(Editor's note: We originally reported the Cinema 720 to have a vertical lens shift range of two picture heights. This was in error, as the actual range is three picture heights. We apologize for the inconvenience and present the corrected measurement here. -wl)
For many years, Epson has been a manufacturer of solid, dependable home theater projectors that were good, but never quite on the cutting edge of price/performance. However, with the release of the new PowerLite Home Cinema 720, this tradition changes. The Cinema 720 is without a doubt their strongest 720p offering to-date. With a blazing 1600 ANSI lumens and 10,000:1 contrast, the Cinema 720 is a highly competitive projector in the 720p category, and an excellent value at only $1299.
ANSI lumens: 1600
Contrast (full on/off): 10,000:1
Light Engine: 1280 x 720, native 16:9, three-panel 0.7" LCD with 170W UHE lamp.
Video Compatibility: 1080p/60, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i. NTSC/PAL/SECAM.
Connection Panel: One HDMI 1.3 port, one set of YPbPr component inputs, one VGA port, one SCART, one composite video, one s-video, RS-232C, and a 12V trigger.
Lens and Throw Distance: 2.1:1 manual zoom/focus lens with vertical and horizontal lens shift. Throws a 100" diagonal 16:9 image from 10'4" to 22'3".
Lamp Life: 3000 hours.
Replacement lamp price: $350 street.
Warranty: Two years.