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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb value for money HD and 3D projector, 10 Feb. 2012
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Epson are the world's largest manufacturer of projectors. They released 3 new home cinema projectors in the UK in November 2011 at very competitive price points. The Epson EH-TW5900 is the budget model of these three. The service from Amazon was, as usual, excellent. Very quick delivery and well packaged.

The projector is relatively heavy and has a large footprint so make sure you are expecting this! It appears to be very well made and does not feel in any way cheap or "plasticy". Setting it up was simplicity itself and, as it has inbuilt speakers, there was no need to hook it up to a home cinema system to try it out. The manual zoom and focus controls work smoothly and within minutes an HD projection from our SKY HD box was on the lounge wall. WOW! The picture, over 100 inches wide at my setting of the zoom, was spectacular in its definition and in its colour, even on our magnolia wall! The sound from the 2 speakers was also perfectly acceptable for most purposes but would, of course, benefit from a surround sound system.

On connection to a Bluray player, 1080p full HD, the projector again proved spectacular. If you have never seen the difference between a projected image and a large HD TV then you may think I'm exagerating but believe me, I'm not. The 5900 has a very comprehensive menu system which is easy to use via the very good remote control and with "Living Room" selected the bright image can be viewed comfortably without having to resort to total darkness. With a reasonably dark room, the ECO setting works well and extends the life of the projector's lamp.

So far the Epson has exceeded expectations when fed with signals from 2D HD sources. When viewing 3D from SKY or from bluray disc the image is also outstanding (sorry!)and is brighter than many competitors when wearing the active shutter 3D glasses. No glasses are supplied with this base model but apparently Panasonic glasses are compatible with the projector. Epson active 3D glasses are available at extra cost but we chose Youniversal glasses from Xpand. There are no obvious problems with "crosstalk" or other problems sometimes seen with 3D images in my experience - just immersive, brilliant pictures.

The Epson EH-TW5900 is an incredible projector producing excellent images in both 2D and 3D. For many people who will use it in a normal home environment rather than an expensive, dedicated cinema room it offers tremendous value for money.
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Initial post: 21 Feb 2012 20:55:25 GMT
I can confirm that the Panasonic glasses are compatible. I use the Panasonic TY-EW3D3ME 3d glasses which are the ones recommended on most forums. They are also very nicely priced at the moment at 56 pounds. Do you use the x103's or x104's?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2012 12:00:38 GMT
David Clough says:
I use the x104s which are light, comfortable and can be worn over glasses if needed. They come in different sizes and colours - we find the large, black ones are ideal for our heads! The glasses are also rechargeable via a USB port.

Posted on 29 Oct 2012 12:18:59 GMT
Im totally looking into get this projector as I suffer from the rainbow effect, the only thing thats holding me back is all the reviews about weak black levels is it really that bad or just the experts being over the top?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2012 13:15:29 GMT
David Clough says:
I have never been worried about black levels with the Epson 5900 projector. This may be because we use it in the lounge and project it onto the magnolia painted wall. Usually there is some ambient light or a single wall light on in the room so it is not totally dark. If you have the so called "bat cave" as a dedicated cinema room then you may notice some lack of detail in very black areas of the picture but, in our situation, the projected image is excellent. Projectors which outperform this one for black levels also tend to be in a different price bracket.

Finally, having had the projector for several months now, I still have the opinion that it is an excellent product.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2012 13:52:02 GMT
Thanks David that's good enough for me mind made up now.
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