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.
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 purchased this projector on Amazon 2 years and 8 months ago. The projector only has a 2 years warranty on it according to Epson. 6 months into ownership of this projector I had accrued ~500 hours when the bulb blew the first time. I called Epson and they were very good about replacing the faulty bulb. I was happy, my projector was operational again. Fast forward 480 hours, the Lamp begins to Dim.
Summary: Vibrant picture and great movie theater experience, nice interface with other devices via HDMI for media streaming i.e. Netflix, VUDU, etc. I bought this projector in July 2010 and used it in conjunction with an LG blu Ray player and a 120" screen. It worked great for a few months but in Feb the lamp went bad (picture started to dim until the projector stopped working altogether). It was still under warranty so Epson replaced the lamp for free.
Summary: I have owned this projector for approximately 1.5 years now. The image the projector puts out is great, but there are some obvious design flaws with the lamp cooling system. While the company has replaced numerous components at no cost to me as I am still inside the 2 year warranty period (2 lamps, the air filter, and now the entire projector), at the current rate I expect to purchase an entire new projector within a year of the warranty running out.
Summary: I wish I had seen the "costly mistake" review before I bought my 8100 in Feb. I, too saw the concern about "beta" units, and discounted them. Well, I was initially a VERY satisfied buyer. This is the second projector I've owned, the first was a Panasonic 720P PT AX200U. The 8100 is a big improvement over that one in picture quality, perceived brightness, etc., as it should be, being several years newer technology and 1080P resolution.