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Compare Projectors – Epson 6500UB vs. 6100 – 2

Black level performance

Thanks to the latest Epson LCD inorganic LCD panels, dark rest state, and new polarizing technology, the Home Cinema 6500UB produces superior black level performance. That is the major difference between these two projectors.

Below are several side-by-side images taken with the two projectors. In all of the images, unless otherwise noted, the Epson Home Cinema 6500UB is on the left!

The first image from The Dark Knight, is probably the most telling one, you can clearly see the difference in black levels, in the dark areas that frame the the people.

While the Home Cinema 6100 does a pretty respectable job, the Home Cinema 6500UB is downright exceptional, especially for the price.

Shadow detail

Click to enlarge. So close. The two Epsons are fairly comparable. At first glance the 6500UB seems to have a little less dark shadow detail, but much of that is illusion. The detail is there, it’s just darker, so harder to spot, especially if there are bright parts to the scene you are viewing.

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Color accuracy

After calibration, both projectors end up with a comparably good image in terms of color accuracy. They definitely look a bit different in a side by side comparison, but both look very good and accurate, when viewed by themselves. (That’s true of almost any projectors viewed side by side – subtle differences in color performance tend to be very noticeable, even when both projectors look equally “right” by themselves).

Overall Look and Feel of the Picture

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Both projectors excel at “pop and wow”. That said, the Epson Home Cinema 6500UB has the advantage, thanks to those awesome black levels. It just looks noticely better on dark scenes, and to a lesser extent, it looks better on mixed scenes (bright and dark areas). Bottom line – the 6500UB has the better picture.

Same image, slightly brighter – interesting how the color balance shifts slightly, just from different exposures – a camera issue.