Epson EH-TW6600 review

Epson has another winning projector on its hands Tested at £1400

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Our Verdict

Performance-wise, the EH-TW6600 delivers everything but the kitchen sink. Another success for Epson

For

  • Punchy, crisp picture
  • Stable, smooth delivery
  • Rich, solid colours
  • Thorough features
  • Straightforward menus
  • Simple set-up
  • Built-in speakers go loud

Against

  • Remote is a tad large

The EH-TW6600 is, like many an Epson to have come before it, a seriously competent projector. Its picture is rich, punchy and insightful, and the complete package when it comes to build and ease-of-use.

Epson has been consistently winning five stars of late (and an Award), so we have come to expect quality from the projector giant - and this EH-TW6600 doesn't let the side down.

Specifications

The specification sheet here looks standard at this price point: Full HD, 3D playback (as well as 2D-to-3D conversion) and a decent number of connections.

Then you discover the 70,000:1 contrast ratio – seven times higher than most rivals. It’s not a typo, nor something we’d usually fuss over, but the proof is certainly in the picture.

Deep, oily blacks and punchy whites (even without the ‘Super White’ mode on) appear from the very first frame of our THX Optimizer disc.

Performance

Colours are bold and punchy, opting for outright richness over the slightly more natural, refined palette of the BenQ W1500. The Epson’s crispness and insight gives it the upper hand on its rivals though: Guardians of the Galaxy on Blu-ray is a picture full of detail and subtlety - every whisker on Rocket the racoon is perceptible, and the tree-like Groot is precisely outlined.

The EH-TW6600 sets the standard for sharpness at this price, edging the BenQ W1500 by a pencil shaving or two.

It doesn’t trip up with motion either. Fight sequences take place without a hitch, and when the team is eventually captured by the Nova Corps, clarity and insight are never lacking in the dark prison.

3D performance is impressive: it’s just as stable, detailed and clear as 2D, and communicates a good sense of depth as we look through the space shuttle in Gravity. Contrast remains the best in class - space suits stand out against the blackness of space. Our only grumble remains the richness of some colours, which can appear over-saturated.

There's a pair of active glasses in the box (a three-minute charge gives three hours use; 50 minutes for 40 hours), although you may need to budget for a second pair.

Even when dropping down to DVD quality, the Epson still manages to deliver big-screen thrills. It’s hard to tell the difference in resolution as we play sci-fi thriller Lucy.

People and objects in the background show excellent definition, and there are decent levels of subtlety and texture. From Scarlett Johansson’s red lipstick to her leopard-print coat, colours are vivid.

Set-up

Set-up is quick and straightforward. Once powered up (the initially noisy fan soon settles), two dials above the lens deal with horizontal and vertical lens shift, while adjustable front feet make positioning easy. Clearly labelled volume and navigation buttons on top of the casework also help - these double as keystone adjustment controls.

The black-and-white menus are pretty basic and could appear bigger on screen, but they are easy to follow. The unit’s physical buttons are nice to use, although we soon turn to the remote control for handiness.

You won't easily lose the tall and chunky remote control down the sofa. It’s well laid out and despite a block of unnecessary buttons only relevant to the ‘W’ model (more on that below), it doesn’t seem cluttered.

Build and design

Available in black or white, the EH-TW6600 is an attractive projector with a curvaceous front and glossy body (in true Epson style). It should sit comfortably on your average AV shelf.

The air vents push air forward, so there’s no danger of overheating. Helpfully, a flashing orange light on top of the unit warns you if this does occur.

You have to move up to the pricier EH-TW6600W for wireless connections (hence the ‘W’), but the EH-TW6600 is still well equipped. Easily accessible around the back are the usual component, composite and RCA inputs beside two HDMI inputs. A single USB for photo playback is a nice bonus, too. The mini-USB is only for service.

The Epson’s 20W speakers are rear firing, so are ideal if you’re sitting behind the projector. But if that’s not practical, don’t worry: they can belt out sound louder and clearer than most. It does a good job of spreading sound, but is still no substitute for a 5.1 surround package.

Verdict

Overall, the EH-TW6600 is another resounding success for Epson. If you don’t care much for wireless features or portability, you can’t really go wrong for the money.

Specifications

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Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
USBYes

Image

Native Aspect Ratio16:9
Native Resolution1920 x 1080
Graphic ModeFull HD
Contrast Ratio70,000:1
Standard Mode Brightness2500 lm

Projection Lens

Maximum Focal Length29.20 mm
Maximum Diagonal Image Size7.62 m (300")
Optical Zoom1.6x
Minimum Focal Length18.20 mm

General Information

Product LineHome Cinema
Product NameEpson EH-TW6600
Product ModelEH-TW6600
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.epson.co.uk
Brand NameEpson
Product TypeLCD Projector
ManufacturerEpson Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberV11H651040

Lamp

Lamp Power250 W
Lamp TypeUHE
Normal Mode Lamp Life3500 Hour
Number of Lamps1
Economy Mode Lamp Life5000 Hour

Power Description

Operating Power Consumption366 W

Technical Information

3D Type3D
Projection MethodFront, Ceiling

Network and Communication

Wireless LANNo

Video

Video Signal StandardHDTV
Output Scan Format1080p

Physical Characteristics

Weight Approximate6.70 kg
Width410 mm
Depth157 mm
Height304 mm
Dimensions304 mm (H): 410 mm (W): 157 mm (D)

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • EH-TW6600 LCD Projector
  • 1 x RF 3D Glasses
  • Power Cable
  • Remote Control with Batteries
  • User's Manual Set

Warranty

Limited Warranty2 Year