Epson Pro Cinema G6900
WUXGA Home Video Projector
March 18, 2014
Image quality. Though it was originally built as a presentation projector, the Pro Cinema G6900 is successful as a home video projector due to its excellent image quality. Even in the projector's brightest modes, the Pro Cinema G6900 has well-saturated color, detail that is sharp and clear, well-defined shadow detail, and a balanced, natural look. Features such as an automatic iris and frame interpolation are icing on the cake.
Frame interpolation. The Pro Cinema G6900 has a frame interpolation system very similar to that found on Epson's home theater projectors. Setting frame interpolation to "Low" smooths out judder in 24p film without adding digital video effect, creating a smoother picture without objectionable artifacts. The "High" setting is a good choice for video and content that runs at 30 or 60 frames per second. This removes nearly all judder from the image.
Connectivity. No matter what device you need to hook up to the Pro Cinema G6900, the projector can handle it. In addition to the dual HDMI inputs, the projector also has a DisplayPort connector for your home theater PC, BNC component for your legacy DVD player or game console, both wired and wireless (with adapter) networking, and HDBaseT. HDBaseT, if you haven't heard of it, is a new connection that combines the functions of HDMI, ethernet, and RS232 over a single cat5e or cat6 cable. You'll still need transmitter hardware, but the receiver is built in to the projector itself.
Arc correction. Normally, curved screens are used with anamorphic lenses to increase brightness and reduce pincushion distortion. But if you happen to have a curved screen and want to use the Pro Cinema G6900 on it without an anamorphic lens, the projector can alter its image to properly fit the curved surface.
360-degree projection. Personally, I've always wanted a projector to shine onto my bedroom ceiling so I could lounge in bed and watch movies. While the Pro Cinema G6900 is a touch overpowered for the average bedroom, the projector's 360-degree projection feature means it can be positioned in any orientation without overheating or prematurely aging the lamp. You could just as easily shine an image down onto your floor, which might be fun for multiplayer video games.
Scheduler. The problem with using a projector as a TV is that people retain their poor TV habits -- they leave the projector on all the time, even when no one's using it. To prevent this, you can use the Pro Cinema G6900's scheduling feature to shut off the projector at a specified time. You can also set different times for each day or the week or even specific calendar days. In addition to on/off control, the scheduler can change sources, lamp power, adjust the volume of the onboard speaker, and mute both picture and video.
Low fan noise. The Pro Cinema G6900 isn't quiet on an absolute scale, but it's certainly quiet for a 6,000 lumen projector. There's no whining noise or high-pitched component to the sound, just a steady, low rush of air.
4 year warranty with overnight replacement. When it comes to projector warranties, four years is above and beyond. The warranty also includes 90 days of coverage on the lamp.