Epson Cinema 550 Warranty
Epson comes with an excellent warranty. Two years parts and labor, but it also includes Epson's Emergency Road Service program. Should your Epson malfunction, give Epson a call and they will overnight you a replacement projector to arrive the next morning by overnight shipping. Simply toss your broken projector in the box the replacement came in, and Epson pays the freight. The replacement is yours to keep. Nice, you're back up and running one day after you contact them. (weekdays only).
Overall, the Epson is excellent for users with mixed viewing requirements, (sports, HDTV, movies, and probably gaming), especially if you don't want to fully darken your room. DVD's are a little soft, but next generation DVD's (Blu-Ray or HD-DVD) should be much sharper. For those primarily interested in DVD viewing (today's DVD's), however other projectors do exceed its performance. While black levels and shadow detail are very good, a few others do better.
Epson has a long term reputation for build quality and reliability, and as noted, backed by a better than average warranty/replacement program. That said, all but the pickiest buyers should be thoroughly pleased with the Epson's performance. Like most new projectors, first time buyers will almost certainly be fully impressed, with the overall performance and flexibility.
We look forward to reviewing Epson's new ProCinema 800, a much more expensive projector, with higher contrast ratios and better black levels, that should perform much like the Cinema 550 but even better!
You can spend more on home theater projectors, and get better performance, but the Epson Cinema 550 home theater projector will be tough to beat, at its price.