Epson Home Cinema 705HD Projector Announcement – Review to come Later

OK, it’s Sept. 17, 2009, and someone has just announced a new 720p projector.  That’s the first one in quite a while, and the pricing is rather nice.  MAP pricing is $749.

The new model, of course, is the Epson Home Cinema 705HD home theater projector.

OK, it’s inexpensive, but perhaps more importantly, it really is designed as a low cost multi-use room projector. It should do a very nice job of lighting up a family room, with it’s claimed 2500 lumens.

I must admit, it’s hard to get excited about new 720p projectors, but, that said, and price considered, the Home Cinema 705HD looks to be a good one.  I don’t know when it will arrive for review, and it doesn’t make  my highest priority list of projectors to review, but I’ll get to it when I can.  It will definitely get reviewed behind the the $999 projectors from BenQ and Vivitek, and of course the Home Cinema 8100, and Home Cinema 8500UB as well as the InFocus IN8602 and the reviews currently in process.  Probably early November.

OK, back to the Home Cinema 705HD Projector

The 705HD also has a USB 2.0 slot, so you can directly run photos and slide shows, a nice touch for a family room projector.  This is in line with the “more than movies and sports” attitude  user friendly functionality of the MovieMate all in one projectors, and the Ensemble HD.  As with all Epson projectors, this one uses 3LCD technology.  No surprise since Epson makes almost all the LCD panels for today’s projectors, be they projectors from Epson, Panasonic, Sanyo, Mitsubishi and others.

If the Powerlite 705HD can really deliver on those 2500 lumens, this is going to be a screaming low cost projector that on a smaller screen, say 90 inches, will likely be almost as bright as an LCDTV or Plasma, and may work with a pretty fair amount of light in the room.

This Epson comes with a 2 year parts and labor warranty, and a 48 hour replacement program.  That’s a lot more warranty and support than almost any other under $1000 projector offers.

Ok enough for now.  I’ll do a first look blog when it comes in, although there may be a big chunk of time between that blog, and the full review.

PS.  This should be a great, low cost and highly portable projector to pick up and take out back, or to the driveway for those outdoor movie parties, etc.  -art

News and Comments

  • Low cost…really cannot say that. looks expensive to me

    • Hi, In the grand scheme of things, $749 is low cost. There’s almost nothing for less, and the average price these days for a home theater projector is about $2000.

      When it comes to 720p projectors the range seems to be from about $600 to $999 (I’m talking street prices.) -art

  • Stefano

    Art: where do you sit on the DLP vs 3LCD debate at this entry level price/value ratio for home theater/movie projection? (Assuming a decent screen)
    Thanks for your thoughts and if you have already addressed this, pls let me know where. Thanks!

  • Tom

    I realize this projector isn’t high on your priority list, but I wanted to let you know that there are still some people interested in 720p projectors. For me it’s mostly because of the price and noise. If it’s 3/4 or less of the price of the cheap 1080p projectors and quieter, I would actually prefer it. Assuming of course the image is decent.

    • Hi Tom,

      It’s important for me, to review, as well, however, there have to be priorities. Generally, the sweet spots of the market – basically $999 – $2999 have to get first priority, in general, then come most projectors below and above that price. There are always some exceptions, but ultimately, when I prioritize, more importantly is when units are available. The 705HD was the last of the new Epson’s announced, and likely therefore, the last available for review, regardless. The crunch is on for the next 60 days. after that, I have a little more “control”. BTW, I just received an Epson Home Cinema 8100, wasn’t even expecting that for a couple of weeks until I got an email yesterday, saying basically “surprise, we have one for you, and it’s on the way”. (I love surprises.) -art

  • Dallen

    Hi Art. You’ve got to give us a quick initial impression of the 8100! Were hanging out here- need a fix!!
    Cheers

    • Hey Dallen,

      Who says I “have to”? Actually, the first look blog is just about finished. I had been awaiting some answers from Epson, and they arrived not long ago. I’ll try to post the 8100 review in the next couple of hours. If I want to sort and use any of the photos I took last night (side-by-sides with the Mitsubishi HC3800), however, then I probalby won’t post until later this evening, as I have to finish the shoot, select the images, resize, place, etc… (these photo shoot sessions are a pain and take hours for each projector. Hang in there.
      Here’s a teaser though. I was surprised, I had expected the 8100 to easily beat the HC3800 at black level performance. It was not the case. Yes the Epson at it’s best could do blacker blacks, but that only turned out to be on the very darkest of scenes (like a basic starfield, or a black transition scene. In most dark scenes, the HC3800’s black levels were slightly below the Epson.
      Other than that, things worked out pretty much as expected – oh, one more thing. Mike didn’t end up with as many lumens as we expected on the 8100, but its a pre-production unit, so it wouldn’t be surprising if a production unit was 10% or more brighter. We shall see about that. Unlike the older 6100, color in brightest mode, was dramatically improved, and rather good. I can say this, there are a lot of interesting trade-offs between the Epson Home Cinema 8100 and the Mitsubishi HC3800, which seem to be the two “hot” $1500ish projectors hitting the market. The 8100 review should prove interesting, and the competitors section, even more so.
      BTW, trying to get the HC3800’s competitors section done tonight, too. -art

  • Brian

    A new Epson 720p? One more wrench to toss into the gears … haha…

    I’m really looking forward to the Epson 8100 as that is one projector I’ve been holding out for. But lately, I’ve been reconsidering my options. Plasmas are getting DIRT CHEAP and LED LCD’s are looking good too. I’m drooling over a new deal every weekend. I’m starting to lean to getting a decent plasma for normal viewing AND a cheap 720 projector for dvd movies/sports instead of one or the other. This 705hd has my attention and I’m also considering the Optoma HD65 which I can get for +/-$600. My budget is about $1500 and it’s starting to look like one can have the best of both worlds for that right now. AMAZING!

    Thanks for your time Art … I’ll be waiting for your review(s).

  • Vince

    Can ANYONE direct me to a review of either the Moviemate 60 or the Epson 705hd??? I cannot find a review ANYWHERE. I went to Amazon and read some BOGUS review, but I am looking for something authentic.

    I ask because I have a moviemate 30s. I found it to be better than the Moviemate 50 and 55 due to the contrast ratio. However, I’m wondering if the 540p on the Moviemate 60 is actually BETTER than 480p on my current projector. Will games or movies improve? I thought that games and movies only utilize 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p.

    Can anyone comment on this?

    • HI, Both are on my list to review, but sorry, neither will be done before Xmas. I’ve got a Vivitek and a couple of others ahead of those. That’s a problem with Epson – they effectively released (including Pro and Home Cinema projectors as separate), a total of 6 home theater projectors, at essentially the same time. Since none of the other companies seem to have released more than 2 projectors this fall, if we did them in the order they were released, I’d have to have almost 2 months of Epson reviews only.

      As soon as I know which one I’ll be getting first, I’ll post. -art

  • Nicolin

    Thanks for your hart work Art. I am just wondering if this Epson 705HD will get reviewed soon. I’m on the verge of buying but I am waiting for your well trusted review before I make the final decision.
    Thanks again for all your efforts.

    • It’s up next. I’m told it’s in transit! -art

  • Michael

    Hi Art. Any news/info on the Epson 705HD?

    • Michael, It got posted a couple days after your comment. -art