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Street Price: $6,499
Contrast:5,000:1
Lumens:6000
Weight: 21.5 lbs
Resolution:1920x1200
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Technology:3 LCD
Lens:1.82x manual
Lens Shift:H + V
Lamp Life:2,000 Hrs
4,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$549.00
Warranty:3 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite (x2), RGB (x2), HDMI, HDBaseT, DisplayPort, Network, USB (x2), RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p

Epson PowerLite Pro G6900WU
LCD WUXGA Large Venue Projector

Bill Livolsi, February 27, 2014

The Epson PowerLite Pro G6900WU is a 6000-lumen WUXGA projector built with large venues in mind. WUXGA resolution is 1920x1200, the new gold standard for conference room and auditorium projectors. It used to be a high-end format, but at this writing there are two hundred WUXGA projectors in production across a wide range of price points. It has broad market appeal due to its versatility -- WUXGA projectors will display both 1920x1200 computer signals and HD 1080p video in native format, so it has become the go-to resolution for sharp, detailed projection display.

As installation projectors go, the Epson Pro G6900WU is compact and easy to handle, weighing in at just over 20 lbs. It is a single-lamp projector that is not only rich in features, but also more affordable than dual-lamp models. The Pro G6900WU is powerful enough to light some seriously big screens, versatile enough to handle just about any connection or media type, and aggressively priced within its performance class. It also has some features not found in other Pro G-series projectors that make it ideal for digital signage. And at $6,499, you can't beat its combination of features and performance.

The Viewing Experience

At 6,000 lumens, the Pro G6900WU is built to be used on large screens, typically in the presence of ambient light. As such, our light-controlled theater is not exactly the ideal environment. It was not a surprise when the projector started up and bathed the entire room in reflected screen light. We toned down the image brightness by switching into ECO lamp mode and increasing the screen size, but the Pro G6900WU is clearly intended for larger, brighter spaces.

The most striking thing about the Pro G6900WU's image is its excellent color. The Pro G6900WU produces bright, saturated color in every image mode, and this goes a long way towards creating a natural-looking image. This is especially helpful when displaying data graphics or photography, because brightness does not drop off when a full-color image is put on screen. While this is not unique in data projectors, it is also not a given.

The projector's color performance made us curious how it would perform with 1080p video. As it turns out, the answer is "quite well." The Pro G6900WU uses Faroudja DCDi technology to process video signals, and the result is a smooth video image with great detail. The only weak point is black level, and even then the Pro G6900WU performs admirably for a projector in its class. It is not built to be a dedicated video projector, but it does very well in a pinch or for part-time use. And on the bright side, the projector's dynamic range is sufficient to prevent crushing of shadow detail.

The Pro G6900WU includes quite a few little touches that make video more pleasant to watch, such as an automatic iris and frame interpolation. The iris brings down black level and can be very helpful when viewing video or film, but only if room lighting can be reduced as well.

Frame interpolation smooths out judder in film and video. The Pro G6900WU's FI circuit is more or less identical to those found on Epson home theater projectors. There are three different modes, labeled Low, Normal, and High. Low mode was most appropriate for film, as it displayed the fewest artifacts and the least amount of digital video or "soap opera" effect. High mode is overkill for film and 24p content, but has no negative effect on 60p video signals. Keep in mind that Frame Interpolation is not for everyone; some folks do not enjoy the effect when viewing film, but there are no real downsides to using it with video.

In short, the Pro G6900WU's image is bright, color is excellent, and video quality is superb for its class. The projector's black level is typical for a data projector, but in an auditorium this actually matters very little -- and with the auto-iris engaged and the lights dimmed, black level becomes quite good.

Review Contents: The Viewing Experience Setup and Configuration Key Features Performance
  Limitations and Conclusion

Reader Comments(2 comments)

Posted Mar 16, 2014 5:19:15 PM

By Stunko

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The projectors are getting lighter and easier to operate. Whereby it would seem that the REVIEWS of these projectors are getting to be longer.... and longer... and longer still.

Really, could we not have said everything found in this ultra verbose review in 1/2 the number of lines? One-fourth?

Just sayin'....

Posted Mar 2, 2014 9:57:42 AM

By Joe K.

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Now that you've seen this, what would be your opinion of using a G6450WU for a video projector for the home in a high ambient light situation and a 106" screen, in our case. I understand we would not have 3D (unless we wanted to stack), but that's not an issue for us. I was a bit concerned about noise, but it sounds like it's not too bad.

The high contrast of the 5030 is great, but doesn't help much when there is light washing over the screen, which is why I'm considering replacing our 6500UB with something like this.

Your input and thoughts would be most appreciated and I bet others in our situation might be wondering the same thing.

Thanks!

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