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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 705HD 3LCD Video Projector - Product Review

Introduction to the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 705HD

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 705HD 3LCD Video Projector - Front View With Accessories

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 705HD 3LCD Video Projector - Front View With Accessories

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Priced at $749.99, the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 705HD 3LCD Video Projector is targeted at the budget-minded. With its compact size, the 705HD can be placed just about anywhere. The 1280x800 pixel resolution and 2,500 lumen output, combined with a 3,000:1 contrast ratio, displays a bright image, but black levels are not as good as on slightly higher-priced projectors. However, the 705HD is easy to use, and has quick turn-on/shut-off time. For more details, continue reading this review.

For further perspective on the Epson 705HD, also check out my Photo Gallery and Video Performance Tests.

Overview of 3LCD Technology Used in the Epson 705HD

An LCD projector works by passing a powerful light source through a transparent LCD chip made up of individual pixels (which displays the moving video image) and projecting that image through a lens to a large screen.

What makes LCD projection technology very practical is that projectors can be made very compact, since the LCD chip is very small. Other advantages that can be implemented is high contrast and brightness capability, as well as low power consumption. This combination of factors can make an LCD projector very portable for multimedia use, such as business presentations (even in partially lit rooms). Also, video projectors using LCD technology also provide an excellent option for home theater use.

3LCD refers to a technology used in many video projectors that employs 3 LCD chips (one for each primary color: green, blue, and red) to produce an image.

The way 3LCD works is that single white light source is split into three colored light beams. These beams, in turn, lights up and passes through the three LCD chips, which now display a green, red, or blue image. Next, these images are combined through a prism, and then, using a lens, a full color image is projected onto a screen.

For more details on 3LCD, check out the Explore 3LCD Website.

Product Overview

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 705HD 3LCD Video Projector - Lens

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 705HD 3LCD Video Projector - Lens

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The features and specifications of the Despond PowerLite Home Cinema 705HD include the following:

1. 3LCD Video Projector with 2,500 Lumens (maximum) of light output and 1280x800 (approx.720p) Native Pixel Resolution.

2. Image size range: 27 to 270 inches - adds flexibility for both small and large screen sizes and room environments. Can project 80-inch 16x9 image from 8.5 ft or a 120-inch widescreen image from 13 ft.

3. Native 16x10 Screen Aspect Ratio. The Epson Home Cinema 705HD can accommodate standard 16x9 or 4x3 aspect ratio sources.

4. 3000:1 Contrast Ratio. 200 Watt Lamp and 4000 Hour Lamp Life (Low Light Output), 4000 Hour Lamp Life (High Light Output).

5. HDMI, VGA, HD-Component (via provided Component-to-VGA adapter cable), and Composite Video inputs. Any standard video source, except RF sources, can be connected.

6. 2 USB Inputs. (Type A) USB port for access to external USB media devices, the other (Type B) USB port for direct connection to a PC or Laptop. Built-in analog audio inputs and Mono speaker system.

7. Compatible with input resolutions up to 1080p (including both 1080p/24 and 1080p/60). NTSC/PAL Compatible. All sources scaled to 720p for screen display.

8. Manual Zoom and Focus controls located on lens assembly. On-screen menu system for other functions. Compact wireless remote control provided.

9. Instant On and Instant Off.

10. Automatic video input Detection - Manual video input selection also available via remote control or buttons on projector.

11. Kensington®-style lock provision, padlock and security cable hole provided.

12. Dimensions: 11.6 Wide x 9.0 Deep x 3.1 inches High - Weight: 5.1 lbs - AC Power: 100-240V, 50/60Hz

13. Carrying Bag included.

14. Suggested Price: $749.99.

Setup and Installation

The Home Cinema 705HD is easy to set up and use.

After setting up a screen (size of your choosing), position the unit on a table or rack at the optimal distance from the screen or white wall(your choosing). Note: The Home Cinema 705HD does not have a ceiling mount option.

Starting up the projector is easy. First, plug in your source (such as a DVD or Blu-ray Disc player) to the proper video input on the back of the projector. Then, plug in the power cord and turn on the power using the button on the top of the projector or the remote. It takes about 10 seconds or so until you see the Epson logo projected on your screen, at which time you are set to go.

At this point, you can raise or lower the front of the projector using the adjustable foot, and you can also adjust the image angle on the projection screen, or white wall, using the Keystone correction function via the onscreen menu navigation buttons on the the top of the projector, or on the remote control. You can also use the manual zoom control to get the image to fill the screen properly. After this, you can use the manual focus control to sharpen your image.

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 705HD 3LCD Video Projector - Connections Close-up

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 705HD 3LCD Video Projector - Connections Close-up

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The Home Cinema 705HD will search for the input of the source that is active. You can also access the source inputs manually via the controls on the projector, or via the wireless remote control.

Hardware Used

The additional home theater hardware used in this review included:

Source Components: OPPO BDP-83 and Sony BD-PS350 Blu-ray Disc players, Helios H4000 DVD Player.

Home Theater Receivers: Onkyo TX-SR705, Harman Kardon AVR147.

Loudspeaker/Subwoofer System 1 (7.1 channels): 2 Klipsch F-2's, 2 Klipsch B-3s, Klipsch C-2 Center , 2 Polk R300s, Klipsch Synergy Sub10.

Loudspeaker/Subwoofer System 2 (5.1 channels): EMP Tek E5Ci center channel speaker, four E5Bi compact bookshelf speakers for left and right main and surrounds, and an ES10i 100 watt powered subwoofer.

DVDO EDGE Video Scaler used for baseline video upscaling comparisons.

Audio/Video connections made with Accell, Cobalt, and AR Interconnect cables. 16 Gauge Speaker Wire used.

Software Used

The software used in this review included the following titles:

Blu-ray Discs used included scenes from from the following: 300, Across The Universe, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Hairspray, Iron Man, Shakira - Oral Fixation Tour, The Box, The Dark Knight, Tropic Thunder, Transporter 3, and UP.

Standard DVDs used included scenes from the following: The Cave, House of the Flying Daggers, Kill Bill - Vol 1/2, Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut), Lord of Rings Trilogy, Moulin Rouge, and V For Vendetta.

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