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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 UB User Reviews

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 UB Projector

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 UB

HD 1080 (1920x1080), 1600 ANSI Lumens,
12.0 lbs, $2,799 (MSRP)
View Specs
4.9 out of 5
10 User Ratings
Image Quality 5.0
Features 5.0
Construction 4.7
Ease of Use 4.8
Reliability 4.8
Value for Money 5.0

User Reviews

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Review by Hopper81

Absolutely Stunning Blu-ray quality.... I have the front lens of the projector 16' ft from the 106" diagonal screen which I believe has a 1.3 gain. The projector is mounted at the same height as the top of the screen therefore obviously projecting downward and the lens perfectly compensates for the downward angle. One of the main reasons for selecting the projector was its variable throw distance of 10ft to 22ft in order to project 106" image. I was reading the manual initially concerned about the keystone adjustment as was needed with other older projectors but the word "keystone" was not in the manual because it has the builtin automated adjustment. The lighting situation I had to control by covering up the skylights on the roof with some tar paper for daytime activities. There is absolutely no pixilation of the screen with fast action sports as was the case with some older model LCD TV's. However the trade off of having a high gain screen in a dark / evening movie environment just gives you no need to ever go to the movie theatre again. I have needed to keep the projector on its highest intensity setting and correspondingly have had to replace the bulb after 1100 hours...$300 bulb. The air filters are about $9 each and have to be replaced after 200 hours or so to prevent the overheating light from coming on. However, if you have a relatively clean filter you can run the projector all day and all night without an overheating problem. Quite alright by my standards cuz I have saved $300 in Theatre fees and expensive hotdogs. I have a Netflix/Blu-Ray subscription in addition to having a Roku instant netflix player www.roku.com Having a hard wire internet connection near your entertainment system is a must these days to take advantage of Pandora & Rhapsody music service, internet TV application, Play Station 3 online gaming, facebooking on TV (with Roku). I am using a Yamaha RX V3900 A/V amplifier with Definitive Speakers listed here: www.definitivetech.com/Products The component parts of this system are: Two each BP7000SC Two each BPVX bipolar surround speakers One C/L/R 3000 Center Channel speaker In addition I am running a HDP 2500 monster clean power supply to the applifier, speakers and projector.

Review by ElderGamesman

Just hooked this up last night--first projector for me, but I have been researching this for a couple of years now. Our rear projection Mitsubishi HDTV just went out, so now my wife approved the purchase! Anyway, in one word--WOW! Love the image this puts up on an Elite 120" fixed frame screen! If I could do it all over again, I would not change a thing, at least not yet, but I only have a few hours thus far, so no reliable report at this point, but the image is nothing short of draw dropping. A big concern I had was the noise, as I had read some reviewers mention that it was noisier than some of its competitors, but the Epson is quiet--I have yet to ever hear, let alone notice, any noise from it, and it is ceiling mounted about 6 feet directly over my head. So it turns out I was worried about nothing concerning the noise it makes. If you are kicking around different projectors and don't know which to buy, I am sure that you might get marginally better performance from a much more expensive projector, but you will absolutely love this projector, and you can get great deals on this right now. Bottom line, I (and my wife, who resisted getting a projector for years) are happier with this than we were with our Mitsubishi rear projection, and we both loved that TV as well (had it for 7 years--RIP!), and it is at least as good as my 65" Mitsubishi CRT HDTV was, but probably better--certainly bigger and much more impressive!

Any Problems: None with the projector, just learning how to adjust all the settings.

Review by Petros

I searched the web for weeks before making a decision on a new projector. I based my decision off of reviews and comments posted here. I found this unit easy to set up with very little adjustment needed. Unit is bright enough that low watt lights can be on during movies without degrading picture. The unit is mounted to the ceiling at a 16 foot distance using a Firehawk 120 inch screen. I have been watching movies for just over 4 weeks at this time. Would not change a thing. Have had many friends over that were very impressed with the theater feel of this unit. On brightest setting you can hear the cooling fan, but only if you are standing under the unit. I originally had purchased a lower priced Blue-ray player with this unit. I took it back and picked up a much better unit and good quality HDMI cables to hook it up with. This made a huge difference in the picture quality from the Epson projector. The better the source material, the better the picture from the Epson. This is one special unit with the right equipment hooked up to it. Games and sporting events in HD are unbelievable.

Any Problems: Dont skimp on a low end Blu-ray or DVD player and cables. You will see a difference in picture quality with the Epson. It is just that good.

Review by Joe from Fallston, Md

I've had this unit for about a month with roughly 80 hours on it. I previously owned the BENQ 8700+ and have done a lot of research. I am using a 110" diagonal Stewart Firehawk. The projector is ceiling mounted 13' away. I absolutely have no regrets purchasing this unit. The picture is awesome, bright and sharp. The unit is bright enough to use under low lamp power most of the time including when my boys play video games.

Any Problems: None.

Review by Nick

Have had the unit for a few days now. Did some homework looking for my entry into the Projector world. Must say for the specs and the most bang for your buck I am glad that 8 out of 10 people suggested going with Epson. The picture was amazing right out of the box!

Review by Glenn Diggs

This is by 3rd Projector (Sony VPLHS-10 and Sanyo Z-4) previously. The Epson is far superior in every way. It was difficult to make the decision to buy this one over the Panasonic PT-AE2000 due to the negative comments concerning its low power noise, the Epson being louder. Nevertheless, based on a hands on evaluation I made my choice and have not looked back. It is located 5' above and to the rear of my seeting position and I hear virtually nothing in Theater Black 1. It is louder in its bright settings for sports, but there is so much commotion during games that it is still acceptably quiet. Black level is outstanding and shadow detail as reported,is very good. I am using a 1.0 Draper white screen. Sitting 1.1 screen widths 92"(106" Diagonal)away makes the screen door effect non existant. Out of the box settings only required a change to 6500 degrees and a switch to auto-iris on. By the way I cannot hear this device working as images change. Installation on my ceiling was no problem using a Chief dedicated mounting plate connected to my existing Chief mount.

Any Problems: None after 30 hours.

Review by Gordon

I've had the Epson for a couple of weeks with about 22 hours on it. It replace a Pan PT AE700U and I must say it is no comparison. The Epson is sharper, brighter and has the wow factor. I have it is a totally light controlled dedicated H/T about 14' away from a Da-lite HCCV 110" screen. I can't get over how it makes SD DVD's look great. The color is excellent and I can't be happier. A great projector.

Any Problems: None to date.

Review by Todd IN OKLAHOMA CITY

I just got my projector in today, and I am speechless, Excellant picture, easy to hook up and work picture next to perfect out of box, I am very pleased with this projector and would highly recommend it to anyone who is shopping for a projector. I had contemplated several differant projectors and knowing now had I got another projector for the same price as this one and then seen this projector in opperation I would have been very disappointed. I hope that anyone else purchasing a projector has the expieriance I have expirianced. Also worth noting, my wife was not sold on the idea of a projector being in our living room, but when I hooked it up she was speechless and seemed as excited as I was. Again on a scale of 1-10 this projector is off the charts, and I feel it can compete with any projector on the market regardless of price.

Any Problems: DID NOT GET SOON ENOUGH DUE TO PRESIDENTS DAY HOLIDAY!

Review by Terry

Impressive!!! This unit replaces my sharp z-9000 and there is no comparison. I use 106 draper screen (white mat) about 14 ft away. Im tring to get use to the vivid colors and the way flesh tones should be. I wacth in living room mode for movies and dynamic for sports.Eith this projector you can have the lights on viewing Only have about 15hrs on it so far But i am very impressed with this unit!!!!!!!!

Any Problems: None so far

Review by Billdag

Just got it yesterday. First impressions: Good brightness on 92" screen in theater modes. Slight "red" convergence error of maybe 1/2 pixel - not everywhere though. Color was close out of the box. Adjustments are easy and intuitive. Lens shift works fine but adjusting it is a little erratic. No big deal - you only do it once. Sharpness is EXCELLENT. Watching Blu-Ray Ratatuille from 10 - 11 ft. away and it's razor sharp. Very impressed. Good looking unit. Nice styling. Pearl finish. Overall - I'm thrilled with initial performance. A big jump up from my Sanyo Z4. Highly recommended.

Any Problems: None so far but I've only had it for 12 Hrs. Not worried though with Epson's renowned warranty.