Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD
The 750HD is nearly twice as bright as its competitors in Movie mode, and even in Dynamic mode it holds a significant edge. More significant is the fact that the H6510BD does not have color light output anywhere near its white light output, so it will appear even less bright than the numbers would suggest. The W1070, on the other hand, has an RGBRGB color wheel and excellent color light output -- but as you can see, that comes at the cost of overall lumens.
Color. The 750HD has the best color out of the group both in terms of accuracy and saturation. The W1070 is next, since its RGBRGB wheel reproduces color quite well without artificially boosting white light output. The H6510BD comes in third, especially given the difficult time we had calibrating the projector. The end result was still not as accurate as either the W1070 or the 750HD.
3D. All three projectors are capable of displaying 3D content from Blu-ray, broadcast, cable, and satellite sources. The 750HD has the brightest 3D picture, but it is also the lowest in resolution. In terms of subjective quality, the W1070 and 750HD both have excellent, artifact-free 3D performance while the H6510BD has some mild flicker. Only the 750HD includes a pair of glasses in the purchase price.
Input lag. At its fastest, the 750HD measured 40ms of delay. In comparison, the W1070 measured 24ms and the H6510BD measured 18ms. Don't worry: if you don't know what this means, it probably won't affect you. If you're a gamer and lag time is important to you, the difference is probably significant enough to influence your decision.
Rainbows. The 750HD does not produce rainbow artifacts due to its three-chip LCD light engine. The W1070 produces fewer rainbows than the H6510BD thanks to its 4x-speed RGBRGB color wheel.
Lensing. The W1070's 1.3:1 lens and vertical lens shift makes it an easy winner in this category, with the H6510BD coming up behind it (1.3:1 lens, no shift). The 750HD has a 1.2:1 lens and no shift.
Lamp life. All three projectors have lamp lives in excess of 3,500 hours at full power. Since there is no way to tell whether a lamp will fail prematurely until it does, we will simply say that all three projectors promise long life.
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD is an interesting proposition. While some users will be quick to write it off as a low-resolution alternative to the entry-level 1080p projectors in the marketplace, it distinguishes itself in several ways. It offers the best color available at its price point, it has full 3D capability, and it has more light output than either of its main competitors. This makes it a force to be reckoned with in the living room. While its lower resolution makes it a less attractive choice for large screen sizes viewed from a close distance, a 60" or 70" screen can be a very cost effective alternative to a large flat panel TV, with its 3000 lumens creating a brilliant and compelling image. When viewed from normal TV viewing distances the pixelation becomes a non-issue. At $799, it is hard to pass up the Epson 750HD if you are looking for a projector for living room, family room, or other ambient light situations.
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