Epson PowerLite 6500 UB
Epson promises deeper blacks, improved colours and less fan noise with its new PowerLite Home Cinema 6500 UB 3LCD projector

Epson today announced a new addition to its range of home cinema projectors – the PowerLite Home Cinema 6500 UB.

Offering 1080p resolution and a claimed 75,000:1 contrast ratio, the 6500 UB has improved contrast thanks to a 3LCD D7 chipset and a HQV Reon-VX processor by Silicon Optix. Epson claims the new chipset, in conjunction with its UltraBlack technology, delivers deeper black levels.

The company also says that the multiple chips offer improved colour performance, and points out that single-chip projectors use a spinning colour wheel to create colours, which can suffer from colour break-up.

Epson's Dynamic Iris system with auto light adjustment is featured, specifically for fast moving scenes such as sports broadcasts. A 12-bit 3LCD driver means you'll get 69.72 billion colours too.

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Round the back of the unit are two HDMI 1.3a inputs, and S-Video, composite video and VGA inputs. A lower fan speed means reduced noise levels, and a 200W E-TORL lamp is an eco-friendly addition to the range.

The PowerLite Home Cinema 6500 UB hits shops in the US at the end of January and will cost $2999. UK availability and pricing have yet to be confirmed, but check back here on whathifi.com for more details and the first review.