Reviews and Problems with Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8500 UB
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Epson Post Pre-Mature Lamp Failure
Nikki Jem, Amazon
24 January 2014
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.
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: 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 $1,000 repair. This is not acceptable.
Summary: Bought 8500UB for 2000. Picture quality is good and many friends bought it but the lamp life is very bad. My first lamp died within 200 hours and Epson shipped next day and that lasted for 1100 hours. Now after 3 years I am out of warranty and lamp costs 300$. 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.
Summary: I purchased the Epson 8500UB on the recommendation of a friend. Installation was fairly simple and the picture was very sharp and clear. Overall I was very happy. However, now 23 months later the bulb is growing very dim and needs replacing. The projector tracks the number of hours used and shows 1,300. The box says 4,000. Now I understand that there can be some variance based on environment, handling, maintenance, etc.
Summary: I have had mine for 15 months now and have about 1200 hours on the bulb. I use it for movies and TV. This is my second projector (first was a Panasonic which I loved but left when we sold our previous home). I am not an expert but have helped others install and research projectors, and I've seen examples of other brands in action over the years. I have to say I am thrilled with it so far. I have mine installed in my basement and throwing onto a 10' screen.