Epson Pro Cinema G6900
WUXGA Home Video Projector
March 18, 2014
Normally when we talk about home video projectors as opposed to home theater projectors, we're referring to small, inexpensive units built for use in ambient light where traditional home theater projectors aren't bright enough to put up a satisfying image. These projectors have also been called living room projectors or home entertainment projectors, and they are usually brighter and lower in resolution than a home theater projector.
The Epson Pro Cinema G6900 is a big step up from the traditional home video projector, being larger, brighter and higher in resolution. The Pro Cinema G6900 is rated at 6,000 lumens, and its WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution is much higher than typical home video projectors. With a pile of useful features and a good quality video image, the Pro Cinema G6900 may be an ideal solution for larger than average screens in ambient light.
The Viewing Experience
Since the Pro Cinema G6900 is made for ambient light situations there is a focus on light output and color saturation, while black level takes a back seat. In ambient light a projected image's black level is always compromised, so extra lumen output is needed to produce the sparkling image everyone wants. The G6900 accomplishes this with several preset color modes that produce up to five times the light output of many home theater projectors.
Color accuracy is quite good without any calibration, even in the projector's brightest modes. The native WUXGA resolution LCD panels can display 1080p video without scaling, only leaving small black bars at the top and bottom of the image. What's more, the Pro Cinema G6900's frame interpolation system can eliminate judder from video signals and reduce it significantly in film. And when room lighting permits, the auto iris can deepen black levels significantly, so movies watched in the dark benefit from improved contrast.