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3-LCD 1080p high-definition projector

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Our take on the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350

by Steve Kindig
Epson

This projector will blow your mind without blowing your budget

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350

Epson's 8350 is one of the best bang-for-the-buck projectors you can buy. Its razor-sharp, high-contrast picture will please even serious videophiles. Blu-ray movies, high-def sports and video games look spectacular. Plus, the 8350's versatile design and picture adjustments make it easy to turn almost any room into a home theater that will wow your family and friends.

Epson's 3-LCD technology produces accurate, lifelike colors

Epson has been refining their 3-chip LCD imaging system for years, and the 8350 uses their most advanced technology yet. This 3-chip design uses separate red, green, and blue image chips to produce accurate, deeply-saturated colors. Each chip has full 1080p resolution so that every scene looks crisp and three-dimensional, with lifelike textures and details.

A picture that looks great in real-world rooms, not just in "caves"

Most projectors perform best in a totally-darkened room, and the 8350 is no exception. However, thanks to its impressive light output, it also works great in rooms with some light from windows or lamps. In fact, the projector's out-of-the-box picture settings are intended for rooms with some light. If you can make your room really dark, you'll want to turn on the 8350's "auto iris" feature, which monitors the video signal and adjusts light output 60 times per second, optimizing black level and contrast for each scene. With this projector, you can count on a clear, detailed picture day or night.

Flexible placement and hookup options

When it comes to placement options, the 8350 is about as flexible as it gets. It will project a flawless picture when placed anywhere from a low coffee table, to a ceiling-mount, to a shelf mounted on the rear wall of your room. Horizontal and vertical "lens shift" allow you to position the projector off-center and still get a perfectly true image. A versatile set of connections includes two HDMI inputs and one component video so you can hook up three high-def video sources.

For optimum performance, a separate projection screen is recommended.

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Highlights:

  • high-definition projector (digital TV reception requires a separate HDTV tuner)
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio (can also display 4:3 material)
  • 3LCD, 3-chip technology (1920 x 1080 pixels each)
  • 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • light output: 2000 lumens
  • advanced high-speed auto iris for great picture contrast and black level
  • optical grade Fujinon® lens with 2.1X zoom (manual zoom/focus)
  • lens shift image adjustment (manual, horizontal and vertical)
  • 200-watt UHE lamp (lasts up to 4000 hours)
  • ultra-quiet cooling fan (22 dB)
  • illuminated remote control
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 5 video inputs, including:
    • 1 composite video
    • 1 S-video
    • 1 component video
    • 2 HDMI v1.3
  • PC input
  • RS-232C port for external control of the projector via compatible computer or third-party control device
  • detachable power cord
  • 17-3/4"W x 5-7/8"H x 15-3/8"D
  • weight: 16.1 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years parts & labor (90 days on lamp)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Note: front projectors don't include any type of built-in TV tuner, but they can display signals from an HDTV tuner, satellite receiver or cable box

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Features and Specs
Display
Type
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3-LCD
3D-Capable
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No
Aspect Ratio
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16:9, 4:3
Contrast Ratio
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50,000:1
Resolution (pixels)
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1920 x 1080
Approximate Lamp Life
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4000 hrs (5000 ECO)
Bulb Wattage
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200 Watts
Brightness (in ANSI Lumens)
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2000 lumens
General
Vertical Lens Shift
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Yes
Horizontal Lens Shift
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Yes
Vertical Keystone Correction
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No
Horizontal Keystone Correction
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No
Width (inches)
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17-3/4
Height (inches)
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5-7/8
Depth (inches)
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15-3/8
Weight
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16.1 lbs
Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
Type of Warranty Service
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In-home or Carry-in
Connections
Total Video Inputs
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5
HDMI Inputs
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2
Component Video Inputs
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1
S-Video Inputs
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1
Composite Video Inputs
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1
USB Media Port
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No
PC Input
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Yes
RS-232 Port
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1
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What's in the box?

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  • White home theater projector
  • Plastic lens cap (installed)
  • 10' AC cord (IEC 3-prong type)
  • Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Projector Manual on CD-ROM
  • User's Guide (English)
  • User's Guide (French)
  • PrivateLine card with attached information sheet
  • Extra Care Home Service sheet (English)
  • Extra Care Home Service sheet (French)
  • Important Notice Sheet
  • Sheet concerning the CD-ROM (Span/Port)

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Features
Controls
Mounting Options
Warranty Information

Features

C²Fine, 3LCD, 3-chip Technology: The Epson Home Cinema 8350 features C²Fine 12-bit technology and 3LCD, 3-chip technology to give you rich, vibrant images for enjoying spectacular movies, games, and sporting events in your home, or to deliver sizzling business presentations at the office. This technology requires 25% less electricity per lumen of brightness when compared to 1-chip DLP projectors.

Projection Lamp: The projector uses an energy-efficient E-TORL 200-watt Ultra High Efficiency (UHE) lamp with a life span of approximately 4000 hours in the Normal Mode. In the ECO mode, the life span is increased to approximately 5000 hours. The lamp (Part # V13H010L49) and air filter (Part # V13H134A21) are the only user-serviceable parts.

Light Output: In the normal mode, the Home Cinema 8350 outputs 2000 lumens of white light and 2000 lumens of color light for bright, balanced colorful images. The white light output is measured using ISO 21118, a more rigid standard than the ANSI lumens rating used by many competitors. The projector is capable of a dynamic contrast ratio up to 50000:1.

Native Resolution/Resizing: The Home Cinema 8350 has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (16:9 aspect ratio), and is capable of 1080p Full High Definition performance. You can resize your images by changing the aspect ratio to 4:3 or 16:9.

Multiple Sources: The Home Cinema 8350 has inputs for multiple sources to give you lots of choices. For connecting to your video equipment, the unit features two HDMI (Ver.1.3) inputs, a component video input, an S-Video input, and a composite video input. You can also connect your computer to the projector via the VGA input. Two loops are provided on the back panel to provide anchor points for securing the connecting cables with commercially available cable ties.

Compatible Video Formats: The projector supports analog video in NTSC, PAL, and SECAM formats, and automatically adjusts to the incoming signals. It can receive these formats as composite video, S-video, or component video. The projector also supports digital video (SDTV, HDTV) through the HDMI and component video ports. The following resolutions can be displayed:

  • Composite Video or S-Video:
    • NTSC: 720 x 480
    • PAL/SECAM: 720 x 576
  • Component Video:
    • SDTV: 480i, 576i, 480p, 576p
    • HDTV: 720p, 1080i, 1080p
  • HDMI:
    • VGA: 640 x 480
    • SDTV: 480i, 576i, 480p, 576p
    • HDTV: 720p, 1080i, 1080p
  • Analog RGB (computer display):
    • VGA: 640 x 480
    • SVGA: 800 x 600
    • XGA: 1024 x 768
    • SXGA: 1152 x 864, 1280 x 960, 1208 x 1024
    • WXGA: 1280 x 768, 1360 x 768, 1280 x 800
    • Mac: 640 x 480 (Mac13"), 832 x 624 (Mac16"), 1024 x 768 (Mac19"), 1152 x 870 (Mac21")

Control Inputs: The projector has a 9-pin RS-232C port for connecting to an AV Controller. In addition, there is a 3.5mm mini-jack port that outputs a 12-volt DC signal when the projector is turned on. This lets a central control system monitor whether the projector is on or off, and can be used to raise or lower your projector screen automatically when the projector is in use.

Color Modes: The Home Cinema 8350 offers five color modes to optimize viewing for different environments and image content. The Color Mode adjusts the brightness, contrast, and color for the best possible picture. A different color mode can be selected for each input source. You can select from these Color Modes:

  • Dynamic: for projecting the brightest picture available
  • Living Room: for watching television programs during the day
  • Natural: for projecting natural, accurate colors in a dimly lit room
  • Cinema: for viewing movies in a dimly lit room
  • x.v.Color: for the most natural color reproduction when viewing movies through HDMI

Advanced Color Adjustments: You can adjust the gamma and individual RGBCMY color tones using the remote control. There are five gamma settings to choose from (2.0 to 2.4), or you can customize your own settings from your image or a displayed graph. You can also individually adjust the hue, saturation, and brightness for each of the red (R), green (G), blue (B), cyan (C), magenta (M), and yellow (Y) components.

Note: These adjustments are not available when the Color Mode is set to x.v.Color.

Auto Iris: The Home Cinema 8350 features an advanced, high-speed auto iris function that adjusts the light output based on the gamma and black/white levels of your projected content up to 60 times per second.

Lens: The projector's Fujinon OptiCinema 2.1x projection lens is a precision, high-quality, optical-grade system. It offers excellent picture uniformity and clarity across the screen. If the projector cannot be placed perfectly centered between the top and bottom of the screen, you can use the lens shift dials to reposition the image. The top-mounted lens shift controls off approximately 96% vertical and 47% horizontal lens shift without image distortion.

Adjustable Image Size: The Home Cinema 8350 projector can produce an image that is adjustable between 30" and 300" (measured diagonally).

Lens Projection Distance: The projector's adjustable lens provides a wide range of placement possibilities for a given screen size. The projection distance (distance from lens to screen) range is 2.85' to 62.83'. The distance for several screen sizes at 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios are given below:

Screen Size Projection Distance (in feet)
16:9 4:3
30" 2.8 to 6.2 3.5 to 7.6
40" 3.8 to 8.3 4.7 to 10.1
60" 5.8 to 12.5 7.1 to 15.3
80" 7.8 to 16.7 9.6 to 20.4
100" 9.8 to 20.9 12 to 25.5
120" 11.8 to 25.1 14.4 to 30.7
150" 14.7 to 31.4 18 to 38.4
200" 19.7 to 41.8 24.2 to 51.3

Controls

Projector Controls: The projector features controls on the top, front, rear and one side. The controls include:

  • Top Panel:
    • Power: turns projector on or off
    • Source: switches the video input source
    • Lens Shift: rotary dials for horizontal and vertical lens shift
    • Indicators: LEDs indicate power on (inside power button), lamp on, and temperature warning
  • Front (on lens): zoom ring and focus ring
  • Side Panel:
    • Menu: displays the menus
    • Escape: exits the current menu item
    • Menu Navigation: left, right, up, down, and enter buttons for navigating and selecting menu items
  • Rear Panel:
    • Main Power Switch: turns off power to the projector (must be on in order for the top panel power button to operate)

Remote Control: In addition to the control panel, the projector can be controlled by the supplied wireless remote control, which has a range of approximately 30 feet. The projector has infrared receivers on the front and rear to give you control from most anywhere in the room.

Sleep Mode: The projector turns off automatically when no video signal is received for a preset amount of time. You can set the sleep mode to 5, 10, or 30 minutes.

Mounting Options

Mounting: The Home Cinema 8350 can be placed on a tabletop or inverted and mounted on the ceiling. It can be used for front or rear projection. For tabletop use, you can adjust the image position by raising or lowering the two front feet. For ceiling mounting, you will need an optional projector ceiling mount. Five 4mm threaded screw holes are provided on the bottom for a ceiling mount. A commercially-available Kensington security lock can be attached to the unit to prevent theft when installed in a public location.

Warranty Information

Warranty and Extra Care Home Service: The projector is covered by a 2-year parts and labor warranty, while the lamp is covered for 90 days. Included with the warranty, Epson offers Extra Care Home Service. A replacement unit (in most cases, a refurbished unit) will be shipped to you immediately. (A credit card is required for security deposit.) If it's important that you receive your original projector back, you should use the basic carry-in service instead of Home Service.

 
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5 out of 5

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350

Written By Fred, SSF, California on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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I've been looking at projectors for a while now to replace my Plasma TV ,I thought it would be a down grade as far as picture quality compared to my Pioneer plasma .Let me tell you this has exceeded my expectations in all ways from screen size to picture quality .
Pros:
Great product for the money
Cons:
fan a little noisy at times
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4 out of 5

Epson 8350

Written By Ray, Columbus, OH on Saturday, May 17, 2014
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Install and setup are easy. Picture quality is excellent. We hung it from the ceiling. One item giving a challenge is now keeping it locked from tilting. Seems like no matter how much we tighten the set screws it still tends to need an occasional adjustment.
Pros:
Excellent product at an excellent price
Cons:
Could have used a better setup booklet
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5 out of 5

Home Theater Must

Written By thomas b., Pearland, TX on Tuesday, May 06, 2014
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This is a must own for any home theater.
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5 out of 5

Epson Powerlight

Written By Crull, Bloomington,IN on Saturday, April 26, 2014
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I have used Crutchfield for over 10 years and they have always been amazing. The projector is very easy to set up and looks amazing. My son and his friends love playing his Xbox1 on it and my daughter has sleepovers and really enjoy watching movies with it. Next step is we are going to purchase a inflatable projection screen for outside and invite friends over for a bonfire and movie night.... I also bought projector screen paint and it really made a difference.
Pros:
Easy to set up and so many options to do with it.
Cons:
None as of yet..
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5 out of 5

8350

Written By rmartin, new orleans on Friday, April 25, 2014
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great product; light, soundless easy plug ins
Pros:
great product; light, soundless easy plug ins
Cons:
needs lens adjuter button on remote so one does not have to go up and down ladder 20 times; needs red whie and yellow connectors in the back, just for old times sake.
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5 out of 5

Nice upgrade

Written By js, Cincinnati, OH on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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Great projector for a reasonable price. Took seconds to set up and is a great improvement to the old work projector I was using. I am very pleased and glad I bought it. I use it in a basement theater room which allows total darkness. 8 ft picture, awesome. Who needs to go to movie theater anymore. Reviews helped with my decision.
Pros:
Easy set up, great picture, easy to make adjustments using the remote which you do not need to be staninding right in front of unit
Cons:
The only con which I think is just the nature of projectors is that it is not as sharp as a HDTV screen but it is pretty darn close.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

New to Projectors, Love it so far....

Written By Dave, Tampa, FL on Tuesday, February 18, 2014
 
Just bought new home with 20 x 14 theater / man cave that had old projector, screen and built ins already there. Contemplated large LED for front of room but saw this option and went for it based on the reviews. Windows already tinted in room, but even with multiple lamps on at night, screen is bright and good HD quality picture off Apple TV (Directv installed this Friday, will update review then). I'm sold and thanks to others for reviews to help my decision.
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5 out of 5

Epson PowerLite® Home Cinema 835

Written By moon702, Alpharetta on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
 
This projector blew me away. It was better than I expected it to be for the price and I have no regrets whatsoever. After watching Blu Ray and HDTV on this projector I cannot bring myself to watch anything other than HD.
Pros:
everything
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Epson 8350 Projector

Written By Bill, Galveston, TX on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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Replaced a high end 10 year old theater room projector with this one. Picture appears to be HD quality and it is quieter than the old projector.
Pros:
Sharp picture, quiet, good value for the price
Cons:
It does put out heat from the lamp.
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5 out of 5

Mr

Written By Vijay R, Cary, NC on Thursday, December 26, 2013
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Amazing quality. Upgraded from an older sony 51 720p projector to this.this was half the sony's price and better in resolution and features. Thanks to Crutchfield for recommending this. Hopefully the bulb last long enough..
Pros:
1080p and compatible with denon avr-e400. Works good with Logitech 1100. Used a universal mount from amazon and works without issue..
Cons:
None so far
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4 out of 5

My Second Epson Projector

Written By OldRetiredEngineer, Minneapolis St Paul Area on Friday, December 13, 2013
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We started our home theater with the Epson Moviemate 72 five years ago and enjoyed it so much that we decided to upgrade to a brighter projector this year. Our home theater is in a shared living space with some light illuminating the space during daylight hours (which can stretch past 10PM in the summer up north). We chose the Epson Powerlite 8350 for its higher levels of brightness and contrast as well as the native 1080p resolution (the Moviemate 72 is only 780p). We've used the projector for about a month and the daytime brightness is great - we have an old CRT TV in the same room that we've occasionally used during daylight and the 8350 is actually as bright as the TV! Controls are easy to use and the projector remembers the last settings (ie, HDMI input 2, brightness settings, etc). We toggle the projector down to "Natural" when it's dark outside and move up to the "Living Room" setting during daylight hours. 1080p looks great with BluRay and the 60hz refresh rate works fine for us (no 3D at our house). Overall, happy with the purchase.
Pros:
Bright picture when some ambient light is present Simple controls - easy to set up
Cons:
Still some "screen door effect"
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5 out of 5

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Written By Beth, Harrisonburg, VA on Friday, December 13, 2013
 
We love the projector, the clarity and the size of projection we get! The cost was more minimal in comparison of buying a VERY Large screen TV
Pros:
easy to set up and works very well.
Cons:
none so far!
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5 out of 5

Epson 8350 Projector

Written By Diego C, U S Virgin Islands on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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Mind blowing image quality
Pros:
Build like a tank
Cons:
None so far
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5 out of 5

Epson PowerLite 8350

Written By Art, Fair Play, SC on Friday, October 04, 2013
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The product arrived quickly and in great condition due to it's superior packing. The installation was a snap and the picture quality is stellar! I've only had the unit for a couple of months, but so far I couldn't be happier and would highly recommend this unit.
Pros:
Easy to install and set up
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Great projector

Written By brianC, Montana on Saturday, September 28, 2013
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I replaced a $6500 10 year old projector. This one has a great picture (I'm only using component cables as my receiver is older and doesn't have HDMI) and very good black levels. I'm using the eco mode. It is plenty bright in a basement with the lights on and gets even better with them dimmed. Getting it to fit my 120" screen was easy and only took about 15 minutes to get perfect after I got it mounted on the ceiling. The only sound from the projector is on start-up, which is very quick, and then it runs without noticeable noise. I am very pleased.
Pros:
Easy set-up, quiet, great picture, super value for the picture, deep light levels.
Cons:
None. Very pleased
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5 out of 5

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350

Written By Matt, Baxter, Iowa on Friday, September 13, 2013
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The projector arrived on schedule and was well packaged. It was easy to install and provides a great picture on my 110 inch screen in my barn.
Pros:
Quality picture, low noise level, easy to install.
Cons:
I installed this projector in my non-temperature controlled barn and it shuts down (safety feature) due to overheating on days when the outside temperature gets above 90 degrees.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Projector

Written By Jeff, Colorado on Saturday, July 27, 2013
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Can't go wrong with this projector. Great image. No complaints. Also got a call from Crutchfield support already. This should be a good experience. Used the projector for a backyard movie 16 foot screen. The video was awesome.
Cons:
none so far
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5 out of 5

Epson Delivers

Written By Jason, Fort Worth, TX on Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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When deciding on a projector for my new media room, (aka the Sports Cave) I was struggling to decide which unit to buy on the $2k budget I had. After extensive research I limited the choice down to two options - the EPSON 8350 or the EPSON 3020. After speaking with a friendly Crutchfield rep, I chose the EPSON 8350. (which had better contract but no 3D feature - I don't need 3D with sports)

I couldn't be happier with the result. The picture is great - not quite LED LCD great - but still amazing. Being that I have room which I can completely manipulate the light, I chose a 106" Elite EZFrame in Cinegrey to help bring out the blacks. (a noted fault of the projector) It worked. Movies and sports both look great. The project pumps out plenty of light at 16' away and adjusted easily without distortion.

Lastly - special thanks to the CF rep who flat out told me to save the extra $300 and get the 8350. You never find salesmen these days looking out for the consumer - most just want to upsale you. I got to spend the saved money on more cool crap for my Sports Cave!!!

Pros:
A great bank for the buck. Amazing picture, good brightness balance, and relatively quiet.
Cons:
There really isn't one that i've found yet. I suppose if I had to list something it would be the fan noise and heat pumping out of the thing. (minor issue)
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5 out of 5

Epson PowerLite® Home Cinema 8350 Kicks Butt!

Written By Daddy-G, Homer Glen, IL on Sunday, January 06, 2013
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Execelent HD quality picture on a 100in. screen!... very sharp, colors are brilliant... great for movies and sports!!!... Completes my Man-Cave!
Pros:
Much more economical way to achieve a 100+ inch viewing experience compared to super expensive giant LED or Plasma TVs.
Cons:
None.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Epson home cinema 8350

Written By Great Picture, Idaho on Friday, December 28, 2012
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Working great so far just got it for Christmas.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Epson 8350

Written By Lance, Dallas on Wednesday, July 18, 2012
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Very fine and easy to set up projector. I have had 3 and this one is as good as or better, while costing less than 1/3rd the price
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350

Written By James M, Cabool, Mo on Friday, May 11, 2012
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We are really enjoying the Epson 8350 projector, the picture quality is very good and is very user friendly. We have set up a outdoor theater. Crutchfield was very helpful!!
Pros:
easy set up, very quiet, good picture quality
Cons:
none at this time
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Beautiful Performance

Written By JK, Windsor, VT on Thursday, March 22, 2012
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I mounted this machine on the ceiling and hung a 92" DaLite screen. The setup was as easy as could be. I loaded a blu ray and could barely beleive my eyes! If you can imagine watching a giant hi-def LCD screen in your home, that's the effect this projector had on me. Really powerful performance for the price.
Pros:
Incredible value vs. performance. Wide selection of illumination and color temp. settings
Cons:
Only drawback will be eventually replacing the light source as is needed in any projector.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Bright Visions

Written By Leather Harold, Biloxi MS on Saturday, February 11, 2012
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I admit it. I've been a video resistor for decades, but love classic films. A more recent discovery is specialty videos, particularly railroad documentaries. I tried them on my old flat screen 30-inch "TeeVee". Okay, but yucky sound. But I had a computer connected to the audio inputs of my component stereo system, and it had a DVD player, but an even tinier 19 inch monitor. Well, the sound was earthshaking, but the image was just small.

So I talked to the good folks at Crutchfield. I didn't want to spend thousands on a wall-sized TV with lots of capabilities I'd never use, but what about a projector? We soon decided that the 8350 was the model for me.

I searched my garage loft, and finally pulled out a sixty-year old Army Signal Corps surplus movie screen, huge thing with what I calculated as an 82 inch diagonal (4:3 ratio). The Epson arrived, and I put in the Animusic DVD (it's a great Video/audio system test) and something beyond wow was the result!. Bright, clean images with sharp detail and good, full color. Why did I wait so long to do this? Thanks so much Crutchfield!
Pros:
Bright, clean images, easy alignment and setup, lots of input choices
Cons:
That is an extremely bright lamp driving this thing. Believe them when they say don't look into it. Don't even walk by it without averting your eyes!
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Best projector for the money

Written By TheRealDonatello, Hawthorne, NJ on Sunday, January 29, 2012
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Couldn't be happier with this projector. In the right setting, the picture quality is equivalent to that of any display I've seen; LCD, LED, or Plasma.

I have mine set up in the basement, which is pretty dark to begin with, projecting onto a 96" fixed screen. Most people think it's a 96" LCD screen initially until they see the projector. It's that good.

Even with all the lights on, the picture is still clearly visible, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend putting this or any other projector in a well lit area unless absolutely necessary. This projector does have a color mode that combats some of the washout produced by light, but it's certainly much better in the dark.

All-in-All, this projector and a decent screen to project on to will give you a top of the line experience at a middle of the line price.
Pros:
- price - much more affordable than a standard LCD, LED, or Plasma. - quiet - you won't even hear it running - picture quality - it will exceed your expectations
Cons:
- lighting - best in a dark room, but this is a problem inherent to all projectors, so don't single this one out
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5 out of 5

Absolutely Awesome!

Written By Ted K, Vinton, Iowa on Thursday, December 15, 2011
 
I recently traveled to my nephew's home for a week long vacation, and to help him set up his new home theater. He had it located in a dedicated room in his basement. We calibrated the audio levels quickly using an analog audio level meter. A few tweaks later, we were in business. I own a Sony VPL-VW 50 Pearl projector that originally sold for $5,000. My nephew bought an Epson 8350. I was skeptical at first, but I was very impressed by its picture. He paid about a fourth what I did, and his Epson's picture totally blew my Sony out of the water! Great blacks, great color, and 2,000 lumens, compared to my 1,000. It does not have a motorized zoom and focus, which can make it a bit trial-and-error to position and set up. The bulb on my Sony is due for replacement, but I may consider an Epson 8350 instead. I am a retired broadcast engineer with 37 years experience. I was involved with system installation and calibration. Let me tell you, that for the bucks, the 8350 looks GOOD!
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5 out of 5

Best Projector (for the money)

Written By Kevin O, Elk Grove, CA on Thursday, September 29, 2011
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This projector is the best value around. Picture quality is excellent on 120" screen. 100% dark room is a must for good blacks, but that's to be expected. I am looking forward to the next generation that has a faster refresh rate.
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5 out of 5

Excellent value for money

Written By Giri, Texas on Sunday, May 22, 2011
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Read lots of reviews before purchasing this, and it lives to the expectaion. Absolutely quiet operation, easy to setup and excellent quality. I have mounted it on the ceiling and projecting on 120" screen - love the picture quality.
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5 out of 5

Awesome

Written By Hawkian, Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Monday, February 28, 2011
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Incredible; based on what I've read, you can't do better for the price. The quality is
outstanding (I've watched 23 hours on it now), even on a blank wihite wall. Colors really pop;
Life/Planet Earth are pretty breathtaking.

The thing is quite big, but not overly heavy. The lens shift makes placement very flexible and
easy.
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5 out of 5

Outstanding Projector

Written By EKaru, North Bethesda, MD on Friday, February 18, 2011
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I purchased this projector from Crutchfield a few months ago and I have to say that this is the
best 1080P for the money. I also considered the Panasonic pt-ae4000u, which was almost
double the price, but there was no discernible difference in image quality. With 1600 ANSI,
it's bright enough to watch a movie with ambient lighting in the room and it's 50,000:1
delivery exemplary blacks. It's also very quiet.. All in all I'm very satisfied and would
recommend this to anyone looking for a 1080P projector. In my opinion, paying any more
money for something else is a waste...
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5 out of 5

Quality at a bargain price

Written By John, Jasper, GA on Thursday, February 03, 2011
 
Bought this item based on so many positive reviews. Coupled with a quality screen, this projector rivals any LCD, LED based, LCOS, DLP or plasma tv hands down! I have it set up in my living room and while I have taken some measures to handle ambient light, this projector combined with my screen looks AMAZING during the brightest part of the day and equally AMAZING at night. At 120", my family is constantly amazed at the picture quality and impact such a sight brings. It truly is a home theater. The size is daunting and the weight is up there, but it's whisper quiet and stellar performance outweigh this projector's size. In short, I'm super happy with my purchase and highly recommend this item.
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5 out of 5

Great projector

Written By JK, Tampa, FL on Monday, January 17, 2011
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Great projector. Did a lot of research and this one kept going to the top of
the list. I am very glad I bought it.
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5 out of 5

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350

Written By DBD1146, California on Monday, December 13, 2010
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Excellent projector. Easy to set up and use. The dimensions and location of picture is easy
to control. And the picture is fantastic,
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3 questions already asked

How does audio work with this? [ Carrie  Dec 14, 2013 ]
4 answers
  • Audio is carried through an HDMI cable or Left/Right RCA audio cable and played through a small on-board speaker. If no onboard speaker you will need to run Audio/Video to a Amplifier/Receiver. Video will run either from Receiver or Video Source. [ KEVIN   Dec 23, 2013 ]
  • I have mine set up with just an HDMI cable going to the projector. The HDMI cable is connected to a receiver. The receiver handles all the audio for the projector. [ BRIAN W   Dec 17, 2013 ]
  • We run our sources (dvd players, game consoles, TV receiver, etc.) into an audio/visual receiver - which drives a surround sound speaker system for audio and outputs video via hdmi to either a large screen tv or to the 8350 for projection onto a still larger screen. [ RODNEY   Dec 14, 2013 ]
  • The projector only produces video. Audio is produced through a separate receiver. Ideal setup is an hdmi cable between the source and the receiver and another hdmi between the receiver and the projector. Hope this helps. [ PHILIP   Dec 14, 2013 ]
WHERE DO YOU GET THE REPLACEMENT LAMP AND HAS ANYONE REPLACED ONE YET? HOW LONG BEFORE YOU HAD TO REPLACE? [ JIMHARE  Dec 03, 2013 ]
6 answers
  • thanks [ JIMHARE   Dec 06, 2013 ]
  • thanks we will use a lot more than typical so we wanted to have a bulb on hand when we buy unit thanks [ JIMHARE   Dec 06, 2013 ]
  • Received 8350 on 11-29-13 have not installed yet. Will do Saturday. If the 8350 is as good as the Epson Pro Printers I don't se me changing bulb in a long time. Epson make excellent products and Crutchfield the best service in the industry, [ DIEGO   Dec 04, 2013 ]
  • James I have not had to replace mine yet. Still going strong. There are bulb online [ JOHN   Dec 03, 2013 ]
  • Hey James: When I bought my projector in February it was an accessory I could have purchased at that time. I didn't purchase it due to the cost and not knowing how long it would sit on a shelf or get lost. I haven't had to replace it and if it lasts for the stated life of the bulb it will probably be good for a few years. I might want to upgrade by then. Hope that helps. Dan [ DANIEL L   Dec 03, 2013 ]
  • I've only had it for 8 months, and have not had to replace the lamp yet, so I'm not much help here [ MICHAEL G   Dec 03, 2013 ]
IF WE ALREADY HAVE A 100INCH SCREEN, HOW FAR WOULD WE MOUNT THIS ON THE CEILING FOR OPTIMUM VIEWING? [ JIMHARE  Dec 03, 2013 ]
2 answers
  • Thank you - [ JIMHARE   Dec 06, 2013 ]
  • For a 100 inch image you will want to mount this projector between 9.8 to 20.9 feet for widescreen images. [ Jeff Staff  Dec 03, 2013 ]

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