March 24, 2010 The Epson EH-TW 2900, a Full HD LCD projector was tested by Televisions.com test team utilizing the potent combination of objective laboratory instruments and comprehensive subjective analysis. The projector earned a rating of 7.3 points on a scale of 10 in the Editors Rating category. The review lists versatile lens-shift optics; massive zoom factor, sharp HD pictures and full colour management system as strengths of the Epson projector while also mentioning the negatives such as exaggerated colours, slight colouration in black pictures and average in-picture contrast. Televisions.com editor-in-chief, Florian Friedrich said: The Epson EH-TW 2900 Full HD LCD projector is a total value for money product with pleasing build quality and extensive features.
The later part of the review describes the features of the Epson projector. The review states that the Epson projector incorporates the 3-chip technology and a proprietary D7 LCD panel with an improved fill factor. The test team was satisfied with the number of controls provided for expert users to fine tune the colour settings. The review appreciates the ten presets provided by the projector to experiment and save the settings that have been tried out by you by pressing the Memory button. The two available HDMI inputs allow the Epson projector to go one up on its rivals.
The test team found that the video arriving via the S-video input was flat and that the overscan could be disabled only for HDMI and YUV signals. The test team was impressed with the de-interlacing which effectively reduced flicker and the Motion Detection that allowed the projector to shift balance between Cinema (level 1) to TV Material (level 5). This however did not remedy the blur that was caused due to fast motion camera pans as in the case of sports broadcast. Slight colouration (shading) was evident at the edges of the picture and the iris of the Epson was found to be incapable of increasing the contrast beyond the ratio of 1070:1. The saving grace here was its ability to dynamically reduce residual illumination incase of dark scenes. The test team was highly impressed with the de-interlacing of HDTV signals. The review states that the entire flicker in 1080i signals arriving from HDTV satellite receivers is eliminated quickly and reliably by the video processing done by the Epson EH-TW 2900. The correct handling of 1080/30p HD signals earns even more praise from the reviewers.
The review also extols the Epson projectors ability to achieve a perfect convergence which is not the case with similarly priced rivals. The colour management system was found to be an absolute joy and the test team was sure that it would captivate the interest of every expert user. The review then provides a set of ideal settings for the Televisions that were derived by the test team at the in-house test theatre for displaying HDTV/Blu-ray signal via an HDMI interface in darkened environments. Friedrich said The Epson EH-TW 2900 is a value for money product. It does fall short of utilizing its complete potential but still is good enough to be rated as an intelligent buy.