Epson L850 - colors transitions to black faded and color tinted

Dec 17, 2021
Hi there,
I'm facing an issue that I can't track down and resolve: when printing photos on Epson L850 printer the color transitions to black are color tinted and faded instead of getting darker. You can see it on attached scans. The second image is the same test board printed on a new L8180 printer and looks great. I'm using the same paper (Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper), the same color profile, from the same PC, printed from the same application (Epson Photo+). Printer heads were flushed and cleaned many times and test printouts are looking ok.
What could be the reason for that? Any hints?
L850 printout (problematic):

L8180 printout (the good one):

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