Posted on November 13, 2013 By Art Feierman
These are entry level projectors so there’s not much in razzle dazzle to report. The Sanyo does have more image options to play with, the Epson is more basic.
The Sanyo is the classic entry level projector. It will work in almost any room, as long as you don’t go with too large a screen. Once calibrated (or try our settings, they worked out exceptionally well for us), skin tones, and picture over all, is well balanced. The Epson, by comparison, is the light canon, yet it also can deliver slightly better black levels. Better still for the consumer who just wants to buy something that looks really good, and not fuss, the Epson looks especially good when “right out of the box”. The Epson has more punch, and “wow” factor on the same sized screens, but the Sanyo picture has that edge in naturalness.
What really sells me on the Sanyo, though is that it is a solid performer, for “dirt cheap” compared to the competition. Right now, in the US, an Epson is typically going to set you back an extra 25+%. That’s a great equalizer.
On the other hand, if you have the extra bucks you will get that slight black level boost, and power to spare. The Epson is more “pop and wow”, and a little less natural.
Add it all up, and Epson wins! And that’s why it won the Best in Class award. Just remember, the Sanyo came in second! Two very good choices that make for great watching.
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