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Street Price: $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

Shootout:
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD vs. Acer H6510BD and BenQ W1070

The Epson 750HD's $799 price tag puts it in the same ballpark as this year's entry-level 1080p machines. We recently reviewed two entry-level 1080p 3D projectors: the Acer H6510BD ($799) and the BenQ W1070 ($999). Since you may be evaluating all three projectors to determine which one is right for you, here are some comparative notes. For a comparison between the H6510BD and W1070, see our Acer H6510BD review.

Resolution. The most obvious difference between these projectors is resolution. Both the Acer H6510BD and the BenQ W1070 are full HD 1920x1080 while the Epson 750HD is 1280x800. The actual difference between the projectors is this: the H6510BD and W1070 will render fine detail more cleanly than the 750HD, and they will likewise have less visible pixel structure. You will be able to watch the H6510BD and W1070 from a closer distance without seeing pixels. At 1.5 times the screen width, the pixels disappear on each of the three models, so if you're sitting that far back it won't matter to you.

Brightness. Both the 750HD and the H6510BD are spec'd at 3000 lumens, but the 750HD delivers more real light output by far. Here are the three projectors' actual measured light output in their comparable modes. "Bright" mode represents the projector's brightest mode, while "Living room" represents its less bright, slightly bluish mode. On the H6510BD and W1070, this latter mode is named Standard.

 750HDH6510BDW1070
Specification300030002000
Dynamic291225241554
Living Room212718441271
Movie200313361220

The 750HD is nearly twice as bright as its competitors in Movie mode, and even in Dynamic mode it holds a significant edge. More significant is the fact that the H6510BD does not have color light output anywhere near its white light output, so it will appear even less bright than the numbers would suggest. The W1070, on the other hand, has an RGBRGB color wheel and excellent color light output -- but as you can see, that comes at the cost of overall lumens.

Color. The 750HD has the best color out of the group both in terms of accuracy and saturation. The W1070 is next, since its RGBRGB wheel reproduces color quite well without artificially boosting white light output. The H6510BD comes in third, especially given the difficult time we had calibrating the projector. The end result was still not as accurate as either the W1070 or the 750HD.

3D. All three projectors are capable of displaying 3D content from Blu-ray, broadcast, cable, and satellite sources. The 750HD has the brightest 3D picture, but it is also the lowest in resolution. In terms of subjective quality, the W1070 and 750HD both have excellent, artifact-free 3D performance while the H6510BD has some mild flicker. Only the 750HD includes a pair of glasses in the purchase price.

Input lag. At its fastest, the 750HD measured 40ms of delay. In comparison, the W1070 measured 24ms and the H6510BD measured 18ms. Don't worry: if you don't know what this means, it probably won't affect you. If you're a gamer and lag time is important to you, the difference is probably significant enough to influence your decision.

Rainbows. The 750HD does not produce rainbow artifacts due to its three-chip LCD light engine. The W1070 produces fewer rainbows than the H6510BD thanks to its 4x-speed RGBRGB color wheel.

Lensing. The W1070's 1.3:1 lens and vertical lens shift makes it an easy winner in this category, with the H6510BD coming up behind it (1.3:1 lens, no shift). The 750HD has a 1.2:1 lens and no shift.

Lamp life. All three projectors have lamp lives in excess of 3,500 hours at full power. Since there is no way to tell whether a lamp will fail prematurely until it does, we will simply say that all three projectors promise long life.

Conclusion

The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD is an interesting proposition. While some users will be quick to write it off as a low-resolution alternative to the entry-level 1080p projectors in the marketplace, it distinguishes itself in several ways. It offers the best color available at its price point, it has full 3D capability, and it has more light output than either of its main competitors. This makes it a force to be reckoned with in the living room. While its lower resolution makes it a less attractive choice for large screen sizes viewed from a close distance, a 60" or 70" screen can be a very cost effective alternative to a large flat panel TV, with its 3000 lumens creating a brilliant and compelling image. When viewed from normal TV viewing distances the pixelation becomes a non-issue. At $799, it is hard to pass up the Epson 750HD if you are looking for a projector for living room, family room, or other ambient light situations.

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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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