Epson Home Cinema 6100 Brightness
Before we begin on this section of the Home Cinema 6100, you should know that we will soon be changing measuring and calibration equipment. We have been aware that the lumen numbers we publish are typically higher than other reviewers are reporting. Still, "apples to apples" applies. The brightness differences between projectors in our reviews is consistent, regardless of the actual numbers published. If projector x measures 20% brighter than projector y, that still holds true, even if our actual lumen measurements for both, are on the high side. Our screen size recommendations are based on viewing, not on lumen measurements.
The Epson actually has seven different preset modes, however we concern ourselves with just three: TheaterBlack1 ("best" mode), LivingRoom (a "bright mode, without maximum compromise for ambient light), and Dynamic (the "brightest" mode), but one with pushed colors, and a less natural look, but ideal for cutting through ambient light - great for example, for watching sports where no one is worries about how perfect the skin tones are). Mike in doing his measurements does provide brightness numbers for all seven modes, but we only fully calibrate "best" mode. LivingRoom and Dynamic we allow more imperfections in exchange for not sacrificing a lot of lumens.
Here are the numbers (and the color temperatures for 100 IRE (white), for all the preset modes, right out of the box, before any adjustments: