Epson Home Cinema 3000
1080p LCD Home Video Projector
Great 2D image. If you want a big, bright picture in your living room, the Home Cinema 3000 can deliver. The projector has the power needed for large screens, even in ambient light, and enough contrast to make nighttime movies look their best. Color is set reasonably well straight from the factory, but full calibration controls are present for those who like to fiddle with their tech.
Full HD 3D. As we've learned over the years, brightness is key to an enjoyable 3D experience. Most 3D technologies involve a huge reduction in the light that reaches your eyes, so starting from a super-bright image is one way to ensure comfort for your audience. While none are included, the Home Cinema 3000 uses Epson's radio-frequency (RF) glasses (model ELPGS03, $99). The RF technology relies on a built-in RF emitter. Glasses must be paired to the projector the first time you use them, but this only takes a few seconds. With no interference from IR remotes and no line-of-sight requirement, it's practically impossible for RF glasses to lose sync.
Placement flexibility. The Home Cinema 8350 was one of the first inexpensive projectors to include a long zoom lens and H/V lens shift. The Home Cinema 3000 continues this tradition, and is the least costly projector released this year to include a 1.6:1 zoom lens and manual H/V lens shift. The lens will put a 120" diagonal image onto your screen at distances from 11' 6" to 18' 9", and it will display a 100" diagonal image from only 9' 7" - meaning you can potentially get a 100" diagonal screen into that bedroom you aren't using.
These features make the Home Cinema 3000 easy to install, and they eliminate those moments of hair-pulling frustration when you realize you installed your ceiling mount three inches too far to the left. On projectors without horizontal lens shift, you'd have to uninstall the mount and start over. With the Home Cinema 3000, you turn a dial instead.
Placing a projector on a shelf is possibly the easiest way to get it set up, and is a popular option amongst the do-it-yourself crowd. With this in mind, Epson put the exhaust vents on the 3000 series projectors on the front of the case, angled away from the lens. This allows for placement in tighter quarters, such as a bookshelf, without overheating the projector.
P-in-P. Epson calls it "P-in-P," but you probably know it as picture-in-picture. While watching one thing, you can pull up a smaller "subscreen" that will display a second source. Unfortunately, only one of those sources can be HDMI; the higher-end Epson home theater models can display two HDMI sources at once.
Panel Alignment. All three-chip projectors are potentially susceptible to convergence problems, which occur when one of the imaging elements shifts slightly in relation to the others, causing color fringes and a loss of sharpness. These shifts can occur during shipping or as a consequence of years of wear and tear, as a projector heats up and cools down over and over again. Whatever the cause, the Home Cinema 3000's Panel Alignment feature means that you can correct for small errors without sending the projector in for service.
2 year warranty. Most inexpensive projectors have a one-year warranty, with a few notable exceptions. The Home Cinema 3000 comes with a two-year warranty, and offers extended warranty periods of up to two years on top of the existing warranty. The warranty also includes 90 days of coverage on the lamp.
No rainbows. As the Home Cinema 3000 is one of the few entry-level 1080p projectors that isn't a single-chip DLP, it's worth mentioning that 3LCD projectors are completely rainbow-free.
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