So, after ordering my Epson 8350 from VA 3 days ago, I was surprised to find a package sitting on my front door this morning...
The 8350 will be replacing my Optoma HD20 projector that I bought in April. The little HD20 served me well, but it had absolutely no lens shift capabilities (besides zoom and focus), which, because of my theater setup, forced me to place the projector on the ground.
Here's two side-by-side views of the Optoma HD20 (left) and Epson 8350 (right).
I was curious about the lumen output of the 8350, so I decided to do a comparison between the two projectors.
Before I being my review, let me say I am no expert when it comes to projectors. If you are trying to decide what product to buy, do not let my review sway your decision. Take what I say with a grain of salt.
Okay, now with that out of the way, let me begin.
I have a 150" projector screen with a throw distance of 19 feet, so getting a bright image is no easy task, especially in a large living room with large windows that leads into other rooms with more windows. And to make things even harder for the two projectors, it was about 2 PM at the time.
With the 8350's default settings, it was capable of producing a slightly brighter image than the HD20 (which has 1700 lumens). However, when I put the 8350 into it's "Living Room" setting, I was surprised to see the image brightness increase to a point where there was no comparison between the HD20 and 8350. The blacks weren't pitch black, but they definitely weren't as gray anymore. I was able to see text clearly without having to squint.
I took some before-and-after pictures to show the results, but I do not feel the pictures do either of these projectors any justice. If you want them, PM me.
Anybody have any questions or requests? I plan on watching a few movies later tonight, so I'll be able to do a little bit more testing then.