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Epson Home Cinema 3700

3-LCD 1080p high-definition projector

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Our take on the Epson Home Cinema 3700

Here's a great way to give your home theater setup real jaw-dropping impact. Epson's Home Cinema 3700 projects video images as large as 300". If you're accustomed to your entertainment fitting within the confines of a TV screen, seeing a high-def projector like this one in action can be truly riveting. The 3700 delivers razor-sharp, color-accurate images using Epson's tried-and-true 3-LCD design.

Turn any room into a theater

Epson Home Cinema 3700

Here's a great way to give your home theater setup real jaw-dropping impact. Epson's Home Cinema 3700 projects video images as large as 300". If you're accustomed to your entertainment fitting within the confines of a TV screen, seeing a high-def projector like this one in action can be truly riveting. The 3700 delivers razor-sharp, color-accurate images using Epson's tried-and-true 3-LCD design.

Bright images that work in real-life rooms

Owning a projector doesn't require a dedicated, darkened home theater room. Sure, that's all good, but the Epson 3700 throws a seriously bright image that works in family rooms and other spaces where there's ambient light. Its high light output (3000 lumens) and dynamic contrast ratio of 70,000:1 help it produce dependably bright, beautiful pictures.

If you don't have a perfectly-centered spot to place this projector, don't worry. It offers horizontal and vertical lens shift, which lets you project from an off-center location and still get a flawless picture with squared-up edges. 

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Product Highlights:

    Picture:
    • high-definition home theater projector
    • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio (can also display 4:3 material)
    • 3-LCD, 3-chip technology (1920 x 1080 pixels each)
    • 70,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
    • light output: 3000 lumens
    • dynamic iris for excellent contrast and black level
    • 3D-ready with built-in RF emitter (active 3D glasses sold separately)
    • Super Resolution detail enhancement improves the look of standard-definition video
    Image Adjustments:
    • 1.6X zoom lens (manual zoom/focus)
    • lens shift image adjustment (manual, horizontal and vertical)
    • horizontal and vertical keystone correction
    Connections:
    • 2 HDMI
      • one HDMI input is MHL-compatible for viewing content from an Android smartphone or tablet
    • PC input
    • USB input for connecting a thumb drive for viewing content or updating the projector's firmware
    • stereo minijack audio output for connecting a sound bar or other audio system
    • detachable power cord
    General Features:
    • 250-watt UHE lamp (lasts up to 5000 hours in Eco mode)
    • quiet cooling fan (24 dB in Eco mode)
    • built-in rear-facing stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
    • remote control
    • can be placed on a tabletop or ceiling-mounted (mounting bracket sold separately)
    • 16-1/8"W x 6-7/16"H x 13-1/4"D
    • weight: 15.2 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years parts & labor — in-home or carry-in service (90 days on lamp)
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • Note: projectors don't include any type of built-in TV tuner, but you can connect a high-def over-the-air tuner, satellite receiver or cable box

    I only had this unit for a few days as i was trying it out. I had no complaints for what the unit was advertised to to i just wanted more. I found that the contrast to be little low and color little washed out. However this is coming from an Color theory artist.

    Chirs, Springville, NY

    Reviews

    Epson Home Cinema 3700 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (7 Reviews)

    Amazing Projector even in light

    Anonymous from Plymouth Meeting, PA on 8/17/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have a below-grade basement with no outside light. However, there are almost 20 6" recessed lights on dimmers throughout. Even with the all the lights on, I can still see the picture well. The picture is amazing, as well as the brightness. I have the projector set to eco mode to limit the noise. I have currently used the projector for watching shows, movies, and sports. I have not yet hooked up my playstation, but can't wait to try it on this screen. Overall, I'm very happy with the purchase, both in the quality of the item, and the prompt delivery by Crutchfield.

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    So much fun

    Mark from Austin, TX on 7/19/2017

    I did not think I would like having a projector as much as I did. Getting this set up and going out of the box was a breeze. I connected the projector to my spare laptop in my living room. Total set up time was about 15 minutes. I really think after using this for two weeks that I will use this in place of my flat screen TV. The picture is clear and makes everything feel like I am watching a movie at the theater. This is a review for the Epson Home Cinema 3700 that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.

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    Good bang for the $$$

    Chirs from Springville, NY on 5/17/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I only had this unit for a few days as i was trying it out. I had no complaints for what the unit was advertised to to i just wanted more. I found that the contrast to be little low and color little washed out. However this is coming from an Color theory artist.

    Pros: Nice picture crisp and clean, easy install and operate.

    Cons: None.

    Awesome Projector

    Christopher from Dayton, OH on 4/8/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Epson Home Cinema 3700 - my third projector purchase, having had an InFocus, Mitsubishi, and now this. Had to leave the Mitsubishi behind in a home sale. This projector had amazing brightness which for an all enclosed light controlled room is almost too much. I'm running in ECO mode and still have more screen brightness than I had before on high power. This is great news because the medium and high power modes have very loud fan noise. Picture quality is incredible at my 16' throw distance and 140" diagonal. Currently casting onto a flat white wall, but will be upgrading to screen paint which I had at the previous house, using goo systems. Finally I would like to say that the screen adjustments were easy to use and worked perfectly. Horizontal and vertical lens shift makes screen alignment easy.

    Pros: Great picture, very bright, easy to fit throw distance and desired screen size, easy to use image adjustments (horizontal and vertical adjustment)

    Cons: Only concern is the fan noise if you have to sit less than 7-10 ft from the projector AND use medium or high power, you will hear the fan.

    Loving it!

    Mark from Chatsworth, CA on 3/20/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So, my 60-inch Pioneer plasma died. Great set! I've been eying various projectors for years, researching the gamut. I decided to pull the trigger on the Epson 3700 after talking to Zac at Crutchfield. I'm so happy I did. The projector is amazing! I'm presently projecting onto a cream colored wall in my not very light controlled family room. The image is amazing, even during the day. The NCAA tournament never looked so good at home. At night, movies are spectacular in a fairly dark room. All in all, my son and I are loving this projector. I would say that if you're on the fence about this projector, especially for a family room, non-dedicated theater room setup like mine, do it! I think you'll be happy.

    Pros: Amazing picture in a not very light controlled room

    Cons: None at all so far.

    Epson Home Cinema 3700

    Anonymous from PA on 2/6/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    If you are in the market for a projector, and don't have a completely dark home theater room (and perhaps even if you do !) you need to give this unit some consideration. Colors are very deep and bright, focus is right on and the black level is acceptable. Setup is a breeze and in a few minutes you will be wondering why you spent so long looking at a small picture with little dynamic value. Crutchfield is about as good as it gets for retail, with prompt delivery (double box) and a knowledgeable sales group.

    Pros: Very good price to performance ratio.

    Cons: None

    Epson Home Cinema 3700

    Rick from Riverview, FL on 11/29/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really great, bright projector for the price. I needed this in a media/living room application (no light control), and it delivers a bright, punchy picture (especially on an ambient light rejecting screen). I'm using it at the max vertical lens shift, and the picture remains naturally sharp across all edges and corners (sign of a good lens). My only knock so far is the Medium power/lamp mode is louder than I expected; however, Eco is still surprisingly bright, and the fan is suitably quiet in this mode.

    Pros: -Bright, punchy picture (good for media/game/living room use with ambient light) -Good color out of the box when using 'Natural' -Picture stays uniformly sharp at all edges/corners, even at max lens shift -Eco power/lamp mode is suitably quiet -Outstanding service by Crutchfield

    Cons: -Medium power/lamp mode is louder than expected -High power/lamp mode is too loud to be practical

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    Features

    3LCD: The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3700 projector utilizes 3-chip LCD technology for amazing color, incredible detail and solid reliability. 3LCD's 3-chip architecture dedicates an entire chip to process each primary color - red, green, and blue, continuously. Unlike single-chip technology that delivers color sequentially, you get full-time color. The result is vibrant, realistic images and video all delivered with 3LCD's true-to-life color.

    • True-to-Life Colors: 3LCD delivers up to 3x brighter colors in comparison with 1-chip DLP projectors. Color Brightness (Color Light Output) measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4. Color Brightness will vary depending on usage conditions. Additionally, 3LCD projectors have up to 3x Wider Color Gamut than 1-chip DLP projectors. With its 3-chip design, 3LCD delivers clear and vibrant images that are true-to-life. In contrast to 3-chip 3LCD projectors, 1-chip DLP projectors use a rotating color wheel that spins at a rapid speed, only displaying colors sequentially, which can result in color break-up or the "rainbow effect".
    • Greater Detail & Contrast: 3LCD projection efficiently uses light to project to the screen with no color disruption. 3LCD technology delivers sharper and brighter images with superior grayscale detail. Grayscale is the shades of gray (from black to white) required for greater image depth and detail; it allows greater variation in shadows and brings superior accuracy to color, creating a jaw-dropping, true-to-life visual experience
    • Energy Efficient: 3LCD projection technology uses light efficiently to create stunning images. In contrast to 1-chip technology, 3LCD requires 25% less electricity per lumen of brightness. 1-chip projectors use a color wheel, which leads to an inefficient design, thereby causing light loss. 3LCD does not rely on a color wheel. On average, 3LCD projectors are 25% more energy efficient.
    • Simple & Reliable Design: 3LCD systems are reliable and use a simple optical design which includes 3 chips and 1 prism. Light flows seamlessly through the system to produce brilliant on-screen colors and sharp images every time.

    Projection Lamp: The projector uses an energy-efficient 250-watt Ultra High Efficiency (UHE) lamp with a life span of approximately 3,500 hours in the Normal Mode. In the ECO mode, the life span is increased to approximately 5,000 hours. The lamp (Part # V13H010L85) and air filter (Part #V13H134A39) are the only user-serviceable parts.

    • Light Optimizer: When Power Consumption is set to Normal, the lamp brightness is adjusted based on the projected image; you can set this option for each color mode
    • Fan Cooled: The projection lamp is kept cool by a fan. The fan noise level is 35dB in Normal mode and 24dB in ECO mode. If the projector is to be used at an altitude above 4921 feet (1500 meters), the High Altitude Mode should be turned on so the fan can properly cool the projector at the high altitude air pressure.

    Projection Lens: The PowerLite Home Cinema 3700 features a F1.51 (Wide) to 1.99 (Tele) lens with a focal length of 18.2mm to 29.2mm. It has a manual focus and a manual zoom ratio of 1.0 to 1.6. To provide the best possible image quality, adjust the projector's position to correct the image shape. If this isn't possible, then use Lens Shift, Keystone, or Quick Corner to correct the image shape.

    • Lens Shift: If the projected image is not centered in front of the screen, you can correct the position of the image using the vertical and horizontal lens shift dials on the top of the projector. The vertical position can be adjusted by up to +/- 96.3% of the height of the screen, while the horizontal position can be adjusted by up to +/- 47.1% of the width of the screen.
    • Keystone: The projector automatically compensates for vertical keystone distortion (+/- 30°) when it is tilted upward or downward. Manual horizontal keystone adjustments (+/- 30°) can be made using the top-mounted slide control.  
    • Quick Corner: You can use the projector's Quick Corner setting to correct the shape and size of an image that is unevenly rectangular on all sides.

    Projection Image & Distance: The PowerLite Home Cinema 3700 projector can produce an image that is adjustable from 30" to 300" (measured diagonally). 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 34.3" to 567". The distance at which you place the projector from the screen determines the approximate size of the image. The image size increases the farther the projector is from the screen, but can also vary depending on the zoom factor, aspect ratio, and other settings.

    Screen Or Image Size (16:9 Aspect Ratio)Projection Distance (wide to tele)
    40"46" - 75"
    50"69" - 113"
    80"93" - 150"
    100"116" to 188"
    150"139" - 226"
    120"174" - 283"
    180"209" - 340"

    High Color Light Output: In the normal mode, the PowerLite Home Cinema 3700 outputs 3,000 lumens of white light and 3,000 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 70,000:1 for rich detail in dark scenes.

    Auto Iris: The Auto Iris system constantly controls the light output based on the gamma and black/white levels of the projected content to give you perfectly adjusted images and deepest blacks. Using the remote, you can select either Normal or High Speed to indicate how quickly you would like the projector to respond to changes in the brightness of the image.

    Dual HDMI Inputs: The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3700 is outfitted with two HDMI 1.4 inputs that will support up to 1080p video signals and pass 3D video. The HDMI 2 input is also MHL compliant.

    • 1080p Native Resolution: The PowerLite Home Cinema 3700 has a native resolution of 1080p (1920 x 1080; 16:10 aspect ratio). The total number of pixels is 2,073,600 dots (1920 x 1080) x 3.
    • 3D-Ready: Epson's advanced Bright 3D Drive technology enhances the brightness giving you theater-quality 3D images in your home. To view 3D content, you must first connect a 3D-compatible video device to one of the HDMI ports. You will also need a pair of Epson RF Active Shutter 3D glasses (ELPGS03, sold separately) for each viewer. The projector's 2D-to-3D Conversion setting will even transform 2D images to 3D content.
    • MHL Compliant: The projector's HDMI 2 input is MHL compatible for connectivity to MHL-enabled Android devices. To find MHL-certified devices, go to www.mhlconsortium.org.
    Note: There are no analog video inputs on this projector.

    Other Source Inputs: In addition to HDMI connectivity, the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3700 features a PC input (D-Sub/15-pin) and a USB-A port. An optional network adapter (sold separately) is also available.

    • PC Input: You can also connect your Windows or Mac computer to the projector via VGA (D-Sub, 15-pin). The VGA input will support video up to 1920 x 1200.
    • USB-A: The projector's USB-A port can be used to connect a USB thumbdrive for playback of JPEG (8192x8192)/BMP (1280x800)/GIF (1280x800)/PNG (1280x800) still images and AVI (1280x720) video images. The USB mass storage class device must be formatted in FAT16 or FAT32.
    • Optional Network Adapter: You can send images wirelessly from your Windows PC or Mac computer to the projector via a WiFi network. To do this, you must install the Epson 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN module (sold separately) into the projectors USB-A port, and then set up the projector and your computer for wireless projection.

    Image Settings: Settings on the Image menu let you adjust the aspect ratio and quality of your image for the input source you are currently
    using. The available settings depend on the currently selected input source.

    • Aspect Ratio: You can select the following image aspect ratios, depending on the input signal from your image source. Black bands and cropped images may project in certain aspect ratios, depending on the aspect ratio and resolution of your input signal.
      • Auto: Automatically sets the aspect ratio according to the input signal.
      • Normal: Displays images using the full projection area and maintains the aspect ratio of the image.
      • Zoom: Displays images using the full width of the projection area and maintains the aspect ratio of the image.
      • Full: Displays images using the full width of the projection area, but does not maintain the aspect ratio.
    • Color Modes: The PowerLite Home Cinema 3700 offers four 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 the following choices:
      • Dynamic: Best for projecting in a brightly-lit room; this is the brightest mode.
      • Bright Cinema: Best for movies projected in a brightly-lit room.
      • Cinema: Best for movies projected in a dark room.
      • Natural: Best for projecting normal TV in a dark room.
    • Fine Tune Picture: If the image colors don't look correct, you can adjust them using the following settings.
      • Color Convergence (Panel Alignment): You can use the Panel Alignment feature to manually adjust the color convergence (the alignment of the red, green and blue colors) in the projected image.
      • Color Temperature: Sets the overall color tone; higher values tint the image blue and lower values tint the image red.
      • Skin Tone: Makes find adjustments to the color tone; higher values tint the image green and lower value tint the image red.
      • Manual Adjustments: You can manually adjust the images Brightness, Contrast, Color Saturation, Tint, & Sharpness.
    • Image Enhancement: Use the projector's Image Enhancements to further enhance the projected video image.
      • Frame Interpolation: This setting compares the current and previous frames, then creates a frame between them to reduce fuzziness and produce clearer moving images. You can select from 3 levels of frame interpolation.
      • Super Resolution: This setting sharpens blurred images, enhancing the apparent detail of the image. You can select from 3 levels of enhancement. Note that intentionally blurred parts of the image, such as out-of-focus backgrounds, may become sharper. This feature is not available when projecting 3D.
      • Detail Enhancement: Enhances details to create clear outlines for sharper and more refined images that are more lifelike. This feature is not available when projecting 3D.
      • Noise & MPEG Noise Reduction: This setting reduces flickering of analog images, as well as reduces the noise or artifacts seen in MPEG video.
    • Advanced Settings: These advance settings offer expert level adjustment.
      • Gamma: Adjusts the gamma levels of the image.
      • RGBCMY: Adjusts the hue, saturation, and brightness for each color.
      • Deinterlacing: Sets whether to convert interlaced-to-progressive signals for certain video image types.
      • Super White: Reduces over-exposure of whites in an image.

    Picture-In-Picture: The PowerLite Home Cinema 3700's Picture-In-Picture (PIP) mode allows you to simultaneously project two video images from two different HDMI sources next to each other. The second HDMI video source appears as a sub-screen in the corner of the main HDMI source image; you can swap the images. You cannot use Picture-In-Picture while projecting 3D images.

    Built-in Speaker + Audio Output: The Home Cinema 3700 has two built-in 10 watt speakers. It also features a stereo 3.5mm audio output to connect an external AV receiver or powered speaker.

    Remote Control: The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3700 can be operated from its control panel, the included IR remote, or HDMI-CEC (HDMI Link).

    • IR Remote: In addition to the control panel, the projector can be controlled by the supplied wireless remote control, which has a range of approximately 32'. The projector has infrared receivers on the front and rear to give you control from most anywhere in the room.
    • HDMI Link: When you connect HDMI CEC-compatible devices, such as an AV receiver or Blu-ray player, to the projector via HDMI cables, you can control them using the HDMI-Link control buttons on the projector's remote control. You can register the devices you want to operate in the HDMI Link section of the projector's menu.

    Mounting: The PowerLite Home Cinema 3700 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 rear feet and one front foot. For ceiling mounting, you will need an optional projector ceiling mount (sold separately). Three M4 x 9mm 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.

    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 1 to 30 minutes.

    Firmware & Software Updates (via USB): You can download files to update the software of the unit fromEpson's Online Support Site. Simply copy the downloaded files to a USB thumbdrive, then  insert the USB thumbdrive into the USB port of the projector and perform the update.

    Warranty & 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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    Recommend by Clarence[ Jeffrey  Aug 17, 2017 ]
    Good reviews about this product[ C  Aug 05, 2017 ]
    Recommendations by Buster[ Eric  Jul 14, 2017 ]
    Aside from being a very well regarded 1080p device (waiting on 4K to drop further), I have a very, very limited set of installation location options, and the Epson HC3700 seemed versatile enough to accommodate my needs between the 1.6x zoom and bi-directional optical lens shift.[ Eric  Jun 02, 2017 ]
    After researching the options, this projector seemed to be the best brightness and quality a moderate budget level. The next meaningful step up is much more expensive.[ John  Apr 23, 2017 ]

    1 question already asked

    Yes upside down n switch the setup on the projector[ GERMAN  Sep 29, 2017 ]
    Yes, it can be ceiling mounted (with the image inverted as appropriate). Happy churching![ Richard  Dec 06, 2016 ]
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