Epson Home Cinema 3500 / 3600e
1080p LCD Video Projector Review
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 is the newest home entertainment projector from Epson and has already been attracting a lot of attention. Priced at $1,699, the Home Cinema 3500 has a lot to offer: 1080p resolution, high light output, powerful speakers, and the excellent zoom and lens shift that folks have come to expect from mid-range Epson projectors.
The Home Cinema 3500 is not the only projector in this new line. Epson released the Home Cinema 3600e ($1,999) with WirelessHD and the Home Cinema 3000 ($1,299) which is the replacement for the Home Cinema 8350. As the mid-range model, the Home Cinema 3500 offers a killer picture for rooms with ambient light, and its high brightness is a boon for big-screen 3D movies.
The Home Cinema 3500 establishes its home entertainment bona-fides right up front with a brilliantly bright image. The 2,500 lumen rating is conservative, at least on our test unit, and performs very well in rooms with ambient light The other thing that immediately grabbed our attention was the sound. The Home Cinema 3500 has two 10W speakers that are much larger than those found on some other projectors, giving it a clarity that is unusual for on-board speakers. In the past, Epson has released several home video projectors with impressive sound, and it's good to see them continuing the tradition.
Even in a bright room, the Home Cinema 3500 has enough power to light up a fairly large screen. At 100" diagonal, the picture never seemed washed out or dull, despite significant ambient light in the room. During peak daylight hours, some might want to shrink the screen down to a more modest 80" diagonal to maintain good contrast, especially if your living room is covered in windows like mine is. But this trade-off is a matter of personal taste.
With the lights off, the sky's the limit as far as screen size is concerned. This can be quite dramatic, especially when you zoom the projector to fill up the entire wall and gather the family for movie night.
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