Projector Reviews

Epson Home Cinema 8700UB Projector Calibration and Settings

We calibrate each home theater that is reviewed. It is a pretty standard calibration, there’s always more that can be done by some of the “hi-end” calibrators. Our calibrations, including the Home Cinema 8700UB, are normally limited to a grayscale calibration, along with brightness, contrast, color saturation, etc. We did not adjust the individual colors.

Epson Home Cinema 8700UB Color Temperature

Color Temp over IRE Range
30 IRE 6753
50 IRE 6718
80 IRE 6682

Let’s start by repeating the pre-calibration measurements of the THX mode (which is based on the REC 709 standard on the 8700UB

OK, those are excellently tight numbers, but, a little cool compared to the ideal 6500K target. Still, this much shift is pretty slight.

Epson Home Cinema 8700UB Basic Settings

Header Content
Living Room
Theatre Theatre Black 1 Theatre Black 2
Contrast = (0) 1 -1 0 -3 -2 0
Brightness= (0) 1 1 1 4 4 4
Color Saturation (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) -5
Tint (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) -4
Color Temp (default) 6500 7500
7500 6500 5500
Lamp Mode (default) Normal Normal Normal Normal
Auto iris (default) Normal Off Off Normal Off Off
All other settings at default (untouched)
x.v.Color has none of the above adjustable settings except Lamp mode, which is Eco by default.

Color Temp is at default on all
Default lamp mode for TB1, TB2 and x.v.Color is Eco, but Normal was used for all measurements
Auto iris is Off by default on all but Dynamic, which is Normal by default
x.v.Color has none of the above adjustable settings
All other settings at default (untouched)

Epson Home Cinema 8700UB Post Calibration Grayscale: THX mode

Color Temp over IRE Range
20 IRE 6551
30 IRE 6552
40 IRE 6566
50 IRE 6569
60 IRE 6568
70 IRE 6559
80 IRE 6567
90 IRE 6598
100 IRE 6668

Average gamma= 2.30 (best setting for a 2.2 gamma is coming – Mike’s going to take another look

Those post calibration grayscale measurements are almost dazzling. Only a variation of 117 degrees over the 20 to 100 IRE range! And all of it, within 168 of 6500K. Sweet! No wonder this Epson has the most natural color yet, of any Epson UB projector reviewed!