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Is it hooked up HDMI? If it is component it will only be 720p.
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There was a button on my bluray player that I missed - it's a bit strange that it wasn't in the menu - but it's working now smile.gif The difference is not as big as I thought, but maybe it's probably I'm not sitting that close - and it looks fantastic anyways.

Thanks smile.gif
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Just bought this off Epson's website. They had it for $899.99 Refurbished, the cheapest I have seen it anywhere.
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Hello.

I am a projector newbie.

I am considering purchasing this projector.

One of the complaints of people who have this projector is that it does not transmit very black blacks.

My question is the following:

Will the blacks that this projector is able to transmit get better and increase ( or if not increased be perceived by the human eye as being more black) as the size of the screen gets smaller?

I am considering 3 different screen sizes: 120 inches, 106 inches, and 100 inches.

Assuming that the projector is placed in the same location at the same distance for all three screen sizes, ( i believe about 15 feet) and in total darkness, which screen size will have the better black levels?

MISSISSIPPIMAN feel free to chime in. I believe you mentioned something about this earlier in this thread. Thank you.
post #7655 of 8634
Finally getting my home theater built.
Limited space, but I've got the 8350 mounted on the ceiling and projecting to a Jamestown Projector Screen (92" Grey to be exact).

I did some searching, but not having much luck. Is there any benefit to turn the auto iris off with a grey screen?
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Based on the comments on this board and others that I have PM'ed, I just purchased the 8350 and will have it installed tomorrow. It is replacing a PT ax100u (vintage 2006) so I am looking forward to the increased resolution and overall picture quality.

Thanks everyone!
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Originally Posted by F12Bwth View Post

Is it hooked up HDMI? If it is component it will only be 720p.

Not true, according to the users guide, the component connection can go to 1080.
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Originally Posted by blackphoenix View Post

Is there any benefit to turn the auto iris off with a grey screen?

I have a 92" greywolf and have the autoiris off. I notice no difference on my screen at all. May have to do a more robust set of tests to really decide if it is worth it. My blacks are pretty damn black with it off.
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Just thought I'd give some quick feedback on the projector on the off chance it might help anyone.

I was in the same boat as many a few weeks ago - trying to decide between the 8350 and a few other options. I had narrowed it down to this and the AR100U, because I was worried about brightness.

My thoughts so far:

- LOVE this projector

- It does fine with ambient light, and even with a few windows open. Based on the fact that the picture quality is supposed to be better than the AR100U (black, etc...), I'm very glad I didn't sacrifice. For me, the night time movie viewing is the most important and where I want the projector to be at it's best. The daytime stuff is nice, and the 8350 is fine in this regard (especially for sports which is a bright picture to begin with).

- It's quiet, which was a big concern of mine. It literally sits a few feet behind me, and I don't notice it.

- The sharpness and quality of the picture continues to impress.

- The zoom and lens shift are a HUGE plus. Would hate not to have these

- I often view 130+ inch screen, and it looks good

- The blacks often aren't "velvet black", but still very good considering. And I'm only projecting on an off-white wall.

BIGGEST LESSON: Screenshots on AVS don't mean all that much :-). I say that only because I looked at a million of them before buying, and I know others do too. They can help somewhat if you take them with a grain of salt, but I can tell you that moving my camera up or down and inch dramatically changes how the picture looks (contrast, color, etc...). And because of the nature of a moving image, a pause screenshot picture will look sharper than watching it live (I say this because it lead to a little bit of a let down with first watching the projector until I realized the reason).

Another reason I mentioned the screenshot issue is that I almost didn't get the 8350 because some of the screenshots I viewed in the "screenshot wars" thread didn't look as good as a few of the other models. I laugh at that now.


I think for now I'm going to go without a screen because i really like the option of adjusting depending on the content (sports vs movies vs aspect ratios vs ...)

In the end I think it was the perfect mix of picture quality, brightness, bulb life, support (so I'm told), and flexibility.
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Originally Posted by Carlos_ View Post

Hello.
I am a projector newbie.
I am considering purchasing this projector.
One of the complaints of people who have this projector is that it does not transmit very black blacks.
My question is the following:
Will the blacks that this projector is able to transmit get better and increase ( or if not increased be perceived by the human eye as being more black) as the size of the screen gets smaller?
I am considering 3 different screen sizes: 120 inches, 106 inches, and 100 inches.
Assuming that the projector is placed in the same location at the same distance for all three screen sizes, ( i believe about 15 feet) and in total darkness, which screen size will have the better black levels?
MISSISSIPPIMAN feel free to chime in. I believe you mentioned something about this earlier in this thread. Thank you.

I wondered about this, and indeed the blacks do get a little better as you make the picture smaller, but then again the quality of the entire image gets a little better is you make the image smaller. However - my experiments were going from 130+ to maybe 70-90ish, so might not be applicable to your question. I don't think black levels will be different enough to justify deciding on any of your possible sizes. You probably won't be able to notice a difference.

What I would STRONGLY suggest is you get the projector first, play with the sizes on a blank wall, and then decide on your screen size.
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SO I cut the cord a few months back but am able to still get the basic HD channels via coax cable. The million dollar question, I have an Epson 8350 and Onkyo 609. I am thinking about buying a Used Tivo on Ebay to use as a tuner without the subscription. Anyone try this or other suggestions for a low cost HD tuner??
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Originally Posted by xccxxx View Post

So after developing the dreaded Green Dust Blob problem on my EH-TW 3200, I decided to open it up to try and clean it myself. I believe the Epson 8350 is the same projector (just the U.S version of the 3200), so this should work for that also. I managed to get rid of all the dust with this method, so thought I would post this up for others if they want to try it also. It was actually really easy, and I'm happy to have avoided the hassle of having to go the replaced/exchanged route with Epson. All you need is a can of compressed air, a phillips head screwdriver and 20 or so minutes. Obviously, do this at your own risk, I'm not responsible if your projector blows up etc smile.gif To start with, make sure your projector is unplugged, and has been off for at least an hour or so.
Step 1
Take out the 2 screws circled in red, then flip the projector upside down.
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Step 2
Remove the next twelve screws circled in red.
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Step 3
Gently remove the side as shown in the picture. Once you are this far, you need to sort of push it down to disengage the top clips. This is by far the most annoying part of the whole process, be really careful here and do not force anything too much. You can also try flipping the projector right side up to try and wedge this off that way (it might actually be a little easier like this)
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You can see the top clips here, and also the ribbon cable connecting to the 'Menu' panel.
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Step 4
With the projector right side up, gently lift off the top casing. This comes off really easily, just be careful of the ribbon cable that is connected.
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Step 5
Locate the three ribbons that have the words RED, GREEN and BLUE on them.
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They look like this:
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Step 6
Spray compressed air as shown in the pictures. (Do all three ribbons just for good measure) I used up a 250ml can while doing this. Try and keep the can as vertical as possible in order to avoid any liquid/moisture coming out of the can. Give it a couple of test sprays before putting it near your projector. You could also get someone to hold the projector on its side while spraying in order to keep the can as upright as possible .
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Step 7
Re-assemble, and your blobs will hopefully be gone.
Good luck!!

Thank you xccxxx, just performed the dust removal per your instructions and everything went beautifully. I had 3 dust blobs, but after the cleaning, I have zero. Can't believe it was so easy. My projector only has 240 hrs. Admittedly I had not even cleaned the filter but I did not want to disturb the projector and create more dust, however, the dust blobs appeared anyway. Obviously, the projector is not sealed were it needs to be. Anyway, a little compressed air did the trick.

The only thing I did different was I disconnected the flex ribbon cables. Easy to do, just lift up on the sliding part of the connector on the PCB.

I'm happy that my projector is like new again and I did not need to call Epson for a refurbished replacement!
Edited by HTPC_Dude - 12/30/12 at 6:24am
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I purchased an 8350 in late 2010 and have been enjoying it with no issues -- until today. After about 10 minutes of run-time, the temperature light came on and the bulb went out. I clean the filters every 2 weeks. In fact, I am still on the original bulb (changed the filter a few times).

After unplugging it for about 10 minutes, I turned it back on. The fans begin to spin up but now both the temperature and lamp lights are on solid. I called Epson but they don't have anyone available to assist until Monday morning.

Any ideas as to what these lights indicate? The manual simply says internal problem, call Epson support.

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by sschantz View Post

SO I cut the cord a few months back but am able to still get the basic HD channels via coax cable. The million dollar question, I have an Epson 8350 and Onkyo 609. I am thinking about buying a Used Tivo on Ebay to use as a tuner without the subscription. Anyone try this or other suggestions for a low cost HD tuner??

If you are going to pay for analog cable, might as well pay the extra $10 and get your cable co's real box and do Digital Cable.

 

Or, really "cut the cord" ... no cable subscription at all. Use ATSC antenna and one of these external tuners:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/179095/the-official-avs-hdtv-stb-synopsis

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I recently purchased a refurbished 8350 from Epson for $899. I just did some quick preliminary testing tonight and so far I am very happy with the projector. So far so good. I hooked it up through component cables to a blue ray player and watched some Avatar. Tested the zoom and lens shift and a variety of other functions.

Based on the quality of the packaging and everything that I received, I would never know it was refurbished vs. new.
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I was hoping someone might have an answer to what I noticed tonight as I used my WOW disc to do some basic calibration on my 8350. When I was calibrating the contrast the screen should be essentially white. I have a pinkish hue that ranges from midline to bottom left and a blue/green tint from midline to upper right. Does anyone have a cause and solution?

Thanks,

Jason
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I have taken the 8350 plunge. Bought new from VA(didn't want to risk refurb roulette). Should be here Friday. After reading the forum for a while now the tough decision was made. I was looking at the 5020 but i'm not ready to switch out my receiver(RX-V663) just yet nor did i want to do wireless HD. Oh, and the gaming lag issues that may be there. I have had a HC6100 for about 4 years with over 6000 hours on 4 bulbs. Not the best but I never experienced any issues. It has served me well and just started developing a yellow tint to the picture. I assume some form of degradation. Hopefully the 8350 will serve me as well as the 6100 it will be replacing. If not, you'll probably see more posts from me. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Duke Broadway View Post

I was hoping someone might have an answer to what I noticed tonight as I used my WOW disc to do some basic calibration on my 8350. When I was calibrating the contrast the screen should be essentially white. I have a pinkish hue that ranges from midline to bottom left and a blue/green tint from midline to upper right. Does anyone have a cause and solution?
Thanks,
Jason

It's just a color uniformity issue. Not uncommon for LCD projectors but a little unusual for a new projector. The usual suspects are bad convergence or the polarizer/filters. If it is not noticeable during regular use you can learn to live with it or contact Epson about a solution.
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Originally Posted by Mr.G View Post

It's just a color uniformity issue. Not uncommon for LCD projectors but a little unusual for a new projector. The usual suspects are bad convergence or the polarizer/filters. If it is not noticeable during regular use you can learn to live with it or contact Epson about a solution.

Its not a new pj. I purchased it used but still under epson and bb warranty. Its not horrible under normal viewing but I do ntice it. Guess I will give epson a ring tomorrow. Thanks
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Ok so this is odd. I just got the projector today. I went to plug the HDMI cable into the HDMI port 1 and then I hear an awful noise, sparks fly and the end of the HDMI cable is black and melted. What would even cause that? I call them for a replacement and they tell me they are out of stock and it might be 4 to 6 weeks before more are in. I heard this company was so awesome, so far im unimpressed.
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Even better I just checked the receiver and the output is blackened now and doesn't work. I worry the cable box and ps3 may be screwed as well.
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Have my projector for 54 weeks. Bulb just popped. Haven't paid any attention to to lamp hours recently so I'm not sure where I was at. Love the projector but spending over $250/ year for a build is a little costly.
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Originally Posted by Peterose2002 View Post

Have my projector for 54 weeks. Bulb just popped. Haven't paid any attention to to lamp hours recently so I'm not sure where I was at. Love the projector but spending over $250/ year for a build is a little costly.


call epson
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Originally Posted by WannaKnowTech View Post

Ok so this is odd. I just got the projector today. I went to plug the HDMI cable into the HDMI port 1 and then I hear an awful noise, sparks fly and the end of the HDMI cable is black and melted. What would even cause that? I call them for a replacement and they tell me they are out of stock and it might be 4 to 6 weeks before more are in. I heard this company was so awesome, so far im unimpressed.

Hot plugging? That was my first impression when I read your story. This means having the receiver and/or projector powered on when connecting the HDMI cable.

Here's a quote from a different thread.
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It's not recommended because you can cause electrical damage to your equipment. That 5V DC can do a bit of damage sometimes.

I was hotplugging some HDMI devices on my AV receiver and the HDMI board ended up getting fried which apparently is due to the poor design (of HDMI cables in general) of the pin arrangement in the male connector.
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Originally Posted by Mr.G View Post

Hot plugging? That was my first impression when I read your story. This means having the receiver and/or projector powered on when connecting the HDMI cable.
Here's a quote from a different thread.
Well the receiever was off.....but the projector was on. So yeah I guess that explains it. Regardless the projector is going back to Epson because the image it projects is oddly lopsided and I am not taking any chances. The reciever still has 4 months left on an extended warranty I bought for it so that is safe. I haven't tested the cable box and PS3 yet. The cable box of course can be replaced by Directv but the PS3....ugh.
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Not a good idea domingo
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Originally Posted by WannaKnowTech View Post

Well the receiever was off.....but the projector was on. So yeah I guess that explains it. Regardless the projector is going back to Epson because the image it projects is oddly lopsided and I am not taking any chances. The reciever still has 4 months left on an extended warranty I bought for it so that is safe. I haven't tested the cable box and PS3 yet. The cable box of course can be replaced by Directv but the PS3....ugh.

Sorry to hear. I would definitely not use that same brand of HDMI cable again.
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I've had my 8350 for 13 months or so and recently I'm finding the focus moves ever so slightly, often. I never used to even touch the PJ since it is ceiling mounted but now pretty much every time I use it I need to adjust the focus. Is this normal on a machine with just 900 hours on it? It's not a huge inconvenience but it's different than what it used to be so something changed and that's concerning.
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Originally Posted by Mr.G View Post

Sorry to hear. I would definitely not use that same brand of HDMI cable again.
Yeah it was Belkin...I have one from Monoprice now. Anyway im sending the projector back tomorrow and I should be receiving one back soon. Like I said the receiver and the cable box are no problem to replace but the PS3 is officially dead. Looks like I have to use this opportunity to purchase a region free player.
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Originally Posted by domingos38 View Post

call epson

Called epson. They are replacing for free.
post #7680 of 8634
Hello I am a proud new owner of a 8350 and pretty impressed. Out of the box it was bright (almost too) and vibrant. I ran the test pattern it comes with and I think it is off a pixel with blue. I will be uploading some pics to see if you guys agree and recommendations for what I should do. But so far I think this projector is a good choice.
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