At the recent CEDIA tradeshow, Epson showed its new line-up of 2D/3D Full HD 1080p home theater projectors including the PowerLite® Pro Cinema 6030UB and Pro Cinema 4030, and the Home Cinema 5030UB/5030UBe. All four models are equipped with an advanced Fujinon® OptiCinema™ lens (2.1 zoom ratio), 480Hz Drive Technology for brighter 3D images, and a built-in cinema filter for improved color fidelity. In addition, the models feature a new Black-and-White Cinema mode optimized for viewing classic films, THX® 2D and 3D Cinema viewing modes, and a Picture-in-Picture mode for watching two sources at once.
The Pro Cinema 6030UB and Home Cinema 5030UB and 5030UBe (wireless) feature contrast ratios of up to 600,000:1 and 2,400 lumens of color brightness and 2,400 lumens of white brightness1 for brilliant true-to-life color and deep black levels. Both projectors feature Epson’s Super Resolution technology and FineFrame™ technology for smoother frame interpolation and sharper video quality (2D Mode).
The Home Cinema 5030UBe includes a built-in WirelessHD receiver along with an external transmitter to provide five HDMI inputs to stream Full HD 1080p media. In addition, the Pro Cinema 6030UB adds two anamorphic lens modes to enable 2.35:1 anamorphic viewing without an external processor, ISF calibration, color isolation, a ceiling mount, cable cover and extra lamp. Both models include two pairs of 3D glasses.
The Pro Cinema 4030 has 1080p 3D and 2D capability, 2,000 lumens of brightness and a contrast ratio of up to 120,000:1. It also includes two pairs of 3D glasses, an extra lamp, a ceiling mount and a cable cover for added installation flexibility.
The PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB and Pro Cinema 4030 will be available in late October for $3,499 and $2,499 respectively. The Home Cinema 5030UB and 5030UBe will be available for $2,599 and $2,899 respectively, both online and through dealers in mid October.
Projector market analyst firm PMA Research expects the home theater market to show about a 5% increase annually for the next several years, and Epson wide-range of consumer Home Theater options seems to offer something for a variety of home theater enthusiasts.