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Epson Ensemble HD System Now Shipping - Blu-ray Player Absent
Epson America Inc.has announced that it is shipping a new, fully-integrated high-end home entertainment solution -- the Ensemble HD(tm) Home Cinema System -- to dealers and installers nationwide. Recently selected as a finalist for CEDIA's Best New Product Award, this uniquely designed system is engineered to transform virtually any living room or family room into a dual-purpose living and entertainment area without compromising space or the room's decor.

The Ensemble HD Home Cinema System features an attractive contemporary design and comes with virtually everything required for proper installation and maximum performance. Elements include:

* Choice of Epson PowerLite(r) 3LCD (three-chip) high definition
multimedia projector with either true 1080p native resolution
(1,920 x 1,080 pixels) or a more affordably priced 720p option
* Unique 100-inch motorized screen that quietly lowers and retracts
within the unique front channel ceiling mounted speaker system
* Audio/video controller with integrated upconverting DVD player
* Newly engineered Atlantic Technology speaker system and a
proprietary 150-watt subwoofer containing all 5.1 channels of
* Universal remote that controls the entire system including the
motorized screen
* Every audio, video and power cable needed to complete the
installation while maximizing performance (including HDMI)
* Unique wire management track system that hides all of the included
cables from the site of users
* All necessary mounting brackets

"The Ensemble HD delivers more than just a perfect combination of high-end audio and video components," said Rajeev Mishra, director, New Ventures Group, Epson America. "It redefines the essence of the term 'complete home cinema solution,' but more importantly gives customers a system that's easy to operate, easy to integrate into any room, easy on their eyes, and even easy on the wallet."

The Ensemble HD projects crystal-clear high-definition, widescreen video that puts you in the middle of the action. The projector features advanced Epson 3LCD technology for rich, vibrant colors and superb, fast motion images. State-of-the-art optics ensure bright, distortion-free images from corner to corner so none of the action is missed. The system's colossal, 100-inch screen, over four times the size of a 50-inch big-screen TV, truly brings your movies, TV and video games to life.

The Ensemble HD Home Cinema System is available for a suggested retail price of $6,999 for the 1080p system, and $4,999 for the 720p version.

JerryDelColliano 07-09-2008 05:14 PM

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I saw this at CES and CEDIA and this system is WAY WAY WAY COOL for people who want the HTIB (home theater in a box) experience without getting crap. The Epson projector is KICK ASS for the money. The electronics and speakers are WAY better than an HTIB and the system integration is a no-brainer.

This is a MUCH more easy way to make things happen for an HDTV system in your basement, garage or grate room. Even a small dedicated theater would be good for this concept.

$7,000 for everything????? WOW...

kennyt 07-09-2008 05:43 PM

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I have to agree with you Jerry,

While big $$ projectors do beat it, this system is priced less than many sources I run in my system and does it all, add a Blu-ray player for $400 and you have a total HT w/front projector for less than the cost of many front projectors alone!

demunb 07-21-2008 10:35 AM

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Hey everybody, I just wanted to chime in here.

I won the Epson Ensemble HD 1080p system in the giveaway here on AVrev. I just got it set-up the other day and its really a great system. I've got a decent rear projection system with quality speakers, big sub, and a good receiver. I was expecting this Epson Ensemble system just to be a fun toy for the basement for the kids to watch movies on and have parties with.

Flash forward and I'm finding reasons to watch things on the new system. Installation was easy and it really is an idiot-proof set-up. The projector looks great out of the box, but with just a little tweaking I've got it looking absolutely awesome. As good as it is with the built in dvd player, I've already decided to get a blu-ray player to really take advantage of the 100" screen and 1080p projector.

The built in surround sound speakers do a great job and again, make set-up easy. This system is ideal for anyone not wanting to piece together a system and go through the hassle of hooking everything up. All the cables are included and diagrams show exactly how to hook everything up. Included moldings cover all the wires making everything disappear in the room.

$7000 is a real bargain for everything you get. I can see lots of people who want a system, but don't know anything about HT buying into this. Also, for dealers it should sell itself when you get newbies in the store that want a home theater but don't know anything else.

I'll try to post some pics later, but if anybody had any questions, feel free to ask.

demunb 07-21-2008 12:13 PM

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a few pics of the set-up:

demunb 08-06-2008 08:16 PM

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Just a quick update. I got a new BluRay player to go with the system. The picture is fantastic.

One minor chink in the armor though. I know that the Ensemble HD sound processor doesn't do Dolby TrueHD or DTS HD internally, but sadly it won't even accept an LPCM signal from a player that is able to decode the new audio formats. Sadly, the best you can get is DD or DTS. :(

Other than that, I'm really happy with the system.

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