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Editor's Choice candidates

Thanks to all of you who wrote in with your thoughts about FI and 2.35 screen format. It helps a lot to know what our readers are thinking.

One point of clarification. Contrary to what some readers may have understandably inferred from my comments on this page last week, the JVC RS10 and RS20 are still candidates for an Editor's Choice Award. We just try to give only one award in a given price range, and hence the big debate between the Panny AE3000 and the Epson 6500 UB. But the JVC units are priced higher, and we may very well feel they deserve special recognition as well. We are just now opening them up and getting our first look at them. We hope to have those reviews posted next week.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

6500 and AE3000 losing light output

We have just noticed that since our Epson 6500UB has 150 hours on it, and the Panasonic AE3000 has 200 hours on it, they are no longer delivering the same light output as they were when the lamps were fresh. That is no surprise, but what is intriguing is that they are losing light output at different rates.more

Testing in Progress

We have just received the modified version of the Epson 6100, so we should be able to report results of that testing by the beginning of next week. We anticipate that the modification done to these units will largely resolve the defocusing issue on the 6100/7100 as it has on the 6500/7500. But since these two series of products use different LCD panels, we want to test it to make sure.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

Epson Enhancements and Upcoming Reviews

We are making progress in getting the focus issue on the new Epson models squared away. In our latest test, we decided to try running the 6500UB and the 6100 in high altitude mode (this mode makes the fan run faster to move more air through the projector).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

Troubleshooting Specific Problem

Just a quick update ... we received a second sample of the Epson 6500 UB as well as a 6100 yesterday. At this point we are in daily communication with Epson product management, trying to troubleshoot a specific problem that needs to be understood and resolved prior to reviewing the 6500 UB. It looks like this will take some time. Once we have all the facts together, we will be able to discuss it in detail. The 6500 UB review will be delayed until we get this worked out. Meanwhile, I think we can proceed with the 6100 review and get that posted by next week.

CES Impressions

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) just wrapped up yesterday in Las Vegas. All things considered it was a quieter show that usual. There was not a lot of pre-show buzz. And, to nobody's surprise, attendance was down noticeably from years past. However, that was all good for those of us who don't care for lines and crowds. It was easier to get around, and for that reason probably the most pleasant CES experience in memory.more