinema 6500UB Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 6500UB Projector: Pros

  • Very good color accuracy post calibration in best mode
  • LivingRoom mode provides very good color accuracy for a brighter mode, great for HDTV, Sports, and for movies with modest ambient light
  • Dynamic mode is brighter than all but a very few projectors can produce
  • Good shadow detail performance
  • Black level performance the best of the under $3000 projectors, and better than most more expensive ones, including all DLP projectors we have reviewed
  • An overall very impressive image – lots of “pop” and “wow” factor
  • Two HDMI 1.3b inputs, full support for 24 fps, Deep Color, etc.
  • Very sharp image
  • More user savable settings modes than anyone will ever need
  • Very good remote control
  • Excellent placement flexibility due to 2.1:1 zoom and lens shift
  • Long life, 4000 hour lamp (in full or low power lamp modes) – longest lamp life of any home theater projector with lamp at full power – reduces cost of ownership
  • Very good menus
  • Best overall picture of any under $3000 projector (thanks to black level advantage)
  • Excellent price/performance

Epson Home Cinema 6500UB Projector: Cons

  • Apparent problems with Epson’s frame interpolation scheme, with frequent jerkiness to the image, and “live digital video” look to movies when engaged
  • Darkest shadow details lost, compared to the projectors best at shadow detail – but ultimately very respectable shadow detail
  • A third HDMI input would be nice
  • Slight (but acceptable) pixel mis-alignment
  • Some uneveness of background color, however, this is not unusual when working with late pre-production units
  • Documentation is weak in terms of explaining the many settings features and modes (typical of most manuals)

Epson Home Cinema 6500UB Projector: Typical Capabilities

  • Selection of inputs
  • Documentation ( as noted, though, it’s thin on explanations of many features)
  • Physical appearance – basically a box, but with a little bit of styling, no award for good physical looks
  • Average audible noise levels, very quiet in low power, a little noisier than average at full power

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