As the market for flat-panel televisions rapidly shifts to 4K Ultra HD, it’s rather ironic that home entertainment projectors, with the ability to present much larger screen sizes that best present the additional detail enhancements that 4K Ultra HD resolution provides have lagged behind.
For a while now, Sony has offered native 4K SXRD (LCoS) chip-based home video projectors, but thus far most of Sony’s 4K projectors, particularly those supporting high dynamic range (HDR) and 90+ percent of DCI-P3 color gamut, start at around $12,300. More recently JVC has jumped into the native 4K game, but here, too, the price for this extra resolution boost is $34,999.95. If you’ve got the cash that might not seem like a big deal, but to most us that’s the price of a good used car.
Last summer, Epson brought a new line of projectors to market offering pixel-shifting technology solutions to simulate 4K Ultra HD resolution, by producing images that appear to double the resolution of full HD 1080p. Though well shy of native 4, these projectors do accept native 4K Ultra HD resolution content plus a wide color gamut and HDR. They also deliver impressive brightness for a fraction of the price of those aforementioned native 4K projectors. Epson’s Home Cinema 5040UB ($2,499) can be purchased at retail without going through a custom installer, and we found the performance to be very impressive for those with the room to control exterior and ambient room light and provide at least 9-feet of throw distance to the screen from an elevated location.
Read our review of Epson’s Home Cinema 5040UB after the jump: