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The Hewlett-Packard ep9010 Series Instant Cinema Digital Projector was designed for the all-in-one consumer who appreciates having all of their components built into one console. This projector does just that, with DVD player and stereo speakers (and subwoofer) built in. DTS Dolby 5.1 and 2.1 sound make this a well-rounded unit from the audio perspective. Component and S-video inputs will satisfy the most die hard videophiles, while simple RCA in's give you the flexibility to plug this projector in just about anywhere and be up and running in a matter of minutes.

My initial reaction to this projector was shock at the size of the very large box it came in. Once I opened it, I was again jolted with the impressive size of this projector. Now normally the word "large" is not considered a positive adjective when talking about the size of your home electronics. The cool, spaceship-like design and well placed designer carrying handle took the edge off any initial concerns I had about the size, and made me feel like I just brought something into my home that all my friends would marvel over. I've tested much smaller projectors before, but none of them came packed with a DVD player and speakers, so size in this case was a non-issue for me.

Setup was a breeze. It took me about 15 minutes to get my first DVD loaded and running, using the fold-out quick setup guide. On it's first run, I did not use the onboard DVD player, but instead hooked it up to my own DVD player via a single RCA cable. A quick shuffle through the very intuitive onboard menus made changes and tweaking to fit my living environment very easy. The brightness of 210 watt bulb was more than enough to accommodate daytime viewing.

All of the home projector controls were there that you would expect, including keystone and an independent height adjustment, which I found particularly useful in aiming the picture so it was above my existing television set. In fact, from only 15 feet away on a 2.5 foot table, I was able to go much higher than I expected, actually reaching the top of the wall at 10 feet! Impressive-especially if you have limited space in your viewing area but need to get the picture as high as possible.

Several issues did plague me however. The most frustrating problem I encountered was the white balance. It seemed no matter which preset picture mode I chose, graininess consistently appeared where the picture was hottest. Whites and yellows seemed to be affected the most. Customizing any of the picture modes did not help either. On the grand scheme of things, this was not enough of a problem to warrant reverting back to my TV, but worth mentioning nonetheless. I certainly expected more out of a projector using DLP technology.

Also, the onboard sound was good, but the subwoofer had a nasty rattle to whenever I turned the onboard volume above 50%. I suspect something inside the unit was not positioned correctly, or perhaps damaged in shipping. Needless to say diverting sound to my 5.1 Dolby Surround system solved the problem nicely!

One other issue (minor but again worth bringing up), was the fairly loud cooling fan. I found myself not wanting to sit so close to the projector, in an effort to minimize the annoying whine in my ear. I did not test it with a dB meter, but I would hazard a guess it was roughly twice as loud as your average PC fan.

Overall I was very satisified with the ease of setup and self-explanatory onboard menus of the HP ep9010 Digital Projector. Despite the slightly grainy picture, and quirky rattle of the onboard subwoofer, I was totally impressed with it. If you are in need of a "theater-anywhere" projector with robust features and versatility, I would highly recommend this projector.

RATING: 7 out of 10

Projector Specifications:

Technology: DLP
Lamp: 210-watt, 4000-hour average lamp life
Size: 20.6 x 15.7 x 12.6 inches
Weight: 23 pounds
Resolution: SVGA (800 x 600)
Noise level: less than 34 dBA

Internal DVD player: DVD-video, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, VCD, SVCD, JPG images, MP3 audio, CDDA (standard audio CD), CD-R, CD-R/RW, Kodak Picture CD

Video compatibility: NTSC 3.58 MHz and 4.43 MHz, PAL (B, D, G, H, I, M, N), SECAM (B, D, G, K, K1, L), HDTV (480 i/p, 575 i/p, 720 p, 1080 I), DVI with HDCP, PC video up to SXGA (by DVI-I connector)

Optics: 1.7 to 2.0 throw ratio (distance/width), 1 to 10 m (3 to 33 feet) focus range, 128% offset (relative to half-height), 1.16:1 optical zoom

Audio: 60-watt total peak power, 15-watt per channel peak stereo speakers (two speakers per channel facing front and rear), 30-watt peak subwoofer

Video connectors: S-Video, Composite video (RCA), Composite video (3 RCA), DVI-I

Audio connectors: 5.1 digital audio-out (1 RCA, coaxial), stereo audio-out (2 RCA), stereo audio-in (2 RCA)

HP EP 9010 Instant Cinema Digital Projector
 

HP EP 9010 Instant Cinema Digital Projector

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The Hewlett-Packard ep9010 Series Instant Cinema Digital Projector was designed for the all-in-one consumer who appreciates having all of their components built into one console. This projector does just that, with DVD player and stereo speakers (and subwoofer) built in. DTS Dolby 5.1 and 2.1 sound make this a well-rounded unit from the audio perspective. Component and S-video inputs will satisfy the most die hard videophiles, while simple RCA in's give you the flexibility to plug this projector in just about anywhere and be up and running in a matter of minutes. My initial reaction to this projector was shock at the size of the very large box it came in. Once I opened it, I was again jolted with the impressive size of this projector. Now normally the word "large" is not considered a positive adjective when talking about the size of your home electronics. The cool, spaceship-like design and well placed designer carrying handle took the edge off any initial concerns I had about the size, and made me feel like I just brought something into my home that all my friends would marvel over. I've tested much smaller projectors before, but none of them came packed with a DVD player and speakers, so size in this case was a non-issue for me. Setup was a breeze. It took me about 15 minutes to get my first DVD loaded and running, using the fold-out quick setup guide. On it's first run, I did not use the onboard DVD player, but instead hooked it up to my own DVD player via a single RCA cable. A quick shuffle through the very intuitive onboard menus made changes and tweaking to fit my living environment very easy. The brightness of 210 watt bulb was more than enough to accommodate daytime viewing. All of the home projector controls were there that you would expect, including keystone and an independent height adjustment, which I found particularly useful in aiming the picture so it was above my existing television set. In fact, from only 15 feet away on a 2.5 foot table, I was able to go much higher than I expected, actually reaching the top of the wall at 10 feet! Impressive-especially if you have limited space in your viewing area but need to get the picture as high as possible. Several issues did plague me however. The most frustrating problem I encountered was the white balance. It seemed no matter which preset picture mode I chose, graininess consistently appeared where the picture was hottest. Whites and yellows seemed to be affected the most. Customizing any of the picture modes did not help either. On the grand scheme of things, this was not enough of a problem to warrant reverting back to my TV, but worth mentioning nonetheless. I certainly expected more out of a projector using DLP technology. Also, the onboard sound was good, but the subwoofer had a nasty rattle to whenever I turned the onboard volume above 50%. I suspect something inside the unit was not positioned correctly, or perhaps damaged in shipping. Needless to say diverting sound to my 5.1 Dolby Surround system solved the problem nicely! One other issue (minor but again worth bringing up), was the fairly loud cooling fan. I found myself not wanting to sit so close to the projector, in an effort to minimize the annoying whine in my ear. I did not test it with a dB meter, but I would hazard a guess it was roughly twice as loud as your average PC fan. Overall I was very satisified with the ease of setup and self-explanatory onboard menus of the HP ep9010 Digital Projector. Despite the slightly grainy picture, and quirky rattle of the onboard subwoofer, I was totally impressed with it. If you are in need of a "theater-anywhere" projector with robust features and versatility, I would highly recommend this projector. RATING: 7 out of 10 Projector Specifications: Technology: DLP Lamp: 210-watt, 4000-hour average lamp life Size: 20.6 x 15.7 x 12.6 inches Weight: 23 pounds Resolution: SVGA (800 x 600) Noise level: less than 34 dBA Internal DVD player: DVD-video, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, VCD, SVCD, JPG images, MP3 audio, CDDA (standard audio CD), CD-R, CD-R/RW, Kodak Picture CD Video compatibility: NTSC 3.58 MHz and 4.43 MHz, PAL (B, D, G, H, I, M, N), SECAM (B, D, G, K, K1, L), HDTV (480 i/p, 575 i/p, 720 p, 1080 I), DVI with HDCP, PC video up to SXGA (by DVI-I connector) Optics: 1.7 to 2.0 throw ratio (distance/width), 1 to 10 m (3 to 33 feet) focus range, 128% offset (relative to half-height), 1.16:1 optical zoom Audio: 60-watt total peak power, 15-watt per channel peak stereo speakers (two speakers per channel facing front and rear), 30-watt peak subwoofer Video connectors: S-Video, Composite video (RCA), Composite video (3 RCA), DVI-I Audio connectors: 5.1 digital audio-out (1 RCA, coaxial), stereo audio-out (2 RCA), stereo audio-in (2 RCA)


 
 

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