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Advantages and Limitations
Performance
Features
Ease of Use
Value
Intended Use:
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Street Price: $12,999
Contrast:5,000:1
Lumens:6000
Weight: 48.4 lbs
Resolution:1920x1200
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 (x2), 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

Air Filter and Longevity. The Z8000WUNL has been equipped with an electrostatic filter rated at 3 micron particle size that is good for 10,000 hours of operation. There is only a single air intake to the case, so this filter protects the optics, moving parts and electronics as well as the light engine. There is also a patented liquid cooling system which uses solid state Peltier thermoelectric devices to remove heat from each LCD panel via the coolant fluid and transfer the heat to the fan airstream. Epson's goal is that the projector will last significantly longer than the technology replacement cycle.

In case trouble does occur, the warranty is worth noting. The unit comes with a two-year projector limited warranty, a 90-day limited lamp warranty, and Epson's "Road Service Program" which provides next-business-day service. There is also a dedicated toll-free support line called Epson PrivateLine®.

Connectivity. Most major analog and digital input formats are supported, including RGBHV on separate 5-BNC and HD-15 inputs, DVI-D, and an HDMI input, in addition to standard-definition composite and S-video inputs. The input panel is located at the front of the projector next to the lens which may make for some awkward cable dressing. But the panel is covered by a trim door with top and bottom knock-outs for cable entry. Inside are cable tie points to help keep connectors such as HDMI from pulling out. Intended for large venues that would necessarily have a separate sound system, the Z8000 does not include speakers or any audio connections.

Limitations

Lens Refocusing. One of the characteristics of a good zoom lens is how well focus tracks the zoom. We found that the image had to be refocused slightly after a large change in zoom setting. However, the zoom lens is usually not used dynamically on a projector so this is really only an inconvenience. The good news is that the 23% light attenuation between wide angle and full telephoto is modest for this zoom range. However, it is probably greater with some of the longer zoom lens options. Fortunately, the lens focus/zoom issue do not affect image quality. The projected image is sharp from edge to edge and corner to corner.

Menu Structure. The various levels and functions of the menu required multiple keystrokes to reach. Each function had to be highlighted, then selected by pressing enter, and then the same procedure had to be used to get to the adjustable parameter. We have seen more user-friendly remote controls and menus. On the other hand, in an installation, this projector is quite likely to be integrated with an external control system, and a very thorough set of control commands is available for the ambitious programmer to use in creating a highly customized and transparent user interface.

Conclusion

The Epson Z8000WUNL offers an impressive package of high resolution, image quality and professional features in a 3-LCD projector that compares well with DLP models costing significantly more. We expect the Z8000 to pick up a nice share of the mid-venue installation and rental markets, and its success would be deserved.

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Reader Comments(3 comments)

Posted Jan 23, 2010 12:16:28 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 6:04:03 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 11:04:09 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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