Art Feierman over at ProjectorReviews.com takes a long look at the Epson Ensemble HD packages and pens a thorough review for your reading pleasure. We pulled a few excerpts from his review and are adding just a touch of our own commentary, though none of us have seen the entire system in action yet.
Last month we talked about all the ‘pieces parts’ in the Ensemble HD packages and went over some of the basics of what’s involved in the installation. We also taped our introduction to the product from Epson’s Jeff Paiva. You can see that blog post here.
Early in his review, Art talks about what he sees as the target demographic for the Ensemble packages.
“The thing is, while many hard core enthusiasts will love the whole package, they aren’t the market that the Ensemble HD is really targeted at.
The whole concept was to make building a projector based home theater in your house to be not significantly more complicated than installing one of those tiny 50 inch LCDTVs and surround sound system, and maybe less so.
That’s the core reason I’m so enthusiastic about the concept. Most non-hard core enthusiasts prefer to avoid having to figure out their room, separately selecting projector, screen, AV receiver, DVD/Blu-ray player, speakers, subwoofer, a programmable remote (and programming it), and the much longer times it would take for all the individual components to be assembled and installed.”
Art goes on to review each of the three systems independently, which is essentially the Home Cinema 720, Home Cinema 6100, and the Home Cinema 6500 UB – plus all the additional stuff. Below I took a paragraph or two from the 6500 UB Ensemble review.
“My theater 2 in my home has an Ensemble HD (with the older projector). I love it. For me, it also keeps my wife and daughter out of my primary theater, my wife loves it (and she can turn it on and use it all by herself) . She’s much too intimidated to run my main theater (all those remotes, etc). My daughter loves it too, not just for the picture but for the “rock’in sound quality.
I will continue to be a huge fan of the Ensemble concept (and similar products from other brands that likely will hit the market), because, as I like to say, “this is the solution for everyone else.” “Everyone else” might be defined as those who just want a painless way to get a quality, large screen home theater system in their house, with the minimum of fuss, and without requiring a ton of research to come up with a good solution. In other words, the kind of folks who have considered a projector based home theater system, but were too intimidated, and instead plunked down the bucks for a big LCDTV.”
We have to agree with Art whole-heartedly on this one. The concept is a great one for those people who don’t want to have to do extensive research, but still want a complete package. Just like we said in our earlier blog about the Epson Ensemble HD packages, they really are *everything* you need in one purchase.
Projector Central may be reviewing the Ensemble HD packages soon too, we will try and post that here too when it is complete.
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