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Street Price: $800
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

Key Features

2D Image quality. The Epson 750HD is designed for casual home entertainment. Its brightest mode, far from being a greenish low-contrast mess as it is on most projectors, is actually quite watchable and would be appropriate for afternoon sports in a bright viewing room. Living Room mode makes the projector into a viable TV replacement, with a slight blue cast but excellent saturation and shadow detail. And Movie mode, with its near-6500K default calibration, is perfectly acceptable for evening movie watching.

HDMI 3D. The Epson 750HD is fully compatible with Blu-ray 3D movies. Normally, this is a feature we'd call "full HD 3D," but that doesn't seem right as the 750HD doesn't have full 1920x1080 resolution. It may be the first non-1080p projector we've seen that can handle Blu-ray 3D.

The 750HD uses RF-sync glasses, and one pair is included with the projector. This means there are no infrared signals flying around to interfere with your use of remote controls, as with IR sync. Nor are there light pulses interspersed in the image itself, as with DLP Link. It is also comparatively more difficult for RF sync to lose synchronization, as it is the only sync technology that does not require line of sight between glasses and screen.

As far as 3D performance is concerned, there is a loss of fine detail that comes from down-converting a 1080p source image to 1280x720, but 3D quality is otherwise excellent. The projector has lumens to spare, and using the default 3D Brightness option of "Low" did not produce any noticeable crosstalk. On the other hand, switching to "High" produced enough crosstalk that we would not recommend using it if you can avoid it.

Great color. Accurate color out of the box is important on inexpensive models since nobody will want to pay to have them calibrated. Fortunately the 750HD has excellent, well-saturated, accurate color in its factory defaults.

Color Light Output specifications are gaining traction these days. If a projector has color light output that approaches or matches its white light output, that projector tends to have a balanced image. Since the Epson 750HD is a three-panel LCD projector, its color light output matches its white light output. The result is a picture that appears natural and balanced, with colors that appear life-like and highlights that aren't overblown.

Auto iris. The 750HD's automatic iris gives it crossover potential. While the iris doesn't do much good when ambient light is present, it can give the picture an incrementally better black level once ambient light has been eliminated.

Quiet fan. For a 3,000 lumen projector, the Epson 750HD does not make a lot of noise. Its fan, while certainly noticeable during operation, is far from an overwhelming presence in the viewing room. Even the projector's small two-watt onboard speaker is more than enough to overpower the fan noise, and it doesn't need to be at maximum volume, either.

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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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