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Epson Powerlite Pro G6550WU - Projector Tour 2

Posted on June 12, 2015 by Art Feierman
POWERLITE PRO G6550WU PROJECTOR TOUR PAGE 2:  Remote Control, Menus, Lens Throw and Lens Shift

G6550WU Remote Control

Epson's remote control for the G series is a typically good sized remote, black finish, white buttons and a reasonable backlight that's amber. I might complain that the backlight could be a touch brighter, but with something approaching 6000 lumens under the hood, the G6550WU isn't likely to be spending much time presenting in pitch black rooms.

Let's run through all the menu buttons.

From the top, the left most button is power on. Press once. Next to it, is a smaller red button which is power down, and also a one press only. To their right is the backlight button. The backlight stays on for roughly 15 seconds, fading to black at the end.

Below the backlight button is Source Search, which will look through all the inputs and lock onto the first active source. For those in a hurry, the next three rows of three buttons each, take you directly to nine difference sources.  Below that section are two more row of three, this group are direct buttons to menu features:  Auto (sync - for computers), Aspect ratio, Color Mode, Test Patterns, Freeze (image), and the AV Mute. There are, I should note, 9 test patterns, providing a wide range of usable ones for alignment, color, more.

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The next section relates to navigation.  The round navigation layout has the four arrow keys, with Enter in the center.  The buttons for navigation are above to the left (Menu) and right (Escape).

The arrows do not have separate functions on the remote, when not in the menus, unlike on the Control Panel.

The two buttons below the navigation are Split Screen (left) and Default.  When in Split Screen, hitting Menu brings up options to switch screens, change sources, choose the audio and Exit back to single screen mode.

The next section consists of three rocker switches:  Page (up/down) for remote "mousing", Volume up/down (no speakers, but controls the volume going out the audio output),  The right rocker is digital zoom which allows you to zoom in to any section of the screen to a magnification of 4X which means you are filling your screen, with 1/16th of the original image size.

There are three definable User areas.  Default settings have User 1 taking you to the Lamp power menu, User 2 to Keystone correction, and the right button brings up Info. You get a limited number of alternate choices.

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Below the navigation and user areas you will find a full numeric keyboard, for passwords, and setting ID (such as setting up networking).  Finally at the bottom right is the interactive HELP button which provides four primary questions and takes you directly to adjusting those items.  A typical item might be:  The Image is Distorted, which if you proceed takes you to Geometric Correction, so you can adjust immediately instead of hunting down the same control by navigating the menus.

All considered this is a good remote, with very good range. 25 feet was no problem.  Note also that this remote has a hard wire jack so that you can run a long cable from remote to projector, should the projector be placed where the IR remote signal won't reach it (rear projection is typical for that, but also long throw applications.  For example, a projector might be mounted in a large auditorium, hard to access or hit with an IR remote.  Let's say the projector is 100 feet from the screen, and well beyond the reach of the remote if held by someone up by the screen.  Instead, run a cable from projector to the area where the remote will be.  Problem solved.


Epson G6550WU Menu System

Picture Menu

Some important items here include the Color Mode sub-menu, and Advanced sub-menu.

Seven Color Modes available

This is the Powerlite Pro version. The Pro Cinema has Sports instead of Photo, and no DICOM.

Advanced Picture Menu

Three sub menus, one for Gamma, one for RGB for grayscale balance, and the last is full color management to tune both he primary and secondary colors.

Gamma Settings

Choose from five presets: 0 is pretty good, or customize from the chart or via directly affecting the image.

Color Management System

From this menu the individual primary and secondary colors can be calibrated.

Grayscale Balance

This menu allows for grayscale calibration, with the usual separate gain and bias for each controlling each color's balance to the the others.

Signal Menu

The signal menu offers 3D (when stacking two projectors), frame interpolation, noise reduction controls, Overscan, image processing (fast or fine) and more.


The projector is not inherently 3D, however a two projector stack with polarizing filters will let you create a passive 3D system, as is most typically used in larger venues such as movie theaters.

Creative Frame Interpolation (CFI)

Three levels of "smooth motion" Low works well with 24 fps movie content, with minimal "soap opera effect."

Geometric and Keystone Correction

A highlight feature, the G series Epsons have keystone correction, but also geometric correction that allows for projecting on curved surfaces, even into a corner with multiple surfaces. Works with edge blending too!

Horizontal and vertical scaling

You're not likely to need this, but if you do, note the controls and the CNBC logo on these three images. This first one is no adjustment.

Stretching the image

Using the control allows extensive stretching. Only horizontal is adjusted here.

Narrowing the image

This time, the control is moved the other way, to compact the image horizontally.

Settings Related Menu

Many options including geometric correction, split screen, Power output, Savable memories and User area, to mention just some.

User Memory area

There are 10 saveable settings areas. Thats a lot more than most projectors offer (if any at all).

Three User "Programmable" Buttons on Remote

You can select from a list of menu items.

Options for User Buttons

Three User memories for the remote control. Select whichever 3 make the most sense for your usage.

Extended Settings Menu

From Display submenu to closed captioning, to event scheduling, lots of capability

Extensive Networking

The G6550WU offers advanced networking, with notifications, monitoring, remote control, and scheduling. Wifi networking and peer to peer also available with wifi module.

Basic LAN Configuration -

The main Network menu shows the core network settings.

Info Menu

Shows current status, including lamp hours, active source, resolution, sync, and for convenience, the projectors serial number.

Lens Throw

Lens Throw -  1.8:1 Manual Zoom Lens For a 100" Diag. 16:10 Screen
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9 ft. 0 in. 16 ft. 4 in.

The 1.8:1 zoom offers more range than most standard zooms that are available with commercial projectors that offer interchangeable lenses.

All considered, this projector, considering all of its lenses can fill a 100" screen from as close as a few feet away to roughly 100 feet from the screen.

Lens Shift

The G6550WU offers a lot of lens shift.  There is 67 percent vertical lens shift.

What that means:  If the screen is 50 inches high (approximately a 100" diagonal screen), then 67% is 33.5 inches.  Thus the range of placement of the projector can be anywhere from 8.35 inches above the top of the screen surface to 8.35 inches below the bottom of the screen.  The math is based on starting at the center of the screen, so its 33.5 inches of range (up or down), minus 25 inches - from the center of the screen to the top or bottom, gives you that 8.35 inches.

Horizontal lens shift is 30%.  Vertical and horizontal lens shift affect each other's range. The more you use of one, the less there is available of the other.

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