Review Price £1,537.31
Motion is reproduced exceptionally well by the Epson EH-TW6000W too, looking crisp, detailed and natural, with none of the excessive judder or slightly ‘laggy’ look that can trouble less able LCD projectors. Next, while shadow detail takes a dive if you try and take down the TW6000W’s brightness, at around its initial preset levels the projector actually does a fair-to-middling job of picking out the sort of subtle picture information that helps give dark scenes a sense of depth and scale.
Talking of bright content, the TW6000W’s natural brightness-biased qualities help it deliver the likes of animated films and video games with plenty of punch and vitality. With this in mind, we were pleasantly surprised too by how quietly the TW6000W runs, at least in Eco lamp mode.
It’s when you switch to 3D viewing, though, that the Epson TW6000W really grabs your attention. For right away many of the issues noted with 2D melt away. Colour tones look more realistic as well as being punchier than is the case with many active 3D projectors. Also, black levels look deeper and less ‘blue’ thanks to the natural dimming effect of the shuttering technology in the glasses.
Basically, it’s hard to resist the thought that for - better or worse - the TW6000W has been put together with 3D rather than 2D foremost in its mind.
Underlying its 3D credentials still further is its impressive handling of that active 3D bugbear of crosstalk noise. The image certainly isn’t totally immune to the double ghosting issue, but it appears only rarely, and is relatively subtle even when it does crop up. This can count as a very impressive achievement on a £1600 3D projector that also boasts wireless HDMI functionality.
Motion looks reasonably fluid in 3D mode too, and the projector’s high brightness means that dark backgrounds are reproduced with a fair amount of detail, rather than just looking like sheets of empty blackness as can happen with less punchy 3D projectors.
The only problems we have with the Epson TW6000W’s 3D images are that dark scenes still look a bit greyed over, and that HD 3D images look slightly soft, not selling their Full HD nature quite as aggressively as they might.
For what it’s worth, the TW6000W is one of a growing number of ‘casual’ projectors to sport built-in speakers. What’s more, these speakers are actually quite good, producing a clean, well-rounded sound forth that spreads further away from the projector itself than you would expect.
Of course, though, as with all in-projector audio, this doesn’t change for a minute the fact that its sound appears to be coming from a completely different geographical place to the pictures its supposed to be accompanying.
If you’re on the hunt for a very affordable projector that can do a really good job with active 3D, the Epson TW6000W definitely warrants an audition. Just bear in mind that unlike its more expensive TW9000W sibling, the TW6000W is only a solid 2D projector. So if you expect 2D to make up the majority of your viewing time, it might be worth trying to save up a bit more to secure the TW9000W or maybe the Panasonic AT5000E, which both offer stellar 2D performances to go with their good 3D ones.
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