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Street Price: $888
MSRP:$1,099
Contrast:50,000:1
Lumens:2000
Weight: 16.1 lbs
Resolution:1920x1080
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Technology:3 LCD
Lens:2.1x manual
Lens Shift:H + V
Lamp Life:4,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$299.00
Warranty:2 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, Component, RGB, HDMI 1.3a (x2), RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350
1080p Home Theater Projector

Bill Livolsi, October 4, 2010

The Epson Home Cinema 8350 arrives fresh from this year's CEDIA show, and it is a sight to see. Epson has really outdone itself this year--the Home Cinema 8350 is a sub-$1300 1080p projector that delivers some serious performance.

The Home Cinema 8350 is the successor of last year's Home Cinema 8100. The Home Cinema 8100 earned our Editor's Choice Award for being an exceptional value for the money. It had high brightness, great placement flexibility, and affordability both in purchase price and maintenance costs. The Home Cinema 8350 continues this tradition, bringing even better 1080p film and video performance into your home theater for less than $1300. There is no doubt this one earns this year's Editor's Choice Award for entry level 1080p home theater projectors.

Advantages

Image quality. There's no sense beating around the bush: the Home Cinema 8350 is a fantastic value. It produces a great picture for a very low price. Out of the box, its factory presets are geared for high light output in ambient light. So the first picture you see is bright, with decent color and average black level for illuminated rooms. To get it set for optimal video quality, the first order of business was to turn on Epson Super White, engage the auto iris, and change color temperature from 6500K to 7500K (more below on this). After these simple adjustments, the projector is transformed into an inexpensive 1080p powerhouse for dark room viewing. Epson Super White and the auto iris bring black level down, while highlights are brilliant and sparkling without any loss of detail. Color is accurate and true-to-life. These minor changes are all it takes to bring the Home Cinema 8350 into the big leagues.

Lumen output. The Home Cinema 8350, like its predecessor, is very flexible when it comes to lumen output. This variability is accomplished through a variety of image modes, ranging from the very bright Dynamic mode to the more subdued Cinema mode. Each mode is built around an intended application, and all are useful in at least some capacity.

Dynamic is the preset to use in a bright room, as it produces the highest lumen output - 1507 lumens on our test sample. While this is a slight decrease from the Home Cinema 8100 which measured in the mid 1700s, it is still plenty of light for a room with a couple of small windows or table lamps. In this environment, a 100" diagonal image is probably the maximum you will want to consider--anything larger can make the picture appear too dim. Conversely, if you want to "punch up" the apparent brightness and contrast, use the zoom lens to shrink the image down to 60" or 80" diagonal. As far as color and contrast are concerned, color balance is exceptionally good for a Dynamic mode--this was true with the Home Cinema 8100 last year and it is true again now. While there is a slight greenish cast to the picture, it's nothing compared to the Dynamic settings on some competing units. Black level is not as deep as it is under the Cinema and Natural settings, but in a room with ambient light that will not matter.

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Reader Comments(99 comments)

Posted Dec 14, 2014 7:02:59 AM

By Lance

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I've owned the 8350 for 2 1/2 years now with over 2000 lamp hours. Up until now it has worked flawlessly - however I just had my first Auto Iris Error. I am four months out of warranty. My understanding is the issue continues to get worse, as it is not necessarily the actual Auto Iris that is malfunctioning, but something with the circuit board, which costs over $1000 to fix. Might as well buy a new projector. This is unacceptable as we can't be expected to purchase a product and spend over a grand every couple years. Epson said I was out of luck because my warranty was expired.

Posted Apr 13, 2014 9:07:15 PM

By Sam

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How is this compared to the 8345? Seems to be the same spec except for slightly lower brightness, though with the same lamp. Ummm.

Posted Mar 21, 2014 11:59:09 AM

By Dan

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I would not recommend buying this projector. Look up the auto iris issue with the Epson 8350. This is a serious issue with could render the projector useless. And with the warranty, Epson sends you a refurbished model which is prone to the same auto iris issues.

My original new unit malfunctioned after only 1 year of light use. My refurbished model received from Epson started malfunctioning after 4 months of light use.

Posted Feb 13, 2014 10:11:25 AM

By Kelly

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My Panasonic PT-AE700U recently died and I'm looking at this projector, the 2030, and the PT-AR100U. It'll be in a living room environment with some ambient lighting, 13' throw, with up to a 132" screen. I know this projector isn't ideally suited for a living room install, but everything about it makes me want to try it. Any suggestions?

Posted Oct 17, 2013 6:35:52 PM

By Larry

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You can look up on this site a Projector throw calculator to tell you what distance you can place the projector and what size of picture you will get.

Posted Sep 20, 2013 12:45:31 PM

By Magnus Thelin

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Hi. If a fuse blew during show the fan stopped cooling the lamp and projector lamp didnt get the cooling it requires. Try switching the lamp bulb.

Posted Sep 16, 2013 11:26:05 AM

By Scott G

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My bulb just died at 2,350 hours. The week before it died it started brightness fluctuation. The day before it died it was noticeably dimmer.

I replaced mine with a $75 Genie Lamp

Important: if you buy from G Lamps (not the other sellers) it comes with a 120 day warranty.

When I installed it I carefully compared the Genie lamp with the factory one. The house looks identical except it has no Epson logo. I've only watched it a day but the brightness and color balance look like the Epson factory bulb.

Posted Sep 12, 2013 10:24:22 AM

By shivani

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Hi everybody :) i own the EPSON 8350 it is a good quite machine, nice picture. however the bulb really sucks .we have not watched 4000 hours! maybe 1000 or so and the bulb is out . now i am having problems finding a new bulb. if anyone has bought one and was satisfied with their purchase could u please let me know where you got it from . thank you soo much .. i think i will be purchasing 2 bulbs just in case :D

Posted Aug 27, 2013 12:01:15 PM

By Jessica

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Please help!! We just had our epson 8350 installed by geek squad yesterday and when they left everything was working fine. Then a fuse blew. After we got the fuse box taken care of everything is working, we have sound and everything but no picture on our screen and the projector is on and working. Would anyone of you know how to help us? Please! Thanks!!

Posted Aug 4, 2013 9:25:10 AM

By Mike

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If you're still considering it, I found this article helpful for myself. http://www.projectorcentral.com/projector_news.cfm?2012-02-09-Acer-H9500-review-status-Epson-8350-for-Gaming&entry_id=490

Posted Jun 14, 2013 3:55:45 AM

By Chris

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Looking pretty hard at this projector, can anyone tell me the response time in frames or ms? In most of the new reviews they have been citing this info but I can't find it in this one. More of a concern for fast-paced gaming.

Thanks!

Posted May 20, 2013 6:16:34 PM

By Brigitte

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I am looking to purchase this projector for the same screen size. Do you have any regrets in purchasing this projector? I was also looking at the Panasonic PT AR 100u... Thoughts?? Also what are your thoughts on a1080 vs 720? Can you tell a huge difference on that size of screen?

Posted Jan 13, 2013 8:37:08 AM

By Dave

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Low noise was my #1 reason for buying this projector over the Mits HC4000. My previous projector was a Mits HC1500 and the color wheel noise got to be annoying. I can honestly say this is a quiet projector. My setup is a dedicated home theater with light control and a 96" screen. The projector is ceiling mounted above the seating locations. The projector is sharp, bright, and has very good color reproduction. Menus are easy to navigate. This is my first LCD projector with an Auto Iris and that is the only real noise I hear and that is only when the screen is black, rarely do I hear it during a movie. Some owners have experienced short bulb life and Epson has confirmed there were issues with the bulb on early units but as far as I know recent units have no bulb issues. People who still complain might be running their projector in a hot room or enclosed space. Even ceiling mounted the temperature is 10 deg warmer near the ceiling. Everyone raves about Epson's customer service so if you have a problem, you will be taken care of. Another complaint has been dust blobs which show up as blurry spots on a black screen. While they can't be seen during a movie, they might be seen in areas with black bars. I had this problem and per instructions from another AV forum blew out the dust and all is good, took about 30 min start to finish. Lastly there have been reports of an "Auto Iris Error" that people have seen, not sure what causes that, possibly excessive heat again. Overall this is a great projector for the money and one of the top selling units in the market so I would expect to see some complaints as more people own this model than any other model being sold today.

Posted Jan 9, 2013 12:23:33 PM

By L Thomson

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To Scott Humphrey

Did you find a solution to your problem? I am having the exact same issue

Posted Nov 10, 2012 8:27:07 AM

By JLongo

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Good picture if it is working but overall a terrible product, after approximately 300 hours the bulbs blow out. Been through 4 bulbs in 15 months I will never buy another Epson product and have instructed my Corporate IT department to no longer buy Epson products. Customer services is useless.

Posted Oct 23, 2012 8:56:53 AM

By Matt

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Absolutely love my 8350! Best thing about it in my opinion (maybe it's in other models too) is that the projector has a wide range of placement to get the image where you want it. You can have it lower, higher, or off to the side and scroll the image to fit where you want. No more fine adjusting of the projector itself to get the image to fit your screen - just simply roll the dials on top of the projector. Great picture for the value and quiet!

Posted Oct 8, 2012 3:38:49 PM

By StartUpReview

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Lamp is supposed to last 4,000 hours. It burned out after 120 days. I used it about 2 hours per day, which is approximately 240 hours. Even if I had left it on all day every day (which I did not) it would have only been 2,880 hours. It was physically and temporally impossible for us to have maxed out the hours on that lamp.

The lamp worked for only 6% of the advertised time.

If I had known I was going to have to buy a $300 replacement lamp every 4 months I would not have purchased this projector. That's an extra $900 dollars per year on top of the projector price.

When I contacted Epson for a replacement or refund they were incredibly unhelpful at every turn. After several days and emails back and forth I called and was told the following things:

"If you want a replacement lamp, you need to have the old burnt-out lamp as proof". - No one told me about this when I filed my original support case, so after weeks of negotiations, of course I didn't keep the lamp. "The warranty is 90 days, so it cannot be replaced." - The subject line of my support email was 'Bulb burns out after 120 days'. If someone had told me about this restriction when I originally contacted support, I could have saved myself 2 hours of back and forth with your customer support team. Instead I was told this after hours of talking and my third customer service rep. "You should have noted the total hours on the lamp at the time you requested a replacement" - No one asked us to do this via originally. This request only came when I followed up via phone later. "A supervisor will call you tomorrow" - The first follow up call took 2 days. "I will call you back day after tomorrow" - It is now a week after this second follow up was supposed to happen and I haven't heard anything.

This is unacceptable. To advertise 4,000 hours and only provide 240, which is 6% of the advertised useful life, is at best misleading and at worst intentionally deceptive. Regardless of warranty - this product didn't even do half of what it claimed. Then to say someone would follow up, and never do so, is incredibly unprofessional.

I see no reason to ever buy an Epson product again, because I don't know how I could trust the quality of their products, or their company's ability to refund or replace faulty products.

Posted Sep 27, 2012 4:17:57 PM

By Michael C

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Since we are on a low budget projection article what is the best projection screen that will go well with this projector?

Posted Aug 30, 2012 6:30:26 PM

By Jay Grevers

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I just bought the 8350 and set it up under the lanai outside. I bought a 120" screen and it looks amazing. Is there a quick way to get some audio though until I can install my surround sound out there?

Posted Aug 25, 2012 12:59:01 PM

By davidm

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I wish reviewers would talk more about fan noise. So many projectors are simply noisy. This makes dialogue more difficult to hear, and eliminates the ability to hear some parts of music, and is overall distracting. Surely more, larger fans and better heat sinks can address this problem, even on lower cost models.

The 8350 is one of the few projectors out there with (normally) low noise, though I hear the iris function can be distracting.

Posted Jul 14, 2012 6:50:21 AM

By Steve

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I'm not one to post many 'reviews' on things because I'm simply not an expert on most things. Now and then you should give credit where credit is due. We have had this projector over a year and we LOVE it!! I purchased a 9' x 16' screen on Ebay for about $150. The screen was complete with edging and grommets for easy framing. I built a pvc frame for it (about $50 for the pipes and elbows and such) and have it hanging on my screen pool enclosure. We set up the projector, when we use it, on the porch with an HDMI feed. We added surround sound in the ceiling of the porch to compliment the experience. The picture is AMAZING. Clear, bright, crisp would be correct terms. Granted, we must wait until it is dark outside to enjoy but we knew that going in. The picture is every bit, if not better, than what you'd see in a theater. Be prepared to be the 'hit' of the neighborhood though :) One measure of reassurance of a purchase, outside of your own enjoyment, is seeing that over a year later it still sells for what you paid for it. That in itself speaks volumes in today's electronic market where so many things are so outdated in the blink of an eye. If you're on the fence on this projector, don't be. It has all the perfomance you could possibly want.

Posted Jul 8, 2012 11:44:39 AM

By Mike

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I have an old infocus sp4805 hard to see in the daytime is the epson 8350 any better.

Posted Jun 22, 2012 7:30:12 AM

By jeffh

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One thing about this projector is that a very high quality HDMI cable is required. We had a "high performance" 25' cable from Radio Shack that worked fine with our old Epson 1080, but we had major problems with intermittent signal loss with the 8350, until we upgraded to a new 1.4 HDMI cable with all the bells and whistles.

So, if you are upgrading from an older projector and your HDMI cable is perhaps long in the tooth, try upgrading the cable if you run into issues.

Posted Jun 22, 2012 7:16:19 AM

By jeffh

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MattZ. the path to superwhite is:

Signal>Advanced>EPSON Superwhite

You must be looking for it to be in the Image section, I was initially looking for it there as well.

Posted Jun 16, 2012 10:11:02 AM

By Matt Z

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Does anyone know how to turn on the Eoson Superwhite? I don't have that option.

Also, I've owned this projector for 6 months! It is perfect! So many settings, amazing picture and cost is amazing. Beats spending $1000 on a tv, that's for sure.

Thanks

Matt

Posted Jun 14, 2012 5:10:12 PM

By Elizabeth

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Thanks everybody for all the help. I decided to go with the Epson 8350. ordered it on Amazon for $1069 and super fast 2 day shipping, it just arrived! hopefully all goes well and he loves it.

Posted Jun 10, 2012 11:38:07 AM

By roy

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Elizabeth,

This projector is designed to be part of a home theater. You'll need an A/V system (Receiver w/ speakers) and all the peripherals (dvd, blu-ray, cable box, etc.). I can't imagine spending this much for picture (TV or Projector) only to use the lousy built in speakers -- that said this model doesn't include speakers anyways (most do not).

If you need those other components, you could save a few hundred bucks by going with the Optoma HD20 and put the savings towards a sound system.

Good luck.

Posted Jun 10, 2012 10:09:51 AM

By Compton

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Hi Elizabeth. I'm no expert but as a current projector owner I'd like to at least provide the basics. There are some projectors out there with built-in DVD players but most don't have , they have a video input that would come from your home reciever ideally or your DVD/bluray player. A fair amount of receivers have built in speakers but usually your home receiver/surround sound would be playing the sound. Also keep in mind projectors have a lower lifespan than flat screen TV's. Around 2-4 years based on use. Unless it's a LED based projector which is around 10-20 years but there is one trade off which is brightness is lower (but still great in a darkish room) and resolution is lower 720p vs 1080p. But owners say that it looks amazing regardless. My projector is 720p on a 92 inch screen and looks great with TV shows,movies and video games. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask.

Posted Jun 8, 2012 4:32:53 PM

By Bron

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Elizabeth, Epson does make models with a built-in DVD player and speakers, but I will bet that your husband will prefer the 8350 over those, since he can use his own (likely better) speakers and hook up a DVD player, media streamer, or any other device he might prefer to the 8350. In terms of bang for the buck, the 8350 would be an excellent choice.

I can't imagine that many husbands have received a projector from their wife as a gift, so that alone should earn you big bonus points. :)

Posted Jun 8, 2012 11:45:41 AM

By Elizabeth

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okay aside from the research I have been doing on this wonderful website I have no knowledge about projectors but I wanted to surprise my Husband with one for Fathers Day. The problem is he has worked in the film industry all his life so picking one out that is both cost efficient and up to his standards is my challenge. I am zeroing in on this epson 8350. Do these things not come with their own speakers or built in DVD players? Can anybody tell me if there is something else out there in the same price range that is better? THANK YOU!

Posted Jun 6, 2012 7:39:33 AM

By jeffh

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Got the 8350 last night. I love Visual Apex, paid for ground Fedex and still got it in one day.

I have owned four projectors--two NECs the model numbers of which I forget, then a Powerlite 1080, and now the Powerlite 8350, and the 8350 is the quietest of the bunch.

So, Charliec, based on mine being quiet and reviews saying it is quiet, I would say that if yours is noisy and it does not have to do with how/where it is mounted, there is an issue with your individual machine.

Posted Jun 4, 2012 9:16:39 AM

By jeffh

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Charliec, I have one of these on the way and will post regarding noise when we get to try it out.

I would not expect anyone providing reviews for Projector Central to be a shill, I have never been disappointed when purchasing based on their reviews/advice.

My first instinct would be to look at how the projector is mounted.

It seems to me that noise would be increased if it is installed in a manner that might a) not provide enough ventilation room and/or b) reflect the sound so that it is amplified.

An example might be putting it on a shelf that is somewhat enclosed, such as a shelf in a book case where there is another shelf above it, and where there is not a lot of room behind it before you hit the wall or shelf backing, and where there might even be other items like books to either side. It seems to me like that sort of setup would be likely to increase noise.

Posted May 31, 2012 7:01:55 PM

By charliec

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Hmmm... The review here said this projector was almost inaudible unless your ear is next to the exhaust. But my 8350 seems to mimic a hovercraft even in ECO/Cinema. Especially after it's been on for a while.

There are some possibilities:

o the reviewer is deaf and simply couldn't hear

o the reviewer is a shill for Epson and makes light of deficiencies

o Epson provided a custom made projector for review that is especially quiet

o I have a defective projector that's much louder than it should be.

Of these alternatives I'm hoping it's the third (I got it a week ago from Best Buy and can easily exchange it for another). So, do projectors (especially less expensive ones)

OK guys. How loud is your projector? When the soundtrack is going for it I can't really hear mine, but when the soundtrack is moderately quiet it's an annoyance in the background. And when the soundtrack is quiet it's flat out annoying.

Has anyone compared the audible noise from an 8350 to a 5010?

I really do like this projector in nearly all other aspects (well the noise from the auto-iris is intrusive unless the sound track is loud and black levels aren't all that black but hey, for the price the picture is great!). Heck it's even bright enough for a 100" image to light up my slightly greenish gray wall with a decent image (but my room has no windows).

charliec in Hillsboro, OR

Posted May 17, 2012 7:52:15 AM

By Scott Humphrey

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I have a quick question I am hoping someone can answer. We just bought the Epson 8350 and I am having trouble hooking it up. We have a 4 foot HDMI cable running from the DVD player (Panasonic Blu-ray DVD DMT-BDT87) to the Receiver (Sony STRHH520) and then another long HDMI cable (35 ft) running from the Receiver to the Projector. We have sound but no picture. The projector is showing "no source" on all settings we try, so it appears the Receiver is for some reason not sending the picture to the projector. Off the top of your head can you think of anything we are doing wrong? Any reason why the DVD player or Receiver would not be compatible with the Projector? I am nearly 100% sure we have the HMDI ports accurate - I just think there has to be something I am missing. Thanks for your help!

Posted Apr 9, 2012 10:02:24 PM

By Chris

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I recently tried out the 8350 at an old theater I am helping turn in to a performing arts center. The original theater screen is still up. There is a large stage in front of the screen . I set the 8350 on the stage as far away from the screen as possible. This is about 25ft away. I was quite surprised how good it looked for being a home projector but I need to produce a larger and slightly brighter image. I can not move the unit any further back. Does anyone know of a projector that has a lens that can create a larger image in this situation?

Posted Feb 20, 2012 12:59:06 PM

By Jane

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It doesnt really matter. 200 lumens is less than a 25 watt lightbulb. you wont notice any difference.

Posted Feb 18, 2012 10:29:22 AM

By Scott

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I am looking at the Epson 8350. My screen width is 110 inches, 80 inches high. My current projector is sitting 21 feet back from the screen. Will the Epson 8350 work? Doesn't have to fill the whole screen - just the width is what I am looking to get ok with. Thanks!

Posted Feb 8, 2012 2:14:13 PM

By Fefrank

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Markie is correct I meant to say 115 inches not 150 Thanks for the correction markie

Posted Feb 7, 2012 11:19:08 AM

By Markie

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Roughly: If your screen is x inches diagonal, the closest you can have the projector to the screen is .x feet, and the farthest is about 2 times that distance.

So at maximum zoom Mark can place his projector 11 feet from his 110 inch screen.

Fefrank said "I am currently at 12'5" from the screen right now and I could get the image to be 150' easily without full zoom."

If the projector is about 12.4 feet from the screen, you should be able to achieve an 124 inch image at maximum zoom.

If I'm mistaken, please correct.

Posted Feb 6, 2012 12:33:41 PM

By Fefrank

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To Mark: Yes you will be able to get a 110' screen if you have the projector at 11' I am currently at 12'5" from the screen right now and I could get the image to be 150' easily without full zoom.

Greg: The Ben Q W6000 Is a great projector, I love DLP technology. I clean,sharp, and crisp especially the W6000 Because is a single chip dlp projector. Crispiness you are not going to get with any LCD projector excluding the panasonic AE4000U which is really sharp and crisp for being a 3LCD projector. I own the 8350 and I will tell you is a big bang for the buck and pretty sharp, but I've seen sharper. Plus it also depends on how your unit arrives. Epson has had a lot of issues with panel convergence. I have already returned my espon 4 times to finally get a good one, but epson's costumer service have bben very helpful and incredibely understanding of the problem. I have seen the Ben Q w6000 in action, is an awesome projector but you will be paying between 4 to 500 dollars more to get it for 500 more lumens of brightness (on paper, you never know) a little sharper picture and about the same color contrast and blakc levels.I am RBE (rainbow effect) sensitive so I think that the 8350 was a better bang for my buck. I recommend testing both projectors and see what is better for you eye. I also recommend the 8700 UB if you have the money for it, way better blacks and color contrast and way better sharpness. Good Luck

Posted Feb 1, 2012 9:19:07 PM

By Mark

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Does anyone know if I can achieve 110' screen if I mount the projector at 11 feet using the zoom?

Posted Jan 29, 2012 4:15:10 PM

By Greg hung

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thoughts on the 8350 vs Benq w6000?

Posted Dec 30, 2011 11:37:13 AM

By Apellön

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price is not an issue to me ... i can get the 8350 for 1200$ or get the epson 8700 UB for 1900$ ... i wonder with one to buy ... both look amazing ... what do you think i should go for ?

i m ok with anything under 2k ... I've heard that the 8350 doesn't match the 8700UB but i wonder if it's true... what do you guys think ?

Posted Dec 3, 2011 7:41:54 PM

By Mark L.

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This is a follow up to my post. The Epson HC8350 which I bought for $999 last Black Friday just arrived today late afternoon. After fulfilling my social obligations, I proceeded to bring down my 5 year old 720P Sanyo PLV-Z4 and carefully ceiling-mounted the new 1080P Epson HC8350. It did not take very long to set up the 8350. Following Mr. Bill Livolsi's advise, I turned the Epson Super White ON, turned the Auto Iris ON and set the color temp to 7500K. Then, I popped the Avatar Blu-ray (a movie that I have seen at least a dozen times) to check out the 8350's performance. The moment an image appeared on my 110" Stewart FireHawk, I knew right away that everything that was written about the 8350 was correct. It was truly deserving of the 2010 Editor's Choice Award. I am extremely and totally happy of my purchase. Many thanks to you guys for reviewing this 'Super Projector' and for everyone who posted their experience.

Posted Nov 27, 2011 5:20:29 PM

By PDQuick

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Well I just purchase the 8350 on Black Friday 2011 at an amazing price. Well first and foremost my sons and I are blown away by the picture quality and the brightness in a very lighted room.. However 95% of the viewing will be in a blacked out room, just as impressive.

Well how did I come to buy this projector. My Runco CL-710 DLP just stopped working after 8 years. The cost just to have them look at it was $400.00 wow!!! . I figured with todays technology I could probably find a projector that would meet my needs at a fraction of the cost I paid for a 1080i/720p projector eights years ago. I could have purchase a small vehicle for what I paid for that Runco projector, pioneer Elite receiver, 93 inch screen and Klipsch 5.1 speakers with huge sub (Man Cave).

Watching blu-ray through the HDMI cable setting was Super Amazing, we felt like we could have just stepped into Avatar the movie.

Thanks for all the reviews they really helped in my selection process. Spend the money, you want be disappointed.

Posted Nov 21, 2011 8:00:31 AM

By Mark L.

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Thanks for your work in reviewing front projectors. I have the Sanyo PLV-Z4 a 720P LCD Projector which I bought in June 2006 literally due to your excellent review. Its been more than 5 years since then. While I still enjoy its excellent picture, at the back of my mind, I know that one day I will eventually upgrade to a 1080P projector. I had no idea that that day is going to come sooner when I saw your review of the Epson Home Cinema 8350. My Sanyo PLV-Z4 is still working fine but the Epson Home Cinema 8350 sounds like too good, way too good to pass up. Do you think the Epson 8350's performance is good enough reason to justify retiring my beloved still-running Sanyo PLV-Z4? Again, many thanks for all your hard work. It is because of you guys why I who knew nothing about front projectors bravely made the jump in 2005. And I have never looked back since then.

Posted Nov 17, 2011 4:18:21 PM

By Mark Leogreen

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Having HDMI length problems, run two cat 5e or higher for each hdmi connection and terminate with ethernet plugs. Use ethernet to hdmi converters (non-powered) only need two for each hdmi connection. Cat 5e simple to run and draw if required, less bulky and cheap. Will work to 100m. Do an ebay search on; 'HDMI to Cat5e/Cat6e Converter 1080P FullHD HDMI Cable' Cost approx $18 usd

Posted Nov 9, 2011 3:56:22 AM

By kevin

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There are a couple of simple mathematical equations to determine your needs:

For throw distance you will need to take the Throw Ratio (found in the projector specs) and multiply it by width. D = W x Tr

Posted Oct 6, 2011 5:31:06 PM

By onethenumber

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1st lamp replacement at 3162hrs mostly on dynamic, factory lamp.

Posted Sep 5, 2011 2:55:34 PM

By gazi hafiz

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if your having trouble with the cables u can buy wireless HDMI transmitter from rocketfish.. its awesome... plus Epson 8350 is one of the best projector..

if u wanna see how i set it up go youtube.com/oo7hafiz

Posted Sep 2, 2011 9:51:09 AM

By Jeff McTague

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Just bought it from BestBuy for $1200 + $200 HDMI cables + $257 4-yr warranty that includes bulb replacement. My old projector did not have HDMI so I will try to fish the HDMI cable on the back of the coaxial cables. Told there is a wi-fi HDMI but could not find one.

With the help of this article, I will try to refine the Epson 8350. I'll let you know how it goes.

Posted Aug 29, 2011 9:40:54 PM

By Francis Mollay

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I bought one used epson 8350 projector it is good for my small business at Kimara DSM. People are watching and enjoying UK premier leagua. I do not know where Ican I get the lens?.

Francis Tanzania

Posted Aug 29, 2011 4:17:54 PM

By Eric

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Just picked up the 8350 after the Projector People price break and so glad I did. Granted you get the extra bulb but the 8700 at $800 more was a bit steep regardless of the increased refresh rate. Had an older Sanyo PLV-Z2 on component video and was really quite pleased with that picture, but the 8350 blows it away in every single category. The living room picture mode right out of the box is simply fantastic. With the Sanyo we had to really control the light level but now we get the same contrast with significant accent light on in the room, which we prefer as a family. If you're not a true videophile save the $800 bucks like I did - I upgraded my receiver and my screen and went full HDMI for less than the 8750. Excellent product.

Posted Aug 18, 2011 11:15:27 AM

By ItsMeSri

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I am new to this projector world. Initially I thought to buy Home Cinema 8700UB, After checking all web sites 8350 also works the same way. Now I am planning to buy 135'' fixed screen in 18'.9'' foot long room. So my question is How far (distance) I can hang projector for good picture quality on 135 screen

Posted Aug 18, 2011 9:47:00 AM

By ItsMeSri

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I am new to this projector world. Initially I thought to buy Home Cinema 8700UB, After checking all web sites 8350 also works the same way. Now I am planning to buy 135'' fixed screen in 18'.9'' foot long room. So my question is How far (distance) I can hang projector for good picture quality on 135 screen

Posted Aug 17, 2011 4:57:12 AM

By Jamy

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I have 2 questions about the 8350. My first is if it has closed captioning (can't seem to locate the info), and if so if it will display the cc on all resolutions or only some, and if so which ones? I've got a old 32" samsung HDTV that will only display cc on 480p or lower, and it's a must for myself. Also, after reading the comments I'm wondering if it's possible to ceiling mount this unit flush to the ceiling and still get a nice rectangle of a picture? This will be my first projector and I want to make sure it works! Thanks!

Posted Jul 26, 2011 8:14:06 AM

By Fabien

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You write we can use it in france ... But all the wire are in the box to connect it here in 220v ? There is a switch on the EPSON ?

How we can use it please ... i want to buy it :p

Thanks Bye

Posted Jul 2, 2011 1:28:34 PM

By Christian

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Yes you can. This projector works fine in Europe with 230V and PAL

Posted Jun 24, 2011 1:05:57 PM

By havetobecrazytobuyepson

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with so many problems why would any one by a etorl lamped epson,dust blobs, convergence,let alone lamp life.

Posted Jun 22, 2011 5:52:18 PM

By erik

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i have the same comment - if your not completely parallel to the wall won't your image be tapered?

Posted May 22, 2011 10:31:27 PM

By ZEMR04

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Bought the 8350 last November. It is fantastic. We're running it on a 144" diagonal screen and people tell me that it feels like they're watching a TV, not a projector. Everything described in the review is 100% correct. I am delighted with this purchase. Thank you so much for the advice!!!

Posted May 20, 2011 2:48:38 PM

By ihab

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Can I use the 8350 in Europe with PAL DVD players ?

Posted Mar 6, 2011 5:30:56 AM

By Paul Brown

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You may want to see about a signal enhancer (amplifier) for hdmi cables runs that are over 25 ft

Posted Feb 26, 2011 8:56:27 PM

By facefact

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I'm not familiar with the importance of the comparison specs for this model. All I know is that I connect my Blu ray 5.1 home theatre system through HDMI into my Epson 8350 on my 13 foot white wall and I am in movie theatre heaven! This projector is getting rave reviews all around for the price tag. I got mine for under a grand because it was an open box item and I paid 200.00 for a 2 yr warranty which covers anything from malfunction to bulb replacement and I am so glad I made this purchase.

Posted Feb 21, 2011 12:56:30 PM

By Howard

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Per Projector Central Specs-- Digital Keystone: No

Isn't keystone control important to have for set-up (lens shift, etc)???

Posted Feb 20, 2011 9:35:40 PM

By Craig

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I own an epson 6100, I was wondering if getting the 8350 would be a decent jump i'n picture clarity. The price is write but I'm wondering if it's worth it

Posted Feb 4, 2011 9:29:13 PM

By Robert Plourde

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I really want to buy this, but I'm nervous about all these problems that people are reporting. I have a good, professionally calibrated Optoma H31. Should I give this Epson a try?

Posted Jan 13, 2011 3:18:31 PM

By Randy

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Response to Hal's comment: It supports a 1080p/24 signal via 2-2 pulldown (doubling the framerate to 48Hz). Its working great on the 8350 I picked up last night. I'm actually having a signal strength problem on 1080p/60 with my standalone Blu-Ray player and using an HDMI switch but it clears up when the BD player changes to 1080p/24.

Worth noting: I did not have this signal strength problem with an Optoma HD66 I recently returned, it handled 1080p/60 with the same cabling and switch without issue so the 8350 may not be as good at handling HDMI signal loss over long cable runs.

Posted Jan 9, 2011 12:14:50 AM

By Hal Masonberg

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Is it bad that this model doesn't have 1080p/24?

Posted Dec 7, 2010 5:33:45 PM

By Sports

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The specs for the 8350 says it is 60 Hz vs the 8700 which has 120Hz. I know this is a big deal with some flat screen TV's and sports, any issues watching fast paced sports with the 8350????? Definately need it to perform regardless of the sporting event I'm watching.

Posted Dec 7, 2010 4:21:47 PM

By Eloy

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OK now ther is a Purple blooming i need to worry about..I was just about to buy the 8350 .you have no idea how much crap the Panasonic PT-AX 100U and 200u has cost me with the yellowing do to polarizing filter burn. Please let me Know asap if I should back of ..or buy

Posted Dec 4, 2010 6:44:19 PM

By Allen

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Purchased the 8350 last month. Out of the box was a pretty nice picture but then purple blooming start to appear. Called Epson directly to get a replacement and still waiting for delivery due to out of stock at Epson warehouse. I still have a Sony G70 CRT and will go back to it. I'm a little disappointed so far and this is my first digital.

Posted Dec 2, 2010 5:58:57 PM

By Baiju

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After a long wait for the ae4000u I decided to get a 8350 today and now I am confused whether to open it or not. I have to a ceiling mount (4 yr old kid) and the auto zoom and focus on the panny would have come in handy. I still can reach the projector fairly easily. Would this be a major deal breaker?

Posted Dec 1, 2010 12:20:23 PM

By Stan

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The specification page list the 8350 as 'anamorphic ready'. When using the HDMI input I can't change the aspect ratio. I assumed that anamorphic ready meant I could scale cinescope to full height to use a anamorphic lens. This is what my Panasonic AX-100 would let me do. It seems only the 8700UB will let you do this. Am I missing something?

Posted Nov 30, 2010 12:09:27 PM

By SBank

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Installing an Epson 8350 with 16:9 ratio, 120" screen. Epson website gives a throw range of 11'9" to 25'1". What is the ideal distance to celining mount? I have a deep room that is light controlled and can put it anywhere in this range.

Posted Nov 24, 2010 2:42:46 PM

By rob stoltenberg

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Anybody seen a pinkish glow in corners on dark sceens on epson 8350 ,also auto iris seems slow.51737

Posted Nov 20, 2010 3:00:09 PM

By Cary

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I agree. What's up with the White?

Posted Nov 20, 2010 6:12:45 AM

By Wally

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I bought Epson 8350 and now I have problem buying the right screen... (gray/white, gain, brand, size, and price) any recommendation will help...

Posted Nov 13, 2010 11:10:44 AM

By Math

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Just bought mine in Quebec. Very good projector for the price and great review up there ! thanks

Posted Nov 10, 2010 2:51:14 PM

By Gerry

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Hey there, when they say "horizontal range of 25%", what does that actually mean? I'm interested in the projector but I can't place directly back from screen. May have to be 3 feet off. Not sure if that impacts quality?

Posted Oct 24, 2010 9:27:57 AM

By GA_X

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Platte Pannekoek, thanks for the TW3200/3600 notes!

Posted Oct 14, 2010 4:12:40 AM

By Mike

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I wish it wasn't white. I ceiling-mount my projector in a theater room that has dark surfaces and white really doesn't look good.

Posted Oct 13, 2010 9:03:49 AM

By alan hutchinson

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JVC just release the jvc 250 pro that's sub 3k price point which is the first time they released a projector in this price range it's the D-ILA piece. this should be serious contender to epson 8700 or panasonic

Posted Oct 11, 2010 11:30:52 AM

By Ferenzcy

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Anyone knows if Epson 8350 has some kind of Frame Interpolation? i've not found that information on epson's site. I'm almost convinced to get the Panny AE4000 but if the epson also has FI, i would give it a second thought.

Posted Oct 10, 2010 7:43:15 AM

By Platte Pannekoek

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I am not 100% certain, but based on the specs I would say the Euopean equivalent of the 8350 is the EH-TW3600: http://www.epson.co.uk/Projectors/Epson-EH-TW3600/Tech-Specs

One step down - and a few hundred euros cheaper - is the EH-TW3200: http://www.epson.co.uk/Projectors/Epson-EH-TW3200/Tech-Specs

Posted Oct 9, 2010 3:46:02 PM

By Lee

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I wish you would compare ANSI contrast figures. I find auto iris's annoying if the image is unmasked since the black bars vary in brightness with the iris's activist.

Posted Oct 8, 2010 2:42:55 PM

By Hal Masonberg

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If I just read a bit further, I would have seen your comparison to the Panasonic! Makes my last question redundant. However, is Panasonic coming out with a new model that will give the Epson a serious run for its money?

Posted Oct 7, 2010 3:42:43 PM

By Nick

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Smart, by giving the PowerLite Home Cinema 8350 top ratings, this will give the Panasonic company more time to chew on lowering upcoming prices for their 'unannounced' 5000 model. They're going to have some serious contendors - even the little guys are packing a punch!

Posted Oct 6, 2010 10:54:39 AM

By SvirU

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Nobody really knows... even epson... it looks like there is a big mess in the "name" department in epson... c2fine... MLB... it should be inroganic...

http://www.epson.jp/e/products/device/htps/tech/tech3.htm

It looks like it is inorganic... but then again :) You cant confirm that :)

Posted Oct 5, 2010 10:15:06 PM

By MellamoJosh

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Bill, you totally brushed over the fact that the 8350 measured over 200 LESS lumens than the 8100. Epson goes out of their way to advertise that they use an ISO standard which is "a more rigid standard than the outdated ANSI lumens rating". Does Epson have an answer for this? Do you have any ideas as to why a supposedly brighter PJ would measure significantly less than the dimmer, previous model it replaced? I'm ready to pull the trigger on the 8350, but this is a yellow flag to me.

Posted Oct 5, 2010 6:50:33 PM

By Satish

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How does 8350 compare with Epson 8700UB? is the extra $700-800 worth it?

How does 8700 compare to AE4000 Panasonic? Thanks

Posted Oct 5, 2010 4:52:07 PM

By Todd

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The 6500UB has the Silicon Optix HQV, Frame Interpolation, 120Hz and a higher CR (75000:1). Oh and it's a little dimmer at 1600 ANSI Lumen. The 6500UB would seem to be about 10% dimmer when calibrated than the 8350.

Posted Oct 5, 2010 11:27:51 AM

By Adam

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I'd be interested to see how the 8350 compares with the 6500UB. Any comment?

Posted Oct 5, 2010 10:23:35 AM

By Duke

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The Epson now has (according to the Epson website) the inorganic panels (D7, C2fine spec that the 4400 has/had). In Europe I think the release date is sometime around mid-October.

Posted Oct 5, 2010 4:45:18 AM

By Adam

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Nice to see the comparison with the AE4000. It will be interesting to see how it compares to the 2010 Panny replacement for the AE4000 -- assuming that there is one. That should at a minimum reduce the price difference--and possibly change the performance difference, as well.

Posted Oct 4, 2010 9:52:41 PM

By Joco1114

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What about the european edition of Epson 8350? Release date, name?

Posted Oct 4, 2010 6:11:58 PM

By Lorne

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Can it do 3D from a PC, a BR player, or Direct TV?

Posted Oct 4, 2010 5:23:42 PM

By Josh

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Any one else find it funny that Epson claims 200 extra lumens for the 8350 vs the 8100 and yet it actually has over 200 lumens less? Any idea why?

Posted Oct 4, 2010 5:10:37 PM

By Scott Koprowski

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Does the 8350 now use inorganic panels? I know the 8100 it replaced still used organic panels.

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