The new projector supports 4K and HDR content.
Epson has announced the latest addition to its projector lineup. The Home Cinema 4000 offers 4K Enhancement technology and HDR10 playback for an MSRP of $2,199.
"Epson's latest 4Ke solution provides a comprehensive viewing experience that incorporates outstanding superior brightness, extreme contrast, broad color gamut, high color fidelity and amazing resolution to deliver image quality that rivals more expensive 4K solutions currently available in the market today," said Rodrigo Catalan, senior product manager, Projectors, Epson America. "From the light source, to the signal processor, to the 3LCD module, to the lens – Epson projectors deliver high quality images at a range of price points to bring big-screen performance to a range of consumers."
Though not a native Ultra HD model, the projector features the company's 4K Enhancement technology, allowing the device to accept 4K UHD content by shifting each pixel diagonally by 0.5 pixels to double the resolution and surpass Full HD image quality. Likewise, the projector provides HDR10 support for high dynamic range content and 100 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 wide color gamut, along with 100 percent Pure Color Brightness with 2,200 lumens, a contrast ratio of up to 140,000:1, and support for screens up to 300-inches wide. Two HDMI connections and an optical audio port are integrated as well.
Here's a full rundown of key specs and features per Epson:
• 4K Enhancement Technology – Accepts native 4K UHD content; also up-scales 1080p input for resolution that exceeds Full HD
• HDR10 – High Dynamic Range for full 10-bit color output; extraordinary range of brightness for images bursting with real-life color
• 100 Percent Pure Color Brightness – 2,200 lumens equal color and white brightness3 for vibrant, rich color in every mode
• UltraBlack™ Contrast – Up to 140,000:1 contrast ratio for rich detail in both bright and dark scenes
• Smart Motorized Lens – Preset up to 10 positions for powered focus, zoom and lens shift; features 2.1x zoom and ultra wide lens shift
• L*a*b* Ultra Wide Color Gamut – Offers 100 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, the digital cinema standard4
• Delta Level Color Accuracy – With a low Delta E rate, the Home Cinema 4000 delivers extremely accurate color reproduction for true-to-life images
• Epson 3LCD Technology – Precision-aligned 3-chip engine delivers jaw-dropping action scenes with no rainbow effect
The Epson Home Cinema 4000 is AVAILABLE NOW through select retailers, e-tailers, and the Epson online store for an MSRP of $2,100.
Home Cinema 4000 vs Home Cinema 5040UB
For anyone curious, we recently reviewed the Pro Cinema 6040UB / Home Cinema 5040UB -- which you can read HERE. When talking to Epson about the launch of the Home Cinema 4000, we asked about key differences between the models...
At present, the HC 5040UB costs around $300 more than the HC 4000. For that $300, you get 2500 lumens (vs. 2200) and a million-to-one contrast ratio (vs 140,000:1), both of which will improve overall brightness, black level, and HDR performance. Otherwise, the Home Cinema 4000 offers the same basic casing, menu design, and color volume performance described above and in our full review.
It's hard to argue with a $2,199.99 entry-level pricing, but if you want to do any daytime and/or 4K HDR viewing, the 5040UB might be a better choice. Either way, though, you'll be happy -- until true-4K projectors become more affordable, Epson 4Ke projectors are the best deals in town.