Epson Home Cinema 3000
1080p LCD Home Video Projector
Black level. The Home Cinema 3000 is built for living rooms, media rooms, and multi-purpose rooms - in other words, places where there is likely to be significant ambient light. However, the high brightness that makes the projector appropriate for such spaces limits its black level when it is used in a darkened home theater. If you need a projector for a darkened theater, Epson makes the Home Cinema 5030UB, which is selling for $2,299 right now.
Iris flicker. When high lamp mode is paired with any iris setting except "off," you will see some dark flickers in the image caused by the iris fluttering closed at inappropriate times. They only last for a split second, and they are limited to high lamp mode, so they are unlikely to cause problems in everyday use. The Home Cinema 3000 is bright enough that high lamp mode is best used to combat ambient light, in which case the iris won't help anyway.
Audible noise. Fan noise on the Home Cinema 3000 is something to consider. If you run in Medium mode (which reduces light output by just 10%), or in Eco mode, fan noise is not a problem. But in full power mode, it becomes much more noticeable and may be objectionable in a quiet theater setting, especially if you're sitting near the projector. It will sound louder if you are sitting in front of the projector due to the forward-facing exhaust vents. Conversely, placing the Home Cinema 3000 on a coffee table in front of the seats is an easy way to reduce fan noise.
No frame interpolation. It's not uncommon for inexpensive projectors to lack frame interpolation, though some entry-level projectors do offer the technology. Frame interpolation, if you've never seen it before, inserts interstitial frames to smooth out fast motion and reduce judder in film and video. None of the 3000-series projectors currently available have frame interpolation; to get it, you'll have to step up to the 5030UB.
No super resolution. The Home Cinema 3000 delivers all of the detail and clarity that one expects from a high-definition picture, and its bright, punchy picture only enhances that impression. However, one thing that the Home Cinema 3000 lacks is Super Resolution, a staple feature of other Epson home theater projectors that enhances the appearance of fine detail by performing selective, limited edge enhancement. If you're a fan of Super Resolution, you'll want to look at the Home Cinema 3500 ($1,799). If you're not a fan, this isn't an issue - you're not getting a feature you wouldn't use anyway.
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