Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5020UBe 3D LCD Projector What Is Color Brightness?

What Is Color Brightness?

Epson’s latest promotional material makes much of a new concept called color brightness. It notes that while competing projectors may match or even exceed Epson’s competitive models in overall white brightness, they might well produce colors that, by measurement and often by eye, are significantly compromised.

How might this be? Consider a single-chip DLP projector with a color wheel of red, green, blue, and white elements. The white element will boost the overall brightness specification and bring joy to the marketing department. But if a projector, either Epson’s or anyone else’s, has only red, green, and blue imaging elements (true of most LCD and LCOS/SXRD designs), its color brightness and total brightness specs will generally be the same—and often less than specs pumped up by that added white element.

This issue is important to Epson because all of its projectors are three-chip LCD designs. Most of its sales are in the business projector market where much of the competition consists of single-chip DLPs, many of which add white elements to their color wheels or use similar techniques to increase their overall brightness. This may sacrifice color brightness but will enhance their market clout among buyers who make purchasing decisions based on price and specs, in that order.

Overall brightness may well be more significant than vivid color for reading spreadsheets and text in a meeting room with iffy light control. But if the business has a need to project color materials (evaluating an advertising campaign, for example), color brightness might be just as significant as it is in the home theater market.

For more in-depth information on color brightness, check the following links. But as noted earlier, most home theater projectors, particularly LCD or LCOS/SXRD models, should by design have equal color and overall brightness since they use only red, green, and blue imaging chips. The projectors in the first link all appear to be business models, many of which are DLP.



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lensshift's picture

Can Thomas please post the calibrated settings on this page like they did for the Epson 8350 review? I used those settings in my theater for the 8350 and they were spot on. I now have the 5020UBe and would like to know what he changed the settings to.



Bob Ankosko's picture
Settings for the Epson PowerLite 5020UB3 3D LCD projector have been posted.
Arnold_Layne's picture

your new 5020UB to your 8350. I'm considering the same upgrade. I have a VAPEX 106" 1.1 gain screen and may move up to the 120" at the same time.
I do like the 8350, but yes, the black levels are not great. OTOH, I don't have a comparison.

Jarod's picture

Don't even bother. Every time I ask Tom something he rarely, rarely will reply.

Rob Sabin's picture
Guys, we'll get these up shortly. Check back in a day or two!
lensshift's picture

To Mr. Sabin and Mr. Ankosko, thank you for taking the time to post the setting used in the review. Can't wait to try them out today. All the best.


DBDALY's picture

Purchased this unit 3 years ago, both temp and bulb light flash now. Took it to an authorized repair center. Epson says to send it in, cost about 900.00 to possible fix it. What a disappointment after spending good money on a unit that lasts 3 years. They tell me average life span on the unit is 3 to 5 years max. Anyone have similar? Maybe Epson units are not worth buying??