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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8100 Home Theatre Projector (V11H336120)

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3 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews

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  • Rich, vibrant color and reliable performance - 3LCD, 3-chip optical engine
  • High-definition, 1080p home theater experience - D7 panel delivers 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Astounding clarity - 36,000:1 contrast ratio
  • Stunning picture uniformity and clarity - stateof- the-art lens by Fujinon
  • Amazing, true-to-life color - Epson exclusive Cinema Filter with an expanded color gamut
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Product Description

Product Description

Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 8100 1080p 3LCD Home Theater Projector

From the Manufacturer

Captivating quality and color at a compelling price point. — Experience rich cinematic adventures at home with the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8100. This affordable projector puts you in the middle of the action with blockbuster brightness and contrast. Whether you enjoy movies, games or sporting events, every image is sure to pop off the screen thanks to Epson’s D7 chip and an impressive contrast ratio up to 36,000:1. HC8100 ImageWith Epson’s 3LCD, 3-chip optical engine, 1800 lumens of color and white light output* and HDMI connectivity, you get dynamic high-definition performance. Best of all, with the exclusive cinema filter from Epson and powerful lens by Fujinon® — a brand trusted by renowned Hollywood filmmakers — you’re sure to experience movies like never before. And, it offers easy maintenance with an efficient cooling system and convenient dust filtration system. So, bring home the PowerLite Home Cinema 8100, for big-screen entertainment you have to see to believe — all at an incredible value.

3LCD Quality and Color That’s Beyond Amazing

3LCD technology delivers amazing color and detail. Whether it’s a blockbuster movie or live sporting event, 3LCD technology takes video performance to the next level. Delivering legendary image quality, this innovative technology always ensures a stunning cinematic experience.
Color — 3LCD technology goes far beyond ordinary color. "Clear," "rich" and "vibrant" barely begin to describe the incredible depth and brilliance it delivers. The impact is stunning. It’s an astonishing level of realism you never thought possible.
Reliability — 3LCD technology is durable and dependable. Road-tested by millions of projector users around the world, it has been used in more projection products than any other.
Detail — 3LCD technology offers extraordinary detail. And detail is what exceptional image quality is all about — from movies to videogames, 3LCD light engines deliver incredible, jaw-dropping detail — the kind that puts you right in the middle of where the action is.

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Amazing Color and White Light Output

Color light output is a metric reported in lumens. It measures a projector’s ability to deliver color. Developed by color scientists, color light output provides a simple and accurate way to evaluate projector color performance, which helps end users make better buying decisions. Color light output is critically important because color is a key indicator of picture quality. When color light output and white light output are equivalent, you get optimal color performance. With Epson, you can be confident you’re getting what you need because Epson measures white light output according to the ISO 21118 standard, a more rigid standard than the maximum or outdated ANSI lumens rating used by competitive products.

ETORL Image Energy-efficient E-TORL® Lamp

The innovative E-TORL lamp, exclusively from Epson, is a reliable performer that delivers more lumens per watt and lasts up to 4000 hours.** Switch the projector to High Brightness Mode and the E-TORL lamp still produces up to 4000 hours of light performance. The special E-TORL design minimizes both light diffraction and light leakage, providing you the ultimate in lamp longevity. So, while the E-TORL lamp maximizes your viewing time, it also minimizes your costs.

Home Entertainment Made Easy

The PowerLite Home Cinema 8100 provides astonishing placement flexibility with a 2.1x zoom ratio and vertical and horizontal lens shift (without image distortion). Additionally, there are two HDMI ports for flexible connectivity options. The PowerLite Home Cinema 8100 works with any blank wall or screen and projects DVD movies up to eight times larger than they would appear on a 40" widescreen TV. In fact, it displays an 80", widescreen image from just 8 feet away, or a 120" image from just 12 feet away.

OptiCinema Lens for Outstanding Picture Quality and Easy Set Up

The OptiCinema lens system is a precision, high-quality, optical grade system. Co-developed with Fujinon, a top supplier of precision camera optics to the world’s leading HD camera makers, this system offers excellent picture uniformity and clarity across the screen.

HC8100 Back Features/Benefits
  • Rich, vibrant color and reliable performance — 3LCD, 3-chip optical engine
  • High-definition, 1080p home theater experience — D7 chip delivers 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Astounding clarity — up to 36,000:1 contrast ratio (Auto Iris On)
  • Stunning picture uniformity and clarity — state-of-the-art lens by Fujinon
  • Amazing, true-to-life color — Epson exclusive cinema filter with an expanded color gamut
  • Brilliant images, anytime, day or night — 1800 lumens color light output, 1800 lumens white light output*
  • Unobtrusive operation — low fan noise (just 22 dB) so the audience can focus on the soundtrack
  • Cutting-edge connectivity — two HDMI ports for maximum flexibility
  • Energy-efficient E-TORL lamp — 200 W lamp lasts up to 4000 hours**
  • Smooth gradations — 10-bit panel driver
  • Ideal for fast-action movies, TV shows — advanced, high-speed auto iris function adjusts light output up to 60 times per second
  • Easy maintenance — convenient dust filtration system with large surface area for greater efficiency
  • Outstanding support — 2-year limited warranty; two-business-day shipping service
  • Dimensions (W x D x H) — Excluding feet: 17.7" x 14.2" x 5.4" and Weight 16.1 lb

Epson Home Entertainment Projectors

Epson high-definition projectors take home theater entertainment to a whole new level, featuring color and detail that’s sure to win rave reviews from friends and family alike. With the vivid realism of Epson 3LCD technology, these projectors will make your home the hottest ticket in town. Experience movies, games and sporting events like you never have before. Designed by the world leader in projectors, these models are the ideal choice for amazing home entertainment that all are sure to enjoy.

What’s in the Box

  • PowerLite Home Cinema 8100
  • Power cable
  • Projector remote control with batteries
  • User manual

EnergyStar Eco Features
  • Designed to be recycled****

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* Light output varies depending on modes (color and white light output). White light output measured using ISO 21118 standard.
** Lamp life will vary depending upon mode selected, environmental conditions and usage. Lamp brightness decreases over time.
*** See our website for convenient and reasonable recycling options at www.epson.com/recycle

Epson and E-TORL are registered trademarks, Epson Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark and Better Products for a Better Future is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. PowerLite is a registered trademark of Epson America, Inc. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks. Copyright 2009 Epson America, Inc. 8/09

Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name Epson
Item Weight 16.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 14.2 x 17.7 x 5.4 inches
Origin Made in USA
Item model number V11H336120

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,054 in Electronics > Camera & Photo > Projectors > Video Projectors
#4,038 in Electronics > Office Electronics > Presentation Products
#33,058 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Shipping Weight 23.7 pounds
Date First Available October 15, 2009

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This technically is my third projector so I am experienced in projectors. My InFocus Screenplay 4805 had reached 3000 hours and the lamp burned out. I was ready to upgrade. At first I bought the Sanyo PLV-1080HD as an open box buy. When I got it home, to my dismay there was over 700 hours on it! BUMMER!! Since I had 30 days to return it, the salesman told me new projectors were on the way and to hold tight. (I would never buy a demo projector again!)

Well two weeks later I saw the Epson in the store. Since I had the Sanyo for 2 weeks, I had something to compare it to. The blacks are twice as good. It is super bright. The colors POP like an LCD TV. Basically it turned my white screen at home into the world largest flat panel. They had a gray screen at the store and the whites were still plenty bright. The screen at the store had glass particles that showed up and were distracting during the movie, so I won't be purchasing a glass particled screen.

Both projectors were much better at my home. The demo room has too much light near the screen. At home, I was a little alarmed by the Epson 8100's oversaturated color right out of the box. The Sanyo was pretty good right out of the box, but the Epson demands adjustment. On HDTV (Cox) most of the people were overly reddish. One of the preset modes for HDTV removed too much color.

I found a review of the projector that included calibration configurations and that made a WORLD of difference. That's when it started to shine even on ECO mode! (I think it could beat Sanyo PLV-1080HD's brightest mode on ECO mode!) I am so excited to have purchased this brand new.
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It turned out to be a Big, Costly Mistake! I failed to grasp that comments and reviews for Epson PowerLite® Home Cinema 8100 were for a newly released projector. No one had owned and operated the 8100 more than 90 days when I was reading the reviews in late November and early December 2009! No available information could possibly verify the published claims Epson's was making about the 8100's lamp life being 4,000 hours. DAH!

A professional reviewer did briefly mentioned that Epson had experienced early lamp blowouts in the 8100 Beta versions and changed suppliers. A couple of bloggers noted that they had experienced blown lamps with up to 400 hours on them. They were sent replacements - no problem. One reviewer even had two lamps blow and was given a replacement projector. So I brushed over that information as just isolated incidents resolved to everyone's satisfaction. It turns out that that brush stroke will cost me [...].

Reality struck Home suddenly and darkly when my Epson 8100's 4,000-hour projector lamp blew. It had lasted less than 400 hours or just 10% of life expectancy. What really smarted (a poor choice of words considering my oversight) was my 90-day warranty was also blown (that's better)by 37 days. That 4,000-hour lamp life expectancy wasn't something any of us made up, it was actually published in Epson's 8100 User's Guide Specifications on the top of page 66 and included in Epson's sales literature.

So please keep in mind that all reviewers before now have been new owners with less than 3 months experience with the 8100. After 4 months plus I can tell you:

1. The fan is not noticeable until the there is a quiet scene, and then you will hear the fan blowing air; and
2. The picture is really amazing - until your lamp blows.
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UPDATE 1/28/2011-- I've had this installed for well over a year now and absolutely love it. I would emphasize the fact that the image can be adjusted greatly (talking size, skew and side to side) which is so helpful, especially if you're neurotic like me and have to fill every inch of the screen maintaining perfect level and square. Kids have had a blast playing PS3 on it, too. Still highly recommend this machine!

Short of it--AWESOME! I'm projecting a 150" screen from about 16'. BluRays are unbelievable--theater quality. Very quiet. Very easy to install and adjust (first one I've done and it took 5 minutes to set up out of the box, and then another 1-2 hours spent mounting it) It is very bright--room does not need to be black for excellent image. What else can you say? It does what it says. Beware other cheapy projectors w/o lens shift, though--lens shift on this makes the installation so easy and gives a lot of latitude as far as height and distance from screen/wall.
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I have immense praise for the Epson 8100 home cinema. My last projector was a 1300 lumen 480p Mitsubishi (HC100) and this projector is just so much higher quality it's stunning. It's quieter, brighter, immensely more clear, and boots to display much faster. I have not had any large issues with it yet. If given the choice I would absolutely buy this one again. I do have a good basis of comparison too, my friends all have projectors in their homes as well and the Epson easily competes with my buddies $5000 projector that he purchased around 9 months before this one.

Two things I would like them to change...
1. When displaying via the HDMI input, I would like to be able to re-size the image. Even if the signal is sent at 1920x1080, there are times I want to zoom in or stretch the image (Fullscreen DVD played on a windows desktop at 1080p)
2. When looking at BIOS Setup on the Media PC I have connected, the BIOS menu is all jammed up on the left side and does not format correctly. This is due to the projectors improper support of "Text Mode". It's usable, but looks bad.

5 stars, worth every penny I paid for it. LOVE IT!
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