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.

Rich Reviews : Epson Home Cinema 6100 Projector

Projector Expert Rich Morgan took home another HD projector for review (see his Sanyo PLV-Z700 review). Coincidentally, he reviewed the projector on the day of the Champs Sports Bowl Game. Rich also happens to be a fan of one of the teams involved in the game, but we won’t mention who, so that we do not alienate any of the National Championship Gator fans. Here are some pictures and comments from Rich and the Epson Home Cinema 6100 (sometimes called the Epson HC6100)

Epson Home Cinema 6100 projector

[ Photos from the “Band of Brothers” HBO Series now on Blu-Ray. ]

Rich says : “I would say at the new price point the Epson Home Cinema 6100 is in a class by itself. Better than the ‘budget units’ and close to the better ones.”
Epson Home Cinema 6100 projector

[ Photos from the “Band of Brothers” HBO Series now on Blu-Ray. ]

Epson Home Cinema 6100 projector

[ Photos from the “Band of Brothers” HBO Series now on Blu-Ray. ]

Rich says : “My biggest surprise is having a bright image at the same time as deep black levels. This is a great choice for outdoor movies… actually I used it outside for some of the FSU bowl game. Didn’t take any pictures… couldn’t hold my camera AND a (beverage).”

Ups

  • Sharp, bright picture (1800 lumens / 18000:1 contrast)
  • Price point very competitive
  • Accurate color with good flesh tones (even muted tones as in “Band of Brothers”)
  • 2-year warranty

Downs

  • Some visible video noise (not 120 hz)

Conclusions

For around $1,700 (after $200 rebates) the Epson Home Cinema 6100 outperforms cheaper projectors in the category. It falls between high performance and entry level pieces and is a good mid-range option for buyers who want a bright, new 1080p projector with good contrast at a lower price.