Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350 – Product Description:
High-definition Home Entertainment at a Remarkable Value. — Indulge your craving for bold, big-screen entertainment at home with the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350. HC8350 Image Convenient and affordable, this 1080p projector enhances your entertainment experience — presenting movies, sports and videogames like you’ve never seen them before. A solid lineup of Epson technology makes it possible. The cast includes Epson’s D7 chip and a superb contrast ratio of up to 50,000:1, for sharp, distinctive details. And, those details shine bright, day or night, thanks to 2000 lumens of color and white light output . C Fine 12-bit technology, 3LCD, 3-chip technology, an Epson exclusive cinema filter and a state-of-the-art Fujinon lens to generate a full spectrum of spectacular, true-to-life colors. You’ll experience every nuance of your favorite shows, sports and games. And, two HDMI 1.3 ports offer convenient, cutting-edge connectivity. With efficient filtration and airflow management systems built in, this projector is also easy to own and maintain. The value-packed PowerLite Home Cinema 8350 will be the A-lister in your home, delivering vivid, high-definition viewing experiences.
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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350 – Review:
A VERY COMPETENT 1080P PROJECTOR AT A FANTASTIC PRICE!
I purchased the Epson 8350 to replace a 5-year-old Sony 720p projector in my family room. Like all projectors, your application and results will depend strongly on your room choice and lighting conditions. My room is not a dedicated theater room, and has some ambient light during the day.
The Epson 8350 has exceeded my lofty expectations based on research and reviews prior to purchase. The 8350 is a 3LCD projector which uses Epsons upgraded inorganic LCD panels (the key improvement in this model over last year’s excellent 8100 with cheaper organic LCD panels). As a result, the contrast and black levels on this projector are outstanding. Setup was fairly easy, and the extended range zoom on this model coupled with both horizontal and vertical lense-shift made placement a breeze. Do note, this model does not have digital keystone adjustment, so you must mount the projector level and then shift the image with the lense adjustments. I had to carefully level my ceiling mount to accomplish this.
The 8350 is a large projector, larger than the images suggest. This may be an issue for a shelf mount or if you place on a table. Image quality is simply stunning, especially at this price point. The 8350 has 5 main “modes” and each is suited to a different use and lighting condition. “Dynamic” mode is bright, very bright. On my Optoma GrayWolf II screen (a gray screen – highly recommended if you have ambient light and want to use during the day), at a 100″ picture size, the image was bright and clear, even with ambient light from 4 windows at the side. “Living Room” mode is a touch less bright, but ups the contrast and gives slightly deeper blacks. For night-time viewing, the Cinema, Natural, and HDMI Color modes are all excellent. I found I used the HDMI color mode most often, as this gave excellent, black levels, good black level detail, and rich, deep colors. Switching between modes is a breeze, with a dedicated “color mode” button on the excellent (and lighted!) remote.
The projector focuses extremely well, and the image was even throughout the range, with crisp details corner to corner. A handy “pattern” button on the remote projects a nice, crisp pattern for focus and image centering. Screen-door effects were basically non-existant, and you could only make out the pixel matrix from less than about 3 feet from the screen. At 1080p, with a nice Blu Ray source, the result is stunning. Honestly, this setup with a good sound system is better than most theaters.
I had to adjust very little in the image to get a quality, natural result. The 8350 has plenty of adjustment settings if you wish, including advanced gamma and sharpness settings. A quick color temperature adjustment and enabling of the auto-iris was all I really needed. Eventually, I will calibrate the projector with a calibration DVD, but I’m very pleased with the results out-of-the-box.
A few other notes. The projector is quiet, nicely so. Fan noise is barely audible. The projector is large, and the mounting holes are fairly wide. My “universal” mount didn’t quite reach all the mounting holes, and I had to custom-make a few mounting arms to get my mount to fit. Be sure to test your mount if you’re buying both together. One small quibble: the power plug and HDMI ports on on opposite sides of the back panel. This required a large cable stretch, which looks a bit odd. I would prefer all ports to be closely spaced, so you can minimize cable clutter.
Overall, this is a stunning projector which is a new standard in value. With a sale price under $1300, this is a no brainer.Certainly, you can spend 2x to 10x more and obtain a slightly better picture. This projector is all about performance at an amazing price. Just 2 years ago, you’d have to pay well over $5000 to get a good 1080p projector. Now, you can exceed many theaters in your own home.