Epson EH-TW3600 - Setup and Initial Picture Thoughts



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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.