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Epson Home Cinema 8350 Projector – A quick comment

Greetings all,

Since I’ve been pounded with emails about the Home Cinema 8350, here, in a nutshell, is the important knowledge I’ve acquired so far.

Black levels have definitely improved.  Whether, however, this is an ultra high contrast projector I still can’t make the call.  It’s close.

Last night I did some quick viewing, and took some photos of the Home Cinema 8350 side by side with the Pro Cinema 9500UB/Home Cinema 8500UB, the Sanyo PLV-Z4000 and the Panasonic PT-AE4000.

The 8350 is no match for the Epson UB. (I’m figuring the same iris, so a native 4:1 advantage in contrast for the UB, by my math.)  And I didn’t expect it to be.  Where I was surprised was that the Panasonic PT-AE4000 still does better blacks.  The HC8350 is a bit closer to the Panny, than the Panny to the 9500UB, but its still definitely not the Panasonic’s equal.

The Sanyo PLV-Z4000 – the Z3000 update, did not improve on the 3000’s blacks, and they were always the lightest – of the projectors I call ultra high contrast.  In other words, the Sanyo was the entry level of the ultra high contrast projectors.

This new Epson is very close to the Sanyo, and on a couple of scenes could beat it, but overall, the Sanyo PLV-Z4000 has the edge.

My thought so far is that, the Epson improvement in blacks, is like that of the Mitsubishi HC4000’s (getting a Darkchip3 upgrade compared to the HC3800’s DC2.) That is, its a real improvement, small, but significant, and yet, not enough to catapult either projector into the middle of the pack, one price point higher – around $2000.  I see the Epson as potentially canabalizing Sanyo sales, but not too likely to take from either the Panasonic, the more expensive Epson, BenQ W6000 and others.

That’s it for now. -art

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