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Epson Expands Line of Home Theater Projectors with Launches of
Epson PowerLite Cinema 200 and Epson PowerLite Cinema 500

Leading Micro Display LCD Technology Producer
Broadens Presence in Home Entertainment

Jan 06, 2004 08:12
Fueled by growing demand for home entertainment products in the United States, Epson America Inc. today announced the company will market two new LCD projectors: the PowerLite(R) Cinema 200 and PowerLite Cinema 500, both specifically designed for home theater use and incorporating Epson's patented LCD technology.

"Epson has been a leading manufacturer of LCD technology for several years. As the trend for home theater systems continues to grow, Epson is ideally positioned to offer a wide range of high-value, high-performance projectors to meet the diverse needs of the market," said Rajeev Mishra, director, Home Entertainment Division, Epson. As part of Epson's launch into the home entertainment market, these projectors join an introductory line-up of HDTV LCD projection televisions, under the EPSON Livingstation(TM) branding, and the previously announced PowerLite Home 10 home theater projector.

Available in March 2004 through CEDIA dealers and specialty audio-visual retailers nationwide, the Cinema 200 and Cinema 500 are HDTV-ready and will retail for $2,999 and $4,999, respectively.

"The PowerLite Cinema projectors fill the gap between ultra high-end home theater products and entry level projectors, and include features and image quality often found on projectors priced twice as much," added Mishra.

Key Benefits
For maximum picture clarity, both projectors feature Epson's superior image quality, boasting 3-LCD 0.7" panels (16:9 aspect ratio at 720p native resolution) enabling the Cinema 200 to produce an 800:1 contrast ratio and brightness of up to 1,300 ANSI lumens, while the top of the line Cinema 500's contrast ratio is rated at 1200:1 with brightness of up to 1,000 ANSI lumens. Both models are also equipped with "ColorReality 2," Epson's original color management technology, a number of selectable color modes allowing users to select optimal color and brightness depending on the surroundings, and advanced color adjustment features for the perfect picture.

The flagship Cinema 500 is packed with state-of-the-art video technology, including Faroudja's DCDi digital processing, 3:2 pull down, 3D Y/C separation, 3D digital gamma correction and 3D noise reduction. Pixelworks' acclaimed DNX Video Chipset powers the Cinema 200 with built-in Y/C separation, 3D digital gamma correction and 3D noise reduction.

Designed for the dedicated media room market, these models deliver robust ease of installation features and seamless control for the advanced home theater enthusiast. The Cinema series projectors include a manual lens shift function, which enables a shift range of 2.5 screens vertically, and two screens horizontally, and a 1.5x power zoom lens that attains the highest degree of positioning freedom in the home projector class. The Cinema 500 includes an HDMI connector for several of today's most advanced HDTV tuners and DVD players.

About Epson America Inc.
Epson America, Inc. offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets. The company is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) printers and transaction terminals for the retail market. Founded in 1975, Epson America Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. Epson America Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.

About the Epson Group
The Epson Group is a network of over 88,036 employees in 111 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and to the communities in which it is located. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corp., which is listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the Group had consolidated sales of 1,322 billion yen in fiscal 2002.