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Review: Epson Home Cinema 6100 1080p Home Theater Projector

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Ease of Use
Intended Use:
DIY Home Theater
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18000:1 Contrast Ratio
1800 Lumens
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The Epson Home Cinema 6100 is Epson's new entry level 1080p home theater projector. Currently selling around $1800 with a mail in rebate, it is one of the least expensive 1080p models currently on the market. It is also one of the brightest. It is rated at 1800 lumens, but we actually measured 1,864 lumens in its brightest configuration. That is a tremendous amount of light. It makes the 6100 well-suited to living room and ambient light conditions in the home, and it should have great appeal to owners and managers of sports bars. Generally, people who are buying budget projectors such as this one are not investing a big chunk of cash to prepare a dedicated, darkened theater room. So the abundance of light that the 6100 can deliver will come in very handy for many of its users.

Specifications for the Epson Home Cinema 6100

ANSI lumens: 1800

Contrast (full on/off): 18,000:1

Light Engine: 1920x1080, native 16:9 3LCD, with 200W E-TORL lamp.

Video Compatibility: 1080p/60/50/24, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i.

Connection Panel: Two HDMI 1.3 ports, one 3-RCA component port, one composite video, one S-video, one RS-232c, and one 12-volt trigger. In addition, it includes a VGA port.

Lens: 2.1:1 manual zoom/focus lens, with manual vertical and horizontal lens shift.

Lamp Life: 4000 hours

Replacement lamp price: $300.

Warranty: Two years.

Epson Home Cinema 6100

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Justin Carter Posted Mar 30, 2009 10:29 PM PST
This is more of a question than a comment. I have done some pretty extensive research on this product and have made the leap and purchased it but I have yet to purchase a screen. I want to be sure to get the most bang for my buck when I hook this unit up. I will be using a Yamaha RX863 receiver and the Monster Cable 1000 series HDMI cables to hook the unit up. It will be in a room that can be totally dark at most times but because it's my "man room" from time to time there will be some low voltage lighting in the back of the room away from the screen. Can anyone give me some advise as to which screen to use. I am looking somewhere between 94 and 120 inches. Any help would be great. Thanks in advance.
Arran Dobson Posted Mar 31, 2009 10:05 AM PST
I have also just bought this projector and will be using a 120 inch screen with a gain of 1.5. The projetor arrives on Thursday so I will tell you how I get on.
Bill Strickler Posted Apr 1, 2009 12:21 PM PST
My comments are on Justin Carter's screen ideas for this projector. Screens should last 10 to 40 years, projectors get obsolete as fast as computers, 3 to 5 years. Spending more on a screen than a projector can be a good idea. Pull down or electric screens wrinkle in time unless you keep them open. Fixed screens are cheaper and last longer and can be hidden by a curtain. Screen size is an opinion or guess mainly controlled by how far back you sit. For video tape, sit at least 2x the screen width, DVDs, 1.5x, Blu-ray, 1.2x. If the movie is filmed properly with minimal pans, zooms, and close-ups, sit closer, if the movie pans, zooms, flashes, jerks, sit far back. High screen gain and bright projectors like this one can cause hot spots where for example a high mounted project projects down on a screen and the audience sits lower than the screen causing you to see an overly bright spot on the screen. With this projector and dim lit living room, you may want to choose a screen with a gain of 0.7 to 0.9. A gray screen should improve the contrast making the blacks look blacker and colors more accurate. If you want a cheap screen to match a cheap projector, go to your favorite paint store and ask them for special paint for projection screens and paint your wall. I recommend a shade of gray for this bright projector to compensate for the lower contrast.
Dave Emery Posted Apr 3, 2009 5:55 AM PST
To Justin Carter: My 6100 is ceiling-mounted 25 feet from a 9X5-foot screen made of a single sheet of Wilsonart Designer White laminate. The picture is brilliant and beautiful at any ambient light level. Total cost including homemade frame and black velveteen wall covering was about $250. See AVS Forums for construction suggestions.
dood Posted Apr 7, 2009 5:45 AM PST
Hello Justin I have a projector in my living room which sometimes has low level lighting in it and use a panasonic ptae900e projecting about 13 feet ( half way along the rooms length) onto a screen. I sometimes have the room totally dark ( late on winter nights) but more often there is light at the back of the room or shining in from the hall. Anyway I at first made my own screen from white blackout lining mounted on 2 battens which were wrapped in black felt and that worked ok. However i got way better brightness and contrast with a da- lite cosmopolitan electrol 106inch diagonal with high contrast matt white screen material. The high contrast matt white is ( oddly) slightly grey and gives fair contrast even with ambient light but is not too high a gain so no hot spots. In addition i found the instructions on the da lite site very easy to follow and installed the screen and wired the ( separate) remote control , motor controller unit myself which avoided an install charge. If however you are not competent with working with electricity ( i am an engineer) it may be safer to have someone else handle that end of things for you. good luck
Terry Thompson Posted Jun 12, 2009 12:40 PM PST
I made a screen with black-out material and and solid core home insulation from Home Depot. I had two piece: The first was the actual white part of the screen. I just wrapped the white-out material around this piece. Then, I made a frame out of the insulation and wrapped it in black velvet. I then put Velcro strips on my wall and stuck the frame to the wall. Then I inserted the white part inside of the frame. The total cost was about $60 (I think, I did this about three years ago)and it looks great, weighs about 3 lbs and is easily repositioned via the Velcro if necessary.
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