Face to Face Epson 6030 vs Sony HW55:
Doing the face to face was more difficult than I thought. As everybody knows, for the faceoff to mean something, the projector need to be calibrated perfectly, I choose to calibrate at REC709, D65 and gamma 2.2 and set the light output to the same FL for each projector. So it take me couples of hours to make sure all the calibration and lumen was ok on both projectors and also that no other settings influenced my initial impression on image quality.
I am not naïve and I know that the face to face is not objectives. So those results are base on my personals experiences and opinions only.
For the record, I use a 110 inch EluneVision 1.0 gain fix screen and a 133 inchs drop down 2.35:1 High Power 2.4 gain screen. My seating position is at 10 foot from the screen and both projector lens was position at 12 foot from the screen. My home theatre is a black hole with black wall, floor and roof.
I am not an expert and I am no Zombie but I do know projectors and calibrations. I’ve tested and own many projectors. My last ones were the JVC RS4810, Sony VW95, Sony HW50, JVC RS45, EPSON 5020, Sony HW30 and I also tested couples of DLP like the BenQ 7000, BenQ W1500 and BenQ W1070, and many mores… (The next one on my list is the VW500)
Sorry for the big introduction but I thought it will be useful to know what’s my setup and where I came from to help put my observation in perspective.Here my faceoff results:Calibration
: Both projectors are pretty close to REC709 , D65 and gamma 2.2 out of the box. For the Epson I get the best result starting with Natural Mode low lamp. As for the Sony, Reference or Cinema 1 is a good starting point but need little adjustment to get to D65. Epson has made good stride in pre-calibration department because the 5020 I tested last year was not even close to that.General 2D observations
: For the price, I am really impressed with the Epson. When projected on the same screen at the same time, the Epson and Sony images are more alike than different. Untrained eye could believe it’s the same projector. Considering the price difference, that a big plus for the Epson. However, when you look closer and with more difficult scene the Sony have the edge in black level, image depth and image perceived clarity. I know the lens on the Sony is a bit less sharp but the image from my seating distance look a bit more solid and more precise than de Epson.Black level
: The winner is the Sony. If both dynamic iris are off, the Sony win. The black is darker and by a noticeable amount in low APL scene but also in mid brightness scene. With the Sony you get a better sense of depth (look like maybe the ANSI contrast is better). If you turn both dynamic iris ON, the black level on low APL scene are more of the same with maybe a hair or two better on the Sony.Dynamic iris
: The winner here is Sony without a doubt. The Epson is noisier and the pumping effect can be seen couples of times per movie. As for the Sony, the iris is dead quiet and can be seen very rarely.3D Ghosting and flickering
: The winner is the Epson. I let the projectors warm up a big 45 minutes before testing any 3D. The Epson really impress me on this one. If you set the glasses brightness on “medium” it gives you a very clean 3D with a very small amount of ghosting and no visible flickering. It’s by far the best 3D I have seen in my theatre (non DLP). As for the Sony, the ghosting is more visible (surprisingly by a good margin) and there a small flickering in bright scene.Super Resolution vs Reality Creation
: The RC on the Sony is the same as the HW50 and the Super Resolution is the same as the 5020. To me, the RC even at minimum setting is a bit too much so I prefer the Super Resolution (on position 2 or 3)
To conclude, everything can be summarize as this: the Sony HW55 is better in 2D and the Epson better in 3D. Pretty much the same conclusion everybody already knows… Did not have to spend a week-end on that
That’s it for now, I have more info to share but have no more time to write...
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