Epson Home Cinema 710 HD Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 710HD Sharpness

Focusing the HC 710HD projector, and you get the feeling that it’s very sharp.  Get up close and the pixels are really sharp, but practical sharpness is more a function of resolution.  This is a 720p HD (1280×720) projector ( actually the slightly larger 1280×800) WXGA.  The resolution of projector is the important factor here.   Allow me to explain, if you are not familiar.  the difference between a 720p HD image, and a “Full HD” 1080p image, lies in the 1080p image having 2.25 the number of pixels – 2.25 times the detail, when the source material is 1080p.   That’s a big difference, so you cannot expect any 720p projector to provide the detail and clarity when watching 1080 source material.  It does make a very real difference.

For perspective, there is that same 2.5 times the resolution when you go from standard DVD resolution to 720p HD, that too is about a 2.25 times difference.  Ultimately, that says that a Blu-ray 1080p HD movie is about 5 times the resolution of a standard DVD movie. This Epson Home Cinema 710HD is half way between.  It easily looks sharper than any lower resolution projector, but will also never appear as “sharp” as any properly functioning 1080p projector when both are running 1080p content!

Comparison images: We take a close up look at the Video icon from the Sony PS3.  Below you can compare with 5 other projectors, a mix of  DLP and LCD projectors.

Epson Home Cinema 710HD
Acer H6500
Mitubishi HC4000.
Panasonic PT-AR100U (3LCD)
Optoma HD33
Epson Home Cinema 8350 (3LCD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top left: Epson Home Cinema 710HD , Top Center – Acer H6500, Top right Mitubishi HC4000.

2nd row left: Panasonic PT-AR100U (3LCD), center: Optoma HD33, Right: Epson Home Cinema 8350 (3LCD)

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