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Friday, March 27

Everyone has been asking, so I just wanted to say that the long awaited review of the Epson Home Cinema 6100 will be posted on Monday afternoon. Thanks very much for your patience on this one.

Evan Powell
Editor




Thursday, March 19

Hi folks,After some unexpected delays, we posted the review of the JVC RS10 and RS20 on Tuesday morning. These machines are relatively pricey, but worth the money for those who have the cash and are interested in the most refined, elegant image they can get. Due to their outstanding performance capability, they both get the Editor's Choice Award.

We are currently working on the Optoma HD8200, which is the new DLP-based 1080p model in Optoma's line of home theater projectors. This review should be up by early next week.

We've also got the review of the Elite Starbright7 ambient light screen just about ready to go. It should be up on Monday.

There is no further news to report on the Epson front at the moment. We are anxious to see the new version of frame interpolation that is due out soon.

More to come....

Evan Powell
Editor




Thursday, March 12

Hi folks,

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.

Regarding the 6100, our test sample that incorporates the improved airflow still tends to defocus to a noticeable degree. It is better than before, but it is not entirely resolved. We tested this fix on the 7500, and as reported earlier, the defocusing problem problem on that model appeared to have been minimized to the point where it was no longer a concern. We did not see the same degree of improvement on the 6100 when we tested it here. However, 6100 units being tested at Epson headquarters do not show any defocusing problem at all.

Therefore, our suspicion is that the difference in elevation may have something to do with the varied results. We are at 3100 feet, and Epson's facility is at sea level. If elevation is factor, then users at or nearer to sea level should have no problem with the 6100 defocusing. If elevation is not a factor, then we can still conclude that some users may have an issue, and some won't.

In any event, the impact of the defocusing that we see on our modified 6100 can be minimized by allowing the projector to warm up for 30 minutes, and doing a final focus at that point in time. In a worst case scenario, the user might see a bit of softness in a 1080p Blu-ray picture during the warm-up period. However, considering the 6100's low price and considerable performance capability, this is likely to be an insignificant issue for most users. We will proceed with the 6100 review and get it posted next week.

We are still awaiting a response from JVC on a couple of points before posting the review of the RS10 and RS20. I expect to get them posted by tomorrow.

The Optoma HD8200 has arrived, and is next in line for review after the JVC models.

If you've got some specific question on your mind, or would like to make suggestions about the site, please drop us a note. I try to respond to everyone who takes the time to write.

Thanks for using ProjectorCentral,

Evan Powell
Editor




Monday, March 9

Editor's Choice Awards

Hi folks,

After spending a week with the JVC RS10 and RS20, we have decided to grant them both an Editor's Choice Award. These are great projectors, at price points of about $5,000 and $7,500 respectively. We could not decide which of the two represented the better value proposition, as the RS20 certainly delivers an incrementally better picture for the money, and the RS10 delivers an incrementally better picture than the lower priced competition. Essentially, you get what you pay for. The review will be done and posted by about the middle of the week.

An Editor's Choice Award has also been given to the Panasonic PT-AE3000U. At $2,500, the AE3000 is a thoroughly solid performer with a beautifully refined, virtually analog-like image. In addition, it is absolutely loaded with features, a number of which not appearing on any other home theater projectors. We are pleased to give the Panasonic AE3000 our highest honor and strongest recommendation.

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In other developments, we were originally planning to head down to Epson headquarters in Long Beach for a meeting tomorrow, but Epson has asked for a bit more time to set up some review samples for us to look at when we get there. Accordingly, the review of the Epson 6100 is on hold for the time being.

The Optoma HD8200 has arrived, and is next in line for review after the JVC models.

If you've got some specific question on your mind, or would like to make suggestions about the site, please drop us a note. I try to respond to everyone who takes the time to write.

Thanks for using ProjectorCentral,

Evan Powell
Editor




Tuesday, March 3

Hi folks,

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.

We are still working on the review of the Epson 6100. In order to complete this review we will need to do some further testing of it at sea level. That means a trip to California, which we will do early next week. My hope is to get the review completed by a week from Friday.

If you've got some specific question on your mind, or would like to make suggestions about the site, please drop us a note. I try to respond to everyone who takes the time to write.

Thanks for using ProjectorCentral,

Evan Powell
Editor




Friday, February 27

Hi folks,

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.

Since the 6500UB's release, Epson has resolved the defocusing issue so that is no longer a concern. As far as FI is concerned, Epson product management says that they will issue an improved FI system, and that it will be downloadable. We are still waiting to see if and when a new version of FI appears, whether it will work better than the original, and whether it will indeed be downloadable.

At this point, we can say that if Epson can come up with an FI system that matches the performance of the AE3000, we'd probably give the Editor's Choice Award to the Home Cinema 6500 UB based on brightness, black levels, and overall image appeal to the consumer. Meanwhile, if we were to issue the award today, it would go to the AE3000 for three reasons. First, with Blu-ray in 24p output with FI activated, the AE3000 delivers a virtually judder-free image that is superior in smoothness and stability to the 6500UB. And for most subject matter, the digital video effect produced by FI is not nearly as pronounced on the AE3000 as it is on the 6500UB. Second, color is more precise on the AE3000 in its Cinema modes, which video purists will appreciate. Third, since many users are going with 2.35 CIH format screens these days, the AE3000 offers a creative, money-saving alternative to the expense of an anamorphic lens, whereas the 6500UB does not.

So as we ponder these issues, we wonder what your thoughts are. Do you care about frame interpolation? Would you buy a projector without FI, or with an FI system you wouldn't want to use? How about 2.35 screen format? Does the AE3000's ability to auto zoom to fill a 2.35 screen appeal to you? Or is this feature something you'd never use, and thus irrelevant in your selection of a projector? What are your thoughts on these topics? Please let us know by dropping us a note right here.

By the way, currently in the review cycle are the JVC RS10 and RS20. The new Elite Starbright ambient light screen just arrived yesterday, and we'll be looking at that very soon as well.

Thanks for using ProjectorCentral,

Evan Powell
Editor




Reader Comments(3 comments)

Posted Feb 27, 2009 4:01 PM PST

By Joe K

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What about the Epson 6100 review? It's coming soon, right?

Thanks for all you do,

jk

Posted Mar 2, 2009 7:28 PM PST

By Alan

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I am also wondering what am I missing with 6100 because it is coming cheap these days.

Posted Mar 3, 2009 5:40 PM PST

By JP JONES

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Yes, please compare the 6100 especially with last generation 1080p projector like the AE2000 or the 1080UB.

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