Epson EMP-TW1000 LCD Projector Review

Phil Hinton

Editor
Staff member
Reviewed by Phil Hinton
The Epson has really surprised us and challenged our thinking when it comes to LCD projectors. The contrast available is excellent and provides good black level performance which in turn brings more depth and scale to images.

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Kramer

Guest
Regarding HD-DVD/Bluray, although the TW1000 takes 1080p/24 signals, it converts to 1080p/60 for projection.

Undoubtedly, one of the biggest "cons" with this projector & a major mistake by Epson.

:smoke:
 

mad1701

Standard Member
Great review. I also saw your review for the Panasonic. I am not that great on the technical stuff and it was refreshing to see a review which actually made sense. I ahve ordered this machine and it is being delivered tomorrow. I got it from http://stores.ebay.co.uk/HOME-DISCOUNTS-ELECTRICAL-WAREHOUSE
This is probably the best compant I have dealt with. I originally wanted the JVC HD1, but the salesman suggested i didn't need to spend that much. How often are salesmen that honest. I have been most impressed with their service and I will use them again. I hope this projector is as good as you make it sound. Thanks again.
 

Phil Hinton

Editor
Staff member
Kramer - You would pick the one area I neglected to test on this machine, if that information is accurate and you can give the source I will amend the review accordingly. FYI, it will be included on tests from now on.

Mad1701 - I hope you like your new toy, we were very impressed and don't forget to have it properly calibrated.
 

zanc

Active Member
Regarding HD-DVD/Bluray, although the TW1000 takes 1080p/24 signals, it converts to 1080p/60 for projection.

Undoubtedly, one of the biggest "cons" with this projector & a major mistake by Epson.

:smoke:
Can you explain why this is a con. Are you saying that it should have taken 1080p with higher frame rates.
 

SamRadford

Novice Member
Nice review, although I don't understand some of the technical terms.

For the money this Projector surprised us no end and the images produced where some of the best we have seen from this class of unit.
Do I get a brownie point for spotting the typo? ;)
 

Stuart Wright

AVForums Founder
Staff member
Nice review, although I don't understand some of the technical terms.
Do I get a brownie point for spotting the typo? ;)
My fault, I'm afraid - poor proof reading. Sorry
 
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TurquoiseShark

Guest
this projector is freely available under £2k, hardly makes the PS3 "a free offer", seen Dabs making this offer, tis a bit naughty.

I had my mind made up on the AE1000, however the current bain of my life with my set up are the poor black levels (I have a HD 50" Sony Rear pro), so I was disappointed to read the AE1000 does not come up to scratch. I'm now favouring the TW1000 thanks to this review.
 

pjclark1

Novice Member
I would like one, but too much for me at £1,815 delivered (at the moment)
In six months time when they are under £1,000 I will probs get one.
 
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TurquoiseShark

Guest
Where have you seen them for 1815.00? Cheapest I've seen is 1950.00

cheers!
 

Chris Nicholl

Novice Member
Regarding HD-DVD/Bluray, although the TW1000 takes 1080p/24 signals, it converts to 1080p/60 for projection.
This is correct, however it will quite happily take a 1080p 48hz signal if you're lucky enough to have a scaler :smashin:

Chris
 

windfall

Active Member
I would like one, but too much for me at £1,815 delivered (at the moment)
In six months time when they are under £1,000 I will probs get one.
Me too - as these become more "main stream" they will be lower, I never wont to be an eary adopter again!:nono:

Tone
 

Helicon

Banned
I would like one, but too much for me at £1,815 delivered (at the moment)
In six months time when they are under £1,000 I will probs get one.
If the rrp is £2795, i don't think you'll be seeing this for a grand anytime soon. And if it ever did reach a grand, that'd mean it's technology is out of date. In a years time, you'll probably be looking at about £1500 for 1080p, but like anything, the entry level to any technology is the most compromised.
 

mad1701

Standard Member
This is a question/request for Phil Hinton. Is there any chance of getting your optimum picture settings for the TW1000. I am not great at fiddling with equipment and a poor picture will drive me nuts.
 

Phil Hinton

Editor
Staff member
This is a question/request for Phil Hinton. Is there any chance of getting your optimum picture settings for the TW1000. I am not great at fiddling with equipment and a poor picture will drive me nuts.
Hi Mad,

I could give you the settings (well actually I can't as the unit has gone back now) but it would make very little sense to do so. You see the enviroment you are using the projector in will be vastly different from where I used it. Plus you have manufacture tolerence on components which will vary by at least 10% from machine to machine.
The best advice I can give you would be to get DVE and follow Gary Lightfoots thread in the projector so you get the contrast and brightness at least set right. I would always recommend a pro calibration and at 10% of the RRP is more than worth the while.

Hope that helps.
 
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TurquoiseShark

Guest
Hi Mad,

I could give you the settings (well actually I can't as the unit has gone back now)
I thought an AV reviewers home would be an AV fanatics Aladdin's Cave, full of reviewed equipment - should be a perk of the job!

Does this projector only come in black? I'm asking this question on behalf of my wife, I think I managed to answer the "do they do it in Pink" question :)
 
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spikerules

Guest
I have had the TW1000 since launch at the near end of March and I got it with a free PS3 from Ivojo. However since launch I have had major colour and text issues. I've had two Epson reps visit my house (one was freelance sent by Epson and the other was from Epson Hemel HQ) to see the PJ faults and both have said there is a major fault with the units (and not just mine). I've had 3 units btw...

Phil, I suggest feeding a PC with a web browser and looking at the horrid ghosting and ringing on texts... I've yet to hear back again from Epson... they tell me they are working on a fix. In fact, its about time I get back in contact with them....!

Edit - contacted the Epson tech guy and he says he is back in Hemel tomorrow and will contact me about the issue by 11.00am tomorrow. I'll reply with an update then... I hope.

btw I would give the unit a 6.5 - 7.0 atm... when fixed I would agree with the 8.0 score has given
 

mad1701

Standard Member
Thanks for the advice Phil. I guess I'll have to get hold of a calibration service in my area.

I also wanted to post a quote i got from a cnet review of the TW1000, regarding 1080p/24Hz playback;

"Playing back a Blu-ray rendition of the Casino Royale via 24Hz 1080p not only delivered judder-free motion but also 3D-like pictures which further elevated the overall viewing experience."
http://www.cnetasia.com/reviews/home_av/projectors/0,39037574,40447840p-3,00.htm

I hope that this is helpful for others who have had second thoughts on this machine. I am very pleased so far.
 

CAS FAN

Distinguished Member
If the rrp is £2795, i don't think you'll be seeing this for a grand anytime soon. And if it ever did reach a grand, that'd mean it's technology is out of date. In a years time, you'll probably be looking at about £1500 for 1080p, but like anything, the entry level to any technology is the most compromised.
I doubt it. Just look at 1080p LCD's. Go back a year and you wouldn't get one for less than £2k, but now you can pick them up for less than £1k and have been able to do for a while. As the technology (1080p panels) becomes more mass produced then the price will drop and drop. The early 1080p projectors were always going to be pricey, but as Phil points out, they are now coming relatively thick and fast and that can only indcate a growing market and cheaper technology, which will lead to price drops. Give it a year or so and I would see 1080p projectors hitting similar prices to what the 720p projecters currently retail for.

Good review by the way Phil, this is one area that I am keeping a close eye on at the moment and was happy to read this review and how well the Epson performed. Going way back I owned the TW-10 480p projector and loved it for the price, only upgrading to get 720p. I would have no quarms about getting another Epson, especially as this one seems to perform very well, with a great picture. The connectivity is not really an issue with a HDMI switching amp and my only concern is the lack of 1080p/24.
 
These seem to be readily available on ebay for £1799.99 + delivery. That's about £1500 less than the cheapest JVC DLA-HD1 so now I'm confused about which to go for.

Phil, would you say the JVC is worth the extra money for near D65 out of the box, the extra native contrast and 1080p/24?

Also, can anybody tell me how this projector fairs against the Sony Pearl with regards to contrast, colour, sharpness etc.
 

pjclark1

Novice Member
If the rrp is £2795, i don't think you'll be seeing this for a grand anytime soon. And if it ever did reach a grand, that'd mean it's technology is out of date. In a years time, you'll probably be looking at about £1500 for 1080p, but like anything, the entry level to any technology is the most compromised.
Slightly off topic
Panny 42" series 6 plasma, RRP £3500, 1 year later £1,800, 2 years later £900, 3 years later £350 SH
Sagem 56" rptv RRP £3200, 1 year later £1,200, 2 years later £600 SH
Epson 1080 projector RRP £2,800, 1 week later £1,800, 1 year later predicted price £600 - £1000

These items cost peanuts to manufacture (about £200-£400, it's all recovery of R&D, if they don't sell enough ......... disaster), this projector has already been discounted more than any of my previous examples almost since the day of release. Buy it now if you want to take a big cash hit.
 
I have to agree with you there, I would put money on the current entry level 1080p projectors going for around the 1K mark inside 12 months.
 

jerryfb

Novice Member
Well this is my first post to this excellent forum. I bought the TW1000 based upon reviews and the 1080p/ PS3 offer. To my untrained eye it seems fantastic. I plugged straight out of the it into the PS3 via HDMI. The picture was amazing. Got it from Dabs. Great offer and service. All my kit is now back in the box and awaiting installation at our new house.
 

Phill1978

Novice Member
Slightly off topic
Panny 42" series 6 plasma, RRP £3500, 1 year later £1,800, 2 years later £900, 3 years later £350 SH
Sagem 56" rptv RRP £3200, 1 year later £1,200, 2 years later £600 SH
Epson 1080 projector RRP £2,800, 1 week later £1,800, 1 year later predicted price £600 - £1000

These items cost peanuts to manufacture (about £200-£400, it's all recovery of R&D, if they don't sell enough ......... disaster), this projector has already been discounted more than any of my previous examples almost since the day of release. Buy it now if you want to take a big cash hit.
exellent post, and puts real perspective on these things.
 

gorge

Novice Member
Now on eBay for £1,499 + £100 postage (which looks a bit of a con!)
 
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freekb

Guest
These items cost peanuts to manufacture (about £200-£400, it's all recovery of R&D, if they don't sell enough ......... disaster),
Very true - I've been working on a £7 million software research project for the last 6 years. Price tag for a license: epic. Cost to burn CD: nada.
 

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