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The new Epson PowerLite Home Cinema is the company's first 3D projector to reach the market, and it is causing a lot of excitement in projector circles. Even more interesting is the companion model, the Home Cinema e , which offers a robust wireless capability across a good-sized room. The Home Cinema is a bright home theater projector, rated at lumens and 40, contrast with an auto-iris. It is ready for 3D projection right out of the box, with a built-in 3D infrared emitter and two pairs of glasses included.
The Home Cinema is also a bit of a departure from Epson's existing home theater line, as it includes neither the 2. For those who want an entry-level p 3D projector, the Epson Home Cinema is an attractive option. The Viewing Experience We set the Home Cinema on a rear shelf in our theater, turned it on, and immediately discovered two things: one, that the Home Cinema is very bright, even in its Cinema mode, and two, that it does not have lens shift.
Instead, the Home Cinema has a fixed throw angle such that the bottom edge of the image is level with the centerline of the lens. This makes a rear shelf mount all but impossible without keystone correction, unfortunately, unless you mount the projector to the underside of the shelf, upside-down. A ceiling mount will likely require an extension tube, while a table mount might necessitate keystone correction.
In addition to automatic vertical keystone, the e has a quick-adjust horizontal keystone system activated by a slider on top of the case. Using this slider, it is easy to square the image with whatever surface you happen to be projecting on. All of the usual concerns about keystone correction still apply, though: it reduces usable resolution of the projector and causes a loss of detail in the projected image.
The ideal mount is one where the projector requires no keystone correction at all. In our darkened theater, the Home Cinema 's Cinema mode was too bright for our 1. The cranks out lumens in Cinema mode when using the lamp's Normal full power setting and the wide end of the zoom lens. In the end, using the Cinema preset in Eco mode with the lens at the maximum telephoto setting produced lumens on our test sample, which is still awfully bright for a " diagonal screen in a darkened theater environment.
What's more, this is as low as light output will get on the On the other hand, if you're planning to watch a lot of 3D, you have to plan for the brightness loss that occurs when viewing 3D movies. A " diagonal screen, seen through the 's active shutter glasses, gives you a mere 3.
If you are going to watch a lot of 3D, you may want to stick with a " diagonal screen, which will give you 21 fL in 2D and 5 fL in 3D. You could also use the 3D Dynamic preset, which boosts 3D brightness enough to give you 7 fL on a " screen or 5 fL on a " screen. These numbers are meant as a guideline, not a hard rule; using a higher-gain screen will skew the calculations, as will any ambient light in the room or the normal dimming of the projector's lamp as it ages.
The Home Cinema 's quick-adjust keystone slider The ideal 2D viewing environment for the Home Cinema , then, is either a room with some ambient light and a " to " diagonal screen or a room with no ambient light and a " diagonal screen.
The former is a great choice for home entertainment, while the latter is better for the cinemaphile who wants to get into 3D without breaking the bank. With the brighter image modes like Living Room and Dynamic, you can use a smaller 80" to " screen and stop worrying about ambient light entirely. The produces an image that is vibrant and colorful.
It seems that the image presets, especially Living Room and Dynamic, place special emphasis on high color saturation, to the point where using these settings in a darker environment can make them look almost cartoonish.
In Cinema mode the effect is quite pleasant for games and sports, though a more film-like appearance can be created by turning it down a few notches. Detail in Blu-ray movies is clean and sharp, though the use of keystone correction will have a deleterious effect on detail sharpness. Image quality in 2D. When viewing 2D content, the Home Cinema produces a bright, clear picture. Dynamic range is sufficient to avoid any crushing in the shadows, while color saturation is rich.
Color temperature, even at factory default settings, measures a steady K, and raising the preset temperature by one notch will bring that to K average--and that's without using a meter or making any fine adjustments. Detail is sharp and clear, provided you mount the projector in such a way as to avoid keystone correction.
If you must use keystone correction, you're in luck: the 's keystone correction is cleaner than that of most other projectors, though there is still some noticeable loss of detail.
The Home Cinema is Epson's first 3D projector, and they've done a solid job with their first attempt. Notably, the infrared emitter is built-in to the projector itself, so there is nothing to attach, align, or misplace. However, should you require a little extra oomph, the projector features an RJ port on the rear panel that will accept an external emitter.
Also noteworthy is that Epson includes two pairs of glasses with the , while other manufacturers typically do not include any glasses. The WirelessHD system allows you to transmit the full range of HDMI data--that means full p 3D plus sound--across a large room without running any cables. Once you get this plugged in, you power it up and leave it alone. When you start the projector, you can pick "WirelessHD" from the source list, and after a brief period of synchronization you should get an image on screen.
The WirelessHD kit included with the e is rated to work over a distance of 30 feet. We tested the system to a distance of 25 feet, with an interior wall between the transmitter and receiver thrown in for good measure. The system worked flawlessly. WirelessHD is an exciting feature that we'd like to see appear on more projectors as time goes on. Further solidifying the 's position as an entertainment projector are its dual 10W speakers. Like any small speakers, pushing volume too hard will cause distortion and a tinny character to the sound produced.
However, when using the as a portable entertainment projector, the speakers mean that you won't need to wire up a separate audio system, which makes game day hassle-free--especially if you opt for the e with its WirelessHD system.
Light output. The Home Cinema is a big bright beast of a projector. The projector's brightest mode is Dynamic, which measures lumens out of a specified on our test sample.
Dynamic mode emphasizes brightness over contrast, though color saturation does not suffer the way that it often does in projectors' brightest modes. The next step down is Living Room mode, which at lumens sacrifices some brightness in return for improved contrast and black levels.
Depending on screen size, Living Room mode is perfectly usable in its namesake, though some degree of light control will help to boost contrast further. Natural and Cinema modes are functionally identical in terms of light output, at and respectively. Natural mode is not as warm as Cinema mode, and it uses a different gamma curve than Cinema mode does. Otherwise they are quite similar. As mentioned previously, even Cinema with its lumens is more than bright enough for a " diagonal screen in a darkened theater when watching 2D.
This brings light output in Cinema to lumens. If that's still too bright, you could invest in a neutral density ND filter to cut output. As the lamp begins to dim with usage, you can remove the filter. Accurate color is important for any home theater projector, but especially so for inexpensive projectors since the typical buyer of these projectors will not necessarily take the time to calibrate them.
The Home Cinema , at its default settings, measures an average of K across the spectrum. Grayscale tracking, pre-calibration. This measures around K The Home Cinema 's default settings put slightly too much emphasis on red, but the overall temperature is consistent across the board.
If you do not own a color meter, the easiest way to adjust the projector is to switch from the K color temperature preset to the K preset, which will result in an actual color temperature of about K--very close to the K standard. If you do have a meter, a quick calibration will bring color temperature almost perfectly in line with the K standard.
The Home Cinema 's grayscale tracking calibrates to K easily Contrast. Part and parcel of the Home Cinema 's high brightness is a degradation of black level, which is almost unavoidable in bright projectors. The has undeniably deeper black levels, true, but the manages to hold its own, and black is still recognizable as black, not dark gray. The has a slight edge in dynamic range, as well, but the has a clear advantage in brightness, which is helpful in rooms with ambient light.
Most importantly, the 's default gamma measures 2. This means you don't have to worry about lost detail in shadows due to crushing.
When evaluating these two projectors, it helps to remember that they are built for two very different environments. The is built for dark theater rooms and excels in these environments, while the excels in rooms with ambient light.
In these environments, absolute black level is less important than lumen output and dynamic range, and the strikes a good balance between these factors in its intended environment.
Image quality in 3D. The Home Cinema does show some flaws in its 3D performance. Compared to other 3D projectors, the 's 3D picture shows more flickering instability, especially in areas of solid color. Motion is less smooth. Brightness is not an issue; with lumens at its disposal, the pumps out plenty of light, even in 3D, up to screen sizes of " diagonal in optimal conditions.
Finally, compared to other recently released 3D projectors, the shows a lot of crosstalk, to the point where it became obvious even when we were not actively searching it out.
Placement Flexibility. The Home Cinema has a respectable 1. Moreover, the fixed throw angle makes it difficult to place the projector on a rear shelf, which many users of Epson projectors prefer due to its simplicity.
Those looking to upgrade a previous Epson projector to the new may need to rethink their mounting arrangements before taking the plunge. While these projectors are both budget-friendly and full HD 3D compliant, there are some important differences that will determine which one is right for you. The Home Cinema is a brighter projector than the HD33, with a maximum output of lumens on our test sample compared to lumens on the HD In low power mode, those numbers became and , respectively.
What this means is that the Home Cinema is preferable any time you have a very large screen or a lot of ambient light, while dark rooms and smaller screen sizes will benefit more from the HD33's more moderate output. There is no way to lower light output on the Home Cinema below lumens without using an ND filter, and owners of screens " in diagonal or smaller should take this into consideration before making a purchase.
We set the Home Cinema to Cinema mode with the lamp at its low power setting, while the HD33 was set to Cinema with the lamp at full power, putting the two projectors roughly lumens apart--almost identical, as far as the human eye is concerned. The has deeper black levels than the HD33 in dark scenes thanks to its auto iris. In scenes of average illumination, the HD33 took the lead, with deeper black levels and comparable highlights.
In bright scenes, the HD33 maintained its deeper blacks while the had bright, sparkling highlights. The Optoma HD33's 3D picture is more stable and more refined than that of the Home Cinema , with significantly less crosstalk and flicker. This makes the HD33 easier to watch over a long period of time.
Epson Home Cinema 3010 / 3010e 3D 1080p Projector
The new Epson PowerLite Home Cinema is the company's first 3D projector to reach the market, and it is causing a lot of excitement in projector circles. Even more interesting is the companion model, the Home Cinema e , which offers a robust wireless capability across a good-sized room. The Home Cinema is a bright home theater projector, rated at lumens and 40, contrast with an auto-iris. It is ready for 3D projection right out of the box, with a built-in 3D infrared emitter and two pairs of glasses included. The Home Cinema is also a bit of a departure from Epson's existing home theater line, as it includes neither the 2. For those who want an entry-level p 3D projector, the Epson Home Cinema is an attractive option. The Viewing Experience We set the Home Cinema on a rear shelf in our theater, turned it on, and immediately discovered two things: one, that the Home Cinema is very bright, even in its Cinema mode, and two, that it does not have lens shift.
Epson Home Cinema 3010 – Review Summary
Immerse yourself in eye-popping 3D adventures, with lumens of color brightness color light output 1 , lumens of white brightness white light output 1 , full HD, p performance and a remarkable contrast ratio of up to 40, Amazing audio with two powerful built-in 10 W stereo speakers. This high-value home theater projector also features great 2D performance. It's never been easier to entertain family and friends with a true-to-life 3D cinematic experience — includes two pairs of active shutter 3D glasses. Note: Epson does not accept returns on refurbished items unless the product arrives defective, in which case, a replacement with the same model or equivalent will be sent. Display Full HD content, for seamless picture quality and crisp, clear detail. We apologize, it looks like the system is down.
Epson PowerLite® Home Cinema 3010
Immerse yourself in eye-popping 3D adventures, with lumens of color brightness color light output 1 , lumens of white brightness white light output 1 , full HD, p performance and a remarkable contrast ratio of up to 40, Amazing audio with two powerful built-in 10 W stereo speakers. This high-value home theater projector also features great 2D performance. It's never been easier to entertain family and friends with a true-to-life 3D cinematic experience — includes two pairs of active shutter 3D glasses. Display Full HD content, for seamless picture quality and crisp, clear detail.
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3010 Projector Specifications