If you are heading to the CEDIA trade show next week, the Epson booth is one you won’t want to miss...
Epson will be unveiling three new 3D 1080p models based on the new D9 inorganic 480 Hz LCD panels—the Pro Cinema 6010, the Home Cinema 5010, and the Home Cinema 3010.
The most aggressively priced unit, the 3010, delivers full HD 3D with two pairs of 3D glasses and an emitter for only $1,599. It is rated at 30,000:1 contrast and 2200 lumens, and is scheduled for shipment in October.
The 5010 and 6010 are the higher performance models, rated at 200,000:1 contrast and 2400 lumens. The differences between them are related to marketing channels. The Pro Cinema 6010 is packaged for the custom installer. It includes ISF Calibration for customizable settings, an extra lamp, a ceiling mount, a third year of warranty, and a cable cover for flexibility in installation. The 5010 will be more widely available through online resellers, and is a less expensive package designed for the DIY home theater enthusiast. Pricing on the 5010 and 6010 is not yet determined, but you can count on it being attractive. These models should be available in November.
A version of Home Cinema models will offer wireless capability. Those models will be known as the 5010e and the 3010e respectively.
Epson still plans to release the 1,000,000:1 contrast, reflective LCD based Pro Cinema 610000 that was announced last year. CEDIA attendees will be able to see this unit in action at the Epson booth as well. Currently this model, which is not 3D enabled, is scheduled for shipment prior to year end.
I had an opportunity to see the 3010 and 6010 last week at Epson’s headquarters in Long Beach, CA. From what I could tell, Epson appears to be taking their tradition of excellent performance for the money to the next level. 3LCD technology has been improving by leaps and bounds. It is now capable of producing rich, high contrast, pixel free video images that were unimaginable just a few years ago.
We will be anxious to get our hands on the Home Cinema 3010 and Home Cinema 5010 as soon as possible after CEDIA. Assuming the review samples arrive on schedule, the reviews should be done by the end of this month.