Epson Home Cinema 6500UB Projector Review

Of greater interest to most readers, though is the performance of the Home Cinema 6500UB.

This Epson, overall is excellent, especially its sharpness, brightness, and black level performance.

There is, however, a definite issue relating to its implementation of frame interpolation, a “new” feature just starting to appear on a few home theater projectors. So far, besides the 6500UB and 7500UB, the only other home theater projectors with this feature are the Sanyo PLV-Z3000, the Panasonic PT-AE3000, and the Mitsubishi HC7000. Of those, the HC7000 uses only straight interpolation, the rest also offer creative frame interpolation to smooth out fast moving motion. Some other projectors do output 24fps at 48fps (2:2) and at least one other, I can think of, supports 96fps output from 24fps sources.

I will discuss the findings relating to the creative and 96fps (4:4) of the Epson, below, and elsewhere in this review.

My take is that the verdict is still out on creative frame interopolation. I believe it has merits but whether it is a feature that most should consider as a critical one, I think not.

That’s just my take, however. I mention all this, because the Epson projector I have been reviewing has some serious issues with its frame interpolation. I’ve spent probably 20+ hours looking into these issues, have put out four blogs on it, and have received a lot of good feedback, primarily from folks in the EU, where the TW5000, the “international” version of the 7500UB, is already in the hands of many users. Here in the US, the first shipments are just going out.

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