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Model: EPSON HOME CINEMA 2150 V11H852SKU: 6019901

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 434 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Picture Quality

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    Crasher
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    Who says you cant own a movie quality projector for a decent price? Epson that's who! I have to honestly say i have never really been a big fan of projectors. I remember when i was younger right around the early 2000's my uncle had spent a fortune on a home movie projector in his custom built movie theater room. I remember watching a movie and thinking to myself "man there is no way i could ever spend this much money for a grainy quality film that cant even hold its own contrast against a black wall." Epson has put all my doubts to rest with the home cinema 2150. Lets dive in and talk about what this thing can do and what you can expect to get out of it. First off out the box you get this big square projector, a power cable, and a real basic instruction book. I was kinda disappointed to see that they didn't include a 3.5mm audio cable but i guess i really didn't expect them to anyways. The Epson offers a few different hook ups, you have two HDMI ports with one of them being compatible for a MHL cable. A MHL cable by the way allows you to connect your smart phone directly to the projector via a hard line. You also have a usb port and a VGA port for your pc along with a 3.5mm audio jack. I was very disappointed to see that they did not offer an optical cable jack especially since alot of my audio equipment runs optical cables. Nevertheless the projector does come with a single built in speaker on the rear of the projector but trust me when i tell you that your not going to want to rely solely on that speaker. The sound quality out of the speaker is clear but its not very loud or crisp. The design of the speaker appears to be more for convenience during power point or on the go meeting presentations you may have without having to lug around all kinds of auxiliary speakers. The build of the projector appears to be of pretty good quality. You have a hard plastic shell encasing all the components with a removable air filter, high powered fan and you have trouble lights to let you know if there is an issue with the lamp or over heating (refer to picture for example). Once you turn on the projector, setting up the screen is easy, the projector will auto center it for you and all you really have to do after that is square it off and adjust the height to where you want it. The projector also provides a lens shift which allows you to raise and lower the picture by approximately 6 inches this way when you get the picture near the height you want it you can then fine tune it. Picture quality does need to be adjusted but its very easy to accomplish this. You are provided two rings/slides, one is a focus ring and the other is a zoom ring. The name kinda says it all as to what they do. The projector also has hook ups on the underside which allow for an aftermarket ceiling mount to be installed. There is also an option in the menu guide which allows and adjusts for ceiling mount and floor mount. Now lets talk about what you can do with this projector and how good the picture quality is. The picture quality is suprisingly very good. I thought i was going to have to buy a black screen backdrop or use a black sheet to get a good picture quality but i was wrong. I may be wrong but the projector almost appears to display its own natural black back drop. In the picture provided you can see a black border around the picture which kinda leads me to believe this being the reason why you can project a movie on to any color surface. The picture quality is 1080 with a 60 hz refresh rate. The movie displayed in the picture provided was done via a standard dvd player. You can also hook up your ps4 and xbox and play games off the projector. Another nice feature that the Epson offers that i was not expecting is the ability to screen mirror. What this means is pretty much most smartphones made within the last 4 years or so have the ability to mirror the phone of any device that supports this feature. Simply put what you do is you open up the source menu on the projector and scroll over to screen mirror, then when prompted to you open up your smart phone and click on the button that says smart view or screen mirror. It will then connect the two devices together wireless so that you can display everything on your phone directly to the projector. This is a pretty cool feature, lets say you have friends or family down and you want to show them some family photos you took on your trip to the beach simply link the two devices up and now the whole family can see your photos similar to your grandparents slideshow just without all the out dated technology. You can pull up facebook, email, and even power point presentations granted that your phone has the capability. More importantly you can live stream movies you may have on your google account library. Now keep in mind if you plan on streaming movies through this process you had better have a solid wifi router with a fast internet connection and a smartphone with a good processor or you will experience some lag. The possibilities of what you can do with this projector is almost endless. From everything to office presentations to backyard BBQ football games your mind is the limit with this projector. Pros: -awesome 1080 picture quality -built in speaker -ability to install on a ceiling -Quiet cooling fan -Versatility Cons: -Lack of a optical jack

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Perfect Entry Level Projector

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    aarondr
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    The Epson 2150 is Epson’s newest entry into the entry level home theater projector. While Epson does have a couple cheaper options, I’d venture to guess most home theater users wouldn’t look too much lower on the price totem pole if they’re being serious about a home theater. Epson’s 2150 is a bit more expensive than some of it’s DLP rivals, but the inherent advantages of their technology along with extremely strong fundamentals of the 2150 make it a must look for any home theater builder on a budget. Before I get into this review - I’m an Epson fan. They make solid projectors for the money and I’ve had great luck with them. I own a 730HD and an 8350 - so I have their low-end and higher end. First of all, what sets the 2150 apart from it’s little brother the 2100? Very little - except Epson is using a better LCD matrix in the 2150 to drive a much higher contrast ratio (60000:1 vs 35000:1). My recommendation is to only consider the 2150 unless you’re doing projection in a bright room and want $50 back in your pocket. Moving on - what sets the 2150 apart in it’s market? Well, first of all, while Epson’s are more expensive than some other entry level 1080p DLP projectors, Epson brings some advantages to the table that may be game changing. For me the biggest is no DLP rainbows. I’m pretty sensitive to them, and LCD tech is immune to them. Another thing you get is fewer moving parts. Essentially LCD projectors are more reliable long term. One big thing that’s fairly unique in the sub-$1000 projector market is lens shift. While the 2150 only offers vertical lens shift, this means you get pretty flexible placement on center with your screen. Unfortunately the lens shift isn’t as flexible as I would have liked - essentially allowing you to put the projector closer to the bottom of the screen, but it’s still quite good to have. The Epson also sports some stunning color and brightness for the money. The rated output is 2500 lumens, and while that may not match all it’s competitors, it’s still quite bright. When you look at rated output, keep in mind that you want to find a projector that is bright enough, but not too bright for your environment. The Epson rides a line that is just about perfect for all but the brightest environments. I have a relatively dark room, and I found that the cinema setting with eco on was my best bet. The benefit is that the projector is really quiet at this setting. It’s still quite bright at this setting. Brighter than my previous Epson 8350. The 2150 comes set out of the box on Bright Cinema - which is geared for a living room more than a movie room. Either setting produces wonderfully accurate color. The downside to Bright Cinema setting is the fan noise. It’s quite a bit louder, which is probably fine for an environment like sport watching, but might be distracting for moving watching. Black levels are about what you’d expect from an LCD projector. Epson has had great technology in this area, but for a price. The 8500UB was amazing compared to the 8350 I ended up purchasing years ago, but it was also much more costly. The 2150 sports dark grays when it comes to black levels. Even with the auto-iris, black bars are a dark gray instead of black - but the effect is not as bad as I might even make it sound. It’s something you get used to - especially if you’re budget for a projector isn’t that of a used car. Dark movies still benefit from the auto-iris - which is head and shoulders above the one found in my 8350. Even set on high speed I couldn’t hear it operate (older models sound like a hard dive. Image quality is top notch. I compared this directly to my 8350, and convergence was quite a bit better on my 2150 sample - white lines were very white. Generally colors were spot on out of the box. The 2150 has a few more tricks up its sleeve too. While out of vogue, it supports 3D with active RF glasses (not included). It also supports image interpolation which smooths motion. Most people find this effect in film to be jarring, but for animation, and sports it’s pretty awesome. There are also quite a few features for connectivity. While this projector loses the more analogue inputs of it’s predecessor, it does have MHL-HDMI, HDMI, and VGA, USB, and Miracast screen mirroring. You can even download the iProjection app from Epson on the App Store and use it to project photos, videos and more from your iPhone. This worked, even if it was a bit clunky. Some Android phones can cast directly to it. Windows 8/10 laptops with proper drivers should be able to use the “Connect to a wireless display” option to project. I unfortunately didn’t have much luck with my laptop using this feature. Another cool feature is split screen, which lets you project two inputs simultaneously. Probably one of the more important features is audio out. If you are using this in a living room, being able to just jack a speaker from the line-out is a convenient addition. The built in speaker is rated at 10w, and does a decent job, but obviously is limited in both it’s dynamic range and volume. I didn’t notice any buzzing or odd sounds that my 730HD exhibits All in all the Epson 2150 is a pretty amazing projector for the money. Whether you’re looking for a portable projector to use outdoors, and need flexible audio connection options or you’re looking for a entry level home theater to use in a dark room, the 2150 is a great projector. It’s quiet, small, efficient, bright, vibrant, capable, and even offers 3D.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Why even go to the movie theater anymore?

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    CrysisComplex
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    EPSON Home Cinema 2150 Wireless 1080p Projector is a sight to behold. It’s the kind of picture quality that blows your mind and it’s downright breathtaking EVERY SINGLE TIME you turn it on! I certainly had a wild ride with this projector because once you set it up properly with the right equipment it is something that blows away your friends. In the box comes a quick start guide to help you set up this protector as quickly as you can. While this is great it’s better for you to manually set it up according to your eyes. There are a ton of buttons and switches on the top of the Cinema 2150. You can close the lens/mute the AV with one switch, the Lens shift gauges allows you to properly project the images onto the wall, power button, Home button, Keystone controls, Menu button, Source button, Vol controls, and an Esc button. All of these are perfect and if you lose the remote most of the main controls are here. Picture quality is jaw dropping when projected. I’m getting about 100 inches that makes my TV in the living room look like a 4K small toy. The black levels are deep and nice while the projector display colors that are beyond beautiful. Everything displayed on the Home Cinema 2150 pops out at you. Watched Planet Earth 2 that gushes out with a stunning color and you can see the hair detail on the animals. Out of everything I displayed gaming on this was one of the best gaming experiences I ever encountered. Zelda: Breath of the Wild (while the game doesn’t use 1080p) was riddled with detail, and YouTube/Netflix look stunning. There is no doubt this projector can handle content extremely well. Setting it up was fairy easy, most of my time was spent Keystone the right angle. As my Home Cinema 2150 is slightly sit off to the side. It had no problem projecting the right square image just getting it perfect takes the most time. I used it on a white wall for about a day (which also looked fantastic) but ended up going to buy a projector screen which enriched all of the detail. If you want the best I would say this is a must. Frame interpolation can be turned on and off depending on what you enjoy. Wireless display works fine with Windows 10 laptop, watched a few movies and played a few arcade emulators and it was large with booming detail. There is also an app on the App Store that allows you to use your phone as a remote as well as stream pictures and websites. The fan on the projector isn’t loud at all so you don’t get distracted when watching your favorite TV shows. I have two issue with the projector but they are minor. The sound on the projector is not good, while it’s nice that it’s there, even at the loudest Volume it’s only enough to fill a small room. There is no way I would recommend the sound on it. Just get/use a soundbar or surround sound system believe me you would be happy you did. The other issue I have is that the UI menu on this projector is so outdated. It was like using a UI in 1990. I’m not asking Epson to change what works but this is clearly a bad UI even on other modern projectors are a step up. The App UI is also so bad that you would think it’s 2006 all over again. But hey atlease they work and that’s the important thing. The remote is huge and clunky, it has all the buttons it needs to control individual settings but I won’t be using it. It’s just not ergonomic compared to universal remotes now. Bottom line the picture quality is strictly amazing. There isn’t much to be said if you want a big IMAX like screen in your home. There is so much detail in 1080p making it vibrant and lush at a large scale. There are some shortcomings as mention but those doesn’t take away from the actual point of the projector. Want a big screen? Love watching sports on a big screen? Love gaming on a big screen? Love watching movies? This is the ultimate entertainment content viewing projector. Yes I would recommend this to anyone who want to enhance their personal viewing experience. Awesome product!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Jaw-Dropping Image Quality

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    This Epson Cinema 2150 weighs only 7 pounds which makes it very easy to move around. That would not be important if the image quality was compromised but you should keep on reading this. I did not expect a high end movie theater experience but that is exactly what I got. I thought it would be possible only with 4K projectors costing $3,000 and beyond but the Cinema 2150 had my whole family and I amazed. Mind you that I am very close to what you would call a videophile and therefore would not buy anything but an 3LCD projector such as this one for real entertainment. Unless you are projecting outdoors on a wall being hit directly by the sun, the 2500 Lumens will not disappoint. It was very bright in all my setups. Using a 120-inch screen at 12 feet, I got excellent results. The specs say it can go up to 300 inches at 29 feet away but I did not have such a big screen to put in my yard. Very good keystone correction which will allowed me to get a perfect square every time, no matter how the projector was positioned. Fan was not completely silent but even if you are too close it is not much more noticeable than central air conditioning. Superior 3LCD technology, advanced settings, fantastic dynamic range and great color saturation besides a really bright vibrant image, this projector will make you wonder why you would go to a movie theater other than the fact the Blu-Ray version is not out yet. Even 3D is available and better than the movies although it requires a somewhat expensive pair of active 3D glasses which are superior to the passive ones you get at your local theater. Using an Amazon Fire TV stick, I was able to stream movies easily and with great results but I would always recommend a direct HDMI connection to a Blu-Ray player or video receiver. Of course wireless streaming may be a good alternative outdoors if you have a good Wi-Fi connection out there. Mirroring an iPad and iPhone even with live camera was an easy task with the app. If I ended up sounding like a sales guy, I must tell you that I am not. I was just nicely surprised at the quality of this system. Summary: I am still looking for flaws in this projector but so far the words bright, vibrant colors, feature rich, compact, great image quality is all I can think of. I have had it only for two days but I do not think it will disappoint me any time soon. The only “con” is that it doesn’t connect to Wi-Fi without a streaming device such as Roku or Amazon Fire TV Stick but this is not something you see in may projectors anyway. It may actually be a plus due to the flexibility.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Home Theater Addition

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    The Epson Home Cinema 2150 is an excellent addition to any home theater setup or for anyone who just wants to enhance their living room. In addition, it's small size, light weight, and built in 10w speaker make it a great portable option to take with you on the road. I actually have a much higher end Epson Home Cinema that is 2.5x the cost and while it does have more than double the contrast ratio, it's hardly noticeable. It's full HD projection delivers crystal clear details, vibrant colors, and stunningly bright picture even when the room is fully lit by a light or you have outside light sources creeping in. The picture quality for the price is excellent. Pair that with up to 300" projection and I say you've got a great projector that should meet almost anyone's needs. Setup was a breeze and you can seriously be up and running watching your favorite show in less than 5 minutes. It's basically plug and play. Remove from box, plug in power, plug in video source, and push power. Bam! You're good to go. Compared to my other projector, the heat output from the 2150 is much less. You could use my other one to heat the room on a cold winter day. After several hours of use, this projector was just slightly warm and the fan noise was barely noticeable. The 10w built-in speaker isn't going to blow anyone away, but is definitely adequate if you wanted to take this out on a camping trip or to watch a big game with all of your friends. Granted, if you are spending the money to purchase this, I'm sure you've got a nice speaker setup that you will choose to use. Unfortunately, the 2150 only comes with a 3.5mm audio output jack. That may limit it's use for some soundbars. It would be very nice if they included bluetooth connectivity for speakers as there are a lot of great sound options these days and it would optimize the projector for portability. As far as wireless capabilities, it will definitely connect to your home network and you can project your screen from your smart phone via the Epson iProjection app. This is ideal if you want to share pictures from a trip or demo a website. Doing this took a matter of seconds and could have some uses. To wirelessly project video, you'll need something like an Fire Stick, Chromecast, AppleTV, etc. I used a Chromecast and it was a simple as plugging it into the HDMI port just like your TV. The quick setup provides instructions on how to connect a mobile device to do true screen mirroring via an MHL cable which I do not have. I think it's easier to just use some screen mirroring options that some of the streaming devices come with rather than purchase a cable and stay wired. In all, I would highly recommend this projector for anyone looking to enhance their home theater experience. It doesn't take any complicated setup. I have a very large clean white wall that I used and it suited my needs just fine. Obviously, a purpose installed projection screen would be ideal. Pros: -Picture quality (detail, color, brightness/contrast) -Setup -Portability (light weight and built-in speaker) -Price -Heat production/dissipation Cons: -Lack of optical/other audio out connection

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    LOVE THE (EPSON HC2150)

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    This is my first projector I’ve owned, And I’m very happy I chose this one from all 4 I had in my list.The Epson Hc 2150 had more features than the other, and on top of that I got it for $699.99 One of the features that is important for me was the Audio out connection,which lets you connect a AV receiver or any speaker with a 3.5mm input.The other feature I like is that Hdmi 1 input has MHL which you can connect your devices like your android,iOS,or Mac and have it projected on the wall or projector screen.This projector has wireless where I can wirelessly Miracast my mobile device .(Screen Mirroring) Me and the family love the movie nights and Playing video games on it.Epson HC2150 gives you a clear picture, I don’t have a projector screen yet so we project it on the wall for the moment.Speaker is loud enough for regular size living room. The fan is not loud how people say. Depending on the settings of the display is the fans loud performance. I have mine to normal or eco mode which fan noise decreases,and with audio you don’t even hear the fan at all. I truly recommend this projector,You won’t be disappointed even if I would’ve paid the full $899.99 which is the original price, it’s worh every dollar. Projector is light weight, the only Con: is that Epson doesn’t include a traveling bag or case to store it after use.Since I don’t own where I’m living I can’t mount it on ceiling or wall. I hope Epson would start including a projector bag or case since it’s a $900 projector.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Hi Izzy, thank you for this five-star review fo your new Epson HC2150. We're glad to hear you are happy with your purchase, and we appreciate the recommendation! We'll be sure to share your feedback about the carrying case with our product teams. Here's to many fun family movie nights! Best, Marina – The Epson Team. Epson

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceeded my expectations! Great image quality!

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    I must admit, even though I knew projectors had gotten better recently, I clearly had no idea how much. At all. At least that is the case for this Epson model. From packaging, set-up, feature-set, to ease of use, it checks every box. Set-up is extremely straight forward. There are multiple input options, so you definitely have some flexibility, depending on your needs, but my use case, as I guess it will be for most, was mainly HDMI. Generally, you will want a dedicated screen to get the most out of this unit, but even as I ran my first tests on a blank white wall in my home, I was impressed. That is, I thought, until I had that proper set-up. I was quite floored with the quality once I had a screen and had it dialed in. My words here will not do the projector justice, but images were bright, crisp, and vivid while the colors were quite accurate, with proper saturation and stellar contrast ratios. I found this to be the case even in “normal” day conditions, while it was even better at night or with my space blacked out. There was a true ‘movie feel” there. The image quality was beyond my expectations. Beyond the quality, I was also impressed with the amount of control offered. The tools to get that great picture. With lens shift, zoom and keystone correction, it was rather easy to get the picture where I wanted it. Other standout features are the included remote (which provides a great deal of utility), a rather light weight (just under 8 pounds), and a relatively quiet fan (it is not very noticeable). Further, I was pleased with the advertised lamp life. It is rated for 7,500 hours in eco mode and at 4,500 hours in normal mode. Both nice figures. Lastly, replacement bulbs are reasonably priced, which is an important and sometimes overlooked aspect of projector ownership. I can’t really say there is anything I do not like about this projector, but if I was forced to, I would have to say it is the audio. BUT, this is not really a ding against this model specifically, but more just a fact of projector life. The built-in speaker is serviceable, but, as with all projectors, you really will want to hook it up to something to get a true immersive experience. Ultimately, with all that this Epson brings to the table, all while at a competitive price, I have no problem recommending this projector to anyone looking…or even to those looking for a new TV. Something I never would have thought I would have said before owning one. As I said earlier, it checks the boxes, and delivers…whether you are watching movies (even in 3D), sports…etc… or playing games. Inside or out. Day or night. This is a quality product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I've used lots of projectors, nothing like this!

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    I've used many projectors for work over the years. I've never used anything like this. The unit is packaged so nicely and carefully as to prevent damage, but also that you can re-pack it if you ever had to....a first in these many years! Opening up the box, you'll find a power cord, the projector, a remote control, batteries for the remote, and a users guide. I powered it up and started looking around in the menu. I was astounded at the number of things you can do with this projector. Amazing! DId you know this can reside on your WIFI network, that you can download the app, scan a QR code that appears on the projector's image, then connect painlessly? You can be a moderator on the app, and share your mobile device's screen - you can do pics, docs, etc. So, no computer needed. You can also plug in a USB memory stick that has a slideshow on it and start playing it, without the need for a computer. I'm amazed at the processing power of this machine. Of course there are many ports, including HDMI ports that are common today. Lots of ways to connect to this. The picture projected up onto the wall is nothing less than amazing. It is a high quality, no pixel, not washed out image. It is something that until you see it in person that you can believe. The image is bright, dense, and not washed out nor pixelated. It is unlike anything I've ever seen. This will work great for not only work presentations, but also for watching movies at home, and I've even now considered getting one of those blow up screens to play movies in the yard. In all of my years of life experience, I would never have considered having a projector for home use, until now. Whether it is a video game, or one of the wildlife shows I enjoy watching, or even an animated movie for the kids, this can fit into all of those situations. Years ago, these were thousands of dollars, with a washed out image, and big blocky pixels. Now, for less than the price of a nice big screen TV, I can project bigger, and better. Again once you see it, you'll appreciate it. Remember Best Buy as an awesome return policy, but you won't need it, what you'll need is someone to help decide who gets to use it for their purposes (shows vs. video games vs. movies).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice Projector but Lacks Wireless Options

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    Mark
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    This projector is very nice, it's light weight(7.72 lbs), very quiet(27-37dBA), has duel hdmi connections, is 1080p, 3D capabilities, and is also wireless. It comes with a remote control, that has the same options as the top side of the projector. You can also customize the enlargement or reduction of the image by turning the "zoom ring" which is located on top as well. You can also manually adjust images so you can view your images at an angle (perfect for corner locations if you have a projector screen). In order to view 3D movies, Epson recommends you first connect your 3D compatible video device to one of the hdmi ports, so it doesn't work if your video device is not 3D compatible. You also need Epson's compatible "RF" 3D active shutter glasses. I haven't looked up the price for these shutter glasses. This projector has an app called "Epson's Iprojector" which comes in handy if you would like to stream from your PC/Mac or phone, it's pretty easy to sync up once you have downloaded the app but i don't like that the image gets smaller once connected, i've tried to adjust the image to make it bigger but i can't seem to make it bigger (from a 70 inch to a 32 inch when sync up to my PC). I did not like that, i feel they need to work on their app a little more and have more options, but keep in mind it doesn't take away from the image quality just size of screen. I connected my PS4 Pro and it worked great! The images were beautiful, i did not see any lags when streaming netflix , now i haven't tried to play actual video games to see if there would be lag, that is something i plan to do soon. The fan is not very loud its actually pretty quiet, when used on cinema color mode. I notice when changing it to dynamic or bright cinema the fan is a little louder, it also has a filter for the air on the side of the projector, this doesn't take away from the sound of the movie itself. The project does come equipped with a 10w speaker so it's okay for quiet settings but wouldn't recommend to watch movies with this speaker, it has an auxiliary in the back to connect your speakers, i did not see the option for Bluetooth sync up. Also if you sync up your iprojector app to the projector the sound will come out of the projector (if you are using your PC speakers for example it will start playing sound from the projector instead). It also comes with a usb, pc, dual hdmi(as mention above), and service connection. The image quality is great, lamp has up to 7,500 hours of lamp life in ECO mode and up to 4,500 hours of lamp life in normal mode for extended use. I looked up the replacement lamp price and it's not too expensive which is a great. I would recommend this projector to anyone! I just think they should work on their wireless iprojector app and add more features. I think i will use this projector with my hdmi devices. I can see myself watching movies with the family or watching sports events with my friends, a great projector!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unbeatable value

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    Bought this to replace a 6 yr old Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 8100. That was a great projector at the time (and price) and served us well through the years.... but a fan started flaking (will be replaced), and became unreliable the past weeks. Found this 2150 on sale at Best Buy, and was skeptical that it would suffice, but bought it on the specs alone... Boy was I wrong! Better contrast ratio (60,000 vs. the old 36000), and substantially brighter - even in "Eco" mode. booted up and right out of the box this little guy is impressive. In foll illumination it's 2500 lumens, but that mode has louder fan noise than the 8100 (when the fan worked properly).. In ECO mode on the 2150, it's barely a whisper and still produces 2100 lumens (the previous projector was 1800)... We can easily watch during the day with indirect light through open blinds. (Obviously better contrast and overall experience in darker situations with the blinds closed) This was an upgrade without a doubt. Would be a great "first projector" and it won't break the bank. The bulb on the 2150 is supposed to last 7500 hrs in ECO mode. That is a consideration if you're thinking about going with a projector (always keep a spare bulb to avoid major disappointment on movie night/party night). The 8100 build uses a DIFFERENT type of bulb, that was rated at about 4000 hrs. We changed bulbs about 13 months like clock work with nightly use of the projector, so the numbers must be the optimal max,,, not the real world MTBF. Changing the bulb is easy to do, and done in minutes, but annoying and we never got 4000 hrs out of them even with regular filter changes and cleaning. Eager to see how this holds up, but based on previous model, I bet this will be used happily for a long, long time. Pros: Great build quality (Epson always does have that) Much smaller and lighter than the 8100 (a beast)... makes the old wall mount look like overkill now. Heh. (More on the mount later) Brighter, with substantially (and very noticably ) better contrast. Overall EXCELLENT viewing experience -- even pre-calibrated. This cost 40% of what the 8100 cost back in 2010, and dramatically out performs it. IT's not fair to compare on price alone... given how much time has elapsed, but the 2150 is stellar anyway. Cons: Remote is not backlit (not a concern here, since using Harmony One universal to drive all our media devices or Alexa, but worth mentioning). The 8100's is backlit, FWIW. THE BIGGEST CON is that the 2150 is pretty limited for adjustments when put in the same physical location as the 8100. The 8100 has 3 substantial, rubberized feet, and the front 2 are individually adjustable for height... Also, the 8100 has tremendous lens compensation (shift) and was a breeze to install, adjust, set zoom..... the 2150 uses the opposite approach: the front has 1 leg. the hind legs are more adjustable, but too short for my setup, so I had to hike the back end up a bit.... Had I set up my steel projector holder for *this* projector model, I would have selected a lower position on the wall (into which I bored holes to mount it)... There area just not nearly as many options on the 2150 model allowing me to compensate for the height of the installed mount. It's a variable I had not given enough consideration to (when I mounted it years ago. Still... it's at 99% of what I'd like, and it just as easily could have been fine...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great projector for the money!

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    SgtRock
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    The set up for the Epson projector is very simple. It's practically plug-and-play (which is good, since the documentation that comes with it is just a basic set up guide). The box is packaged securely with the power cord, remote and batteries and the projection unit. A minimum amount of protective tape and plastic is used around the projector itself, but nothing too difficult to remove. You may or may not want to download the app. I did and tried it, but didn't really find it to be that helpful. The remote and set up instructions are very intuitive, so that's really all you need. I HIGHLY recommend both a projection screen (which I don't have) and an AV receiver (which I do have). While the picture is very sharp, and very bright straight out of the box, you will enjoy them more if you have the proper set-up. A room that can get very dark, and a screen designed to help with the contrast. I tested this on a white wall, and while the contrast levels were good, they were not great. With daylight coming in contrast was not good, but that is the norm for a projection set up (which is designed like a theater--the darker the room the better, even for the best projectors). I got it as close as I could to an ideal set up, and the picture looked fantastic. The speaker is fine for a quick presentation or maybe even an outdoor movie (provided it's fairly quiet) but it's small and not very powerful. You'll be much happier through a surround set up---again, as close as you can get to a theater set up is ideal. The connections are fine if a little limited--there are only two HDMI's in (yet another good reason to have a good AV receiver connected). If you intend to use this in a more business environment It does include a PC connection, which is great. I connected my laptop and the 1080 picture was terrific. I also tried the wireless connection with my laptop and was impressed with both how easy and how fast the set up was. It also looked terrific. It's not super easy to carry around, but it's not huge either, so for business presentations it would work very well and is a cheaper option than many other business type PC projectors. Overall this is a well-priced, versatile projector that can be used in many different environments. It would make a terrific center piece to a home theater set up!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    unbelievable quality for the price

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    serith
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    i just finished building my dedicated home theater space and was dead-set on buying the epson 5040ub. i stumbled upon the 2150 and saw that it had just come out and was also on sale. i figured why not? best buy has no hassle returns for 14 days, so there wasn't anything to lose. installation was a breeze, and WOW the picture quality is insanely good. i use this in a 100% light controlled basement room throwing the image onto a silver ticket 110" "grey" screen with a 1.0 gain. i watch most content in eco-mode but for special movies that warrant being a bit brighter like hollywood blockbusters i'll turn the lamp on full-power. there is a slight difference but most of the time i just leave it in eco. i think epson shot themselves in the foot with this projector. i was planning on needing to spend upwards of $3000 and i got away with spending a fraction of that, and with replacement lamps at only $49 directly from epson (i already picked one up just to be safe) i don't need to worry about "burning lamp hours" with mediocre content or when you leave the projector running for a while unattended. i love it! i could go on at length but if you're looking for as much value as possible for dollar spent, this is the right projector for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    just okay

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    Luckyjuju
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    currently on 3rd in 3 weeks. The first had issue with lens shift and the second projected a green dot on screen. An issue that, according to web, cannot be fixed. Im giving the epson 2150 one more chance because I like some of the features of this projector. Miracast was the main feature I was looking for along with the ability to shift the image vertically so I dont have to worry about setting the projector straight on as Im in a considerably small space and am constantly moving around to different spaces. The portablilty makes it a good choice if NOT FOR SERIOUS HOME THEATER. The biggest cons are contrast ratio and the fact that it is LCD. Although the colors are bright, the blacks are not deep blacks. That is the one thing missing from this projector and at the moment can only be achieved through a DLP projector. If its important to get the deep blacks that an LED tv, DLP projector or plasma tv can deliver, the epson 2150 is not a great choice. Or any LCD tv or LCD projector for that matter. The fan is quite loud but Im sitting close at approx 2 ft away from projector. If I was 5 or 6 ft away I doubt I would hear it. The speaker is not adequate at all. Its like the equivilant to buying a pair of earbuds at the dollar store. However, that was not a main factor as I have numerous speakers and soundbars. I just hooked it up to small bose speaker and it sounds great. It also runs very hot. Hot enough that Its warming my hands from 2 ft away. The 2500 lumens is great in a dark room, ok with a little bit of light and is terrible in a fairly lit up room. A projector with more lumens would be needed to enjoy the picture during the day or in a well lit room. I've only played one video game on the projector and it looked amazing. However it was COD WWII which is not the best game to get a feel for refresh rate or lag so I still need to do a bit more testing. Blu ray looked good with a little tweaking of picture settings. Where you'll feel like you are watching an old LCD TV from 20 years ago is when you use miracast or smart view. The LCD really shows. overall this is a great beginner projector or if you just want a projector with very specific features. I would NOT recommend this projector to anyone who wants a more high end theater system. At $899 its way overpriced for the quailty of picture but acceptable at the sale price of $650 for the features that I need for regular daily use. PROS: - Miracast/smartview - Lens shift - Bright colors - portability CONS: - NO DEEP BLACKS!!!!! - LCD - seem to break easily (on 3rd) - speaker - contrast ratio - fan is loud

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic home cinema projector!!!

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    btb2k
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    This cinema projector is great! The picture quality is superb, and is very bright with a nice contrast ratio that's easily noticed. In testing it out with various movies it seems to handle fast scenes very well and has an excellent looking picture for all the movies I tried out since receiving it. Obviously setting this unit up properly with a good screen is also essential to get optimal picture quality with accurate colors (which it does seem to nail the colors just right). Once you do have it setup with a good screen the picture is amazing.- especially with 3D movies! Setup is super easy and you can connect two HDMI devices, and a VGA device. It has an audio out port and a USB port that you can use for slideshows or as a power source for a Roku, Chromecast or similar device. It has Miracast built in so most tablets, phones and PC's can connect to it wirelessly. I tried that out with my Surface Pro, and my Samsung Android Tablet. Both worked great this way and is an awesome feature to have on a projector like this. The included remote control worked well and the menus were easy to understand/navigate as well. Where it's light and portable and has a built-in speaker it'll be perfect for the back yard movie nights when it warms up again! The speaker sounds good and is perfect for making it portable. In the meantime it's awesome for showing a large picture downstairs in the big room we have setup for games and movies. As with almost all projectors the only thing that I didn't care for was the fan noise but it's been designed to be as quiet as it can be and was acceptable. All in all, I am very impressed with this projector, the quality of it and how well it works. In terms of features, the wireless display technology is awesome and being able to do 3D is hands down my most favorite thing about it! Why stick with a 65" TV when you can have a screen double that size and having a larger picture in 3D makes the whole experience of 3D all that much better! I would recommend this projector for anyone looking for one to have for a home theater setup or for anyone that wants to use it for a variety of home entertainment uses. Pros: Bright clear picture with good color 3D support Full HD Includes remote Built-in speaker Highly adjustable Versatile connectivity Wireless display Slideshow capability Cons: Minor fan noise

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is what movie nights are for.

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    JustCuz
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    This review is for the Epson Home Cinema 2150 Set up could not be any simpler. Opening the box you will find the unit it self, a power cord, remote controller with batteries and some paper word. So unboxing to watching TV could be done in under 5 minutes. If you already have a projector screen set up or a flat wall. Just connect a source to one of the HDMI's and you're up and running. And if you don't have a projector screen you should get one to see the full potential out of this or any other projector. So set up is simple and fast. And the picture quality out of the box is amazing. I'm sure most will have no need to adjust the settings. This unit is very bright, and can be seen with lights on, window shades open in the day time and still get a good image. The wall I use has no direct sunlight on it which helps. For movies time lights off shades closed, The high contrast ratio gives great black levels and sharp images. I am just blown away with how great the picture quality is. As good or better as my two year old twice the cost projector. It dose have a 10 watt built-in speaker that works ok in portable setting. Giving a presentation or out at a camp site. But you will want and need more if you are using this for your home theater. I don't use the wireless miracast much only to test and it worked just fine. I have all my video sources running to a receiver (cable box,apple Tv,fire Tv, Mac, DVD player) and just one HDMI from the receiver to the projector.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great picture and performance by Epson

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    Evolved1
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    Let me first start out by saying this projector is extremely light and portable. I can totally see traveling with this when it's possible that we might need it. Tailgating is one idea that comes to mind and then movie nights during rainy days at our lakehouse is another. The picture quality is good enough for daytime and nighttime viewing, but you have to stay away from direct light. However, that's the case for any projection system. When it comes to setup and use, the Epson Home Cinema 2150 is pretty user friendly. My first endeavor with the unit was utilizing an Amazon FIre Stick for Thursday Night Football. I literally fired up the system, plugged in the FIre Stick, and just navigated to the game. It was super easy and the stream was excellent. I was able to project in on a neutral color wall with no issues. I also spent some time tinkering with the mobile app and remote as well. They were both pretty easy to use. I most say that I was impressed with both of them for different reasons. The remote actually worked with the Amazon Fire Stick while navigating. That was certainly a nice feature that I wasn't prepared for. From the mobile app perspective, the screen share was pretty nice. I can see that being useful in very specific situations, but not a ton since I couldn't seem to get video to cast to the screen that way. The only knock that I would throw its way is the sound of the fan. If you don't have the sound on, it's quite loud. Of course, you expect to hear it from any projector, but it's something to note. Outside of that, I would say the Epson Home Cinema 2150 is a projector that I would recommend to someone who is looking for one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just fantastic

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    Jules
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    I'd consider this Epson 2150 a low-to-mid-priced projector, but it provides a fantastic picture at larger sizes that almost makes the need for a large flatscreen tv moot (YMMV). Sharpness, color saturation, and contrast are the best I've seen, and the variety of inputs make it useful for many purposes - not just watching a movie displayed at 90" (the biggest my dedicated indoor space can handle). Audio is a shortcoming, of course. The unit has a 10w speaker but also an aux input for powered speakers or headphones, or a receiver/speaker system. I added a good 2.1 system and watched Mad Max: Fury Road via HDMI and it was awesome. Most of that movie is sound and motion so if it is sports and action movies you watch, this could be a good option - if you add a sound system. The instruction manual states that the projector converts digital audio from the source to stereo analog out, so that's nice. It feels a little like watching a flick at the outdoor theater, but with a 1100% better picture. I need to get me some red and white striped popcorn boxes and Cheez Whiz for bad nachos. I don't plan to mount it but lens shift, zoom, and keystone correction (to "square" the picture box) make up for any limitations of tabletop placement, as long as it is horizontally centered reasonably well. The ECO mode saves lamp life and power and is adequate for a lot of video (IMO) but is only an option. I plan to make good use of it. In my opinion, this is priced really well for the video quality and features. It's very portable (about 7 lbs) and the lamp is rated for 4000 and 7500 (Eco mode) hours and is at this time only about $50 to replace. Notes: 3LCD system means no "rainbow" effect on fast action video there is a variety of modes and aspect ratios to suit your needs Miracast for mirroring displays streaming from Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV can project 3D content from 3D source for use with 3D glasses 1.6x zoom and focus controls remote included - many settings can be made via the remote selections of color modes and auto iris to fine-tune the picture according to room lighting and brightness of projected video I haven't been this excited about using an AV product in a while! I don't really have anything to complain about (except the audio) with this projector. For gaming, sports, and movies I'd definitely recommend the Epson Home Cinema 2150 for your short list if you can't or don't want to spend thousands on a projector, especially considering the relatively low cost of replacement lamps.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow

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    MovieNerd
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    When my Samsung 55 inch tv died I wanted something that I could still watch my 3D movies. Since 3D is unavailable on most if not all of the new 4k tv's I decided to give a projector a chance and I am so glad I did. The Epson 2150 far exceeded my expectations. The only thing I knew about Epson is that they made good printers about 20-30 years ago. They have come a very long way since then. Set-up : It is so easy to set this up. The controls are easy to understand and it took about 5 minutes before I had a great picture. Picture : The first thing I noticed was how bright this projector is. I expected to only be able to use this at night but when setting it up I was blown away that it produces a really good picture even with all the lights on. The color is outstanding and it produces a very sharp picture. Screen : I wasn't sure if I was going to keep this projector so I hung up a white sheet just to test the unit. I was so blown away I ordered a nice 120 inch screen. I purchased one on a tripod so I could move it if I wanted to. The picture was even better on a nice screen. Fan noise : When in economy mode the fan is so impressively quiet. When watching a 3D movie it can not be in econ mode but while fan noise is noticeable it is not annoying. Speaker : It has an internal speaker but unless you're using it for a power point presentation you need some sort of external system. I tested it with both a soundbar and running it through an Amp and both worked perfectly. 3D : Setup was super easy however, my Samsung glasses will not work. This is due to Samsung's pairing process so I have ordered new glasses and will update this review after further testing. Conclusion : I wish I bought this a year ago. I could not be more impressed by this projector it's brighter than projecters in the 2 to 5k price range. I didn't want to spend over $3000 to get a 4k projector and with how good the picture is I'm not worried about 4k. If you're thinking about getting a projector this is best you can get for the price and is arguably better than much more expensive units. This is one purchase you will not regret.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding & Well Worth the Money!

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    lambda100
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    The Epson Home Cinema 2150 is setting the benchmark for home cinema projectors. Setup is amazingly simple and intuitive. Connect the power supply, connect the host device (via HDMI, VGA, MHL, or Miracast), turn on the projector, slide the lens cover out of the way, position the projection image so the image is square on the projection screen, and you're ready to see your movie come to life as if you are at the theater. The aforementioned set up was quick; it took me less than 10 minutes. I may never go back to watching movies and programming using my television anymore after using the Epson 2150. It was a visual delight to see such image clarity at full HD 1080p on such a large projection. The images are vivid and detailed, colors are accurately reproduced, and bright even in ECO mode. I did not have to perform any color calibration; the Epson 2150 default settings are very good right of the box. The 10W mono speaker is surprisingly decent. I thought it was going to sound tinny, but it did not. However, for best audio results, I would recommend an external speaker set up. There is a 3.5mm output jack at the back of the projector to connect audio devices. My smartphone has Miracast, and it was just awesome to be able to mirror the smartphone screen contents on a big screen projector. I also want to point out that the Epson Home Cinema 2150 supports streaming devices such as Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. There is also no reason to watch a movie in the theater again! With the Epson Home Cinema 2150, I get to enjoy all that in the comfort of my home, but without any of the annoyances of being in a movie theater. I can't think of anything negative to point out about the projector other than the fact that it may make you more of a couch potato. I highly recommend the projector. It is definitely worth the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Quality for the Price

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    ProjectorNewbie

    I recently purchased this projector to complete my basement remodel. I have it casting a 120’’ screen onto a standard painted wall at the moment. I was concerned about the ambient light in the room with an easterly facing window with no window covering about five feet from the screen. I still plan to purchase a blackout shade and 120’’ projector screen but even without that I am VERY satisfied with the picture quality even during the day time. I found it useful to use dynamic setting (1 of 4 options) which takes full advantage of the 2500 lumens. The improved picture quality far outweighs the reduced bulb life (4000 hours vs. 7500 in eco mode). I figured with 5 hours a day of use that’s over 2 years of life on a bulb I can replace for $49. Bulb replacement cost is another huge win here compared to $200+ for similar models sold by the competition. As a sports enthusiast I also turned the CFI (creative frame interpolation) to high which helps a lot with the refresh rate for live action sports. Installation was a breeze. With a ceiling mount and 9 foot ceiling I was a little concerned whether this model would have enough vertical lens shift to bring the picture down to a comfortable level. Don’t be concerned about that...I was able to easily drop it anywhere from floor height to ceiling height with little if any keystone correction required. I did use a ceiling mount that dropped it 18’’ from the ceiling which was nice but may have been unnecessary upon further inspection..better safe than sorry though. I didn’t want to have to crank my neck up to view the image. All in all I still want to add a fixed screen and some light control measures but I wouldn’t have to. I could easily watch a football or basketball game as-is and wouldn’t notice a difference vs. my 70’’ HDTV upstairs. I strongly recommend this product to anyone looking to get a huge screen under $1000 all in.

    I would recommend this to a friend