Projector Central Reviews the Epson Ensemble HD Home Theater System

Projector Central got a hold of an Epson Ensemble HD 6100 package and has just published their review. We wanted to make you aware of it and throw in one or two thoughts which you can take or leave. Below are some quotes pulled from the review. You can also just read the full review on Projector Central.

Projector Central says :

“The Ensemble is designed not to be the ultimate in home theater, but to be an all in one, easy to install solution that eliminates the mystery of assembling all of the components on your own. It is meant for the person who likes the idea of big home theater with a front projector and big, bold surround sound, but isn’t quite sure where to start, but doesn’t want to spend a lot of time in research and product selection. It is meant for the typical consumer who wants home theater but doesn’t want to turn it into a full time job or hobby.”

Exactly sir! The real reason this product should be a big seller is in the details. Our customer service team installed the entire system in one of our conference rooms and they were able to complete the task in a work day.

Projector Central says :

“But the real “Wow” factor of the Ensemble isn’t found in the spec sheets. It’s actually very simple: if someone told you five years ago that you could have a complete home theater, with 5.1 surround and a high-definition front projector, for less than $7,500, you would have laughed. Today, it is available at over 200 dealers around the country, as well as two authorized online resellers for the do-it-yourself crowd. If you are looking for a great big screen solution with the full surround sound experience, and want it installed in short order with no muss or fuss, the Epson Ensemble may be just the solution.”

We second (or third that if you read the Projector Reviews overview) that emotion. And not only have they made the price reasonable (not cheap, but very reasonable), they have removed a great cost to the customer in hassle. So the customer who is willing to pay a little more (and not much more) to spare the cost of hassle, should recognize that an Epson Ensemble system is a serious bargain.

Anyway, enough of our overview. Slide on over to Projector Central and read the complete Epson Ensemble HD system review here.

Epson Ensemble HD Packages Reviewed by Projector Reviews

Epson Ensemble HD home cinema package

Art Feierman over at 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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Epson Ensemble HD Home Theater : Literally Everything You Need in One Box!

Epson Ensemble HD home cinema package

Some kids like doing their homework, some kids copy their friends work, and still others charm their way into good grades. The latter is the category where you might put the ideal buyer of the new Epson Ensemble HD Home Theater Systems. The Ensemble is a truly charming – and totally put-together – package for any buyer who doesn’t want to do their homework – but really wants to succeed.

It’s Easy

If you’re technically minded, putting together a home theater system is probably sounds like fun. But if you either don’t have time to understand all there is to know about HD home theater, or you really just want the HD experience without all the work involved, then there is an Epson Ensemble HD package that is just right for you.

One of the great benefits to purchasing a package is that you get most of all that you need in one purchase. But even with a good package, there may be some things that are not included. A subwoofer cable tripped me up over the holidays, as I was setting up my new Tannoy speakers. Who knew that wouldn’t be included in the box? So I had to wait till I got back to the electronics store to hear Rock Band at full volume.

It’s Fast

But with the Epson Ensemble HD systems, they have thought of everything. Each cable is included, and is packaged together for each step of the project. The speakers are integrated into the screen, so once your screen is installed your front and center speakers are mounted too. Also, your rear speakers are housed in the projector mount, and the speaker and projector can be powered by the (included) power cables that connect to the subwoofer. No additional power outlets are required. And all your cables can be hidden away in special molding that has a peel and stick adhesive and sticks right to your ceiling. So you have a solution for hiding cables, complete power to your system, and everything you need is shipped together.

Since everything is included, it is possible that you could have all of the electronic components installed for a home theater in one weekend, without leaving your house!. In fact, the remote control is pre-programed, so it’s ready to go when you open the box. There is even an installation video to help you piece together all the parts if you don’t like to read manuals. We have it online here.

It’s Cool

HDMI 1.4 Release

As if a 100-inch image with HD resolution and surround sound isn’t cool enough, the Ensemble system includes an AM/FM tuner and an iPod input built in to the receiver and more. The receiver also includes a PC card slot for quick and easy viewing of photographs, and you can listen to the music without dropping your screen for an impromptu dance party.

It’s Included

The Epson Ensemble HD system takes the ‘everything’s included’ concept to the next level. The pallet of boxes shipped to you includes all the screws, cables, nuts, bolts, components, wire covers, that you need to do the entire installation. Here is what’s included in the Epson Ensemble HD Home Theater System :

  • Your choice of three HD Epson projectors (Epson Home Cinema 6500 UB, 6100, or 720)
  • One (1) 100-inch electric screen with integrated speaker (center, right, left)
  • One (1) custom 5.1 surround sound system with 10-inch subwoofer
  • One (1) AV controller with dual HDMI inputs, built-in progressive-scan DVD player with 1080p upconversion and AM/FM tuner.
  • One (1) pre-programmed remote control with LCD display.
  • All mounting brackets, cables and wire management tracks.

It’s Easy, Fast, Cool and Included

Technically, I suppose you actually are doing your homework by reading this article, but now you’re pretty much done. If you have been waiting to purchase till you had all the info you need for a killer Home Theater, your work is done here.

We Have Video!

Take a sneek peek into our Epson Ensemble HD home theater system training. You can watch our complete, slightly edited for time, Ensemble HD training session with Epson’s National Training Manager. The video includes an overview of each of the ‘pieces parts’ included in the system. Give your self a half hour to watch the complete video. It is available on YouTube (in 3 segments) and Vimeo.

Watch our Epson Ensemble HD Home Theater system training Video

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a Projector Expert? Of course you have! And now you can. Sit back and watch 20 some minutes and learn all there is to know about the new Epson HD projector packages. Watch and learn below.

Epson Training Session : Epson Ensemble HD Home Cinema Systems June 2009 from Projector People on Vimeo.