Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 1080 Reviews
It seems like the new 1080p resolution format is giving projector manufacturers a chance to shine in the home theater market like never before. It is certainly true of Epson. For with the release this week of the PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 at just $2,999, Epson takes the lead in price performance by being the first to bring 1080p resolution to market for under $3,000. And they didn't do it on the cheap either-this is a fully loaded 1080p projector with all the features you'd hope to have. This is the most dramatic home theater product release we've seen from Epson since we opened ProjectorCentral in 1999.
The release of the Home Cinema 1080 follows the recent introduction of the PowerLite Pro Cinema 1080. This model is similar in performance to the Home version with almost identical specifications, but with some extra benefits thrown in. And while the Home version is being sold by resellers who usually offer little or no installation or design service, the Pro edition is being sold by custom home theater design specialists who can do the planning and installation for all audio, video, and environmental components of an entire theater, and provide user training on all of the equipment. So the decision to go with the Home Cinema 1080 or the Pro Cinema 1080 depends largely on how much professional assistance you want in putting your home theater together.
If you haven't been keeping up with developments in the projector industry, you may not know that all the buzz these days is about 1080p resolution projectors. They are the perfect match to go with HDTV 1080i broadcasts, as well as the new HD DVD and Blu-ray high definition disc formats, which are encoded in 1080p. Native 1080p resolution projectors have a 1920x1080 pixel matrix that allow signals from HDTV 1080i, HD DVD, and Blu-ray to be displayed pixel for pixel, without any video compression. The result is that you get the sharpest, most detailed pictures you've ever seen.
ANSI lumens: 1200
Contrast (full on/off): 12000:1 w/ dynamic iris
Light Engine: 1920x1080, native 16:9, 0.7" 3x LCD panels with a a 170W E-TORL lamp.
Video Compatibility: 1080p/60/50/24, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i. NTSC/PAL/SECAM.
Connection Panel: One HDMI port, one YPbPr component input, one 15-pin VGA port, one composite video port, one s-video port, one RS-232c, one D4/SCART connection.
Lens and Throw Distance: 2.1:1 manual zoom/focus lens. Throws a 100" diagonal 16:9 image from 9.8' to 20.9'.
Lamp Life: 1700 hours (3000 hours in eco-mode).
Warranty: Two years for the Home Cinema 1080, and three years for the Pro Cinema 1080.
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