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Epson 8345

Does anyone have any experience with the Epson 8345? I am seeing pretty good prices on this projector (brand new, not refurbished) at the moment and since my basement is nearing completion I am interested to hear if anyone is having the same issues that plagued the Epson 8350? I've read that the 8345 and the 8350 were pretty much the same projector but I'm hoping Epson made a few changes to address some of the issues they've had with the 8350.

So I'm just curious to know what people think of the 8345.

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From what I've heard, they fixed a problem that was causing premature dead lamps on the 8350, but they are otherwise basically the same projector. The 8350 might've had a more extreme dynamic iris..nothing major.
From what I understand it is by FAR the best LCD under $2000 and the only inexpensive model with good enough contrast to compete against the under$2000 DLPs. Its lens-shift and zoom range are unheard of at this price-range as well. Its only downsides are the lack of 3D and the typical pixel gaps of LCD that bother some folks who like to sit close. If you can't afford the Sony hw40 and can't use a w1070 because of placement or severe RBE sensitivity, the Epson 8345 is THE ONE to get if you can live without 3D.

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I've used them both. Pay no attention to the published numbers. They are the same projector. Same Brightness in most modes and the same contrast. The only difference that i could find was that Dynamic mode was slightly dimmer than dynamic mode on the 8350. Two months ago, I had to replace the bulb on my 8350 at just over 1200 hours use. My friends 8345 bulb has now surpassed 2000 hours. I've heard there's been some tweaking of the power management on the 8345 to address the premature bulb burnouts. (Which may explain the slightly dimmer Dynamic mode) At the present price of 999, the 8345 is an incredible value.
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Thanks for your reply!

I owned the W1070 last summer for a few weeks and unfortunately I am RBE sensitive (as was my wife). We just couldn't live with it otherwise that thing would have stayed. The picture was fantastic. I wish I had more time to see if the RBE would have subsided but it did not.

I don't really have any interest in 3D. It would be a nice to have but I don't feel like paying double to get it.

My options at this point are the 8345, 8350, or the Panasonic AR100u, which I wish they would lower the price on. I am finding it hard to justify the extra cost of it considering it's on the old side and the warranty isn't as good as the Epson's... But from what I've read it is relatively trouble free, which is worth something too...
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I've used them both. Pay no attention to the published numbers. They are the same projector. Same Brightness in most modes and the same contrast. The only difference that i could find was that Dynamic mode was slightly dimmer than dynamic mode on the 8350. Two months ago, I had to replace the bulb on my 8350 at just over 1200 hours use. My friends 8345 bulb has now surpassed 2000 hours. I've heard there's been some tweaking of the power management on the 8345 to address the premature bulb burnouts. (Which may explain the slightly dimmer Dynamic mode) At the present price of 999, the 8345 is an incredible value.
Great to hear! Any issues with dust blobs or convergence that I've read so much about in the 8350?
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Anyone have thoughts on the real world picture comparison of the Epson 8345 versus the BenQ 1070?
Also which has the brighter picture?
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Anyone have thoughts on the real world picture comparison of the Epson 8345 versus the BenQ 1070?
Also which has the brighter picture?
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The Benq is brighter in every mode and is usually sharper. The Benq has slighty better contrast as well.
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I just ordered an 8345 from Amazon, to replace my rock-solid AE900U. It ran for 9 years without a problem!

I don't have an ideal setup, so can't really justify the cost for the AE8000, and the AR100U seems more suited for a fully-lighted room. My walk-out basement has fair/good light control, but white drop ceiling.

I'm looking forward to the leap in performance, plus the flexibility to use the existing ceiling mount (12 feet from my 96" DaLite screen).

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I just ordered an 8345 from Amazon, to replace my rock-solid AE900U. It ran for 9 years without a problem!

I don't have an ideal setup, so can't really justify the cost for the AE8000, and the AR100U seems more suited for a fully-lighted room. My walk-out basement has fair/good light control, but white drop ceiling.

I'm looking forward to the leap in performance, plus the flexibility to use the existing ceiling mount (12 feet from my 96" DaLite screen).

Frank
You'll love it! My first projector was the AE900 and then I went to a 8350.
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I've had both the 8350 and now the 8345. Seems like the same projector to me. The only difference I can find is the fan is a bit louder in ECO mode. Seems like it might be a different fan mfr. Other than that, I don''t see any difference in the picture between the two models. About 200 hours on the lamps so far, no anomalies in the picture.
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I just ordered an 8345 from Amazon, to replace my rock-solid AE900U. It ran for 9 years without a problem!

I don't have an ideal setup, so can't really justify the cost for the AE8000, and the AR100U seems more suited for a fully-lighted room. My walk-out basement has fair/good light control, but white drop ceiling.

I'm looking forward to the leap in performance, plus the flexibility to use the existing ceiling mount (12 feet from my 96" DaLite screen).

Frank
Rock solid is correct. I'm enjoying my 8350 (knock on wood) but when I have to upgrade again it will be Panny all the way. My 2002 Panny L300U is still working just fine when I don't need HD.

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I just ordered an 8345 from Amazon, to replace my rock-solid AE900U. It ran for 9 years without a problem!

I don't have an ideal setup, so can't really justify the cost for the AE8000, and the AR100U seems more suited for a fully-lighted room. My walk-out basement has fair/good light control, but white drop ceiling.

I'm looking forward to the leap in performance, plus the flexibility to use the existing ceiling mount (12 feet from my 96" DaLite screen).

Frank
My 8345 is also ceiling mounted ~12 feet away from my 96" screen. My screen is a Carada Criterion high contrast grey screen with a gain of 0.8. So far I am very happy with the setup.

The only change I may do in the future is to install a down rod, the projector is only about 5" from the 9' high ceiling. I am using a Peerless PRG-UNV mount and may add the adjustable extension column. My lens shift is nearly all the way to one end which I believe is causing the picture to be a little soft at the top third of the screen.

Let us know when you get your new 8345 installed and what you think of it.
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I was planning on going with a Epson 5030 or a Panasonic ae8000, but one of my co-workers just got the 8345 yesterday and is just raving about how good it looks. I'll have to get over to his place to see it for myself but I may just forgo the 3D for now and save myself $1000 by going with the 8345 based on what you guys are saying here and my buddies reactions.

For those of you that have it, anything about it that bothers you and makes you wish you went with something else? My biggest concerns about going with it are getting good blacks and decent motion on action films and sports.

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I was planning on going with a Epson 5030 or a Panasonic ae8000, but one of my co-workers just got the 8345 yesterday and is just raving about how good it looks. I'll have to get over to his place to see it for myself but I may just forgo the 3D for now and save myself $1000 by going with the 8345 based on what you guys are saying here and my buddies reactions.

For those of you that have it, anything about it that bothers you and makes you wish you went with something else? My biggest concerns about going with it are getting good blacks and decent motion on action films and sports.
Mine is great, no regrets. The blacks aren't going to be as good as the 5030 or ae8000, obviously. But they are good enough for me. They're certainly going to be better than the Epson 2030, which is a highly regarded projector overall. The convergence on my unit is perfect, and the focus is great. I'm not sure what you mean with motion. I watch sports and movies and don't see anything that bothers me. I would check out your friend's 8345. If you like it, you can buy one and save lots of $$. You have to remember the law of diminishing returns. The picture from an SVGA business projector to the 8345 is night and day. From the 8345 to the 5030...better blacks for sure, some additional image processing....ok...., but for an additional $1,500? Not for me.

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8345 Subtle dimming flicker on 1080p Apple TV

Just to throw in my experience, the 8345 has produced a great picture for me after 150 hours of use thus far. My eyes appreciate brightness so I find dynamic mode to be the best.


One issue was driving me crazy recently. When watching movies on Apple TV, I noticed a slight twitching or flicker of light in the background images, whereby the projector was bouncing between brightness levels randomly, sometimes several times a second. Keep in mind that power consumption was set to normal, not ECO. After playing with the Apple TV menu and switching the resolution to 720p, I noticed the issue would go away, however this was not an acceptable resolution to me.


Long story short, after playing with the Epson menu and troubleshooting, I determined that the Noise Reduction feature was causing the jumpiness in picture brightness. When I changed the Noise Reduction setting from "1" to "Off", the issue went away completely and I am now able to watch 1080p video with no issues at all.


Just thought I would share in case others ever experience this issue.
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Just to throw in my experience, the 8345 has produced a great picture for me after 150 hours of use thus far. My eyes appreciate brightness so I find dynamic mode to be the best.


One issue was driving me crazy recently. When watching movies on Apple TV, I noticed a slight twitching or flicker of light in the background images, whereby the projector was bouncing between brightness levels randomly, sometimes several times a second. Keep in mind that power consumption was set to normal, not ECO. After playing with the Apple TV menu and switching the resolution to 720p, I noticed the issue would go away, however this was not an acceptable resolution to me.


Long story short, after playing with the Epson menu and troubleshooting, I determined that the Noise Reduction feature was causing the jumpiness in picture brightness. When I changed the Noise Reduction setting from "1" to "Off", the issue went away completely and I am now able to watch 1080p video with no issues at all.


Just thought I would share in case others ever experience this issue.
Thanks for sharing. I don't have an Apple TV in my home theater but do have a Mac Mini movie server. If I run into a similar problem I will try changing the NR setting. I've had the 8345 for about 4 months now, about 200 hours on it and it's working fine for me.
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I was planning on going with a Epson 5030 or a Panasonic ae8000, but one of my co-workers just got the 8345 yesterday and is just raving about how good it looks. I'll have to get over to his place to see it for myself but I may just forgo the 3D for now and save myself $1000 by going with the 8345 based on what you guys are saying here and my buddies reactions.

For those of you that have it, anything about it that bothers you and makes you wish you went with something else? My biggest concerns about going with it are getting good blacks and decent motion on action films and sports.
Let me know what you ended up doing if you don't mind. I was wondering if I could get away with having the 8345, or if I needed to step up to the 5030. ($550 for the 8345 refurb right now and $1700 for the 5030 refurb)

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