Getting back to the TW3800, it’s right on top of its game, too, when it comes to fine detail response. Every last pixel of data from the phenomenally sharp, detailed Blu-ray of ”No Country For Old Men” is lovingly rendered, right down to the texture of the sand in the film’s many desert shots, or the complete absence of humanity in the eyes of Javier Bardem’s terrifying killer.
As for ”Call of Duty: World At War”… well, it looks so crisp and pristine that you really feel you’re there, fighting for your life. I didn’t feel as if my chances were being hamstrung by the projector introducing any major image lag, either.
It’s also worth pointing out that the TW3800’s extreme sharpness with HD sources looks entirely natural. In other words, there’s no dot crawl or over-stressed edging, which might indicate that the sharpness is being forced, or artificially ramped up.
Yet more good news finds the TW3800’s processing engine doing a startlingly good job – for the money – of coping with the headache of handling 1080p/24 Blu-ray feeds, so that they appear onscreen with noticeably less judder than I’d have expected at this price level.
The TW3800 even outperforms its price point with standard definition footage. The task of rescaling standard definition to the TW3800’s Full HD pixel count is carried out by PixelWorks’ redoubtable DNX engine, resulting in images that look markedly crisper, more detailed yet also less noisy than they would if they’d been through a less accomplished processing engine.
With its sub-£2k price point in mind, it’s hard to fault the TW3800. But I guess it’s incumbent on me to try, right?!
So: I guess it might have been nice if Epson could have stretched to some sort of frame interpolation system like that sported by Panasonic’s £2,150 PT-AE3000 – but then motion still looks good on the TW3800, and you don’t have to worry about processing artefacts.
The PT-AE3000 also has that rather nifty lens aspect ratio shifting feature that this Epson does not, and it can deliver slightly deeper black levels as well as slightly more assistance to colour tweakers. But then as well as being the best part of £300 cheaper, the TW3800, for my money, marginally outperforms the PT-AE3000 on colour and shadow detailing. And any sub-£2k projector that can outperform the PT-AE3000 in any area simply has to be worth tracking down.
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