Projector Reviews

Epson Home Cinema 1080UB – Shadow Details

As with black levels, the shadow detail abilities of the HC1080UB are excellent. Once again, I did plenty of viewing, side by side, compared to the Home Cinema 720, as well as a huge amount of time switching back and forth in my theater room, comparing it to the JVC DLA-RS1.

Our first image, from SD-DVD – Lord of the Rings, is a cropped area (lower right) from this night scene in Gondor. Thanks to nice, black, “blacks”, there is plenty of detail in the darkest areas (the image is overexposed so you can see what the camera would have normally lost). Although, unfortunately, the exposures vary quite a bit, you can really see some differences.

Epson HC1080UB (left)

Sony VW60 (right)
JVC RS2 (left)
RS1 (right)
Mitsubishi HC4900 left - (lowest priced 1080p)
HC6000 (right)
Panasonic PT-AE2000U (left),
Epson HC720 (right)