Epson Unveils Pro Cinema 4050 Pixel-Shifting 4K 3LCD Projector
Epson is using CEDIA Expo 2018 to introduce its latest high performance Pro Cinema projector designed to deliver “a 4K experience” in the home.
The 3LCD-based Pro Cinema 4050 4K PRO-UHD projector offers support for HDR with bright images and high color uniformity. The projector will present immersive large-screen images with bright highlights, accurate colors without the need of a color wheel that dogs some competitive value-priced projectors with visible rainbow patterns.
The Pro Cinema 4050 4K PRO-UHD 3LCD projector with HDR is available now at t $2,399 suggested retail through CEDIA dealers and Best Buy’s Magnolia departments.
The Pro Cinema 4050 is sold with a three-year limited warranty (90 days on lamps), and provides toll-free access to Epson’s PrivateLine technical support. The company said it also provides free two-business-day exchange with Extra Care Home Service.
Like other 3LCD near 4K models, Epson employs its proprietary pixel-shifting technology that rapid shifts back and forth the 3LCD imaging chips to effectively multiple the number of visibly perceived pixels to the 3840×2160 4K resolution level.
Epson adds to this a processing system that presents a wide color gamut, and HDR10 images with “100 percent balanced color brightness,” the company said.
The Pro Cinema 4050 accepts and displays native 4K source input for the highest possible color quality level and detail in both bright and dark scenes.
Epson lists the Pro Cinema at 2,400 lumens of equal color and white brightness for optimal results in home theater rooms. The company said the projector will cover the entire DCI-P3 color space recommendation, enhanced by a 200,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.
Epson said it will equip the 4050 with and advanced 15-piece glass lens that offers good uniformity, clarity and color.
The Epson projector conforms to its 4K PRO-UHD resolution standards for advanced pixel-shifting projectors based on a combination of picture quality factors in addition to resolution-enhancement. These factors include “color and white brightness, color accuracy, contrast, HDR10, color processing, lens capabilities, as well as the capability of receiving, processing and projecting 4K content.”
To achieve clearly visible benefits from HDR10 bright and richly black High Dynamic Range source material, the 4050 featurs full 10-bit color output and a contrast ratio up to 200,000:1.
The 3-Chip, 3LCD technology uses parallel pixel processing for strong color accuracy, color brightness, and color gamut, Epson said, capable of Delta Level Color Accuracy – Low Delta E.
Epson also offers L*a*b* Ultra-Wide Color Gamut, which is described at 100 percent of the 3-dimensional DCI-P3 color gamut with 50 percent wider color gamut than Rec. 709.
The projector offers smooth, crisp images and transitions using a 12-bit digital color processing chip with Frame Interpolation and proprietary Advanced Motion Control, the company said.
A 3-Axis Precision Motor provides powered focus, with a 2.1x zoom, up to ± 96% horizontal and up to ± 47% vertical lens shift, and 10 preset positions.
By Greg Tarr
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