Epson Home Cinema 5010 Home Theater Projector Review
Epson Home Cinema 5010 Black Levels & Shadow Detail
In 2D, this Epson Home Cinema 5010, has the best black levels we’ve seen, short of some JVC projectors that start not far below $8000! That’s pretty impressive considering it’s about 1/3 the price. (That’s like a Toyota Camry performing rivaling a BMW 7 series). The dynamic iris, which has two modes, is one of the best ones out there, in terms of not being noticeable, except rarely. Further, Epson really pushes the range of the iris, part of their trick to unmatched blacks using a dynamic iris.
The other aspect is that the Epson LCD panels C2Fine, D9 – their newest, inherently have rather impressive black level/contrast, even without using the iris.
We start with the usual starship image from The Fifth Element. (we are converting most of them to grayscale for easier comparison) going forward, so some of the others are in color, some in greyscale. All are intentially overexposed so you can see the “black levels” as dark grey backgrounds, and in the letterbox area. If two projectors have similar brightness letterboxes, then the one where the projector looks the most overexposed is the one with the best blacks…
This one is included to make the point, that a lot more money doesn’t mean any significant improvement in black levels. Think, instead that other things become more important.
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