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post #1741 of 1935
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Originally Posted by mackeysasser1981 View Post

You are missing out. I borrowed today, via my local library, the following Blu-ray discs:

The Dark Knight
Casino Royale
The Phantom Menace
Attack of the Clones
Revenge of the Sith

Time to push the 8100 to the max this weekend!

haha...have fun brother...

i need to paint my ceiling as well as making a new screen.

i do have a bunch of blurays waiting, so i'll my fun soon enough.
post #1742 of 1935
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Originally Posted by mackeysasser1981 View Post

Am I the only posting photos/screenshots of the 8100??

Even though I have my own 8100, I want to see other members' setups.

Come on, people!

I am one of the AVS members who come out of the woodwork every time I upgrade my set-up...its been 4 years since my last major upgrade (going from 480p to 720p front projection), but the upgrade bug bit me again! I think I am going to add on a DIY 110-120" screen (likely painted) and once I get it all done I will post the results. In the meantime, I will read through every scrap of information I can find on it in the AVS forums!

I started my Home Theater decades ago with a 27" CRT-TV (GE) and a Hi-Fi VHS that sat on top of my Sony rack system stereo! Over the years I have grown from that beginning to my current dedicated HT room that was designed and built as part of my basement remodel 6 years ago.

I decided to pull the trigger on the 8100 due to the price I could get on the current close-out sales and the fact that Epson was still giving the B-stock a full 2-year warranty from resellers. Throw in the statements from Projector Central regarding the bulbs on all Epson 1080p projectors being treated as part of the projector warranty and I just could not justify an extra $400-500 to get a 8350 instead...I figure the worst that will happen is I may need a could bulb replacements in the next few years, but by the time the warranty runs out I will likely look to get into 3D!

My projector lineage is fairly common:

IF-SP4805 (480p ... July 2006 - Oct. 2008, 2 bulbs and about 4,200 hours of use) ---> Mitsubishi HD-1000u (720p ... Nov. 2008 - Feb. 2012, 3rd bulb nearing the end at 2,650 hrs) ---> now the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8100 (1080p)

My usage is for everything really....HDTV via AT&T U-Verse, Blu-Ray via Sony and Samsung stand alone players and the PS3, I still have a few HD-DVD's and the XB-360 hooked up as well. I usually only use the projector on weekends now, but there have been times that it gets much more heavy use and times when it can go a few weeks without being on. I'm a little concerned with some of the recommendations I saw in here about not running more than 5 hours (I have been known to go on the occasional movie marathon

This will be by far the largest, brightest and heaviest projector I have owned.

Looks like the free shipping I got was Fed-Ex 3rd Day, so I should get the unit on Monday or Tuesday next week and can spend some time prepping my room for it this weekend...
post #1743 of 1935
Congrats! I think you will be very happy with your upgrade! I've used mine several times over 5 hours without problem. I've had mine since the projector first came out without issue, still on the original bulb.
post #1744 of 1935
moostache2 - congrats on the purchase! I went from an XGA Acer business projector to 1080p via the 8100. I considered the Epson 705HD refurbished, but could not pass up the chance for 1080p for a little bit more cash. Enjoy your new projector. You're going to love it.

I've had my 8100 for one week. Had it going for five hours during the Super Bowl, watched Kung Fu Panda 2 and turned it on three other times - I still don't even think I've hit the 10 hour lamp milestone.

For me, as I've noted in previous posts, I'll be using the projector solely for Blu-ray films and perhaps a little HDTV programming. Therefore, not many hours will be put on this bad boy = I should have this puppy for many years ahead. I just hope the lamp will survive, but it really should, considering that by 2018, the lamp should have less than 700 hours on it. I just need to keep the filter clean and all SHOULD be well.
post #1745 of 1935
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Originally Posted by smokarz View Post

haha...have fun brother...

i need to paint my ceiling as well as making a new screen.

i do have a bunch of blurays waiting, so i'll my fun soon enough.

Painting the ceiling, eh? What color, black? That should certainly reduce reflections, but I would recommend a flat black paint, based on what I've read on the subject.

My ceiling is white, but the other walls are a dark blue.

Is your theater a dedicated room or in the basement? My 8100 is located in the living room so I didn't have the option of painting the ceiling dark. Also, I know this is sacrilegious, but I have two screws in my screen wall so we can hang a couple frames on the wall when the projector is not in use. The upside is that the room looks like any other living room, but when we want to transform it into a theater, we simply remove the frames and move some furniture around.
post #1746 of 1935
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Originally Posted by mackeysasser1981 View Post

Painting the ceiling, eh? What color, black? That should certainly reduce reflections, but I would recommend a flat black paint, based on what I've read on the subject.

My ceiling is white, but the other walls are a dark blue.

Is your theater a dedicated room or in the basement? My 8100 is located in the living room so I didn't have the option of painting the ceiling dark. Also, I know this is sacrilegious, but I have two screws in my screen wall so we can hang a couple frames on the wall when the projector is not in use. The upside is that the room looks like any other living room, but when we want to transform it into a theater, we simply remove the frames and move some furniture around.

yes, dark brown, or Behr like to call it chocolate latte (or something fancy).

my walls are mayan gold.

the room is a dedicated room in the basement i built last year.

check out my speaker build thread for some pics.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...1334025&page=7
post #1747 of 1935
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Originally Posted by mackeysasser1981 View Post

Am I the only posting photos/screenshots of the 8100??

Even though I have my own 8100, I want to see other members' setups.

Come on, people!

Well, I'm not the best photographer, and I use a Nikon CoolPix digital camera that for pics of the projector image on the screen uses flash and extended aperture opening, so I have to pause the movie, and then the image is a little washed out from the flash. But I bought because it's idiot proof - push the button halfway for it to autofocus and calculate what it needs to do, and then push the button all the way down for the pic. So here's Avatar Blu-ray form the 8100:



And Lady and the Tramp Blu-ray:



I'm divorced with no kids, but I have a dog I rescued from the animal shelter. She sits up on the couch next to me to see what movie I'm going to watch for the night. Something like Cleopatra puts her to sleep in no time, but she LOVES Disney animated films - she watched Lady & the Tramp all the way through intently, cocking her head back and forth, she even growled when the dog catcher was chasing Tramp, LOL.
post #1748 of 1935
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Originally Posted by mackeysasser1981 View Post

Painting the ceiling, eh? What color, black? That should certainly reduce reflections, but I would recommend a flat black paint, based on what I've read on the subject.

My ceiling is white, but the other walls are a dark blue.

Is your theater a dedicated room or in the basement? My 8100 is located in the living room so I didn't have the option of painting the ceiling dark. Also, I know this is sacrilegious, but I have two screws in my screen wall so we can hang a couple frames on the wall when the projector is not in use. The upside is that the room looks like any other living room, but when we want to transform it into a theater, we simply remove the frames and move some furniture around.

I definitely recoomend a flat paint for the ceiling, even in lighter colors a flat paint doesn't reflect nearly as much as eggshell or semigloss. I use the family room for my HT/projection room. When I first started the ceilings we white and the wall an off white, both semigloss, and a night with no lights on you could read a book during bright daylight scenes in a movie it was so bright. So I painted the walls dark olive green and the ceiling & accent walls a lighter green so it wouldn't be so gloomy in the daytime. I used Ace Hardware washable flat paint, and the lighter ceiling doesn't reflect at all. A regular flat paint will of course work fine, the ceiling doesn't ever need washing, but I chose the paints off the same color sample sheet so they'd match up and I wanted washable flat for the walls to clean up fingerprints, wet dog nose prints, etc. Here's the new 8100 ceiling mounted next to my Panasonic AE4000:



The strip of ceiling in the upper left is what the ceiling is painted in. There's a high cathedral ceiling in the center to accommodate a high skylight type window behind the top beige curtain, which I have permanently covered up with aluminum insulation, the curtain just covers it up, and I painted it the dark olive paint on the walls just to accent it.
post #1749 of 1935
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Originally Posted by CochiseGuy View Post

Well, I'm not the best photographer, and I use a Nikon CoolPix digital camera that for pics of the projector image on the screen uses flash and extended aperture opening, so I have to pause the movie, and then the image is a little washed out from the flash. But I bought because it's idiot proof - push the button halfway for it to autofocus and calculate what it needs to do, and then push the button all the way down for the pic. So here's Avatar Blu-ray form the 8100:



And Lady and the Tramp Blu-ray:



I'm divorced with no kids, but I have a dog I rescued from the animal shelter. She sits up on the couch next to me to see what movie I'm going to watch for the night. Something like Cleopatra puts her to sleep in no time, but she LOVES Disney animated films - she watched Lady & the Tramp all the way through intently, cocking her head back and forth, she even growled when the dog catcher was chasing Tramp, LOL.

I've been using my camera phone (flash disabled) to snap photos but the quality isn't great - even though it's 8MP.

Next time I use the projector I will try using my regular digital camera (flash off) and mess the ISO and other settings + set it up on a tripod so with timer so I don't have to hold onto it - thus eliminating blur. Hopefully, that will work.

By the way, saw "In Time" last night featuring Justin Timberlake. It was actually very good.

Today/tonight, I'll be watching "Attack of the Block."
post #1750 of 1935
I am stuck in my "waiting for new projector to arrive" days....should arrive tomorrow sometime, but maybe not until Tuesday.. =(

In the meantime, I have been scouring the interwebs reading reviews of this machine everywhere I can find them and of course finding plenty of bulb life complaints...my question is this - since this unit and the 6500UB, 8500UB and 8350 all seem to share the same part number for replacement bulbs, why do the other Epson models NOT seem to have the same volume of complaints on bulb life. What is the problem then with the 8100? Has this unit simply been built with a design flaw that the other models do not have or was this in fact a problem for the other models that use this bulb too?

(I'm not really overly concerned since my expectations for this unit are to get 2 years and the life of the warranty from the unit before moving to a 3D projector once the discs stop price gouging...seriously, $50 for TOY STORY 1??? REALLY?)

Really have been using my Mitsubishi HD-1000U a lot this weekend and I have been pleased with the HD image and colors for Cars 2 and also Casino Royale. The thing about the HD1000 is that I really notice the drop in resolution on games like Battlefield 3 and Crysis 2 when I compare them to the 1080p LCD set. If I can just get a boost there with the 8100 I should one pleased puppy by next weekend!
post #1751 of 1935
Inception screenshots on the Epson 8100 (ISO set at -2 -- no flash -- on tripod -- timer -- what else can I do to get a better image?)





post #1752 of 1935
these shots look much better. what screen do you have?
post #1753 of 1935
hey guys, can you tell me what screw size you use to mount your projector?

thanks
post #1754 of 1935
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Originally Posted by smokarz View Post

these shots look much better. what screen do you have?

Thanks! I actually don't have a screen. I'm projecting directly onto drywall that was painted with two coats of Behr Silver Screen mixed with Minwax Satin Polycrylic.
post #1755 of 1935
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Originally Posted by smokarz View Post

hey guys, can you tell me what screw size you use to mount your projector?

thanks

hey come one guys, i know you all mount your projector. come on spit it up.

post #1756 of 1935
its in the manual.

I believe m4?
post #1757 of 1935
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Originally Posted by smokarz View Post

hey come one guys, i know you all mount your projector. come on spit it up.


Whatever it is it's fairly common - I have a tupperware thing I throw old screws into in case I ever need one (never let a good screw go to waste), and found four that fit it pretty easily.
post #1758 of 1935
look at what the Fedex man brought for Valentine day.

it is easily 3x the size of my previous HD65 projector. i'll have it mounted tonight for some quick observations and pics.




post #1759 of 1935
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Originally Posted by smokarz View Post

look at what the Fedex man brought for Valentine day.

it is easily 3x the size of my previous HD65 projector. i'll have it mounted tonight for some quick observations and pics.





Isn't she beautiful?
post #1760 of 1935
absolutely gorgeous.

question. does these refurb units come with a brand new lamp?

i don't want to be surprised when i turn on the projector and it has a few hundred hours on it. i guess i'll know for sure tonight.
post #1761 of 1935
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Originally Posted by smokarz View Post

absolutely gorgeous.

question. does these refurb units come with a brand new lamp?

i don't want to be surprised when i turn on the projector and it has a few hundred hours on it. i guess i'll know for sure tonight.

For my refurbished - it was at zero hours. However, I heard there is a secret menu that shows the actual amount of hours. My guess is Epson puts a new lamp into each refurb unit, but nevertheless, I'd like to check on that.
post #1762 of 1935
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Originally Posted by smokarz View Post

absolutely gorgeous.

question. does these refurb units come with a brand new lamp?

i don't want to be surprised when i turn on the projector and it has a few hundred hours on it. i guess i'll know for sure tonight.

Yeah, my refurb unit also had 0 hours on the lamp. BTW, hours don't show up until after 5 hours. I highly doubt if these units were ever used, it smelled brand new out of the box. It's not uncommon for CE companies to blow out remaining inventory of discontinued models by stamped them as "refurbished" and discounting them heavily - but they usually lower the warranty to only 90 days.

Congrats on the Valentine's Day 'gift'. Did you find the right screws?
post #1763 of 1935
thanks.

yes i did, it's in the manual as someone had posted

M4x9mm

i think homedepot has M4x10mm. i am going there to pick up a few later, along with some washers.
post #1764 of 1935
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Originally Posted by CochiseGuy View Post

Yeah, my refurb unit also had 0 hours on the lamp. BTW, hours don't show up until after 5 hours. I highly doubt if these units were ever used, it smelled brand new out of the box. It's not uncommon for CE companies to blow out remaining inventory of discontinued models by stamped them as "refurbished" and discounting them heavily - but they usually lower the warranty to only 90 days.

Congrats on the Valentine's Day 'gift'. Did you find the right screws?

I agree. My unit seemed 100 percent new although there is a smudge on the lens - technically that could have come from quality control or someone from Epson testing the unit. I'm gonna have to clean that one of these days.
post #1765 of 1935
went down stairs to try and mount the projector, but this darn universal mount just don't work.

http://www.amazon.com/VideoSecu-Univ...cm_rdp_product



wasted money. now i need to get a new mount.

can you tell guys tell me what you're using to mount your 8100?

i need something that is guaranteed to work.
post #1766 of 1935
does anyone use this Atdec TH-WH-PJ-FM mount?

http://www.amazon.com/Atdec-TH-WH-PJ...&s=electronics
post #1767 of 1935
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Originally Posted by smokarz View Post

went down stairs to try and mount the projector, but this darn universal mount just don't work.

http://www.amazon.com/VideoSecu-Univ...cm_rdp_product



wasted money. now i need to get a new mount.

can you tell guys tell me what you're using to mount your 8100?

i need something that is guaranteed to work.

Mine should arrive in the AM...I also ordered a new mount from monoprice but forgot the number...pix and numbers will be up by end of week.

Can't wait to start playing around with mine too!
post #1768 of 1935
More Inception on the wall...(used night mode on camera but I'm not impressed)

post #1769 of 1935
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Originally Posted by smokarz View Post

went down stairs to try and mount the projector, but this darn universal mount just don't work.

http://www.amazon.com/VideoSecu-Univ...cm_rdp_product



wasted money. now i need to get a new mount.

can you tell guys tell me what you're using to mount your 8100?

i need something that is guaranteed to work.

See my post here a few pages back:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...7#post21597237
post #1770 of 1935
thanks. couldn't wait so bought the Atdec mount. hope it comes this friday.
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