Projector Reviews

Epson Home Cinema 5050UB 4K Capable Home Theater Projector Review- Advanced Calibration

Epson Home Cinema 5050UB 4K Capable Home Theater Projector Review – Advanced Calibration: CMS Calibration, Calibration Charts

CMS Settings for Best Mode 1080p calibration – Natural

RGBCMY Hue Saturation Brightness
Red 48 50 50
Green 47 49 50
Blue 52 50 50
Cyan 48 50 50
Magenta 49 52 49
Yellow 53 48 50

With Color Space set to Auto the projector produced a fairly accurate BT.709 color gamut. Red did exhibit some under saturation across all levels but this is partially due to the default white point being off its target (plus blue). The other colors were quite good with cyan and magenta having some slight hue errors towards blue. After calibration, using the RGBCMY (CMS) controls the color gamut improved into a near perfect BT.709 triangle across all saturation levels, except for red which fell a little short of its 100% saturation target. Overall, I was extremely pleased with the Best Mode calibration using Natural mode.

CMS Settings for Best Mode 4K/HDR – Digital Cinema

RGBCMY Hue Saturation Brightness
Red 49 50 55
Green 61 50 50
Blue 69 52 50
Cyan 50 48 50
Magenta 80 52 52
Yellow 46 53 50

Like Epson’s previous model (5040UB) the 5050UB does quit well reaching the DCI/P3 color gamut using Digital Cinema mode which employs a color filter. Because the pre-calibration white point is a bit blue it pushes all of the colors in that direction. After performing the 2 & 8-point white balance calibration all 6 colors did improve a bit. After my CMS calibration some of those errors were improved while others were not. Yellow for example exhibits a weird ping-pong effect with 40 & 80IRE moving towards green and 60 & 100IRE moving towards red. All I can do is set them to their best average. Gamut wise the 5050UB performance was exceptional averaging near 100% DCI/P3 coverage. Red was the weakest maxing at 96%. Overall post calibration performance is excellent for HDR/P3.

CMS Settings for Brightest Mode 4K/HDR – Natural

As expected, the 4K/HDR P3 color accuracy is not as good using Natural mode (no color filter). Red and blue max out at about 90% saturation and surprisingly the rest of the colors do hit or come very close to their 100% targets but it’s their linearity that is problematic as you see in the CMS charts. Also, their luminance levels are all very low (not shown). Calibration does little to fix these errors. What calibration does improve is the hue and brightness levels (to a small extent) but overall there is minimal difference pre & post calibration.

RGBCMY Hue Saturation Brightness
Red 50 50 48
Green 50 82 23
Blue 54 53 43
Cyan 57 56 13
Magenta 53 57 33
Yellow 52 57 25