The 4K projector market is far more complex than finding a suitable Ultra HDTV. Prices are steep and features can be confusing to compare. Epson is looking to simplify these worries with its new “affordable” Home Cinema 4000 Projector. Despite a bevy of notable features including full 4K and HDR, the latest home theater creation from Epson still comes in at over $2,199. And while that may seem like a steep price, it comes in at $800 less than the brand’s previous low-end model. More details, features and a full press release can be found below.
Despite being billed as a 4K projector, there are still some behind the scenes trickiness happening to achieve this feature. Epson uses a technology called Pixel Shifting that upscales 1080p content to 4K resolutions. Users can expect to see that level of detail on screens up to 25-feet in size. This difference is denoted by the 4Ke logo that you’ll find on the unit, which stands for 4K Enhancement.
Epson offers a number of other features alongside its unique 4K capabilities. That includes support for HDR 10, which brings enhanced contrast to your content no matter the source. Epson’s new Home Cinema 4000 Projector sports a native 140,000:1 contrast ratio. The replaceable bulb pumps out 2,200 lumens of total power that should serve movie fanatics well in a variety of lighting situations.
Rounding out the list of unique features is Epson’s 3LCD engine that is designed to separate out colors individually rather than being broadcast together, like most DLP systems. This allows users to recreate a wide-range of colors, in fact, that number may be higher than some consumer TVs.
The $2,199 price tag includes two HDMI inputs and an optical audio output, so you’ll have a few connectivity options. Projectors are generally behind TVs in this regard, so this is hardly a surprise.
While TVs continue to close the gap between image quality and size, projectors remain the best way to bring home that truly large screen movie theater experience. The newest model from Epson bumps down the price tag even further than what we’ve seen from previous releases. But with 4K content largely lagging behind hardware availability, it will still likely be sometime before this medium truly hits the mainstream. Added with a still pricier-than-a-TV price point and Epson may still be facing an up hill battle with its projector line for some time.
Epson Home Cinema 4000 Projector Delivers Unparalleled Combination of Performance and Price to 4K and HDR Market
Epson, the number-one projector manufacturer in the world, today introduced the Home Cinema 4000 projector – bringing 4K Enhancement Technology1 and HDR102 performance to consumers under $2,200 MSRP, a fraction of the cost of native 4K solutions. Delivering the ultimate combination of color-rich performance with stunning sharpness and detail, the new projector allows viewers to experience 100 percent Pure Color Brightness with 2,200 lumens equal color and white brightness2 for extremely vibrant images. Epson 4K Enhancement Technology1 – which accepts 4K UHD content – makes even the smallest details come alive. An incredible contrast ratio of up to 140,000:1 delivers rich detail in every scene on screens up to 300-inches wide.
An alternative to TVs for today’s connected living rooms, Epson’s Home Cinema 4000 brings a dramatically different experience of 4K and HDR10 content2 to consumers at an extremely competitive price point. Movie buffs, sports fans, gamers, and streaming fanatics will enjoy Epson’s state-of-the-art engineering and 4K Enhancement1 that can replace a large flat panel TV with the ultimate big-screen upgrade.
“Epson’s latest 4Ke1 solution provides a comprehensive viewing experience that incorporates outstanding superior brightness, extreme contrast, broad color gamut, high color fidelity and amazing resolution to deliver image quality that rivals more expensive 4K solutions currently available in the market today,” said Rodrigo Catalan, senior product manager, Projectors, Epson America. “From the light source, to the signal processor, to the 3LCD module, to the lens – Epson projectors deliver high quality images at a range of price points to bring big-screen performance to a range of consumers.”
The Home Cinema 4000 is a premium home theater solution for consumers demanding a future-proof projector with stunning image quality, expansive color performance and tremendous black levels to create a superior viewing experience at home. The Home Cinema 4000 also enables today’s connected home to stream 4K, HD and Full 1080p content from a range of devices, including cable/satellite boxes, gaming consoles, Chromecast™, Roku®, Amazon Fire™ TV, and Apple TV® with 2x HDMI® ports. For a fully immersive experience with sound, external speakers (not included) can be connected via the optical port.
More About the Home Cinema 4000:
The Epson Home Cinema 4000 delivers the ultimate combination of color-rich performance for stunning sharpness and detail, along with robust features for a superior home entertainment experience, including:
- 4K Enhancement Technology1 – Accepts native 4K UHD content; also up-scales 1080p input for resolution that exceeds Full HD
- HDR102 – High Dynamic Range for full 10-bit color output; extraordinary range of brightness for images bursting with real-life color
- 100 Percent Pure Color Brightness – 2,200 lumens equal color and white brightness3 for vibrant, rich color in every mode
- UltraBlack™ Contrast – Up to 140,000:1 contrast ratio for rich detail in both bright and dark scenes
- Smart Motorized Lens – Preset up to 10 positions for powered focus, zoom and lens shift; features 2.1x zoom and ultra wide lens shift
- L*a*b* Ultra Wide Color Gamut – Offers 100 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, the digital cinema standard4
- Delta Level Color Accuracy – With a low Delta E rate, the Home Cinema 4000 delivers extremely accurate color reproduction for true-to-life images
- Epson 3LCD Technology – Precision-aligned 3-chip engine delivers jaw-dropping action scenes with no rainbow effect
Availability and Support
The Home Cinema 4000 ($2,199 MSRP) will be available June 26 through select retailers, e-tailers and the Epson online store. The projector comes with Epson’s industry leading service and support, including toll-free access to Epson’s PrivateLine® priority technical support, a two-year limited warranty (90 days on lamps), and free next-day exchange with Extra CareSM Home Service.
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