Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD
WXGA Home Video Projector
April 24, 2013
Epson has been making home entertainment projectors since before they were called home entertainment projectors. Their latest, the PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD, is a WXGA LCD projector with HDMI 1.4 3D capability and an attractive price tag of $799. With high light output for both white and colored light, the 750HD is a great choice for living rooms and multi-purpose rooms and as a general TV replacement.
The Viewing Experience
The Epson 750HD belongs to a class of projectors commonly known as home entertainment projectors, home video projectors, living room projectors, or some variation on that theme. The idea is that these projectors are meant to be used for video, but not in a traditional dark home theater space. Instead, they are optimized for use in a lights-on communal space such as a living room. In such spaces, the high contrast of a home theater projector would be compromised, and a home theater projector's more modest light output would be insufficient to power a screen of a reasonable size. As such, these projectors tend to be lower in contrast and much brighter than their home theater counterparts.
However, this doesn't mean that these projectors are simply repurposed presentation machines. They tend to have very good color, on par with home theater projectors, and they also tend to have more advanced video processing than business projectors. The result is a projector that can handle the rigors of HD film and video, but also fight back against the deleterious effects of ambient light.
We set up the Epson 750HD on a coffee table and adjusted the zoom until we had about a 60" diagonal image size. We went with a smaller image not because the 750HD lacks brightness (it doesn't) but because of its relatively low resolution. A smaller image size makes the pixels less visible. Plus, a 60" diagonal image is still larger than a lot of televisions. The 750HD has a flat throw angle, so the bottom edge of the image will be level with the center of the projector's lens, making coffee table placement an ideal option.
The 750HD creates a bright picture with exceptional color saturation and balance. Dynamic, the brightest mode, has a much more accurate color profile than many other projectors' bright modes. Shadow detail is solid, and black level is comparable with other projectors in the price range -- which is to say it's okay, but not great. The 750HD does feature an automatic iris that can help deepen blacks in dark scenes, provided your room has adequate ambient light control to take advantage of such. In a typical living room setup, there's no real need to use the iris. While the projector does a fine job of reproducing detail in HD content, the 750HD is not likely to be mistaken for a 1080p projector any time soon. Some small details can be muddy, especially if you watch at a large image size.