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Street Price: $782
MSRP:$799
3D: Full HD 3D
Contrast:5,000:1
Lumens:3000
Weight: 6.0 lbs
Resolution:1280x800
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Technology:3 LCD
Lens:1.2x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:4,000 Hrs
5,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$199.00
Warranty:2 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, Component, RGB, HDMI, USB (x2),
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 576i, 576p

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD
WXGA Home Video Projector

Bill Livolsi, 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.

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Reader Comments(1 comment)

Posted Apr 25, 2013 5:43:11 PM

By obscuro

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I eagerly awaited your review of the Epson 750HD. Although I understand your reason for limiting your viewing to 60 inches I was surprised that you did.

Two days prior to your review I experienced the most impressive 3D I have ever seen. I watched several SBS video clips including Avatar and the Avengers. My setup was simple: a stacked pair of HW300T projectors, two pair of 3D glasses (from watching Avatar and the Avengers), a HTPC, and a metallic painted piece of foam board. I balanced the colour by offsetting the strengths of each device: the screen had a blue bias, one projector was green biased and the other red biased. The colour was stunning. The gray/silver in the screen increased the contrast. Outdoor scenes were simply mesmerizing.

The 3D experience simply blew away all my 3D movie experiences. As impressed as I was, I still felt like I was lacking the full 3D effect. The most convenient foam board that I could find to use was 40x60 inches or about 70 inches (My prior screen was 30x40 inches with very poor contrast). I could never get completely engrossed in the 3D experience because it felt like I was looking at events through a hole in my wall. I was also constantly aware of scene changes because the depth of feel changed radically.

This last point surprised me. In 2D films, I constantly watch cameras switch from actor to actor as dialog changes. That is not very distracting but in 3D I found my self annoyed when close-up dialog scenes switched to wide action scenes because the 3D depth changed drastically.

Have you noticed the same effect (distracting changes in 3D depth of feel) when you review 3D material? If so what size image were you watching?

I also noticed that crosstalk seemed to be a function of how close I was to the screen. The closer I was to the screen the more crosstalk I saw. I saw the same effect on a LG 3D TV.

Another item I would like to mention is that in building my 3D system, I created a very high gain screen (using the flipside of the foam board but with more layers of spray paint). I created even more compelling 3D images but the down side was the grainy picture (your screen article warned about high gain screens). I loved the brighter picture but I could not handle the graininess.

I decided to use the lower gain screen (one layer of paint). My best guess is that the viewing angle of my screen dropped dramatically at about 30 degrees in 2D. Since my 3D was dimmer from the start it seemed that my viewing angle doubled before I noticed much dimming. At that point there was little change in the 3D effect.

If you do get a chance could you comment on 3D on the 750HD with a 120 inch image?

Thanks for the review.

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