NEW PROJECTOR ANNOUNCEMENT

Epson Home Cinema 4000

M. David Stone, June 26, 2017

Looking for a much bigger and better upgrade to the "big-screen" TV in your family room? The Epson Home Cinema 4000, announced and available today, is aimed squarely at you. This projector is easily bright enough to throw a ten-foot diagonal image in moderate ambient light. Epson is explicitly calling it "an alternative to TVs for today's connected living rooms."

The Epson HC 4000 projector has it all -- 4K UHD compatibility, Full HD 3D, HDR10, DCI-P3 ultra wide color gamut, and powered lens with automated Lens Memory for 2.4:1 Cinemascope constant image height operation. And the best part is an MSRP of $2,199 and expected street prices under $2000.

Epson Home Cinema 4000

Epson Home Cinema 4000 key features:

  • 4K Enhancement Technology: Compatible with 4K UHD content; Upscales 1080p content

  • HDR10 high dynamic range for full 10-bit color output with compatible input devices

  • Full HD 3D at 1080p

  • Motorized Lens with 10 memory positions for storing combinations of powered focus, zoom, and lens shift

  • Ultra-wide color gamut; 100% coverage of Rec. 709, DCI-P3 (the digital cinema standard), or even larger color spaces

  • 2,200 lumens

  • 140,000:1 contrast ratio

  • 2.1x zoom and both vertical and ultra wide horizontal lens shift

  • Equal white and color brightness and no rainbow artifacts thanks to 3-chip LCD engine

  • Epson Image Enhancement Technology with super-resolution and Detail Enhancement technology to sharpen and otherwise boost image quality

  • 2-Year Warranty with 90 days on lamp and free next-day exchange

Epson 4000 rear view

The Epson Home Cinema 4000 is designed for either classic dark theater or lights-on family room entertainment. It is bright enough for a 120" diagonal screen with lights on in a family room. That is three times the square footage of a 70" TV, and the sheer size of the picture provides a much more immersive viewing experience -- making it feel like you are at the football game rather than watching it on TV.

The HC 4000 features 4K Enhancement technology (Epson's version of pixel shifting) to boost resolution of native 1920x1080 chips. It doesn't give you as many pixels as native 4K, but it adds enough that with a native 4K source it is often difficult to tell the difference between it and a native 4K projector at typical seating distances. Meanwhile, the HC 4000 also upscales 1080p material to make it far sharper, and the result is indistinguishable from the upscaling on a native 4K projector.

Also improving image quality is the wide color gamut, with 100% coverage of both Rec. 709 and the wider DCI-P3 color spaces. As with all Epson projectors, the 3LCD chip design guarantees there won't be any rainbow artifacts and delivers equal white and color brightness, so there's no difference between the two to affect color quality or lower the brightness of color images. The Home Cinema 4000 also supports 1080p full HD 3D.

Epson HC4000 Rear Connection Panel

If you're into traditional dark home theater, the HDR10 high dynamic range support and 140:000:1 contrast ratio will be of keen interest to you. HDR's full 10-bit color promises a wide dynamic range and smooth tonal transitions. But keep in mind that HDR tends to darken the overall image enough that you may not want to use it with ambient light. Similarly, ambient light tends to wash out the darker areas in an image, making the high contrast ratio less important by effectively lowering it dramatically.

Among the convenience features for setup and use are the motorized 2.1x zoom and focus, as well as motorized vertical and horizontal lens shift. The Epson HC4000 also offers automated lens memory that stores up to 10 combinations of focus, zoom, and lens shift. The lens memory makes it easy to take advantage of the full screen height when you shift between material with different aspect ratios.

Epson HC 4000 Front Bezel

The Epson HC 4000 is the first projector to bring this array of major features -- 4K enhancement, Full HD 3D, HDR, 2.1x zoom, H+V lens shift, and powered Lens Memory -- to market for an anticipated street price under $2000.

Also included in the price is a two-year warranty on the projector, 90 days on the lamp, and free next-day exchange.

Whether you consider the Epson Home Cinema 4000 as a more feature rich and cost effective alternative to native 4K projectors OR a bigger and better solution to the family room big-screen TV, it is a strong entry at a highly competitive price.


Reader Comments(10 comments)

Posted Sep 26, 2017 1:11 PM

By D L

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I have the Epson 5030UB now and I'm very happy with it. The picture on my 125 inch screen is out standing, I could really ask for a better unit. My understanding is The 4000 series will not be 3-D which I enjoy Watching sometimes can new releases good action-packed grandma, specially with lRF 3-D glasses. Does anyone know if the new 4000 will be available in 3-D? Apparently, you can have lighting on and still have a great picture? Not sure who would enjoy that a lot but to each their own

Posted Jul 13, 2017 5:09 AM

By Tony

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Wonder if this is similar to the 2040 or 5025 from last gen.

Biggest question for me is: did they ungimp the hdmi chip set and provide 18 gbps throughput? That was the main thing that prevented me from buying the 5040.

Posted Jul 7, 2017 9:24 AM

By Bart

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I'm hoping this will be announced soon for the European market. The TW7300 is the European name for the Pro Cinema 4040 so I guess this is a new entry.

Posted Jul 3, 2017 9:58 AM

By Roger Thatt

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This projector looks almost identical to the 5040UB. Specs are 99% the same between the two. Why the difference in stated contrast ratio and lumens? They have the same lamp: 250 W UHE. Both have Auto Iris. Both have same 4K Eshift tech... Is this just a new name for 2017? I wonder if this is why Epson is selling Refurbed 5040UB's for the same $2199 price as the MSRP for the 4000...

Posted Jul 2, 2017 1:00 AM

By Henk Saeijs

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This looks very similar to the European TW7300...

Posted Jul 1, 2017 6:38 PM

By Hal Masonberg

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Yes, agree. Really want to see a full review of the 4000 and a comparison to the 5040. Ready to buy one of them, but must wait until I hear what the quality differences are. I'm expecting the vast difference in contrast ratios to have a significant impact. But until I know for sure...

Posted Jun 28, 2017 9:04 AM

By Mike

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I have the HC5040UBe and am thrilled with the incredible color gamut (100% of DCI-P3) and its true HDR10 output and extensive lens and image quality controls. The Optoma UHD60's Rec.709 color gamut pales in comparison (seen it at several trade shows) to the expanded DCI-P3 color gamut of the Epson. PS: The 5040UBe achieves over 100% of Rec.709 in its brightest DYNAMIC setting, while the UHD60 drops to a fraction of its claimed brightness in Rec.709 color mode--and also doesn't appear to display true HDR even in a dark room. For the price, the new Epson will be hard to beat.

Posted Jun 27, 2017 8:58 PM

By Frank

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Please,please a comparison between the 5040 and the 4000.

Posted Jun 27, 2017 6:32 PM

By Rich

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The difference in contrast between this new projector and the 5040UB is surprising dramatic. Is one measured using automatic iris and one not?

Posted Jun 26, 2017 10:29 PM

By JT.

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Can't wait to see head to head comparison against the UHD60. Decisions, decisions... had my eye on the 5030UB, then saw the UHD60/65, and just about pre-ordered, now I'll hold off and away some more reviews.

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