Review Date: December 26, 2005
 Updated: December 15, 2012

Epson Projector Reviews
Epson S1 and Epson PowerLite 73C

Top-selling Epson projector systems for home theater use

Editor's Update December 2012: The Epson video projectors reviewed in this article have now been discontinued; for the latest product reviews, please check our video projectors review page.

For replacement projector lamp options for the Epson S1 and PowerLite 73c, please follow through the respective links given at the end of each product review.


Epson are well renowned for being capable of delivering high-end products of exceptional quality in the home and office. Of particular interest for the home theater are their products in the area of video projection technology. The two selected Epson projector units for our reviews are no exception in this respect; these are the S1 SVGA Epson projector, and the Epson PowerLite 73c projector. Feature rich, these Epson projectors are capable of delivering crystal clear pictures at well within reach of many home theater budgets; both make use of  LCD technology, and are extremely quite in operation.

Epson S1 SVGA LCD Video Projector

The S1 SVGA Epson projector - a great affordable projector for the home theaterThe S1 Epson projector is great for viewing DVDs and other video sources on a 100"+ screen with vibrant and accurate colors, bright image, low fan noise and hardly any pixelation.

The counterpart for the Epson S1 is the InFocus X1 DLP projector; the X1 may exhibit a slight tendency to rainbow effect. The contrast ratio of the InFocus X1 is much better than  Epson S1. However. the Epson SVGA projector has no such rainbow problems as it makes use of 3 x 0.5" active matrix LCDs as the image source.

This Epson projector represent an effective way to start your home theater on a tight budget - available at under $1000 from some online superstores, it is capable of delivering crisp clear bright pictures and color saturation that are second to none at such a price; replacement bulbs cost very little too. What's more, its short throw lens will easily get a 100" projection within a 10 feet projector-to-screen distance.

Main Features:
  • 800 x 600 SVGA native resolution
  • 1,200 ANSI lumens
  • 0.5-inch TFT active matrix LCDs
  • 1-watt mono audio speaker
  • 400:1 contrast ratio
Technical data:
  • Projection system: LCD
  • Driving method: EPSON Poly-Silicon TFT Active Matrix 0.5" LCD
  • Native resolution: SVGA, 800 x 600
  • Pixel number: 480,000 dots X 3 (800 x 600) LCDs
  • Effective scanning frequency range: Pixel Clock: 13.5MHz to 162MHz, Horizontal:15KHz to 92KHz, Vertical: 50Hz to 85Hz
  • Aspect ratio: 4:3 with integrated 16:9 support
  • Projection lens/type: Manual Focus
  • Projection lens/F-number: 1.4
  • Projection lens/f-number: 16.6mm
  • Supported Screen size: 30 to 300 inches
  • Performance: Analog RGB I/O, Native: 800 x 600, Resize: 1024 x 768, 640 x 480.
  • Video I/O: Supports NTSC and PAL at 550 line; Input Signal: NTSC, NTSC4.43, PAL, M-PAL, N-PAL, PAL60, SECAM, HDTV: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i
  • Zoom ratio: Digital zoom 1.0-1.2
  • Screen width ratio: 1.45 to 1.8:1
  • Input connectors/video: Composite Video: RCA x 1; S-Video: Mini DIN; Component Video: Mini D-sub 15-pin (in common with Analog RGB connector); Video-RGB: Mini D-sub 15-pin (in common with Analog RGB connector); Audio: RCA x 2 (in common with Analog RGB Audio terminal); Audio signal: 500m Vrms/47Kohm
  • Audio output: 1W Mono
  • Lamp type: 132W UHE
  • Expected Lamp life: 2000 hours
  • Keystone correction: Vertical: +/- 15 degrees
  • Brightness (typical): 1200 ANSI lumens
  • Contrast ratio: 400:1
  • Brightness uniformity (typical): 85%
  • Color reproduction: 24 bit, 16.7ml
  • Noise level: 33db
  • Power supply: 100 to 120V +/-10%, 50/60hz AC
  • Power consumption: 180W / 5W at powered off mode
  • Remote control/features: Source selection, power, aspect, color mode, volume, e-zoom, a/v mute, freeze, menu. Operating Angle: Right/Left +/- 30 degrees, Upper/Lower +/- 15 degrees, Operating Distance: 19.7 ft (6m)
  • Dimensions: 10.4" (W) x 4.5" (H) x 14.6" (D)
  • Weight: 7 pounds (shipping weight: 10 pounds)
  • Warranty: 2 years parts and labor

  • Epson S1 Manual available here

All in all, a solid home theater Epson projector at under $1000. With its brilliant picture quality and full-featured SVGA performance, you can't miss with the Epson S1 SVGA Video Projector!

For projector lamp replacement, check here: Epson S1 Replacement Lamp

Epson PowerLite 73cEpson PowerLite 73c Projector

Another affordable great projector from Epson for the home theater. Selling at less than $1900 from some online superstores, the PowerLite 73c Epson projector brings full-featured XGA performance, razor-sharp projections for a truly cinematic experience.

Main Features:
  • 1,024 x 768 native resolution with resizing to 1,280 x 1,024
  • 1,500 ANSI lumens brightness
  • 15-degree auto keystone correction
  • Electronic zoom lens; monitor-out port
  • Credit-card-sized remote
Technical data:
  • Projection system: LCD
  • Driving method: Seiko Poly-Silicon TFT Active Matrix 3 x 0.7" LCDs with micro lens array
  • Native resolution: XGA 1,024 x 768
  • HDTV-ready: Yes (supports 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i formats; optional cable required)
  • Aspect ratios: 4:3, 16:9, 5:4
  • Zoom ratio: 1:1.2
  • Contrast ratio: 500:1
  • Screen-width ratio: 1.48 to 1.7:1 (distance/width)
  • Projected Image size: 30 to 300 inches
  • Brightness: 1,700 ANSI lumens (typical)
  • Brightness uniformity: 85 percent (typical)
  • Color reproduction: 24-bit, 16.7 million
  • Power consumption: 240 watts (2.6 watts in sleep mode)
  • Fan noise: 36 dB
  • Remote control features: Keystone, source selection, power, page up/down, color mode, volume, presets, zoom, audio/video mute, freeze. Operating distance: 20 feet
  • Video inputs: Composite-vide, S-video, and component-video (optional component-video cable required), mini D-sub 15-pin (in common with analog RGB connector)
  • Audio inputs: 1 stereo minijack (.125-inch), 1 stereo analog RCA (left/right)
  • Expected lamp lifetime: 1500 hours
  • Audio output: 1 watt mono
  • Dimensions: 12.4" (W) x 3.6" (H) x 9.5" (D)
  • Weight: 6.4 pounds (shipping weight: 15 pounds)
  • Warranty: 2 years parts and labor (90 days lamp)
  • Epson PowerLite 73c Manual available here

A great Epson projector engineered to deliver power and flexibility with true movie picture quality when connected to a DVD or a HDTV source. The Epson PowerLite 73c Projector is an affordable high quality product from Epson worth considering when planning a big screen for your home theater.

For projector lamp replacement, check here: Epson PowerLite 73c Lamp

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