Epson's EH-TW9200W completely changes how you view films. You are now able to transport the magic of cinema in to your own personal viewing room or living room with this projector's exceptional Full HD 3D capability. Complete with an unbelievably high 600,000:1 contrast ratio in both 2D and 3D viewing modes, as well as 3LCD technology - this full HD projector from Epson is the ideal way to drastically enhance your home cinema experience. The EH-TW9200W enables you to view your most loved films without the need to connect wires or install cables - simply connect your WiHD device straight into the projector, or insert your non-WiHD devices into the wireless HD transmitter. With the HDMI-MHL port, you are also able to connect and play videos, music and photos from your smartphone or tablet. The 3LCD projection capability utilised by Epson's EH-TW9200W offers phenomenal quality images and rich, deep dark colours for a wide range of content. An equally sophisticated high white and colour light output, consisting of 2,400 lumens and ISF certifications means you're able to watch your favourite films with bright and accurate colouration in both day-time and night-time environments. Setting up the projector without distortion or blurring the image is simple, thanks to its integrated wide lens shift, powerful zoom lens, automatic vertical keystone correction and centred lens. You are able to watch bright 3D content with Epson's luminance enhancement technology and lightweight, rechargeable RF active shutter 3D glasses. This projector converts 2 dimensional high definition films in to 3D easily and allows you to watch an even more fast amount of 3D visual content. Epson's dedicated Super Resolution technology and Frame Interpolation forms a precise and clear viewing experience with smooth and fluid screen movement for an enjoyable experience in both 2D and 3D viewing.
Fire it up, and the Epson EH-TW9200W bursts to life with a bright, colourful and enticing picture. Pacific Rim is a great test of contrast and colour, and the Blu-ray looks exciting with the Epson.
Black levels have depth and texture: rookie pilot Mako Mori’s black coat and jumper can easily mesh into one mass of dark lump, but the Epson manages to distinguish the edges of her coat.
Likewise, the TW9200W handles the shifting gradients in colours with a good deal of confidence.
The striking blues and greens of the monsters are as rich and detailed as the bright yellows and deep purples that shine inside the main command centre.
There is a slight issue with motion stability on the EH-TW9200W, and we were quite surprised to see motion instability on a projector of this calibre and price.
There’s scope to iron out motion issues by turning on the ‘Frame Interpolation’ and ‘Super Resolution’ settings – but those options add an artificial smoothness over the picture, and movement ends up looking unnaturally processed.
If you must, set the ‘Super Resolution’ to ‘low’, which does control the motion artefacts somewhat.
It does, however, introduce lip-syncing issues (which can be fixed if your AV receiver has the option to adjust the audio sync).
Switch to a more natural-looking film such as Stoker that doesn’t rely heavily on CGI, and the Epson is such an assured and comfortable watch that we kept forgetting we were playing a DVD.
Watching 3D films, on the other hand, is the highlight of this Epson.
Its confident handling of 3D films, minimal motion issues and a seamless yet still dramatic depth of field is a visual treat.
Play Life of Pi or The Adventures Of Tintin (two of our favourite 3D films) and you’ll be sucked into that extra layer of depth without feeling aggravated, even if it’s an active 3D design.
Epson also bundles in not one, but two 3D glasses with the projector. They’re light without being flimsy, and sit comfortably on your nose.
They’re smooth on the eyes, too, especially for an active-shutter design.
They can be charged by connecting to the HD transmitter box, and when turned on, an on-screen message displays how much battery percentage is left. Handy.
If you want to set up the Epson projector away from your kit rack, then the TW9200W’s wireless feature will come in handy.
The WirelessHD transmitter – the little black box included with the projector – features five HDMI inputs into which you can plug in all your sources.
It then feeds the signal wirelessly to the projector. Simple and useful. This frees up the placement of your projector, and means you can keep the transmitter box tucked away with the rest of your AV kit and not have to worry about lengthy cables dangling from projector to source.
While it’s a useful feature, it does have its drawbacks. The most pressing concern is that you’ll have to make sure the signal between the transmitter box and the projector isn’t blocked.
The wireless receiver is built into the projector, so there needs to be a physical direct line of sight to maintain a steady connection. Walk across it and the signal drops for a second or two.
It’s not a huge problem as long as the path is obstruction-free, but we still experienced occasional drops in connection. Direct (wired) connection to the projector is the more reliable route.
There are plenty of connections here, especially when you factor in multiple inputs on the WirelessHD transmitter box.
The projector itself has two HDMI inputs – the main connections for feeding the signal from your AV receiver. Component, composite and PC inputs are also available, and are neatly tucked away under a detachable flap on the back of the Epson.
Of the five HDMI inputs on the WirelessHD box, one features Mobile High-Definition Link support for streaming HD content from Android devices.
There are also HDMI and optical outputs to project to multiple screens, and a port for charging the 3D glasses.
Build and design
The Epson EH-TW9200W’s build quality is as impeccable as always. It’s large and sturdy, but with smooth, curved edges that stop it from looking bulky.
The white chassis is a classic Epson design, while the black finish of the front grilles around the lens gives it a sleek look.
There are minimal controls on the side of the projector, and zoom and focus controls inlaid on top.
We like how all the controls and connections are hidden away neatly under flaps that seamlessly blend into the body of the projector.
Another neat touch is the lens cover, which automatically slides open when the projector is powered on.
The supplied remote control is also a standard Epson design: big and chunky with big, responsive buttons. It’s equipped with an orange backlight, which makes it a doddle to use in a dark room.
The WirelessHD button is crucial for setting up the wireless connection to the transmitter box, and overall it’s easy to use with the basic on-screen menus.