Posted on August 19, 2008
I do believe that the two new Ensemble HD systems from Epson have the potential to completely change the dynamics of home theater purchases.
Finally, an easy way (budget allowing), to convert a room and install a home theater projector based complete system.
(Note, image above, provided by Epson, Olympic image on the screen, from our review photo shoot, added by Projector Reviews. -art)
After the Highlights list, I need to provide a quick “look” at the home theater market up until this new product. After that, this overview will get into all the aspects of what the Epson Ensemble HD 1080 (and Ensemble HD 720) consist of!
The Ensemble HD 1080 easily earns our Hot Product Award, but somehow that just doesn’t seem to be enough. As a result, a new award category has been created, and the Ensemble HD 1080 is the first to win it: Congratuations: The Epson Ensemble HD1080 receives our highest award: Outstanding Product! – 2008
Now the only way to properly review the Ensemble HD, I figured, would be to install one in our house, since the concept of a complete, easy to install system is key to the concept. As I already have one awesome system, my wife and I decided that we could put a second one in our home office. (Smart move!). That was the plan, and it came off as hassle free as we had anticipated! Note: Epson was good enough to provide both the Epson Ensemble HD 1080 for the room, and to cover the cost of the installation as well. (Hard to argue with that!)
For the first time, a high quality large screen projection system – with sound to match – can be installed in people’s homes, stress free in less than a day!
We’re talking projector, 100 inch diagonal screen, a full 5.1 surround sound system, with sub-woofer, DVD player and AM/FM tuner, complete with almost all of the trimmings. (You’ll likely still want to have your cable or satellite hooked up, and sooner or later, a Blu-ray player – I recommend sooner!) A home theater system like this makes the average sized LCDTV look so small that it all belongs in the kitchen!
Projector-based home theater systems are a tiny portion of the home theater market, with sales in the hundreds of thousands in the US each year, compared to tens of millions of LCDTV and plasmas sold.
Most people who have thought about a projector-based home theater system in their home, find the prospect of actually buying one to be too daunting. As a result, by my estimate, most people who have a room set up with a projector for some first class home theater, fit into three categories:
What’s missing from this list is most of the other 5 Billion plus people on the planet.
Most people go out and buy from their favorite toy store – Best Buy, Circuit City, and appliance stores that sell plasmas and LCDTVs. They then do the most basic setup in their homes. Over half of these people will just have their Plasma or LCDTV on a stand or table top, and not bother with wall mounting. Most will not even add to the typically anemic built in speakers inside the LCDTV or Plasma, thus losing the great room filling sound available on HDTV, TV, and DVDs of all types.
Basically people want to keep things simple, and with a serious home theater system at any budget level, there are many important choices to be made. That’s enough to intimidate the vast majority of people, whether they want a system for $3000 (or less), $100,000 or more, or anywhere in between.
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