Epson Bows Bright 4K/HDR Home Cinema Projector Pair
Epson introduced Tuesday two new “Home Cinema 4K PRO-UHD” pixel-shifting projectors with HDR10 support in models the HC5050UB and wireless HC5050UBe.
Both projectors are said to output up to 2,600 lumens of equal color and white brightness with support for the standard HDR10 high dynamic range (HDR) profile. The models also include Epson UltraBlack technology to generate deep black levels while supporting a range of color and detail in both bright and dark scenes.
To achieve 4K resolution, Epson’s new projectors use “4K UHD-PRO” Enhancement Technology, which improves the company’s pixel-shifting system used on the 3LCD 1080p microdisplay chips. This moves the chips rapidly back and forth diagonally to make the eye perceive the added resolution of a 4K image. For 3D content, which is supported by both models, the image will be Full HD.
The Home Cinema 5050UB ($2,999) and wireless Home Cinema 5050UBe ($3,299) are available now through the Epson store and authorized retail partners.
The new projectors support full 10-bit color output to help present smooth color transitions, and include Epson proprietary processors for resolution enhancement, HDR presentation and image processing. In “cinema” picture mode, the projectors are said to be capable of displaying colors in the full DCI-P3 wide gamut color space.
Epson said the 5050UB and 5050UBe fully support 4K HDR content at up to a 60Hz frame rate, and will accept native 4K/HDR input sources, including video games. Both projectors are capable of “a dynamic contrast ratio up to 1,000,000:1,” the company said.
For those who calibrate their displays for optimal performance, both models are said to be capable of an almost imperceptible Delta E color error level, as measured with CalMAN software, test pattern generator and spectroradiometer calibration tools.
Both models use Epson’s proprietary 15-element glass projection lenses. For installation flexibility, they are equipped with a wide lens shift of up to ±96 percent on the vertical axis and up to ±47 percent on the horizontal axis.
“The new Epson Home Cinema 5050UB and 5050UBe projectors are worthy successors to our highly-acclaimed Home Cinema 5040UB and 5040UBe,” stated Rodrigo Catalan, Epson America senior product manager for projectors. “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.”
Other features in both the Home Cinema 5050UB and 5050UBe include the following:
• Epson 3-Chip LCD (3LCD) microdisplays that produce 100 percent of the RGB color signal for every frame. This eliminates “rainbow effect” some see in single-chip projectors while delivering a high color volme.
• Epson UltraBlack Technology that used a proprietary compensation filter designed to control the polarization of light itself. This allows Epson to suppress any light leakage within the signal to generate what Epson said is contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1.
• Precision HDR Adjustment to produce realtime HDR curve adjustment with 16-steps of control to fine-tune the HDR performance, regardless of content.
• Extreme Color Gamut – One of the first commercially available home theater projectors capable of displaying the full three-dimensional DCI-P35 color space. This extreme color performance is 50 percent wider than typical Rec. 709 projectors and allows for a truly professional-level of color accuracy
• 3-Axis Motorized Lens that can shift the lens up to 96 percent up or down on the vertical axis and up to 47 percent left or right on the horizontal axis. Zoom and focus can be set and all the settings stored in one of ten lens memory presets.
• HDMI 2.0 support for 4K HDR content at up to 60 Hz.
• A WirelessHD Option (available only with the Home Cinema 5050UBe model) offering an Epson WirelessHD transmitter with 4 HDMI inputs to wirelessly transmit 4K content up to 30 frames-per-second. This allows for a simple solution for connecting source devices without long cable runs.
By Greg Tarr
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