Epson Ensemble HD
Complete Home Theater System
The Ensemble is designed not to be the ultimate in home theater, but to be an all in one, easy to install solution that eliminates the mystery of assembling all of the components on your own. It is meant for the person who likes the idea of big home theater with a front projector and big, bold surround sound, but isn't quite sure where to start, but doesn't want to spend a lot of time in research and product selection. It is meant for the typical consumer who wants home theater but doesn't want to turn it into a full time job or hobby.
Overall, the level of polish on the Ensemble system is impressive. Epson spent a lot of time developing the system, and they had several groups of professional installers do demonstration installs. The concerns of these installers were then worked into the next generation of the product. The result is an easy to use, easy to assemble, complete home theater that keeps price reasonable but does not compromise on performance.
Many users have expressed concerns that the Ensemble might be too much of a compromise; they fear that the speakers will sound tinny, or the screen will be lackluster, or any number of other concerns. Thorough testing has convinced us that no one area of the system is lacking in an obvious way. The sound is rich and enveloping, with plenty of power to rattle the house. Epson's product development objective was to ensure that the Ensemble system would not disappoint, and they have succeeded.
But the real "Wow" factor of the Ensemble isn't found in the spec sheets. It's actually very simple: if someone told you five years ago that you could have a complete home theater, with 5.1 surround and a high-definition front projector, for less than $7,500, you would have laughed. Today, it is available at over 200 dealers around the country, as well as two authorized online resellers for the do-it-yourself crowd. If you are looking for a great big screen solution with the full surround sound experience, and want it installed in short order with no muss or fuss, the Epson Ensemble may be just the solution.
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