Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8700 UB LCD Projector


Conclusion about the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8700 UB LCD Projector

The Good

  • Accurate image fully adjustable in THX mode
  • Decent out-of-the-box performance
  • Excellent light output
  • Easy to install with generous lens shift and zoom
  • Superb remote
  • Phenomenal value

The Not So Good

  • Slight green tint in lower right of screen
  • Focus takes about 30 minutes of warmup to reach peak sharpness

Over the last few years, Epson has really come to the forefront of the under-$5,000 class in front projection. It wasn’t long ago a 50-inch TV would cost you $5k. Now you can have a 100-inch picture for around $3k; and that’s if you buy a pretty nice screen. I love a big flat panel but nothing beats a projector for the true cinema experience. Since I built my theater three years ago, I haven’t set foot inside a movie house – there’s just no reason to. With a reasonably-priced projector and surround sound system, you can beat all but the very best theaters right in your own home. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, and you have a spare room you can make light-tight, the Epson 8700 UB will make you a very happy camper. With its accurate, bright image and easy installation, I can’t imagine a better choice for under $3,000. It receives my highest recommendation.