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Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 7500UB Review
October 12, 2009 By Adrienne Maxwell
There’s a new top pick in Epson’s already-crowded 3LCD projector line.
The Pro Cinema 7500UB utilizes the company’s most advanced imaging technologies and has its most thorough assortment of features, yet it carries a price tag of just $4,199.
This 1080p projector uses Epson’s D7 C2Fine TFT LCD chipset with UltraBlack technology, two high-end video processing chips (the Silicon Optix Reon VX and Pixelworks 390) and a new auto iris. It also adds an Anamorphic Wide aspect ratio, for use with an optional anamorphic lens attachment, and a 120Hz mode that employs frame interpolation to produce smoother motion with 24p film sources.
Physical setup takes just seconds, thanks to a host of convenient features: 2.1x manual zoom, 100 percent vertical and 50 percent horizontal lens shift (via manual dials), adjustable feet and an onscreen test pattern to aid with sizing and focus. The remote is fully backlit and sports dedicated input buttons and direct access to the most commonly used picture controls.
Speaking of which, this model has the full complement of image adjustments we’ve come to expect from Epson, with a few new perks. The custom installer will find just about every control he or she needs to calibrate the image, including RGB offset and gain, advanced gamma and precise color management of all six color points. New this year are a contrast enhancement feature; a faster, quieter auto iris with normal, high speed and off modes (previous models had just on/off settings); and color isolation options (green, red, and blue) to aid in color and tint setup.
The 7500UB introduces some new picture modes for Epson, including Cinema Day and Night, an HD mode that’s “close to professional-use broadcast monitors” and a Silver Screen mode that “emphasizes rich colors, like those seen in movies at the theater.” I went with the HD mode for TV viewing and the Silver Screen mode for Blu-ray/DVD playback. In both cases, with only minor adjustments to the picture controls, the results were quite impressive.
Epson has accomplished the difficult task of simultaneously improving light output and black level, compared with previous models. The result is an image with excellent contrast. The numbers may not be quite as good as those of the best higher-end projectors, but the 7500UB’s performance is certainly competitive. Blacks look black, and the image has excellent depth and dimension in a dark room. On my 75-inch-diagonal screen, the 7500UB had ample light output to breathe life into bright scenes, even in a room with some ambient light.
Blu-ray demo scenes from Kingdom of Heaven, Casino Royale and The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl looked excellent. Colors were rich but natural, and the overall color temperature stayed fairly even across the board, producing neutral whites, blacks and skintones. With some fine-tuning of the gamma control, the projector did a good job renderin...