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Epson 6500/7500 and 6100 update

We've got a couple of updates on the Epson 6500/7500 and 6100 to report. First, as far as frame interpolation on the 6500/7500 models is concerned, Epson product management is now saying that an improved version of this feature will be available "shortly." By shortly, it sounds like they are thinking within another week or two. However, contrary to their initial plan, most users will need to send their projectors to an Epson service center to have them upgraded. Epson says that except in certain unique circumstances, it will not be downloadable as they had originally hoped.more

Editor's Choice pending, new reviews coming

As some of you have noticed, we have not yet given an Editor's Choice Award in the 1080p category. The reason is ... well, we are in a holding pattern. We are waiting to see if Epson can fix the most annoying bugs in the Home Cinema 6500UB. The 6500 UB delivers a vibrant, high contrast, crowd-pleasing picture, no question about it. However, the initial defocusing problem was disturbing, and frame interpolation (FI) has never performed as well as it does on the Panasonic AE3000.more

Screen Innovations and the Epson Saga Update

Last week we completed the review of the Screen Innovations Black Diamond II, which is a screen you can use with the room lights on. It works beautifully, as long as you use it in ambient light with a bright projector, and you are sitting in its sweetspot. If you have a dark viewing space, a traditional white or light gray screen will give the best results. Though the Black Diamond is more expensive than a conventional screen, it is inappropriate to compare them price-wise. They are apples and oranges products. Think of the Black Diamond and a good projector as a cheap substitute for a 100" plasma TV, and you'll have a better perspective on the price.more

Issues with the Epson

In case you have not been tuning in lately, we've been trying to resolve an issue with the Epson 6500UB and 6100 before proceeding with the reviews. The issue is that they tend to fall out of focus during the first half hour of a viewing session, if they have been started up at room temperature. Epson maintains that this may occur during an initial break-in period, but that they will stabilize with time. We have been putting our test units through a series of power up and power down cycles, and putting some hours on them to see if the defocusing issue is resolved with normal use.more

Delayed Epson Reviews

We've been taking a close look at the Epson 6500 UB and the Epson 6100 in preparation for reviews of these two models. We delayed the reviews because of a phenomenon we identified first on the 6500 UB. The issue is that the projector tends to go out of focus over the first 30 minutes of viewing time. If it is sharply focused after initial start up, it will slowly lose its precise focus as it warms up, evidently due to heat expansion in the light engine. When we refocus it after about 30 minutes, it will then remain in focus for the duration of the viewing session.more

Impressive BenQ Model and Upcoming Reviews

We've just posted a review of the BenQ W20000, the newest flagship, high performance 1080p projector from BenQ. Overall, this is the most impressive home theater projector yet made by BenQ. Though retail priced at $7,999, it is available for 4,999, including a three year warranty. Outstanding value for sharp, high contrast 1080p performance.more