1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report – Image Quality3

$2100 - $3500 1080p Home Theater Projectors

BenQ W6000

The review said it all: Pretty good, the BenQ W6000 projector, right out of the box is very watchable, perhaps a touch thin on green, if you have Brilliant Color turned off.

Brilliant Color turned on, though is another matter. With it on, color temp is well off the mark, and very strong on reds, and still thin on greens. No matter, it’s very fixable. This is a projector that takes extremely well to a calibration…Out of the box, the W6000 does crush the dark shadow detail, which is fixable with a slight increase in the brightness setting.

Cinetron HD700

The Cinetron was one of the weaker projectors right out of the box. Default is definitely a bit cool, and switching color temp to low moves it too far the other way, now too red. A calibration is needed to make this projector look very good.

Epson Home Cinema 8500UB

Oh boy: These new Epson projectors are pretty impressive right out of the box. I found the THX mode to be the best, although a little warm, but “smooth”. Theater Black 1 – HD on the Pro Cinema 9500UB, was also very good. Actually we tested the identical (for these purposes) Pro Cinema 9500UB. Only the names of the modes are different. THX mode really is excellent. A good calibration can improve on it, mostly because of the variance from projector to projector, but, it’s that good.

Epson Pro Cinema 9500UB

These new Epson projectors are pretty impressive right out of the box. I found the THX mode to be the best, although a little warm, but “smooth”. Theater Black 1 – HD on the Pro Cinema 9500UB, was also very good.

Epson Pro Cinema 9100

We worked with the Home Cinema 8100, which is identical for these purposes. The issue is, we worked with a pre-production sample, and the color tables were not finalized. We assume the finished Pro Cinema 9100 will have a very good, best mode, right out of the box.

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