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Epson EH-TW3600 - Setup and Initial Picture Thoughts

John Archer

By John Archer



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Add to this a 2:2 pulldown processing option, three different noise reduction levels and a Super White tool for boosting white levels, and you really do have a projector of startling calibration flexibility for its position in the market.

It’s also very easy to physically get an image from the projector correctly positioned on your screen or - noooooo! - white wall. The main reason for this is the provision of decently flexible vertical and horizontal image shifting wheels, and a brilliantly wide x2.1 optical zoom. There are a couple of screw-down feet under the front edge too, but we’d suggest you try and avoid using these - on the grounds of preserving image geometry - if you can, and stick with the image shift wheels.

The TW3600’s connections don’t advance in any way on those of previous models in Epson’s projection range. But that’s not to say they’re bad, including as they do two HDMIs, a component video input, a composite video input, a D-Sub PC port, an RS-232 port allowing for the TW3600 to be integrated into a wider AV control system, and even a 12V trigger output that can be used for, say, firing up an attached motorised screen.

First impressions of the TW3600’s pictures are, it has to be said, a tad underwhelming. Not so much because they’re actually bad; in fact they’re pretty good in some ways in the context of the £1,300 projector sector. But rather because they don’t actually seem to advance in any significant way on previous comparable Epson projectors.

In fact, when it comes to our favourite picture element of black level response, the TW3600 actually feels slightly worse than some previous equivalent Epson models. Dark scenes exhibit a noticeable bluish-grey tinge that no amount of tinkering with the projector’s colour calibration aids can sort out.

We also felt that with pictures calibrated to optimise contrast and black level response, the TW3600’s image didn’t feel as dynamic as we would have liked, with a bit too much brightness taken out of the light parts of predominantly dark scenes, and colours feeling a touch muted.

Interestingly, the TW3600’s pictures only really come to life when you push up the brightness, contrast and colour settings. For although this leads to an inevitable reduction in black level depth, colours look stronger and more realistic, and the image generally looks much more satisfyingly dynamic.


November 26, 2010, 5:31 pm

I looked at getting one of these but decided that it didn't offer much in terms of value when compared to the Optoma HD20 or BenQ W1000+. If you want a 1080 projector for the casual viewer then I recommend the HD20 (which I got recently). I got it new on fleabay for £530 with a 1 year warranty and the bulbs are only £120. When I compared this Epson with the HD20, the price difference seems crazy.

On a side note - After buying this HD projector, I have no idea why anyone would want to buy a huge TV instead. HD Projectors - Awesome!


November 26, 2010, 7:32 pm

@lifethroughalens: I recommend the HD20

I've got the HD65, it's only 720p, but it's been a great projector for the money, I bought it for about £420 from Dixons about 2.5 years ago.

The only issue with this, and the HD20 is some people just can't cope with the DLP rainbow effect.


November 26, 2010, 8:05 pm

@ Keith "The only issue with this, and the HD20 is some people just can't cope with the DLP rainbow effect."

Yes, I did a lot of research into an HD projector (as a tech geek loves doing :) ) and I read a lot of opinion about the rainbow effect. It did concern me as I have a big issue with image quality, call it an occupational compulsion, but in reality I found the HD20 to have very little rainbow effect at all.

I know some eyes are more sensitive to it than others, but to my eyes, I don't even see it as being a point worth raising. I do see the red, green, blue 'rainbows' but only very occasionally when I turn my head quickly to one side and never during normal viewing.

I got a Onkyo HTX-22HDX + SKS-22XB (5.1 system) to go with the HD20 so now I have a 130" 1080p screen with full surround sound and a wall / ceiling mount for a smidgen over £840. TV's are dead to me :)


November 26, 2010, 9:53 pm

@lifethroughalens: but in reality I found the HD20 to have very little rainbow effect at all.

I agree, while using the HD65 for playing say battlefield bad company 2 I don't appear to notice it at all, the only time I notice is when bright white is placed on dark, eg. During BFBC2 loading there is some text that zooms in and wobbles, here the rainbow effect is very noticeable. A game on my XBox that does make the rainbow effect relevant, is Rez HD, here it's lots of line drawing over dark background, basically all lines have some sort of rainbow effect.

@lifethroughalens: I do see the red, green, blue 'rainbows'

For me I actually see Red/Cyan, I assume the Cyan is my eyes just mixing the Green/Blue. :)

Also worth pointing out, your HD20 is newer than mine, so it may not suffer as bad. Eg. more modern DLP's have faster Colour wheels etc that are meant to lessen the effect.

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