Reviews and Problems with Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080
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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 LCD Video Projector
Audio Video Revolution
7 September 2012
Excerpt: Introduction The 1080p projection market just got a lot more interesting, thanks to the arrival of Epson’s PowerLite Home Cinema 1080. While other big-name projection companies like Sony, Mitsubishi, and Panasonic have priced their entry-level 1080p projectors between $4,500 and $6,000, Epson is...
Excerpt: Since 1080p became the buzzword of the year, most projectors that supposedly employ the technology have been more expensive than those that don't. The inflated price hasn't guaranteed that the projector would actually accept 1080p, just that it possibly deinterlaces a 1080i signal.
Excerpt: Sleek and swoopy, the Epson Power-Lite Home Cinema 1080 UB features a prominent lens mounted towards the right side with a row of exhaust slats on the left front panel that direct warmed air off to the side.
Excerpt: At first the picture was a tad dark. But after cranking up the brightness and contrast, it looked every bit as good as any LCD or plasma we tested Ã¢Â¿Â¿ and almost as good as projectors clocking in at many times the price.
Pros: Simple, useful menu system. Excellent video processing, which means a great picture from just about any HD source. Quiet.
Cons: Cream-colored case looks like a relic from an ’80s boardroom. Thankfully, it’ll likely end up ceiling-mounted and out of sight.
Conclusion: I think the first would be that the projector needs to be sensible in how it works – i.e. you shouldn’t have to fight it to get an image playing. The second would be that it must display video of sufficient quality that it doesn’t keep reminding you that you were unable to afford something better.
Pros: Plenty of extra functionality such as lens shift, security slot, control deactivation, etc
Cons: Replacing the air filter can be overlooked and result in degraded performance