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Epson TW9400/5050UB Projector Thread
« on: July 03, 2019, 10:24 »
This projector seems to be Projector Central and Projector Reviews favorite projector so far at the around USD2,500-3,000. However, it is USD300 more than the BenQ 5500 on Amazon. Main advantage seems to be slightly better blacks and motorized lens and focus, which allows for automatic adjustment for Cinemascope screens. In Singapore, the list price seems to be S$4,499, which is considerably more than the BenQ 5500 and almost double the BenQ 2700.

https://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/tech-news-epson-eh-tw9400-home-theater-projector-supports-hdr10-hlg-and-18gbps-bandwidth-4k-60fps

Reviews:
https://www.projectorreviews.com/epson/epson-home-cinema-5050ub-review-a-very-4k-capable-home-theater-projector/

https://www.projectorcentral.com/Epson-Home-Cinema-5050UBe-Review.htm

Reviews seem to indicate that although the 3LCD pixel shifters like the TW9400 are not as sharp as the DLP or LCOS shifters, Epson has mastered a digital sharpening enhancement that works really well and makes them look as sharp. Although I am doubtful about this, I would welcome opinions from those who have seen Epson's wonderful sharpening technology. And their relatively awesome black levels seem to come from a very smart and fast IRIS rather than native contrast. Wonder why the DLP guys can't create a similar IRIS.

I know someone on Xtremeplace imported an Epson 4010 (the 5050UB's little brother)recently from the US, but there has been no report or review of it here. There seems to be very little interest in Epson projectors despite them having a 50% market share in the USA. I wonder why? My very first Epson AE100 projector, which I bought from Sim Lim Square in 2002 got me into this hobby and I have fond memories of it. I remember having to configure a HTPC to output a precise weird resolution for it.
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Re: Epson TW9400/5050UB Projector Thread
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2019, 11:26 »
DLP in general doesn't provide deep black compared to offerings from other tech. So if your taste if favoring towards the mystic-sexy black and shadow details, you have got to look for other pricier offerings. 

Unfortunately, in this world, really follow "一份钱一分货".

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Re: Epson TW9400/5050UB Projector Thread
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2019, 20:30 »

I know someone on Xtremeplace imported an Epson 4010 (the 5050UB's little brother)recently from the US, but there has been no report or review of it here. There seems to be very little interest in Epson projectors despite them having a 50% market share in the USA. I wonder why? My very first Epson AE100 projector, which I bought from Sim Lim Square in 2002 got me into this hobby and I have fond memories of it. I remember having to configure a HTPC to output a precise weird resolution for it.

Epson AE100? You sure it is not Panny? I'll know because the Panasonic PT-AE100 is also my very first projector here. LoL

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Re: Epson TW9400/5050UB Projector Thread
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2019, 21:11 »
Epson AE100? You sure it is not Panny? I'll know because the Panasonic PT-AE100 is also my very first projector here. LoL

The AE100 was my first PJ as well I remember using it with the Shinco DVD player and then the Panasonic RP82 player. Good times


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Epson TW9400/5050UB Projector Thread
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2019, 21:27 »
The AE100 was my first PJ as well I remember using it with the Shinco DVD player and then the Panasonic RP82 player. Good times


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Yep. Wonderful memories. I recalled I’m the one who came up with the “rubber band” trick to secure the ND filter in place around the len holder just so we can increase the contrast (pop effect) and enhance the black levels of a 720p projector. LoL. 


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Re: Epson TW9400/5050UB Projector Thread
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2019, 05:21 »
Epson AE100? You sure it is not Panny? I'll know because the Panasonic PT-AE100 is also my very first projector here. LoL

Desray, you are right. Panny. It must be early alzheimers :(

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Re: Epson TW9400/5050UB Projector Thread
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2019, 05:23 »
DLP in general doesn't provide deep black compared to offerings from other tech. So if your taste if favoring towards the mystic-sexy black and shadow details, you have got to look for other pricier offerings. 

Unfortunately, in this world, really follow "一份钱一分货".

True, but only if you have a Batcave like blackness for your HT. Any ambient light, even slight or white walls and you might as well buy DLP :)

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Re: Epson TW9400/5050UB Projector Thread
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2019, 05:25 »
Yep. Wonderful memories. I recalled I’m the one who came up with the “rubber band” trick to secure the ND filter in place around the len holder just so we can increase the contrast (pop effect) and enhance the black levels of a 720p projector. LoL. 


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Yes!, but I remember the ND filter also blunted the highlights, so while there was higher apparent contrast, the picture was a bit dull

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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2019, 05:26 »
Yes!, but I remember the ND filter also blunted the highlights, so while there was higher apparent contrast, the picture was a bit dull

True but in those days we are newbies. Hehe.  We’ve learnt a lot as we grew up.


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