Epson hopes to capture a piece of the market with a new pair of 3LCD projectors.
Home projectors are becoming an affordable alternative for home theater enthusiasts, and Epson wants some of that action. Announcing their new Home Cinema 8100 and 8500 UB projectors yesterday, Epson’s senior product manager Marge Ang said “These new models take advantage of Epson's latest technology to offer consumers the highest-performing 1080p solutions available at their respective price point.”
The Epson Home Cinema 8100, the more value based of the two projectors, features double the contrast ratio of previous models, 36,000:1. The increase in contrast can be attributed to an 1,800 lumen brightness and a new Dynamic Iris system which allows light to be adjusted on a frame by frame basis.
At a higher, but as of yet unannounced, price point, the Home Cinema 8500 UB is the higher end of the two models, and boasts an impressive 200,000:1 maximum contrast ratio. Geared towards the higher end consumer, the 8500 UB takes advantage of Epson’s own UltraBlack technology as well as a dual layered iris.
Using 12-bit 3LCD driver technology and a Silicon Optix HQV Reon-VX processor, the Home Cinema 8500UB will be available in November through authorized Epson dealers.
Source: Press Release