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Epson Home Cinema 8700UB Projector - Performance-3

Posted on November 1, 2010 by Art Feierman

Epson Home Cinema 8700UB: Bottom Line Sharpness

I see an improvement here. I cannot tell if Epson has really made the Home Cinema 8350 sharper than last years models, by virtue of a slightly improved optical engine, or just luck of the draw, but if they all look this sharp, that is an improvement

Epson Home Cinema 8700UB Sharpness 2

Home Cinema 8700UB
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Light Leakage

There is minimal leakage from this Epson design. That has been true of all the Epson UB's using this basic design, essentially, starting with the 6500UB.

Image Noise

Epson relies on Silicon Graphix Reon VX processing. That's very clean stuff. No issues to report at all.

Audible Noise

Epson claims 22 db in eco mode and 28 at full power. 28 is pretty good for full power, quieter than any of the DLP projectors, even at several times the price. The iris noise is minimal by my reckoning. The 8350 has been sitting 3 feet behind me and 18 inches below me, for most of a week. all my viewing has been with the lamp on full power. Never noticed the noise, but then, I know some folks are far more sensitive to background noise. In low power mode (eco mode), the 22 db isn't the quietest projector out there, but is close to silent, for all practical purposes.

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