Epson Home Cinema 8500UB and Pro Cinema 9500UB Projector Review
Note, I found the overall color to be better using Cinema mode, with the Color Temp set to Warm and Brilliant Color off, than the calibrated settings with Brilliant Color On, which still had a bit too much green. In eyeballing it, after Mike’s calibration, I find the picture to be slightly improved with the Green Gain, set to 49, instead of 50. Reducing the Green offset to 49 as well, may be preferred by some. Mike’s settings are pretty good. Even a sight change in a gain or offset (of one) does make a visible difference.
You will want to do your own settings for Brightness, Contrast and Color Saturation, based on your screen surface type, and room conditions. I generally find that Mike’s saturation measurements tend to end up a little more saturated than most people will find ideal, so I find myself dialing Color (saturation) down when viewing on my high contrast gray Firehawk G3.
Yes, the Epson Home Cinema 8500UB has lots of lumens available. Unfortunately, when the projector is at its brightest (which is Dynamic mode), or for that matter, anytime you select Native Lamp for the color temp, you will get an image too strong on greens (and blues). In Native Lamp, the projector does not let you adjust Gain and Offset so there is no way to improve the overall color balance, other than to definitely recommend that you use Brilliant Color on, with Native Lamp, as it does add some more red. That said, any setup with Native Lamp will still be too green, and you’ll likely only use it if you absolutely need every last lumen. Otherwise you will be much better off using Standard mode, with Normal Color Temp, or its own set of Gain and Offset numbers (we didn’t do one.) I’ve been using that setup, – Standard, with Normal, for all my sports viewing.
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