Reviews and Problems with Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8500 UB
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Good projector but reliability is not there
3 December 2014
Summary: I purchased this Pj in 2009 (full price). Excellent for movie viewing and sports event. However many people including me reported that a pink band showed up at the bottom of the screen after 3 yrs or less. You should know that there is a fix for it found on the AVS Forum. Don't count on Epson for any assistance they will try to sell you another one. In a nutshell open the casing, remove 2 circuit boards and push down the lens back to its original position.
Great... Until the Teal and Magenta Bands Appeared -- Epson Terrible Support -- A Shame They Asked for More Money to Fix
Mark D, Amazon
23 October 2014
Summary: I bought this projector brand new and was ecstatic for about a year and a half. We have it set up to be used on a 120 inch screen in our theater room. Because its in a theater room, we are able to black out all light and the picture is FANTASTIC! Blacks are rich and deep and the color appears as it should. Really a great picture all around... until the bands a little while later.
Summary: This is my third Epson and probably my last. I bought this projector brand new in April 2010 and it has been great for four years and now it is not repairable and has less than 2000 hours total. This has been the issue with every Epson I have owned. It seems that Epson projectors are programed to self destruct when the warantee ends in 3 or 4 years. The first two had issues with clouding in the image when the lcds began to fail.
Summary: I have found out the hard way Epson bulbs life are not as advertised. I have never got a bulb to last more than 1000 hrs. What Epson will do is string you along with a couple of new bulbs saying it was a bad batch until your warranty runs out then leave you high and dry. If you get a bad bulb I recommend you getting a refund on your projector and go with a different manufacturer or you might be stuck.
Summary: We bought this unit 3 years ago on Amazon for $1,800. We have gone through bulbs very quickly...gotten free ones by calling Epson because the bulbs hardly had any hours on them compared to what they were supposed to have. Started having lines on the bottom of the screen...just took the unit to an authorized repair center and it needs a new optical engine board...over a $1,000 repair. This is not acceptable.
Don't buy an Epson unless you also buy an extended warranty
10 January 2014
Summary: We owned the 8500ub for 3 years. Within 6 months we had a replacement under warranty. Now the optical engine has failed and we would have to pay $1,000 to have it repaired. We originally paid $2,000 for a unit that didn't even last 3 years...that's ridiculous. I have called Epson and have gotten no rebate offers/money back on our next purchase...so I am hesitating on buying another Epson. We went through lamps like crazy..
Summary: Bought 8500UB for 2000. Picture quality is good and many friends bought it but the lamp life is very bad. My first lamp died within 200 hours and Epson shipped next day and that lasted for 1100 hours. Now after 3 years I am out of warranty and lamp costs 300$. Bought 50$ after market lamp but very bad quality and returned it. After reading many reviews about the lamp issue now I have to junk this and buy non-Epson for 1000$.
Summary: I purchased the 8500 from a very well respected Audio/Video dealer near me and was told that, without a doubt, this was the very best projector on the market for less than $2,500. Sure, it performed great for the first year, but then it developed a colored band at the top and bottom of the image which completely ruined whatever I was watching. My $2,500 projector was now useless.
Summary: Lamp lasted only 475 hours. Great picture while it lasted. I live in Argentina where everything is difficult to get/change/buy. It becomes a nightmare to have the projector or the lamp replaced even under warranty.
Summary: this projector is excellent in all espects i bought this projector 2 years ago and i still in love with it ,it gives excellent picture you feel like you are sitting in a theater, i used hdim out put for the best quality picture, if you planing buying a projector i woud recommend this to every one.this rojector is not in production anymore but you still can buy on ebay.