Epson Ensemble HD
Complete Home Theater System
With a system as large and comprehensive as the Ensemble HD, attempting to make a complete feature list would create an article reminiscent of a 19th-century Russian novel. Instead, this section will focus on capabilities and features which are unexpected or novel. If you don't see a feature listed here, it is not because the Ensemble doesn't have it; on the contrary, the system is a fully functioning, high performing 5.1 1080p theater, and all typical capabilities of both a 1080p projector and a 5.1 surround system are present.
DVD Player / A/V Controller. The included DVD player is a progressive-scan model which automatically upconverts all content to 720p or 1080p, depending on which projector you are using. It can can show jpeg photos and play MP3 or WMA audio files from a USB flash drive plugged into the front of the unit, or play these files from a CD or DVD. A front 1/8" auxiliary input can be used to listen to an mp3 player such as an iPod. There's also a headphone port for those times when you'd prefer to listen alone, and plugging in a set of headphones automatically mutes the speaker system. The unit also has additional inputs on the back panel, including two HDMI 1.3 inputs and a set of YPbPr component ports. Since the system does not include a Blu-Ray player, this makes it much easier to add one.
Speaker System. The speaker system has some on-board calibration options which can be used to better balance your system. While meant to be used with a sound pressure level meter, users who do not wish to buy one should simply adjust the test tones provided until they sound like they are of equal volume from each speaker. The subwoofer also has some calibration controls, but you will probably need a sound pressure level meter to use them - it is more difficult to determine the volume of low-frequency sounds.
Remote Control. The universal remote can be programmed to work with any device which uses infrared (IR) signals for remote control. This includes a vast majority of consumer electronics, such as Blu-Ray players. If your equipment rack is positioned in a closet, and line-of-sight control is not possible, you can purchase a radio frequency (RF) receiver from Epson which works with the included universal remote. RF is not limited to line-of-sight, so it is ideal for installations where equipment is hidden away.
Finally, the entire system, not just the projector, has a two-year limited warranty, along with the standard 90 days on the projector's lamp. This should help alleviate any concerns about a piece of the system failing before the rest, as two years should be more than enough time to work out any kinks you might encounter.
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