Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 705 HD 720p 3LCD Home Theater Projector – Product Description:
Big-screen performance at a brilliant value. — Get amazing big-screen entertainment with the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 705HD. This affordable, 720p, widescreen projector makes it easier than ever to enjoy spectacular movies, games and sporting events in the comfort of your own home. With its 3LCD, 3-chip technology, you get rich, vibrant images for a true cinematic adventure. And, with 2500 lumens of color and white light output,* images will shine bright in any room. Invite the neighbors over and experience high-def movies in a whole new way. Or, share photos from your computer via the USB connection. HC705HD ImageWith seven customizable color modes, the Home Cinema 705HD is ready for any event. Setup is simple with its 1.2x optical zoom. And, it’s easy for anyone to install. The Home Cinema 705HD is even energy efficient with a long-life E-TORL® lamp that lasts up to 5000 hours.** That means you save on expenses, without sacrificing quality. So, bring big-screen entertainment home with the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 705HD.
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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 705 HD 720p 3LCD Home Theater Projector – Review:
EPSON 705HD VS OPTOMA HD66!
I’ve never written an Amazon review before, but I’ve learned a lot about projectors over the past couple weeks, and thought I should share.
As prices have been coming down, I finally decide to get a projector. 720p was plenty good for me. After reading plenty of reviews here and the various projector websites out there I narrowed my search down to the Optoma HD66 and the Epson 705HD, both going for +/- $650 at the time of this writing, and both highly rated.
A bit about me – I’m not a projector or electronics nut, but I do appreciate knowing that I have the best (or better) of what’s out there when I do buy things of significant $$$. Male, early 30’s. Don’t watch any TV, just the occasional movie at home.
After much fuss, I decided to order the Epson. It seemed to have more features, had longer bulb life, and in the end I figured since I’m no projector connoisseur I would be more than impressed with its performance. However, I was not blown away enough, so I ordered the Optoma. I am keeping the Optoma, and returning the Epson. I tested both using a connection to my old Mac Powerbook G4 laptop, projecting onto a white wall painted matte white.
Here is what I learned:
-LCD technology really does display “little pixels” that are visible if you are up close. Not really a big deal with a movie where things are moving all the time.
-Significantly brighter than the Optoma.
-Better designed box, integrated lense “cap” that slides, easier to use adjustable legs, more friendly packaging/manuel, carrying case. Basically you get the feeling that Epson put some thought into its product. Feels more name brand and consumer friendly.
-Supposedly has ~1000 bulb hours more than the Optoma when in Eco mode (a touch less bright than normal mode).
-Has a speaker (I didn’t use it).
-Definitely better for office or daytime use.
-Blacks appear grey when compared to adjacent wall.
-Compared to the Epson, has a larger “screen size” to “distance from wall” ratio (I think this is called “throw”). Plenty big. In fact I had to “zoom out” as the screen actually felt too large for the distance I was from the screen. The projector was propped up on a table immediately behind my couch. Once adjusted it was fine. The large size could be great for the gamers out there though.
-Feels more “made in China” with less fancy stickers and design.
-Not quite as bright as the Epson.
-I have yet to try this one during full daylight, but guessing the Epson would be better here. But this is fine with me b/c I figure if it’s bright outside, I should probably be there instead of inside.
-Much better colors.
-Throw ratio not as good as Epson, but more than adequate for my needs.
-DLP really does have much better blacks. The “black frame” around the movies is a far cry from grey, and I have a feeling if I fool around with it, I can probably get it to almost disappear.
-Better picture quality – this was apparent to me and all 4 of my non-professional projector testing friends, and more apparent the darker the room is. The Epson is great, but the Optoma is like “Whoa – I wouldn’t think I would be able to tell, but I can.”
-Harder (though still possible) to discern the “pixels” – feels more like film.
-I was worried about the “rainbow effect”. My friends and I were all able to see RGB shadows if we shook our heads back and forth wildly, and maybe a flash of it once or twice during the movie when our eyes would flick across the screen. Not really a big deal, though I guess some people are more “susceptible” to seeing it than others.
-Easily found my computer and displayed the correct resolution automatically.
-Plenty of adjustments to mess with color and whatnot. I only fooled around with these for 5 minutes or so. You can easily make the colors warmer or cooler.
-Have a small remote with plenty of functions. Batteries included.
-Do NOT come with HDMI, DVI, VGA cables. However, each does come with cable that allows you plug the traditional DVD player (the yellow, red, white “RCA?”) cables into the VGA port.
Like I said in the end I am sticking with the Optoma HD66.
Since the reason to get a projector, for me, is to have a really great screen to watch movies on, I figured I should lean toward picture quality over features. If I watched TV for a lot of the day, the brightness and bulb life of the Epson may have swayed me in that direction. I hope this is helpful and saves you all some time.