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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350

3-LCD 1080p high-definition projector

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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.

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.

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What's in the Box:

  • 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)

Product 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
  • 5 video inputs, including:
    • 2 HDMI
    • 1 component video
    • 1 S-video
    • 1 composite video
  • 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

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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Lawrence, I'm not entirely sure what you're asking. With setup, my projector is about 12.5 ft back from the wall, and the largest picture I can get is about 130". Of course, you can go smaller than this at that distance. Also, some words of advice, look for another projector than the home cinema 8350. I'm on my third in 1 yr, and haven't had anything but trouble. Look for a different brand. - Brian [ BRIAN W  Nov 10, 2014 ]
Use the chart in the owners manual [ MATTHEW J  Nov 10, 2014 ]
We have a 102 inch screen and the projector is 13.5 feet away. The sizing of the image fits very well. [ JOSHUA  Nov 10, 2014 ]
around 20 feet. I have it at around 16 feet and my screen is 109 inches. [ VIJAYAKUMAR  Nov 10, 2014 ]
My screen is 9'x5' (124" diagonal). The projector is mounted 13 ft from the screen with no problem at all cutting off the image. It is an amazingly high quality, high definition picture. [ JOHN W  Nov 10, 2014 ]
I have a 120" diagonal and my projector is 14 ft.away. I will suggest that you take your projector to your room after installing the scree. Turn it on and move back and forward until you get a ball park distance. Have someone measure the distance and then proceed to install the projector. It always take minor adjustment to get it right. Hope this help. [ DIEGO  Nov 10, 2014 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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  Dec 03, 2013 ]  Staff
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