Review Price £2,649.60
Epson EH-TW9000W - Features and 3D Performance
Clearly the TW9000W's ‘wi-fi’ video system warrants more attention - especially as it’s actually the first such integrated system we’ve tested on a TV or projector. The way it works is that you plug your source into a provided WirelessHD transmitter box’s HDMI slot, and then just select the WirelessHD input on the projector’s remote control. And that’s it. During our tests the projector usually synced with the Full HD transmissions from the transmitter - including 3D ones - in seconds, and the signal remained 100% stable once a connection was established.
The WirelessHD syncing wasn’t completely flawless, though. Sometimes the projector didn’t register the transmitter at power up until we’d turned the transmitter off and then back on. But overall the WirelessHD system works well enough to make us wonder why the long-talked about Wireless HDMI standard hasn’t already been added to more home entertainment equipment.
Setting the TW9000W up is a brilliantly straightforward job. The projector’s 3D transmitter is built into the body of the projector for a start. Even better, the projector carries an extremely handy 2.1x level of optical zoom, adjusted - along with the focus - via simple and reasonably precise ‘wheels’ accessible from the top of the projector’s body. There are also two more wheels on the projector’s top, via which you can optically shift the image up and down or left and right over a pleasingly wide range.
The TW9000W also scores well with its connections. For as well as the headline wireless HDMI system, there are two HDMI sockets, a D-Sub PC port, a composite video jack (though obviously we’d strongly recommend that you never use this), a 12V trigger output, and finally an RS-232C port so that the projector can be integrated into a wider home control system.
So far the TW9000W has done nothing but impress, and this continues for the most part as we use the large, brilliantly organised and backlit remote to explore the fuss-free (if slightly drab) onscreen menus.
Certainly it’s welcome to find tucked away in these menus such key set up aids as a selection of thoughtfully calibrated picture presets; various Kelvin-based colour temperature settings; a separate skin tone adjustment; a series of gamma presets (including the 2.2 mode generally best for video playback) plus the option to set up your own customised setting; offset and gain adjustments for the red, green and blue colour elements; and further adjustments for the hue, saturation and brightness of the RGBCMY colour elements.
Inevitably we couldn’t resist kicking off our performance tests of the TW9000W by checking out its 3D capabilities. And initially we felt just a touch disappointed. Sure, there are some really great things to report, such as the 3D pictures’ brightness, colour intensity and emphatic HD resolution.
Indeed, in the first two of these picture characteristics in particular, the TW9000W is arguably the pick of the mid-range 3D projector crowd right now. Especially as the colour correction of its 3D mode seems exceptionally well judged.
However, it was also impossible at the start of our tests to miss the fact that 3D pictures suffer a little with the dreaded crosstalk. To be fair, this seldom appears over the main focus of a 3D frame, and is also rare during bright scenes. But during dark scenes subtle crosstalk can cause backdrops to look slightly out of focus in a way now familiar from numeorus other 3D projectors and LCD TVs. Hmm.