Epson have released a new projector, so what you might say. Well that's what I thought, but after much closer inspection I think this projector warrants a much closer look. So what is it? The TW100 is a 1280x720 widescreen LCD projector and is Epson's first ever projector designed for the home cinema market. It is also being rebadged by Yamaha which I find amazing since their first effort was a DLP and they have decided to ditch DLP in favour of an LCD based product. So what else do we know? It uses a new generation of Epson LCD panel code named Dream II, these have a 25% increase in aperture ratio compared to previous efforts. Part of this increase is due to a higher fill ratio which should decrease the screen door effect. The new LCD design also allows greater contrast ratios which will result in projector contrast specs of 400-700:1 ANSI depending in the light engine/optics design. Many people have already testified to how good the LCD panels are as they are used in the Panasonic AE100. In the design of the TW100 projector, Epson have made a number of design decisions which to me show that they are serious about Home Cinema products. Firstly light output, which is a mere 500 lumens in theatre mode and 700 in PC mode. While this won't satisfy the lumens hungry US market, it is plenty when used in a light controlled room with a reasonable size screen. The panel design allows for much greater lumens spec so this is clearly a design decision rather than panel limitation. Another bold move was to build in Faroudja video processing/deinterlacing rather than try to make something themselves as done by Sharp and Sony which would have been much inferior. They have also managed to create a very quiet projector being rated at 30db. Another good sign is colour temperature, the default for this projector is 6700K, most other companies go for much high colour temperatures because they yield higher contrast ratios. The projector also has a 6500K mode which is what all projectors should be set to. I have yet to see the projector myself but I understand that it has the best colour controls seen on a panel projector. Other very nice features include a 3000 hour lamp, DVI and VGA inputs that support the native 1280x720 resolution. Also the 3rd generation Epson DAR scaller is highly regarded. Summary: 1280x720 LCD projector, current state-of-the-art LCD panels, 500-700 lumens, 600-700:1 ANSI contrast ratio, 30db, 3000 Hour lamp, Faroudja video processing, colour space highly controllable, DVI and VGA native resolution support.