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Epson’s affordable new Pro Cinema projectors support 4K resolution and HDR

by on June 22, 2016
 

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.

Pro Cinema 6040UB 4K projector

The Pro Cinema 6040UB 4K projector

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.

The 5040UB 4K HDR projector

The 5040UB 4K projector

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.

Story by 4k.com

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  • Troy
    June 22, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Hello,

    All of these projectors are native 1080p projectors with 4K INPUT SUPPORT ONLY! They are not native 4K projectors like the alluded to Sony models. You may want to update your verbiage.

    Thanks.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      June 22, 2016 at 10:13 am

      Hello Troy, thanks for mentioning that. It was something that I neglected to mention in the piece. You are in essence correct that they don’t provide native 4K content. Instead, they capture 4K signal inputs and then use Espon 4K Enhancement Technology to shift each pixel diagonally by 0.5 pixels to increase the resolution to what looks remarkably like 3840 × 2160 4K. 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 “4K” projector models. Since we haven’t actually reviewed the Epson models yet, we had forgotten to mention these details in the news piece. It has been corrected.

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  • Chuck
    June 22, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I didn’t notice in this article if these new projectors have 3D capabilities or if they also offer power lens shift along with the power zoom? Thanks.

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  • Jose
    December 24, 2016 at 6:33 am

    I just don’t get why they always mention the 6040UB and the 4040 as their top dogs. Is it me or what? Sometimes it seems the 5040UB and 5040UBe are their lower end models even tough both 5040’s models are more expensive than the 4040. So, the 4040 is in fact the cheaper model and features a lower contrast 160,000:1 against 1,000,000:1 on the other 4 models. Can someone explain this? It has a lower contrast and it is cheaper…. Am I missing something here? Are there any other features that make the 4040 the second better PJ?

    By the way, according to Epson, the 4040 is not “UB”. You might want to correct that as it does not feature Ultra Black.

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