Epson EH-TW 7100 Projector Review
Epson manufactures several types of audio products, and their projectors are constantly being developed. We had the last opportunity to try the EH-TW 7100 mid-range home cinema projector at the request of our customer. This type is extremely popular with home theater owners, despite its relatively high price.
The Epson model, a 3LCD, 4K projector with a brightness of 3000 lumens, the bulb life is specified by the manufacturer as 4-7 years. (Of course, this depends on usage.) This roughly means that its lifespan is about 3,000 hours under normal use, which can increase to 5,000 hours in eco-friendly, ECO mode.
The zoom range is 1.62: 1, the contrast ratio is 2 HDMI 2.0 and 2 USB 2.0 inputs. One USB port is required for Google Chrome and the other is required for Epson Wi-Fi. Using the latter function, you can project the image to the projector from a telephone or computer. The 6.9 kg, compact, white, nicely curved device can be ideal for any cinema room. The only little thing about its exterior design that can be confusing to some is the white colour, which is not always practical in a darkened cinema room if we want to achieve complete darkness. The 1080p LCD projector is HDR compatible with pixel shift for UHD effect. It also supports HDR10 and HLG. The noise level is very low at 32 decibels, which is not disturbing at all. It is also capable of delivering sound through the 20 Watt built-in speaker. A Bluetooth connection can be used for audio output. We also discovered a 3.5mm analog audio output on the device. It does not have built-in streaming options, but you can purchase an Epson ELPAP10 uncontrolled LAN adapter for this.
Thanks to the vertical or horizontal objective lens shift, it can be mounted both horizontally and vertically, which facilitates installation. The lens was easy and precise to adjust, and the manually adjustable optics made it easy. For an image with a diameter of 2-2.54 meters, it is recommended to install the projector at a distance of approximately 2.95-4.77 meters. This allows it to be operated in rooms of several sizes.
The remote control is transparent, easy to control with hotkeys, and the orange backlight is very useful in a dark movie room. Due to the 3 LCD technology, the colour brightness of the projector is much higher than that of DLP projectors with 1 chip. The contrast ratio is 100,000: 1. You can also use your device with a Bluetooth headset.
Let’s start the movie screening!
The testing took place in a 28-square-meter room in the cinema room of a family house made of basement. We paired the Epson projector with excellent Dali Epicon speakers and Onkyo TX-SR393 receivers, which were placed about 3 feet away from the ceiling. It was really extremely quick and easy to install.
We first watched the 2018 3D computer animated film The Grinch in Blu-Ray 1080p quality. There are several setting options: Dynamic, Bright Cinema, Cinema and Natural Mode. We chose the Natural mode. Tinted, balanced colour palette, excellent contrast management characterized the image quality. We had a detailed, sharp, accurate experience. There are no frame interpolation options for 4K HDR content, 4K motion processing was greatly lacking.
We continued to watch the film Horror, and we screened the terrifying work The Prodigy, presented in 2019. The colours were natural, so was the movement management. There was some discolouration in the skin tones, the colours in the close-ups were not as stunning as in a real 4K image, and the blacks could have been deeper, more intense. But apart from these, we saw beautiful and detailed pictures, the colours were also harmonious. On Blu Ray, blacks could be more beautiful, the skin colour redder and smoother than on UHD Blu Ray. For UHD Blu Ray discs, it is better to choose a lower colour resolution.
Select Bright Cinema Mode when using the projector in brighter daylight, and Cinema Mode is ideal in complete darkness. The Dynamic Cinema setting is better avoided because the effect is too bright and oversaturated.
Can be used in a moderately lit living room, but strong light and lamp lighting is not recommended. In a movie theater, proper darkening is important, not only for a true cinematic experience, but also for the ideal operation of projectors. You can darken the room with blackout curtains, but if you want complete darkness, it is recommended to place thick, densely woven acoustic curtains with sound-insulating and blackening properties in front of the windows. These home textiles not only block out light but also block out external noise. They are also excellent for improving acoustics thanks to their sound-absorbing fabric.
In addition to practicality, their great advantage is that they are also aesthetic, beautiful home accessories. It is advisable to sew a double-width curtain of the width of the window if you want a soft-falling, showy window decoration.
The projector’s predecessor, the Epson EH-TW 7000, was replaced by our customer for the newer model, so we were able to compare the two projectors. Both 3 LCD devices have 4K technology, objective lens shift mode, 3D effect, 1.6x zoom. The 2-2.5 meter diagonal can be enjoyed at a distance of 2.6-4.3 meters, making it ideal for rooms of different sizes. The TW 7100 has a higher contrast ratio of 100,000: 1, resulting in nicer, brighter, richer colours, compared to the TW 7000, which has a contrast ratio of 40,000: 1. The Epson EH TW-7000 got fewer connectors, and the trigger and RS232 connectors are also missing. The Creston system facilitates integration. The 7000 does not have a speaker either. Although the price (approx. 890-1030 EUR) is cheaper than that of the 7100 projector (1390-1500 EUR), we still recommend the newer model if you want crisp, bright and balanced colours.
The Epson projector has 2 built-in speakers, 10 watts each (although don’t expect much from film music), and it’s easy to control with the remote control. In normal mode the noise level was 32 decibels, in ECO mode it was reduced to 21 decibels, so it is an absolutely quiet projector. Its installation and settings are very simple, producing bright, beautiful, detailed and harmonious colours. Blacks could be nicer, deeper, in Blu Ray movies the skin tones got a bit weird tones. It can’t compete with the performance of true 4K projectors, but the EH-TW7100 is an absolute winner in this price range.
Written by Róbert Polgár