Epson Home Cinema 3200 Home Theater Projector Review - Advanced Calibration

November 15, 2018

/ By Phil Jones

Epson Home Cinema 3200 Projector Review – Advanced Calibration: CMS Calibration, Calibration Charts

CMS Settings for Best SDR Mode calibration- Natural Mode

RGBCMYHueSaturationBrightness
Red445536
Green121875
Blue364650
Cyan451667
Magenta354042
Yellow396150

Prior to calibration, the Natural mode (which I chose for SDR calibration), the color and CMS performance were just ok because the white balance averaged 7600K. But, this pushed all the colors off their targets. Once the white balance was calibrated, all 6 colors improved greatly. There are 3 setting options for color gamut (Auto, BT.709 & BT2020). By default, it is set to Auto which for SDR content selects REC.709 I only had to make small adjustments (no more than 5 clicks) to all 6 colors to achieve very good color performance.

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CMS Settings for Best HDR Calibration – Cinema Mode

RGBCMYHueSaturationBrightness
Red484750
Green374251
Blue375150
Cyan436150
Magenta645157
Yellow466355

Best Mode 4K/HDR CMS and color pre-calibration did have similar errors to those found with the Best Mode 1080p and improvements were made by calibrating the white balance, but that’s where the similarities end. While Home Cinema 3200 has a Rec2020 color space option it doesn’t mean it can cover it. Since the projector also doesn’t have the color filter found in Epson’s more expensive Home Theater projectors, it also can’t reproduce 100% of DCI-P3

The Home Cinema 3200 color gamut measured 103.5% of rec.709 and 76.3% of DCI-P3. Using the CMS adjustments, I could only improve the lower levels (20 & 40%). Any attempt at aggressive calibration resulted in making the linearity errors even worse. I could not increase 60%, 80%, or 100% saturation. I could only make improvements to their hues.

Note: adjusting the HDR Setting has an impact on CMS tracking. When adjusted the Hue stayed correct but brightness and saturation measurements were affected. I made my CMS adjustment with the HDR Setting at 5.

Overall, I the P3 color performance could have been better but after calibration, the Home Cinema 3200 still delivered a good SDR and HDR picture.

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