Epson EH-TW9000W review: Epson EH-TW9000W

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Colour was strong, with good default settings. The default setting for "Overscan" was terrible when the projector was fed standard-definition content. At 8 per cent it pushed a lot of picture off the edges of the screen. Switch this off.

The projector has a decent judder removal processor with a couple of different settings. This interpolates new frames to fit in between the existing signal frames. At the higher setting it gave extremely smooth results, but also produced spurious noise in the picture. At the low setting it reduced the worst judder without obvious distortion.

3D Performance

Even though this is a first-generation 3D projector for Epson, its 3D performance was pretty much in line with the best second-generation LCoS projectors. That is to say it managed to pull off the trick of delivering a nice, bright image, with only minimal crosstalk. By that I mean that you can certainly see the 3D ghosts if you look for them. But they are subtle enough to avoid being unduly distracting. Remember, at its worst, 3D crosstalk can completely collapse the 3D effect. None of that here; the 3D was well defined in the front-back dimension.

The built-in 3D sync transmitter worked with complete reliability in our test labs, bouncing its signal (invisibly) from the projection screen back to the glasses. It didn't seem to interfere too much with our other remote controls while doing so.

In addition to accepting all the usual 3D signals, the projector has a 2D to 3D converter. This can produce effects that are sometimes realistic, and sometimes strange. The latter is necessarily characteristic of all 2D to 3D converters, so it shouldn't be held against it. We'd just recommend that you leave it switched off.

The WirelessHD connection worked quite nicely. To avoid line-of-sight issues in the 60GHz band, the system bounces its signal from nearby surfaces, getting around obstacles. When we piled paper over it and stood in the way, it stopped working, but otherwise at the 4-metre range required by the layout of our labs, it worked with perfect reliability, even when the body of this reviewer was right between the transmitter and projector. The only negative was that when switching signal standards (eg, from 1080p at 60-hertz to 1080p at 24-hertz) the signal acquisition was slower. We preferred to use a HDMI cable if possible for that reason alone.

Overall

The Epson EH-TW9000W is a classy bit of gear with generally good performance and the startling new feature of WirelessHD, yet at a price at the lower end of what's available. This ought to be a good seller.

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