Epson Pro Cinema LS9600e
1080p Laser Projector
White balance memory. The LS9600e can only store one set of grayscale adjustments in working memory. In other words, if you adjust white balance for Cinema and then switch to THX, your RGB adjustments from Cinema mode will still be there. This is an issue, because the adjustments for each mode will be different - sometimes vastly so. To get around this, you should save your settings to one of the projector's ten Memory locations after you've calibrated each mode, and then use those Memory recalls to switch modes rather than the Image Mode menu option.
Input lag. With a minimum lag of 56 milliseconds, it is difficult to use the LS9600e with games that require split-second response times. Examples would include fighting games and some first-person shooters. On the other hand, strategy, puzzle, and other less time-intensive games would perform perfectly well on the LS9600e.
For movies, know that the 108 millisecond lag of the LS9600e will require a corresponding offset in the source audio. This adjustment can be made in many A/V receivers, and some of the higher-end models even do so automatically. Features like Frame Interpolation will increase lag time, so it's a good idea to pick a preferred operating mode, set your audio delay time, and then stick with it.
Chromatic aberration. The LS9600e's lens performs best at the mid-point of its zoom range, and at this position there is no trace of color shift in a pure white test pattern. There is a subtle color shift when using either the maximum wide angle or maximum telephoto positions of the zoom, but only if the lens iris is wide open. Closing the iris by even a few points reduces the effects and brings white balance back to optimum. At iris -8, we saw most of the aberration disappear, and light output was only reduced by 10%.
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