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post #7231 of 8634
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Originally Posted by pauleyc View Post

^^ I know the guy that runs it, so I will get more information. Its a large collapsible aluminum frame. The screen snaps to it and has a black border sewn into it (not velvet, just black like the screen). The surface feels like thick plastic w/ a texture. It wrinkles when they fold it up but its not obvious when you are watching it in the dark.

Very cool.

 

Is the projector setup as rear-projection (inside house) or front projection (outside) ... like we usually do it.

post #7232 of 8634
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Originally Posted by Tesla1856 View Post

Very cool.

Is the projector setup as rear-projection (inside house) or front projection (outside) ... like we usually do it.

Front projection .. if you look in the picture there is caution tape stretched out to the projector so no one trips over the wires.

Its done by my HOA .. very fun family event. They have popcorn, soda, water, etc.. and sometimes treats like ice cream. At the end of the night they do a drawing and someone gets the movie and someone gets the poster. I guessed low, there were 260 people that showed up.
post #7233 of 8634
I'm experiencing a problem with my 8350.

When I'm watching TV it will just change to static (snow) until I change the input and change it back.

Possible HDMI handshake issue?
post #7234 of 8634
I'm on my fourth 8350 in 8 months and this is starting to feel like owning an MG. When it's running well, it can turn some heads, but alas, she has mechanical problems.

Hitting the power button results in rising anxiety as the seconds drag waiting for the EPSON logo.

My first had convergence issues, and my next two had the auto iris issue. Oddly, the auto-iris issue on my current 8350 started happening last month and now it appears that the bulb is dead after less than 500 hours. This could be because I've had to turn it off and on several times in an attempt to clear the auto iris issue.

The real shame is that this model had absolutely perfect convergence and no blobs or color issues!

Epson, as always, had outstanding customer service, and is sending me another one.
post #7235 of 8634
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Originally Posted by Acesfullup View Post

I'm on my fourth 8350 in 8 months and this is starting to feel like owning an MG. When it's running well, it can turn some heads, but alas, she has mechanical problems.

Hitting the power button results in rising anxiety as the seconds drag waiting for the EPSON logo.

My first had convergence issues, and my next two had the auto iris issue. Oddly, the auto-iris issue on my current 8350 started happening last month and now it appears that the bulb is dead after less than 500 hours. This could be because I've had to turn it off and on several times in an attempt to clear the auto iris issue.

The real shame is that this model had absolutely perfect convergence and no blobs or color issues!

Epson, as always, had outstanding customer service, and is sending me another one.


I was on my 1st that I bought in September of last year last until early this year, march I believe, when it blew a bulb. It also exhibited the auto iris error too frequently but i put up with that since the unit worked flawlessly until the bulb blew. I promptly received the replacement bulb, put it in projector and noticed what I think were dust blobs and I tried to blow them out but they persisted.

I called epson and they sent me a refurb replacement which kept getting the auto iris almost daily. Called and got another 1 but convergence was off, called and got another one that had an issue with image retention.

I called and since I would be on my fourth one, they escalated the call to another department which sent me a new projector, least that was what I was told. This one had an issue where a part of the imagine would always be out of focus compared to the rest of the screen.

Called and got another brand new that I am currently on, I feel as though the image is softer than my prior ones but I haven't put too much time into setting it up because I got my wisdom teeth pulled so I haven't been feeling up to the task.

So I had one from September 2011 until march 2012. Since march, I've had 5 including my current one that has had some issue with it. Hopefully my current one works out ok.

Knowing what I know now, I regret going with this model since I've had some many with issues. Would have gotten a higher end epson or another brand altogether. Just my own personally experience, not saying that everyone will have a similar experience.
post #7236 of 8634
I only had one MG and that was enough. The MGB was a fun little car but the main engine bearings were only good for about 40k. I hope I have better luck with my 8350. Lovin it so far! biggrin.gif
post #7237 of 8634
You do realise that MG stands for "Might Go..." ?

After a few early exchanges, My 8350 is running well.
Edited by TrekFX - 6/19/12 at 12:07pm
post #7238 of 8634
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Originally Posted by TrekFX View Post

You do realise that MG stands for "Might Go..." ?.

And EPSON stands for SON of Electronic Printer - no joke!
post #7239 of 8634
How do you tell if your bulb is going? I just called service--dust blobs and the picture brightens and darkens. The dust blobs are getting me my third replacement, but the tech wondered if my bulb was going. I thought it was an iris issue, but he said since I wasn't getting the error and it was brightening and dimming whether I had the iris set to "off," or "auto," so he thought it might be a bad bulb. After talking to someone else (put on hold), they decided to replace it because of the dust blobs. I thought I might have dodged a bullet because the bulb was no longer under warranty (my second replacement, warranty goes back to March 2011). I only had 600 hours on this bulb, so I never thought of it being the bulb. So, could the bulb have been going? Like I said, I noticed it most on brighter images--it would brighten up, then darken, and sometimes it would slowly brighten (a second or two), then quickly darken. It would do this every few minutes. It got worse quickly--over the span of a couple of days. Last night it was doing it on dimmer images. I'll be getting my replacement tomorrow or the next day, so until then I'm not going to use the projector. I don't want to take the chance to return the unit with a burnt out bulb.
post #7240 of 8634
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Originally Posted by DanP. View Post

How do you tell if your bulb is going? I just called service--dust blobs and the picture brightens and darkens. The dust blobs are getting me my third replacement, but the tech wondered if my bulb was going. I thought it was an iris issue, but he said since I wasn't getting the error and it was brightening and dimming whether I had the iris set to "off," or "auto," so he thought it might be a bad bulb. After talking to someone else (put on hold), they decided to replace it because of the dust blobs. I thought I might have dodged a bullet because the bulb was no longer under warranty (my second replacement, warranty goes back to March 2011). I only had 600 hours on this bulb, so I never thought of it being the bulb. So, could the bulb have been going? Like I said, I noticed it most on brighter images--it would brighten up, then darken, and sometimes it would slowly brighten (a second or two), then quickly darken. It would do this every few minutes. It got worse quickly--over the span of a couple of days. Last night it was doing it on dimmer images. I'll be getting my replacement tomorrow or the next day, so until then I'm not going to use the projector. I don't want to take the chance to return the unit with a burnt out bulb.

Do you run your projector in ECO mode? If so, try running your projector on Normal in Dynamic mode for an evening. For whatever reason, that is what solved it for me (and for others that have brought up this issue in this thread). As for the dust blobs, that can be fixed with a can of compressed air. Check out entry #7219 for very detailed instructions. I would strongly recommend trying these steps first before you keep the replacement, especially if you are happy with everything else. From what I read in this thread, the replacements can be hit or miss.
post #7241 of 8634
Where do I find the eco mode?
post #7242 of 8634
What is the largest projection size anyone has tried on this? I have one at home which I'm projecting to a 135" screen and is perfect. I don't want to have to unmount it for work but we're looking for something we can use to project on to a 240" screen outdoor at night time (restaurant). Has anyone tried a screen of that size and how does it look?
post #7243 of 8634
Mine is 158" diagonal 2:35:1, at it looks great and that is with zooming so that the black bars are off the screen so if I kept that same screen height for 16:9 (which I don't, I zoom down back to 124" diagonal for 16:9) then the screen size is 167" which still looks great, but of course some of it is above and below my screen projected on the wall. I bet it would look decent close to 200 but I don't know about much more than that...
post #7244 of 8634
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Originally Posted by sschantz View Post

Where do I find the eco mode?

It's in the setup menu near the bottom I think. I think it's labeled "lamp mode" and your options are Normal or ECO.
post #7245 of 8634
I have the epson 8350 but no tv or cable. The projector does not have a TV tuner.

So, could I use the TiVo Premiere HD DVR and hook an antenna to it and then use hdmi out to connect to my receiver?

Is there another option under $100 that would work?

Thanks
post #7246 of 8634
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by wowyahoo View Post

I have the epson 8350 but no tv or cable. The projector does not have a TV tuner.
So, could I use the TiVo Premiere HD DVR and hook an antenna to it and then use hdmi out to connect to my receiver?
Is there another option under $100 that would work?
Thanks

Yes, for "off the air" broadcast, of course..
post #7247 of 8634
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Originally Posted by OSUDesi View Post

Do you run your projector in ECO mode? If so, try running your projector on Normal in Dynamic mode for an evening. For whatever reason, that is what solved it for me (and for others that have brought up this issue in this thread). As for the dust blobs, that can be fixed with a can of compressed air. Check out entry #7219 for very detailed instructions. I would strongly recommend trying these steps first before you keep the replacement, especially if you are happy with everything else. From what I read in this thread, the replacements can be hit or miss.
Thanks for the reply. Yes, I run it in Eco mode. I'll try the other to see if that makes a difference. As far as cleaning, I'm much too chicken to pop open the projector while it's under warranty. I build computers, so I can handle myself inside electronics, but while I have a warranty, I'll use it. If I get a loser replacement, I'll just ask for another. Epson is very good about them, and if I get another one that needs replacing I'm going for the "new" one.

After the warranty is up (next March), though, I'll clean when necessary. That was a very good primer on how to do it.

One more question, does anyone know when you get a refurbished, is the bulb new or do they just make sure that works and leave it in?
post #7248 of 8634
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Originally Posted by xccxxx View Post

And for anyone in Australia, this is the compressed air I used (from Officeworks)
http://www.officeworks.com.au/retail/products/Technology/Peripherals/Stands-and-Cleaners/RA100150

This is more a question about your cleaning primer in the earlier post, but I didn't want to quote the whole thing...

On the last photo, it looks like you're blowing air on the ribbon cable from below the circuit board. Also, on the earlier photos, it looks like you're blowing air down the side of the ribbons, why would dust on the ribbon cable make blobs? Will blowing air on the ribbon direct the air to and across the LCD panels?

Other than that, thanks for an excellent lesson!
post #7249 of 8634
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by DanP. View Post

Thanks for the reply. Yes, I run it in Eco mode. I'll try the other to see if that makes a difference. As far as cleaning, I'm much too chicken to pop open the projector while it's under warranty. I build computers, so I can handle myself inside electronics, but while I have a warranty, I'll use it. If I get a loser replacement, I'll just ask for another. Epson is very good about them, and if I get another one that needs replacing I'm going for the "new" one.
After the warranty is up (next March), though, I'll clean when necessary. That was a very good primer on how to do it.
One more question, does anyone know when you get a refurbished, is the bulb new or do they just make sure that works and leave it in


Always a new Bulb
post #7250 of 8634
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Originally Posted by MississippiMan View Post

Always a new Bulb
Thank you. That's one benefit of going through the hassle of returning. I'll give Epson credit, though, they have never balked at replacing. I'll buy from them whenever possible because of their excellent customer service.
post #7251 of 8634
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Originally Posted by DanP. View Post

Thank you. That's one benefit of going through the hassle of returning. I'll give Epson credit, though, they have never balked at replacing. I'll buy from them whenever possible because of their excellent customer service.

thats what i keep reading.
just seems like if they did a little qa before sending them out that would be good customer service
what they have is just a great return policy.
post #7252 of 8634
I'm sorry for this neurotic question. My roommate didn't realize you're supposed to use the dials for lens shift and just pushed the lens around by hand three or four times. Do you think that stripped the gears or did some kind of permanent damage that I'll see down the line?
post #7253 of 8634
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kehakas View Post

I'm sorry for this neurotic question. My roommate didn't realize you're supposed to use the dials for lens shift and just pushed the lens around by hand three or four times. Do you think that stripped the gears or did some kind of permanent damage that I'll see down the line?

Who can tell ?

I would suggest doing 2 things at this point.

First simply try using it, both horizontal and vertical lens shift as well as the Zoom and if you get smooth action with no binding or slipping I'd say you're as well offer as you possibly could be under the situation.

And the second thing.

Do the same thing with your roommate's head and neck, and see how he likes it?

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post #7254 of 8634
I accidentally "banged into" the lens before, causing it to shift significantly. The horizontal/vertical shift dials still worked just as "well" afterwards. Of course, they leave a lot to be desired to begin with. Chances are you're fine.
post #7255 of 8634
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Originally Posted by MississippiMan View Post

Who can tell ?
I would suggest doing 2 things at this point.
First simply try using it, both horizontal and vertical lens shift as well as the Zoom and if you get smooth action with no binding or slipping I'd say you're as well offer as you possibly could be under the situation.
And the second thing.
Do the same thing with your roommate's head and neck, and see how he likes it?
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Originally Posted by srauly View Post

I accidentally "banged into" the lens before, causing it to shift significantly. The horizontal/vertical shift dials still worked just as "well" afterwards. Of course, they leave a lot to be desired to begin with. Chances are you're fine.

Thanks for the reassurances! I feel better. This is a great projector.
post #7256 of 8634
Question:

I just moved and my old place I was able to have the projector in the back of the room basically behind the screen. Now that I moved, the screen is on the front wall but I need the projector to be on the side wall of the room. I thought it could go left and right but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Please tell me I'm missing something and I can project from an angle on the side of the room to the middle wall. I don't think I'll be able to have it behind the wall, it just might not work and I may have to sell it if it doesn't. I can't mount it on the celing as I'm renting and can't drill through. I'm thinking of getting a shelf for the back wall but running the wires will be a pain in the ass to the media computer and game systems.

If only, it could project from the side...
post #7257 of 8634
Are you missing the fact that the projector has a feature called lens shift?
post #7258 of 8634
Thinking of buying this today , how is panning scenes on this? I can't stand the judder/jitter effect. I really wish this had frame interpolation.
post #7259 of 8634
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Originally Posted by Darth Indy View Post

Thinking of buying this today , how is panning scenes on this? I can't stand the judder/jitter effect. I really wish this had frame interpolation.

All I can compare the 8350 to, is the Toshiba 65" TV it replaced. The judder on the TV was noticeable and it bothered me. So far, after a couple months living with the projector, I am finding it much better. I would like to see what others have to say about this.
post #7260 of 8634
I have had my 8350 since Nov of 2010. It is still the greatest home theater purchase i have ever made. I had epson replace the bulb at 1700 hours because it was dimmer. They asked no questions and sent me a new bulb. I just said it wasn't as bright as when i bought it. They told me it should last 4k hours. Then they just sent me the new bulb. Great company greatest customer service. I will buy Epson forever.I have 1000 hours on the new bulb with no issues.
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