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Epson Home Cinema 8500UB Projector - Image Quality 4

Posted on October 22, 2009 by Art Feierman

It certainly demonstrates how different two iris design can be. Let's say, that with the new iris, in the first image, the Epson will be darker than with the 6500UB, and much closer to the BenQ. But, in the second image, the Home Cinema 8500UB would still look almost identical to how the 6500UB does in this image with some bright areas (text). Immediately below, from Space Cowboys, and directly below it, the same image overexposed so you can see the blacks as dark grays, and see how overexposed the satellite is. If another projector, with the same black level, has a much more overexposed satellite, then that other projector has the better black levels. The same pair of images will appear again, relating to shadow detail:

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Immediately below, is a side-by-side image of the same satellite. The Epson Home Cinema 8500UB on the left, and the Epson Home Cinema 6500UB on the right (you can, of course, click to enlarge). The Epson was not in its "best" movie mode (because the BenQ is much brighter in "best" movie modes), which has some impact. As it turns out, in this photo, the Epson projector is a bit brighter. When you look at black levels though, and compensate for that brightness difference, you realize that the BenQ is close to the Epson. As noted elsewhere, it just depends on the scene, as the two manufacturer irises work a bit differently.

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Here's also a comparison between the new and old Epsons using the older satellite image:

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