Pro home cinema
For the times when a TV, no matter the size, just doesn’t cut it, projectors have always been the alternative. And if you’re investing in one, chances are you’d want it chock-full of features, and likely more so than the average TV as well. If all this applies to you, then maybe what you’re after is our review subject of the month: the Epson EH-TW8300.
The EH-TW8300 is a member of the brand’s Pro Cinema line of projectors. To be worthy of the name, there needs to be some pretty impressive specs and features as well. So we’ll start with the easiest – the ones involving numbers. And immediately, we start with some very impressive numbers like 2,500 lumens of white and color brightness. This means that you get a bright projection that doesn’t deteriorate even in a well-lit room. Then, we have the 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio to go with HDR support, so that you get high contrast colors, which will all be perfectly visible, thanks to the impressive brightness.
Another feature involving numbers is the 4K Enhancement feature. While this means that you won’t be getting true 4K, the upscaling to 4K is so well done that you likely won’t be able to tell the difference, even if you were to look at the projected image up close.
But having 4K Enhancement is fine, really, since there aren’t any 4K 3D content for consumers. But 3D still works when upscaling Full HD to 4K, and that’s also another feature that you get with the EH-TW8300. You get two pairs of active 3D glasses that are charged using a Micro-USB cable. Considering that it’s active 3D that we’re talking about, we should mention that if your eyes are especially sensitive, you may experience discomfort and dizziness due to the flickering of both the active 3D glasses and the projection, especially if their flickering rates aren’t synched up properly. That aside, the 3D works pretty nicely during our tests with a few 3D Blu-ray movies of our own.
One issue we did face with the EH-TW8300 was sound. As it didn’t have built-in speakers, you’ll need an external one, either by using the 3.5mm audio jack socket or an HDMI port. The remote allows you to adjust the volume, but only if you’re using an audio system that supports the HDMI 1.4 standard or later. There are other creative ways to work around this, like plugging speakers to a connected PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 controller and outputting the sound from there, or connecting a Bluetooth soundbar to a notebook PC.
CONCLUSION The EH-TW8300 makes for a good home cinema projector, provided you have equally sophisticated audio systems to match.
You have limited controls if the remote control isn’t accessible to you.