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Street Price: n/a
Weight: 48.4 lbs
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Technology:3 LCD
Lens Shift:H + V
Lamp Life:2,500 Hrs
3,500 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$519.00
Warranty:3 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, RGB In, VGA In, DVI Digital Input, HDMI, Network, RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p

Epson PowerLite Pro Z8000WUNL
Large Venue Projector

Robert Hendricks, CTS, January 15, 2010


Professional Features. This Z8000 has been designed with both the integrator and rental/staging professional in mind. A pair of large, convenient handles atop the case makes lifting easier and safer for one or two people. The center lens design is convenient for both fixed and portable alignment with the screen. It nicely eliminates an annoyance that is familiar to most installers: having to offset a ceiling mount relative to screen center. But plentiful lens shift is available to deal with off-axis situations as well. Many mid-venue projectors offer lens shift that is asymmetrical vertically; that is, more lens shift is available up than down, or vice versa. On the Epson, available lens shift is an equal 70% of image height up or down, and 20% of width left or right. This is certainly not unique to this projector; for example, a 6500-lumen 1-chip DLP projector that is available from Sanyo or rebranded from Christie offers +/- 67% vertical and +/- 40% horizontal lens shift. Of course, one would hope to never need a 40% horizontal shift!

We were gratified to find that the focus, zoom and lens shift functions can be addressed with commands from the control system in discrete and repeatable steps. This means that the projector can be remotely returned to a preset screen alignment even when mounted on a ceiling lift or rotator that is difficult to access.

The dual-lamp light engine provides a measure of redundancy at important events. Changing from Normal to Eco lamp mode does not switch off a lamp, but rather appears to reduce the voltage to both in order to extend lamp life and lower the power consumption and fan noise. However, if one lamp fails, the other one will continue to operate until there is an opportunity to replace the bad lamp.

Resolution and Color Rendition. The Z8000's native 1920 x 1200 WUXGA resolution is a real asset; it will handle almost any source you can throw at it without downscaling. This is a 16:10 aspect ratio which matches the format of many laptops today. When projecting an HD 1080 source, the image is not scaled; it is a true pixel-for-pixel 1080p raster with some extra pixel lines unused. We found the small black area at the top and bottom of the image to be very well masked; the unused pixels were lit with a measured 40 lumens which was nearly unnoticeable unless the room is well darkened.

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Reader Comments(3 comments)

Posted Jan 23, 2010 12:16 PM

By Doniz

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Sony has a 2K projector that is 3LCD (the so-called "pancake" model), so its panel rez is very close to that of WUXGA. And it also outputs in this same ANSI lume range.

The article did not compare this Epson model to any 3-chip DLP model, TX Booster. I don't think it should have. However, it could have compared it to some of the single-chip DLP PJs, the best deal of which is the Panasonic PT-DZ6710U 6000 ANSI Lumen single-chip DLP projector. That one has a closed-circuit chip cooling mechanism and a motorized filter roll.

Plus, it comes with geometric adjustment capabilities, a 1.8-2.6 standard zoom lens, and coveted SDI connectivity -- all for less money than what Epson charges for their 3LCD PJ without a lens and without SDI input.

Posted Jan 21, 2010 6:04 AM

By Texas Booster

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Agreed, PatB. Look at all the exotic cooling and filtering that is required to build an LCD projector that will not require monthly cleanings and semi-annual engine replacements. We stopped using high lumen LCD projectors just to save on maintenance costs.

I do think that it is disingenuous to compare a "3-panel LCD" with a 3-chip DLP engine. Apples and oranges.

I am disappointed that Epson marketing is bending the lumen output by 10%+. Wonder what they claim their contrast settings are? 15,000:1 with iris? 3LCD has made contrast ratios meaningless with their cheating ways.

Dropping from "6000 lumens" to 1600 lumens in theater mode? Somebody had better check their design before installing into an auditorium.

Still, this unit should appeal to LCD fans who haven't had any product in this space at all. Kudos to Epson for trying.

Posted Jan 16, 2010 11:04 AM

By PatB

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There has to be a reason why other LCD projector manufacturers have avoided this market segment. Could it be degradation of the LCD panels from the very bright and hot light needed to achieve these high illumination levels?

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