Home Theater Projector Shootout:
EPSON 6030UB vs RUNCO X-200i
In this test we used a variety of HD and SD sources and made several different calibration adjustments on both projectors to optimize them for each source. One of our favorite test materials is the Opus Arte production of the Royal Ballet's Elite Syncopations. This material features very low noise, high contrast, deep blacks, high color saturation, a variety of skin tones, and lots of rapid motion. Due to its low noise level, it shows the Runco X-200i to its best advantage.
For the Opus Arte Elite Syncopations Blu-ray, we used the following adjustments to the factory defaults:
Runco X-200i Epson 6030UB
Overall, these calibrations worked beautifully on Elite Syncopations and other live performance sources captured on HD videocams. The settings used on the Runco were also good for low-noise movies like Skyfall. However, when viewing HD movies instead of live performances, the 6030UB's Super Resolution was reduced to +2, and frame interpolation was reduced to either Low or Normal depending on the degree to which the digital video effect was present in the picture. Completely different calibrations were used with standard DVD sources which are not included here.
Important disclaimer: Ideal calibrations differ on any projector based on the type of source material being viewed. Substantially different calibrations are advantageous when switching between HD and SD sources, and between film or digital movies and live performance HD video. Beyond this, personal preferences come into play. One person might want to drop Brightness another point or two to get a deeper black in exchange for some loss of shadow detail, while another might prefer more shadow detail at the expense of a richer black level.
In short, there is no such thing as a single ideal calibration for a projector. The calibrations above reflect my own preferences for getting the most satisfying pictures overall out of these two projectors when viewing a live stage performance captured with an HD video camera. We've included this data so that anyone who wishes to replicate this comparison will have an idea of what we were looking at.
|Review Contents:||Intro and Setup||Observations||Overall Assessment||Calibrations|