Hello blog readers! This is the first of many full training videos we plan to share with you all. This week we had Jeff Paiva, National Training Manager for Epson America’s Home Theater Projector division. Jeff came to Projector People to talk about Epson’s brand new Home Theater line up including the Epson Home Cinema 6100, Home Cinema 700, and Movie Mate 55.
Epson’s Home Cinema 1080 and Home Cinema 1080UB have been (and still are) best sellers for us. By comparison they are some of the nicest on the market. We were excited to learn more about the new line up.
Jeff is always an entertaining presenter, so it’s a great way to start our ‘Watch and Learn’ video series. Watch (or read) and enjoy!
Your Training Cheat Sheet for Epson Home Theater
If you don’t feel up to watching our entire training video here are a few notes from what we discovered this week.
Expected Ship Dates and Other Info
- The Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 6100
- The Epson HC6100 will include a 2 yr. advance replacement warranty
- The higher-priced 1080p HC6500 expected to ship last week of November
- New models have new industrial design, no longer “chiclets” but more squared edges and slightly larger cabinets for better heat and noise reduction, and for bigger video processors
- The new Color Light Output specification, developed by the 3LCD consortium, has been adopted by Sony as well as Epson with more to come
About Projector Contrast Ratios
- Average contrast ratio in a commercial movie theater is 150:1
- Lights off commercial movie theater contrast would be around 350 to 400:1
- The highest, true contrast ratio Jeff Paiva has ever measured was just over 400:1 and the image looked holographic from all the detail revealed
Jeff Paiva on Contrast Ratio. How is contrast measured in a home theater projector? Epson’s Jeff Paiva discusses the difference between full on / full off contrast ratio and reveals the highest contrast ratio display he has ever tested in his years of experience.
Difference Between Home and Business Projectors
- Pushing green levels to achieve higher brightness
- Typically have poor video processors which show artifacts. Can’t handle fast motion video
- Louder fans on ultra portable projectors because of emphasis on smaller casing
Differences between image on a 720p vs. 1080p projector
- 3 million vs. 6 million pixels (or 1 million x 3 panels vs. 2 million x 3 panels)
- Colors appear more saturated in 1080p because there are more pixels to show depth
- Better black levels in 1080p
- More detail in the image, and a smoother image since less screen door effect visible
Jeff discusses the advantages of 1080p over 720p projection.
Watch Entire Training Video
Full Epson Home Theater training video, including all of the things we mentioned in our cheat sheet above. Jeff also demonstrates how projectors create white light, how the new Epson home theater projectors achive their high contrast ratios, and the benefits of 1080p projectors over 720p.