Posted on November 13, 2013 By Art Feierman
Epson’s Home Cinema 6100 and Home Cinema 6500UB are inherently very similar. The primary differences are the better black level performance of the 6500UB, and its higher price. As a result, this is a relatively short comparison article.
There is about a $600 street price difference between these two Epson projectors. To look at them, they are physically identical but for darker side caps on the Home Cinema 6100, but inside, the the Home Cinema 6500UB has newer, better LCD panels, new polarization, and is optimized to produce truly superior black levels. The Home Cinema 6100 received our Best in Class award in the Entry Level 1080p projector class, while the Home Cinema 6500UB picked up the same award in the mid-priced $2100 – $3500 Class (although they shared the title with the Panasonic PT-AE3000). Ultimately, though, here you have a competition between two best in class projectors in different price categories.
Basically, all you have to do, is decide if the Home Cinema 6500UB is worth the extra roughly $600. At least you won’t have to worry about spending more money for the 6500UB, but not getting some features the “other” projector has. In this case, every capability of the Home Cinema 6100 is duplicated (or improved on) in the Home Cinema 6500UB.
As stated, the two Epson projectors physically appear to be identical. Both are smaller projectors, finished in white, with an off center mounted manual 2.1:1 zoom. Manual lens shift controls are on the top, as is the control panel. Cable connections (inputs and outputs) are located in the back. The lamp can be changed out from the top, so no need to unmount these projectors when ceiling mounted.
The primary difference between these two models is their black level performance. Because of the 6500UB’s better black levels, it does affect the overall look of the projected images.
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