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Epson Residence Cinema 2250 projector assessment: Go massive and go brilliant at residence


Epson’s Residence Cinema 2250 is a wonderful projector, creating an impressively brilliant picture with correct colours and an honest distinction ratio. It improves upon nearly every part we preferred with final yr’s Residence Cinema 2150, although not in any method that is important sufficient to justify upgrading in the event you’ve already acquired a type of. When you’re available in the market for a brand new projector, although, the 2250 must be in your quick record.

LikeIncredibly brightAccurate colorsBuilt-in streaming

Do not LikeSomewhat expensiveNot as sharp as some competitorsLoud at full brightness

The standout side of the 2250 is its excessive gentle output. I am fairly certain it the brightest projector I’ve measured, like, ever. Excessive brightness permits a projector to look higher at greater sizes and when there’s some ambient gentle. Not like most different ultra-bright projectors this one additionally has a fairly respectable distinction ratio. It is not as punchy or sharp as our Editors’ Alternative BenQ HT2050, which I nonetheless like higher total, however the Epson does have some important benefits over the BenQ, with higher placement choices, immunity to DLP rainbows and built-in Android TV streaming.

My greatest grievance in regards to the Epson is that it is most likely $150-$200 too costly. It is a fantastic projector, however could be much more aggressive if Epson chopped the worth a bit.

1080p in all sizesNative decision: 1,920×1,080 pixelsHDR-compatible: No4K-compatible: Yes3D-compatible: YesLumens spec: 2,700Zoom: Handbook (1.6x)Lens shift: ManualLamp life (Regular mode): 4,500 hours

The 2250 is a 1080p decision projector, however like many can settle for (and downconvert) a 4K decision sign. There is not any actual profit in doing this, nevertheless it does not damage. It does not settle for HDR, which is ok as a result of projectors on the whole do not do a fantastic job with HDR.

Among the finest features of the 2250, like its predecessor, is how straightforward it’s to position in a room. With ample zoom vary, it will possibly sit properly behind your seating space. Even higher, there’s lens shift, which is uncommon in sub-$1,000 projectors and fairly welcome. The mix permits for considerably extra placement choices, like on a shelf behind your couch. 

Most DLP-based projectors — which is sort of your entire projector market on this worth vary apart from these from Epson — lack any form of lens shift. Many even have a really restricted zoom vary. It’s worthwhile to make your room work round them, whereas the 2250 works together with your room. It is way more person pleasant.

I measured roughly 1729 lumens of sunshine output, or 192 nits. This simply edges out the earlier brightest projector I’ve measured, the BenQ TH685, by 10 nits/88 lumens. 1729 is a number of gentle. A lot in order that in an in any other case darkish room, on a 102-inch 1.0-gain display, it was nearly too brilliant. That is really good for 2 causes. One, you may need to preserve it in ECO mode more often than not anyway, because it’s considerably quieter. In ECO mode it places out a still-brighter-than-many-projectors 126 nits. Two, projectors get dimmer over time, so beginning with “an excessive amount of” means it will likely be much better searching for longer.

One gentle shock is the lamp life. In Regular mode, which is the brightest, is 4,500 hours. That is pretty typical, however in ECO it is solely 7,500, about half what many different projectors can do. I do not suppose that is that massive a deal since Epson lamp replacements aren’t that costly, and seven,500 remains to be over 5 years at Four hours an evening.

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Who wants connections?HDMI inputs: 1PC enter: NoUSB port: NoAudio enter and output: 3.5mm stereoDigital audio output: NoInternet: Wi-Fi12v set off: NoRS-232 distant port: NoMHL: NoRemote: Not backlit (x2)

It might sound shocking that the 2250 really loses an HDMI enter from its predecessor. Nonetheless, I can not think about many individuals use the second HDMI enter on any projector. Who runs a number of lengthy HDMI cables when it is method simpler to change on the supply utilizing an HDMI switcher, soundbar, or receiver? 

The lone HDMI additionally pertains to why there is not any USB connection, which for a few years has been there to energy a streaming stick. The 2250 has Android TV built-in. So in the event you do not need to run HDMI, or simply need to use this for infrequent film nights, all you want is an influence cable, flat floor, and Wi-Fi. It has all the same old suspects: Netflix, Vudu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime, and so on., and you may forged out of your telephone proper to the projector.

The 10-watt mono speaker is not going to supply sound worthy of the picture the 2250 can create, however fortunately there is a 3.5mm audio output, so you may simply join the projector to any powered speaker with an analog enter.

Two small remotes include the 2250; neither is backlit. One is just for controlling the built-in Android TV. The opposite can management the Android TV, but additionally controls the projector. This appears needlessly complicated to me. 

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Image high quality comparisons

I linked all three projectors through a Monoprice 1×4 distribution amplifier, and considered all on a 102-inch 1.0-gain display. The 2150 is final yr’s mannequin, whereas the HT2050A remains to be our decide for greatest projector on this worth vary.

These are among the greatest projectors round $1,000 and it exhibits. All three projectors look good on any content material you need to ship them. The pictures are colourful, pure, and punchy, at the least relative to different projectors inside a number of hundred {dollars}. 

Aspect by aspect, I may clearly inform the 2150 and 2250 are made by the identical firm. The pictures look much more related than totally different. The additional brightness, about 7%, is not that noticeable. The 2150 was the third brightest projector I’ve measured. Which is to say, they’re all very brilliant. 

The most important distinction is within the distinction. Technically, the 2150 has the next distinction ratio, about 1,220:1, which is the second highest for projectors on this worth vary after the BenQ HT2050A. The 2250’s 1,026:1 is decrease, however relating to distinction ratio a distinction of 20% is tough to note at greatest (and pretty near what might be thought-about inherent measurement error). Nonetheless, they appear totally different. That is largely as a result of there appears to be much less of a shade tint within the 2250’s darkest photos. So it seems to be much less synthetic and, subjectively, higher than the 2150 total. 

Neither projector comes near the BenQ on this regard, nevertheless, which remains to be our champion in distinction ratio at 2,094:1. Its picture has extra depth and punchiness, although the distinction is much less pronounced between these rarefied contenders than with some I’ve reviewed within the final yr. 

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The opposite edge the BenQ has is intimately. Each Epsons are LCD, and in my expertise LCD simply does not look fairly as sharp as DLP. So even on the similar decision, the BenQ simply seems to be increased decision. Edges and wonderful particulars are simply extra noticeable. The Epsons actually do not look mushy, however side-by-side with the BenQ they’re positively softer.

Evaluating the BenQ HT2050A and the Epson 2250, it is not a straightforward selection. On a strictly picture high quality foundation, I am going to give the nod to the BenQ. That distinction ratio is implausible. Each projectors have nice shade accuracy, however the the BenQ seems to be sharper. The Epson is brighter, however the BenQ remains to be fairly brilliant. 

This is not fairly the entire story, nevertheless. 

Past the specs

Like all single-chip DLP projectors, the HT2050A is topic to rainbows. Personally, I am not bothered by them. Some individuals are, nevertheless, and if that is you, it does not matter how good a DLP projector may look, it is unwatchable. So level to the Epson, because it makes use of three LCDs, which might’t exhibit rainbows.

The HT2050A can also be more durable to slot in a room. The zoom vary is lots much less, the utmost throw distance is much less, and whereas it has lens shift, it is not as a lot because the Epson. I do not suppose built-in streaming is a giant profit in this sort of projector, however the 2250 has that too and it really works properly. In order that’s one other level.

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The Epson’s greatest legal responsibility, nevertheless, is its worth. The BenQ is 25% cheaper, and there are different projectors that may get the job finished for even much less. For a similar cash because the 2250 you could possibly get the 4K Optoma UHD30. That projector has some points, however seems to be nice and is extremely detailed. 

So the underside line is that this: The Epson 2250 is a wonderful projector. When you’re not within the BenQ HT2050A, or need to sacrifice some total image high quality on the altar of pixels for the UHD30, the 2250 is the one to get.

Geek Field

Take a look at

End result

Rating

Black luminance (0%)

0.189

Poor

Peak white luminance (100%)

192

Good

Derived lumens

1729

Good

Avg. grayscale error (10-100%)

2.485

Good

Darkish grey error (20%)

3.524

Common

Vibrant grey error (70%)

2.605

Good

Avg. shade error

5.564

Common

Purple error

7.171

Poor

Inexperienced error

8.1

Poor

Blue error

4.771

Common

Cyan error

7.352

Poor

Magenta error

3.192

Common

Yellow error

2.797

Good

Avg. saturations error

3.12

Common

Avg. shade checker error

2.6

Good

Enter lag (Sport mode)

28

Good

Measurement notes

Out of the field, within the Cinema image mode and the seven-color temperature mode, the 2250 was very near correct in nearly each measurement. It lacks inexperienced all through the grayscale vary, aside from the brightest of photos, however not sufficient to look that option to the bare eye.

Colour primaries and secondaries have been all very near their targets. Inexperienced could be very barely yellow, as is purple. Cyan is barely blue. 

There are two totally different lamp modes and two iris speeds. You’ll be able to hear the iris working in the event you’re near the projector. In Regular lamp mode, labeled Energy Consumption within the menu, the 2250 is kind of loud, however is ready to produce 192 nits, which works out to roughly 1,729 lumens. Drop to ECO mode and the fan noise drops to a extra acceptable stage, whereas nonetheless producing 126 nits. If you wish to go all out, and sacrifice total picture high quality and accuracy, the Dynamic mode can produce a whopping 289 nits, or roughly 2,602 lumens. I would not suggest that setting for regular viewing.

The distinction ratio common, not together with the iris, was 1,026:1, which is kind of good for a projector on this worth vary. The iris, which tracks the video sign to make darker scenes darker, provides the 2250 a dynamic distinction ratio common of 5,730:1. I did not discover that it added a lot and disabled it within the menu.

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