In the end, using the Cinema preset in Eco mode with the lens at the maximum telephoto setting produced lumens on our test sample, which is still awfully bright for a " diagonal screen in a darkened theater environment. If you are going to watch a lot of 3D, you may want to stick with a " diagonal screen, which will give you 21 fL in 2D and 5 fL in 3D. You could also use the 3D Dynamic preset, which boosts 3D brightness enough to give you 7 fL on a " screen or 5 fL on a " screen. The former is a great choice for home entertainment, while the latter is better for the cinemaphile who wants to get into 3D without breaking the bank.
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Page 1 Page 2 The floodgates have begun to open in the world of "entry-level" 3D front projectors. Since then, Optoma, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, and Epson have all entered the fray.
In fact, Optoma and Epson have already redefined the entry-level price point for 3D front projection with the introduction of the HD33 and Home Cinema , respectively. The and models come in wireless-friendly versions, dubbed the e and e. Beyond the integrated WirelessHD receiver, the and e are identical in terms of their specs and performance, so all of my observations apply to both. The HCe has a built-in IR sync emitter that allows the projector and glasses to communicate up to a distance of about 20 feet.
However, the HCe does not come with any 3D glasses. The basic HC comes with two pairs of 3D glasses. Featuring an auto iris, the HCe has a quoted dynamic contrast ratio of 40, and a quoted brightness of 2, lumens. The HCe sports two integrated watt speakers and a USB port that supports photo playback with an auto slideshow option. The HCe has a slightly rounded, glossy-white cabinet with a center-oriented lens. The top panel includes buttons for menu, escape, source, power, keystone correction, and volume.
The two speakers fire from the backside, sandwiching a connection panel that includes two HDMI, one VGA, one component video, and one composite video input. You also get the aforementioned USB port plus a second USB port for service only , a stereo analog input, an RS port, and a 3D IR emitter port to which you can attach the optional V12H emitter to extend the range between glasses and projector to up to 32 feet.
This unit lacks volt triggers. The supplied remote offers full backlighting, dedicated source buttons, and direct access to a lot of desirable controls, such as color mode, auto iris, aspect, RGBCMY color management , and more.
Manual zoom 1. The two front feet are adjustable, and Epson includes its usual onscreen test pattern to aid with sizing and focus. The big omission is lens-shifting ability; this model does not offer any horizontal or vertical lens shift, which made it more challenging to position the image on my inch-diagonal Elite screen. The bottom of the projected image is in line with the top of the lens, so the image was too high when I put the projector on top of my tower-style equipment rack where my own Epson Home Cinema usually sits but too low when I put it on a coffee table.
I eventually came up with a happy medium that required rearranging some furniture. Epson still includes a healthy assortment of picture adjustments for this budget projector.
You get five color modes for 2D content Auto, Dynamic, Living Room, Natural, and Cinema--as usual, I went with Cinema and two for 3D content 3D Dynamic and 3D Cinema ; 12 color-temperature presets, plus skintone adjustment and RGB offset and gain controls; an advanced color management system that lets you adjust hue, brightness, and saturation for all six color points; five gamma presets and custom setup; noise reduction; Normal and Eco lamp modes; three settings for the automatic iris Off, Normal, and High-Speed ; and 10 memory options to store different profiles.
Aspect-ratio choices are Auto, Normal, Full, Zoom, and Wide, with the option to add up to 8 percent overscan. All you have to turn do is turn on the 3D glasses and switch to a 3D source. The first time I played a 3D source, the projector automatically switched to the 3D Dynamic picture mode; I manually changed to the 3D Cinema mode, and the projector remembered that choice for future 3D sources.
Many of the aforementioned picture adjustments are still accessible in the 3D modes, but there are a few exceptions. When you power up the HCe, its integrated WirelessHD receiver will automatically link with the transmitter, and the image appears on the screen.
I had no trouble establishing and maintaining a link between the transmitter and receiver, with my review sample sitting about 11 feet from the transmitter unit. Performance One of the challenges that faces an active 3D display, be it a TV or projector, is image brightness.
The shutters in the glasses diminish light output, so you have to start with a very bright picture to get a 3D image that pops. Light output has been an issue for many first-generation 3D projectors, but the HCe proves up to the task. This is a very bright projector, particularly when mated with a smaller screen. I use a modest inch-diagonal Elite Screens model with 1.
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