Epson Introduces New, Brighter Home Cinema 4K Projectors With HDR10
Stephan Jukic – April 10, 2019
Epson’s newly created 5050UB and 5050Ube Pro-UHD 4K projectors are something else. Offering a blend of relatively compact size, decent pricing and some remarkably good brightness, they seem to be designed for the ideal, literal home theater experience. In addition to this, they output full HDR specs, particularly for high dynamic range color.
This is what Epson claims at least. The company has stated that the 5050UB and 5050Ube both come with total HDR10 high dynamic range standards compatibility which includes 10-bit color support for rendering of over 1.07 billion RGB color values and they also match standards for HDR brightness and contrast. Their native 2600 lumens out brightness definitely suggest this, because for home theater projector standards, that’s very comfortably bright.
According to Epson’s specific pre-release statement by Rodrigo Catalan, senior product manager for projectors at Epson America.:
“The new Epson Home Cinema 5050UB and 5050UBe projectors are worthy successors to our highly acclaimed Home Cinema 5040UB and 5040UBE. By retaining the outstanding black performance from the previous generation and adding our latest 4K PRO-UHD resolution enhancement technology, we’ve raised the bar again with the new Home Cinema solutions to deliver top contenders for the best DIY home theater projectors available today.”
This of course could simply be taken as PR jargon if it weren’t for Epson’s already excellent reputation in delivering some seriously high quality upscaled 4K and virtually native 4K UHD HDR projectors for the consumer market. We’ve reviewed a couple so far to-date and they not only offer superb picture quality for pretty much any movie with high-end mastering that you throw at them, they also tend to be very decently priced.
For the new 5050UB and 5050Ube models, we’ll have to wait and see when we can get our hands on a review model. So far though, we’re willing to give them both the benefit of the doubt.
More specifically (and very much in their favor) is the fact that the new 4K HDR Home Cinema projectors comply with full Digital Cinema DCI-P3 HDR color space requirements, meaning that they output over 90% of the extremely rich DCI-P3 color space. Additionally, they also come with 15-element glass lenses, lens shift options for modification of projections to +/- 96 percent on the vertical axis, and +/- 47 percent on the horizontal axis.
Interestingly, the new Epson 4K home theater projectors also incorporate both low out-of-the-box Delta-E and come with CaiMAN pattern-generation tools. This last feature is one we saw with Sony’s newest 4K UHD TVs, the Master Series, which were released in late 2018 and still rank as part of the flagship Sony HDR TV lineup. If the picture quality calibration specs of these Sony TVs are any measure of what incorporation of CalMAN means, then Epson’s new 5050UB models have some excellent post-calibration display output built into them.
Additional specs for Epson’s two new 4K UHD projectors include the following:
- 4K PRO-UHD processing that enables the projectors to deliver high levels of resolution
- True 3-chip designs that support the projectors’ ability to produce the DCI-P3 color gamut
- Pixel-shifting technologies that control the projectors’ 3 LCD chipsets
- 10-bit color HDR processing to fully accept HDR content
- 12-bit analog-to-digital video processing for smooth video transitions, and removal of block artifacts, banding or compression artifacts
- Up to 2,600 lumens of color and white brightness
- support for 4K HDR content at 60Hz
- Motorized 15-element glass lenses
- HDMI 2.0 support
- The Home Cinema 5050UBe in particular includes Epson’s WirelessHD transmitter with four HDMI inputs to enable wireless signal transmission.
We should note that these aren’t true native 4K UHD projector models but their upscaled version of 4K resolution come so close to the native thing that visually, you won’t notice much difference if any.
The 5050UBe, is retailing for the slightly higher price tag of $3,299 and the Home Cinema 5050UB goes for an MSRP of $2,999.