True 4K Price vs Native 4K: Is the Epson EH-TW9300 Worth the Trade?

The Epson EH-TW9300 holds an interesting position in the projector market somewhere in between native 4K projectors at £5,000 and up, and good quality standard HD home cinema projectors, which are priced around the same mark as the Epson at £3,000 and below.

But the Epson manages to bring together a realistic price tag and 4K resolution images. It does this by using smart pixel-shifting technology to create the effect of 4K from a standard HD panel.

This allows Epson to offer a model with resolution quality that you’d expect to see around the £5,000+ mark at a price of less than £3,000. Here’s what some of the big tech reviewers have to say about that.

Trusted Reviews

As far as Trusted Reviews is concerned, this home cinema projector from Epson has a lot more to offer than its price tag suggests. Despite pointing out that the model doesn’t use a native 4K image, the consensus is that the device has a huge list of positives that make up for it, not least of which is the onscreen resolution.

It cites the fantastic SDR picture quality and “surprisingly good” HDR picture quality as particularly notable benefits, against drawbacks such as some connection limitations, and a comparatively loud performance of the model in HDR-friendly high lamp mode.

Pros
  • Fantastic SDR picture quality.
  • Surprisingly good HDR picture quality.
  • Remarkable value for what’s on offer.
Cons
  • Some odd connection limitations.
  • Runs quite loudly in HDR-friendly high lamp mode.
  • Not native 4K

Star rating: 4.5/5

What Hi Fi?

What Hi Fi ups its criticism of the limitations of the model’s upscaled images, but arrives at a similar conclusion that the price makes this a reasonable trade-off.

Compared to other projectors of a similar price range, they say, the Epson offers considerably more. Of its benefits, 2,500 lumens of brightness and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio stand out, as well as the same impressive HDR picture quality that Trusted Reviews pointed out too.

Their advice is that if you’re looking for native 4K imaging for a competitive price – then this model isn’t for you. But if you’re willing to make the small compromise on resolution, you’ll find the other benefits of the projector more than justify the price tag. Here’s a look at What-HiFi?’s pros and cons.

Pros
  • Crisp detail
  • Good handling of whites
  • Intuitive control
Cons
  • Brash colours
  • Black lacks insight

Star rating: 4/5

The Projectorpoint view

The fact that the Epson EH-TW9300 uses pixel shifting to create 4K images will never sit well with the purists. And we don’t deny that this approach will never quite match native 4K resolution for vivid imagery, clarity, and overall quality. A comparison on screen between the native 4K images projected by the Sony VW260ES leaves us surprisingly torn between the options.

If you’ve got the extra cash to spare, then a projector with a native 4K panel is obviously the preferred option.

Side by side against the Sony model, the Epson does show a large difference in quality thanks to Sony’s native 4K SXRD panel and enhanced video processing boards, lens structure and optics that are all derived from their pedigree in the digital cinema market. The cost of manufacturing 4K native panels is still huge and incredibly niche.

We have to be balanced and weigh this up against a significant price gap of about £2,200 (73%)

If you ask us, the compromise in quality for most users isn’t reason enough not to buy the Epson EH-TW9300. In relation to the price differential, it is much more than just a contender. If you haven’t got a full-dark cinema room, high quality 4K projector screen and you’re not going to be using the projector that much – then the big difference to your wallet may make you reconsider the resolution and quality disparity.

If these reviews have you convinced, then head on over here to buy the Epson EH-TW9300 today – we’re also offering £150 off the unit at the moment.  If you want to find out more about this awesome projector, then call us on 0808 278 1450 – we’re more than happy to welcome you down to Projectorpoint HQ to see the Epson in action.

Alternatively, have a look over our whole range of home cinema projectors, and stay tuned to our blog for more reviews, news and updates from the projector world.

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