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Epson EH-TW9400 user review

  • THE best projector at this price range or anywhere close

    It is THE best projector at this price or anywhere close for the moment. Bold claims but since JVC stopped the X-series and went native, the N5 is £6,500. The basic Sony 4k is £5000 and is feature stripped down. The fact that the TW9400 regularly gets compared with projectors double plus, pretty much says it all!

    You can get a little sharper with a DLP for a comparable price, due to single chip and 4x pixel shifting, but contrast, black levels and potential rainbows all reduce advantages, but if sharpness is your thing, certainly check them out before coming back!

    It is a very flexible projector to install with a large zoom and massive amount of lens shift, though it is on the physically large size. It is incredibly flexible having THREE power modes and a DPI-P3 filter which is great for WGC. There is a dynamic iris for better blacks or you can manually stopper it down for smaller screens or Rec. 709. Masses of 3D brightness and a great light output for HDR with the filter.

    I bought one of the first TW9400s in the UK. I got it via Epson directly which you aren't supposed to do as it is a dealer only projector. I "bought" it in Dec 2018 from them as they claimed delivery before Christmas. It didn't happen and it was delivered Jan 14th 2019 and I've tried to record my journey and things I've found out about the projector in my TW9400 FAQ which is a collection of reviews, information and findings and I'd recommend a read of if you are interested in this PJ.

    I used to be a BIG CRT fan decades ago, with a few Barco's and then moved digital in my new build. Started off with a Mitsubishi HC4000, then a 3 chip high contrast LCD in the Mitsubishi HC5+ (HC9000) - I've detailed a lot here. Suffice to say this isn't my first rodeo!

    I've couple of meters and do my own calibration using HCFR and a few other bits. My cinema is pretty techy and a black velvet lined room for the most part. I'm also the one who's released some calibration results which have made it onto a few web sites and stuff. Personally i'd say get it properly Calibrated. It's the best small expense compared to purchase price you'll do - A decent meter is a similar cost if you like to diy and tweak as I do. My settings are for my projector and they may be better than out of the box if you have a similar bat cave, but will still be off. At the very least they need tweaking with a calibration disc, even a Disney/Pixar Maximizer which is on a lot of their discs in settings!

    So yeah, Great contrast, great features, incredible picture and really, even if you are looking at a native 4K projector and can afford the price, i'd still check out the TW9400, you may well be pleasantly surprised that you did!
    This item was purchased for £2,549.99 from Epson in 2019 . The reviewer still owns this product.

    Pros

    • Fantastic image quality
    • Incredible value
    • 4k Capable and at seated distance you'll not know the difference
    • Highly flexible and Calibrates well
    • Good & vibrant 3D image
    • 10 x Picture & Lens memories

    Cons

    • Start up can be a bit slow
    • No 4k Frame Interpolation
    • Wide panning movements
    • Low cross-talk on 3D though varies with set-up and film quality
    • A little unforgiving on a poor quality film!
    • Setting lens memory is fiddly

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Epson EH-TW9400

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