Reviews and Problems with Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8100
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Picture quality good, but repairs make this a $2,400 projector
Eyes Open, Amazon
15 December 2013
Summary: @HomeTekkie's review is the same as mine: In different words, I second everything @HomeTekkie found at fault w/ his/her Epson 8100, my experience was nearly identical. We purchased our projector in mid 2010 for about $1,400, and this was based on the many glowing reviews, and especially the "best in the business customer service" as put forth by the dealer and by what I researched on places like AVS.com.
Buyer Beware - 2 Bulbs both lasted about 500 hours, not 4000 hours as advertised!
13 November 2013
Summary: I bought this projector based on the fact that the bulb was rated for 4000 hours. After only ~500 hours the bulb failed. I called Epson who assured me that the problem was fixed as they've switched manufacturers and they shipped me a replacement under warranty. After ~500 hours on the replacement bulb, it failed as well. I called Epson and even escalated the call to a supervisor and they offered me no solution but to purchase a replacement bulb for $300.
Summary: Personal Experience I bought this projector based on the fact that the bulb was rated for 4000 hours. After only ~500 hours the bulb failed. I called Epson who assured me that the problem was fixed as they've switched manufacturers and they shipped me a replacement under warranty. After ~500 hours on the replacement bulb, it failed as well.
Summary: The screen image of this projector is gorgeous. The contrast is good, the brightness is fine, lots of ways to adjust the screen, etc. THe price seemed very attractive. All of it, I would agree with all over again, except... Epson had a HORRIBLE bulb manufacturing deal with a plant in China. These folks created probably the shoddiest projector bulbs in the business, and for several years Epson was selling them.
Summary: I bought this projector when it first came out thinking it was the latest and greatest. It turned out to be just the former. After just six months and less than 500 hours the first lamp died. Epson replaced this for free. Just less than a year and 700 hours later, the second one died. Again, a free lamp. Less than 500 hours later, another lamp.
Summary: Personal Experience As far as picture quality and performance this projector was very good. My biggest gripe, and its a costly one, is that the bulb life on this machine last around 400-500 hours. The bulb was rated up to 4000 hours which i think its pure marketing baloney. I have a well ventilated area for my projector, keep my filter clean, and it is placed in my basement that is cool and dry. Epson now says there is only a 90 day replacement on the bulb.
We are happy with our EPSON Power Lite 8100 Projector and recommend it.
13 May 2013
Summary: I purchased this product to update our projector Cinema. This product has been far better than my previous in focus projector 4805. The quality thus far has been great; we have only had it for a month and a half but are satisfied with our projector and would recommend it to other potential customers seeking to invest in a projector.
Decent Picture, but Annoying Noise and Difficult Adjustment
Mike Roberts, avsforum.com
11 May 2013
Summary: I have the Epson 8100 in my basement, dedicated theatre. This is my first projector and I was looking for a good value LCD 1080p with a decent amount of lens shift and zoom to accommodate the placement needed in my room. I have it ceiling mounted with a 15-foot throw to a 100” Elite Screens CineWhite fixed screen. My room is a very dark red with a black screen wall and ceiling, and total light control. The out of the box image on the 8100 is okay, but not perfect.
Pros: good zoom and lens shift range, sharp image
Cons: vertical lens shift drifts over time, fans makes annoying ticking, big and white
Summary: The Epson 8100 was my first foray into projectors, and I picked it up for a steal... a very good HD projector at an even thousand dollars (plus tax). When I first got it, I couldn't wait to check it out. So I took it out of the box, set it on a chair, and hooked it up to my friend's blu-ray player. Even projecting on a wall painted light blue, I was amazed at the quality (the first thing showing was Star Trek's main menu).