This Marmite-like, opinion-splitting box is huge but it does pack in a lot: a slot-loading DVD drive, Epson lens and JVC sound system. Plus it has one of the easiest screen adjustment controls around.

The Epson’s speakers trounce the Optoma DV-10’s but a chicken-wire effect decreases image quality. It scores highly for dummy-friendly points: buttons are logically arranged, the rear has a DVD read-out and there’s a headphone socket for private viewing. Noise and throw – the distance needed to create a big picture (in this case that’s 75in from two metres) – are on a par with the DV-10.

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Epson EMP-TWD1 review

It’s easy to use but not an Oscar winner – we’re reserving judgement and waiting for a better catch.