Epson’s affordable new Pro Cinema projectors support 4K resolution and HDR
Stephan Jukic – June 22, 2016
After years of dominance over the consumer 4K projector market, Sony is finally getting some serious competition from assorted sources. First we recently covered Acer’s new V9800 4K cinematic projector, which is being released, and now we present to you the arrival of Epson’s new line of 4K projectors for UHD home entertainment. Some of these new models even support high dynamic range as an added bonus.
Before we proceed further, it should be noted that these new Epson models are not native 4K projector models like Sony’s major home theater units. Instead, they capture 4K signal inputs and then use Epson 4K Enhancement Technology to shift each pixel diagonally by 0.5 pixels to increase the resolution to what looks remarkably like 3840 × 2160 4K. Also, resolution remains at 1920 × 1080 in 3D Mode.
The technology of these Epson models is essentially the same as JVC’s E-shift upscaling in their own pseudo-4K projector models.
The first in this new Epson line are the Pro Cinema 6040UB and 4040UB. These two models come with essentially identical specs, except that the 6040UB also offers ISF calibration standards through independent image calibration tools. This model also comes with the ability to deactivate red and green pixels for adjustments to picture without the use of special filters.
In terms of other concrete specs, the 6040UB offers up a robust 2500 lumens of white and color brightness while the 4040 delivers slightly less at 2300 lumens. Contrast ratio in the 6040UB sits at a strong 1 million: 1 while that of the 4040 is measured at 140,000:1. Other features of both projectors include picture-in-picture technology, auto-iris, frame interpolation for motion control and multiple HDMI 2.0 ports for easy connectivity to content hardware sources and other home entertainment devices.
Both of these models sell for much less than their native 4K Sony counterparts like the VPL-VW365ES home theater HDR projector. The Epson 6040UB is retailing for $3999 and the 4040 for a relatively affordable $2699. By comparison, Sony’s cheapest 4K home theater projector, the VPL-VW350ES, sells for $7,999. Of course though, the fact that Sony’s models are true native 4K projectors has a lot to do with these price differences.
Furthermore, the new Epson 4K models with HDR get even more affordable, because the company is also releasing its 5040Ube and 5040UB models. The latter of these two is the first ever 3LCD 4K projector with HDR to go on sale for less than $3000. Both the 5040Ube and 5040UB also come with several lens shift capabilities, a max brightness of 2500 lumens and dynamic contrast ratios of 1 million: 1. Furthermore, both of these models also offer up powered zoom, iris control specs and frame interpolation for smoother content display.
On the other hand, the 5040Ube comes with a wireless HD video transmitter that supports as many as four other devices, thus allowing for HDMI-free connectivity between content source devices and the projector itself (for HD signals only, not 4K resolution video). And the 5040Ube also comes with an optical audio port that the 5040UB lacks.
Among these two models, the 5040Ube is retailing for $3299 while the 5040UB goes for $200 less at $2,999.
All of these projector models are going on sale in August of 2016.
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