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Epson EH-TW3600 Vs. EH-TW3200 Review

EPSON EH-TW3600 Vs. EH-TW3200 Full High Definition TFT Home Theatre Projector

Epson have once again excelled themselves with the new release of both the EH-TW3600 and the EH-TW3200 projectors. Traditionally Epson projectors have been a bit more expensive than their competitors and though they do offer more in terms of features and even specifications they have made a base model the EH-TW3200 to target people that want Full HD home theatre but don;t want to go overboard in terms of pricing.

Since the arrival of Blu Ray and the increase in range everyone is getting into the new Full HD projectors and Epson have really taken their new EH-TW3600 and EH-TW3200 to the next level. They have taken the already successful design of the EH-TW3500 and and tweaked it to have more contrast at 50,000:1 on the higher priced EH-TW3600 offering better shading and depth. But they have made a base model which won't give you as much in terms of contrast at 25,000:1 but will still give you a good picture but wiith a lower buy price.

Traditionaly home theatre projectors have required a dark room to get a reasonable image but with the new EH-TW3200 Epson have equipped it with a surprising 1800 lumens without sacrificing on image quality. The EH-TW3600 though has a slight improvement here at 2000 lumens. This won't allow it to project in a glass house but the extra power allows anyone with a room that can't be fully darkened to get a nice strong clear image. For those who want a massive image size older style projectors would give you a faint picture when looking at filling a wall but the extra brightness will fix that limitation as well.

Both the TW3200 and TW3600 projectors features the full high definition 1080p resolution as native and with that amount of detail this projector will give you one of the sharpest native widescreen pictures available perfect for Blu Ray movies. Epson have really outdone themselves with a massive 50,000:1 contrast ratio on the TW3600 for the blackest of blacks excellent shading and well defined colours really taking this new unit to the next level. The EH-TW3200 is a little more basic in this area but it will still give you an outstanding result. The TW3200 and TW3600 feature seven colour modes allowing to easily switch between high brightness modes to the darker home theatre modes which will be best for a darker environment but improve the colour and contrast in the picture. Both use the same lamp providing a 4000 lamp lide in any mode not just an economic low brightness mode, and both have the same super quet fan design with a barely audible 22dB noise rating due to a redeveloped cooling system.

Traditionally the LCD projectors have been excellent for colour reproduction but have fallen short with a lower contrast than the DLP alternative. As mentioned above, this Epson unit offers a massive contrast ratio exceeding that of 98% of all others on the market. Epson has managed to do this using a new filter (or Iris), that increases the contrast substantially while still maintaining the benefits of excellent colour reproduction.

Epson stuck in with the tried and tested lens from the TW3500 featuring lens shift technology, the days of keystone correction are over. Keystone correction, is software built into most projectors to allow the user to correct the distortion (usually vertical) that is caused when the projector is pointed at an angle to the screen. With lens shift, it's simply a matter of adjusting the lens. Lens shift makes it easier to position the projector, plus allows for wider positioning of the projector (ie left or right, up or down of the screen). Both the EH-TW3200 and EH-TW3600 also offer a 2.2x optical zoom, allowing the projectors to be positioned either very close or far back from the screen without changing the image size. A great feature for those with limited mounting positions.

The image was Fantastic with the 1080p resolution we tested it on a bluray player as well as some Full HD games from a Sony PS3 and even standard definition games from the Wii and the image was impecable from both the TW3200 and TW3600. There was an improvement on the TW3600 especially with bluray movies but the bulk of the improvement is in the shading so for a dedicated (dark) room i would go with the EH-TW3600. Both offer an incredibly sharp image with amazing colour and outstanding detail. We even tried both with a standard DVD (which runs at 576p) and even at the lower resolution the upscalling made a very good image. Epson have thrown on two HDMI 1.3 connectors on the both models ensuring new higher bandwidth bluray players will show a flawless image and they've equiped it with a full 10bit colour processor with a 12bit LCD driver which makes the EH-TW3600 & TW3200 capable of reproducing 1.07 billion colours for colouring and smooth gradation.

We have chosen the Epsons as our recommended units. This is due to the higher contrast ratio the Epson offers, the higher optical zoom, and the fact that Epson actually manufacture the LCD panel which means that most other 1080p projectors will be using the same system to make the image but Epson in our opinion has struck the nail on the head with an excellent units and while they aren't cheap retailing around $1999-$2499 the Epson TW3200 and TW3600 have excellent features and an exceptional image.

Now to decide between them. The EH-TW3200 is an excellent entry level unit which will blow away competitors in the price range. The EH-TW3600 will give you that little bit extra. Especially if you're getting into the Bluray movies in a serious way. Bottom line; If you have the budget go for the TW3600.

EH-TW3200 & EH-TW3600 Reviewed by Projector Reviews on Oct 28 .
Epson EH-TW3200 & EH-TW3600 Projector Review
Rating: 5

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