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Epson Home Cinema 8350 Projector - Image Quality 6

Posted on October 6, 2010 by Art Feierman

Shadow Detail Performance

Our main comparison uses the night train scene from Casino Royale. Look to the trees and shrubs on the right, especially just above the tracks. The first image is the Epson 8350, followed by the Mitsubishi HC4000, the BenQ W6000, then Sony VPL-HW15, the Sharp XV-Z15000.

I was very impressed with the shadow detail. I've never considered dark shadow detail a strength of the Epson projectors. As a result, I was most pleasantly surprised. The Home Cinema 8350 does reveal about as much detail as anything else out there.


Epson Home Cinema 8350 Comparison





Bottom line: The Epson reveals lots of the darkest shadow detail, more than I've seen in the past from Epson. I should note that the the UB's, to date, haven't done this well, so I'll be interested to see how the 8700UB does when it arrives for review. Be careful in the low range if you are customizing gammas, or you could lose some detail.

Epson Home Cinema 8350 - Overall Color & Picture Quality

OK time to wrap this long image section up (except for HDTV and sports).

Picture quality is very good. The color on this Home Cinema 8350 looks just great. Mike did a great job of calibrating it, but, the bottom line is that it almost always looks good. The Epson isn't quite as forgiving of poor quality content as some others, but I'm not talking great differences. On HDTV and Blu-ray, it impresses. Skin tones are really pretty good too, with red-magenta seeming to be a tad overdriven.


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