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Epson to Unveil New Home Theater Line Next Week

Got ambient light problems in your home? You already know that 1080p home theater projectors are not bright enough for ambient light situations where a LOT of lumens are required...

So you'll probably be happy to hear that Epson will be unveiling three new very bright 1080p video projectors at the CEDIA trade show next week: The Pro Cinema G6900WU (6000 lumens), the G6550WU (5200 lumens), and the 4855WU (4000 lumens).

Epson will also be upgrading its premium home theater line with two models that will be available from custom installers and home theater speciality retailers: the Pro Cinema 6030UB (600,000:1 contrast, 2400 lumens, under $4000) and the Pro Cinema 4030 (120,000:1 contrast, 2000 lumens, under $3000).

Also, Epson will be showing two new home theater projectors for wider distribution: the Home Cinema 5030UB (600,000:1, 2400 lumens, under $3000) and the 5030Ube (a wireless version for a bit more). These models will be available online and through dealers in mid October.

Having had the opportunity to preview all of these models, I can say two things: First, this new line of premium home theater units produce an elegant, seamless, high dynamic range image that videophiles will marvel at--this is clearly the finest video quality ever to come from Epson home theater projectors. Second, the new ultra-bright Pro Cinema 1080p models will be a welcome relief for those who have been trying to solve home video ambient light problems with brighter commercial/conference room models.

In other news, we just posted a major study on the industry’s latest controversy over ANSI lumens vs. Color Light Output. This article is written for professional AV buyers and not so much for home consumers. If you are a professional buyer for corporate, government, school district or house of worship applications, this article should not be missed as it gets into issues of brightness dynamics in different technologies that are likely to have direct impact on the success of your installations.

Evan Powell
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Reader Comments(11 comments)

Posted Oct 11, 2013 6:44:15 PM

By Dave palmatier

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Evan, I just bought an Epson 5020ub. Is the 5030ub that much better for me to run out and buy? I have a dedicated room (22x14), with no ambient light and love my 5020.

Posted Oct 1, 2013 11:16:56 PM

By gary cubeta

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Evan ... from you first quick look, did the 5030 appear to have a better picture than one could notice than the 5020?

Or is it getting to the point where they have hit a brick wall and we have to wait for 4K to get noticeable improvements?

Posted Sep 25, 2013 3:54:55 PM

By Romel

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Evan Powell wrote: "Video technology has advanced so rapidly that the performance differences between modestly priced units and premium priced units are insignificant enough that one wonders how long the price spread can survive."

I agree Evan, and I guess that's why manufacturers are trying to justify the price difference by introducing new technology like 4k. And even with 4k is it 4x the actual picture quality? Or rather just an incremental improvement?

Posted Sep 23, 2013 1:46:29 PM

By JoeK

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Evan,

I dunno. I watched some 3D on a friend's Runco D73-d and it did seem 15x better than my Epson 6500. Some of it was the projector, some was that it was 3D, some was the real, dedicated home theater, some was his better sound system. But, it was the best picture I've seen in a home, theater or anywhere.

If I had the extra $50k lying around, I'm buy one!

Posted Sep 23, 2013 11:03:34 AM

By Dion

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Are any manufacturers putting out some lower priced 4K projectors this year?

Posted Sep 22, 2013 1:30:34 PM

By Evan Powell (Editor)

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Romel, I would not want to comment on the merits of two projectors that I have not seen side by side, and I've not seen the 5030 against the X35. I will say this...the experience of viewing the 5030 made me wonder how it would look against a $15,000 Runco? There is no doubt that it would be in the same ballpark competitively. I would expect a $15,000 Runco to edge it out, but only marginally. There is no such thing as a 5x picture quality improvement that comes with the price tag. Video technology has advanced so rapidly that the performance differences between modestly priced units and premium priced units are insignificant enough that one wonders how long the price spread can survive.

Posted Sep 22, 2013 8:50:30 AM

By Romel

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Evan,

I know Cedia info will probably be out next week, but since you had an opportunity to preview the new premium Epsons, can you give us a hint of how the new Epsons compare to last years JVC X35 when it comes to black levels and three demensionality?

Also, how does it stack up against the Sony when it comes to overall picture quality and detail. I know these manufacturers will have new models, but knowing how the new Epsons performed against last year models will say a lot. Just give us a little bit to wet our appetite until PC's Cedia report.

Posted Sep 22, 2013 7:47:30 AM

By Romel

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Great, thanks for the update Evan. I was hesitant to buy the 5020 (purchased in August) because new projectors were due to come out. Best Buy said I could upgrade to the new Epson for fee, so I pulled the trigger. No need to upgrade if there is no real performance enhancements, but apparently, there is a visibile difference in video quality. This helps me out in my decision. Thanks again.

Posted Sep 21, 2013 1:20:48 PM

By Evan Powell (Editor)

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William: It is not a misprint. It is being sold through restricted distribution and the price includes some elements that are not included in open distribution models.

Romel: It absolutely refers to the 5030 as well. There is no technical difference between the 5030 and 6030 as a projector. What you get with the 6030 is an extra replacement lamp, a third year of warranty, a ceiling mount, a cable cover and ability to add an external anamorphic lens if you were so inclined--in other words, nothing related to the picture quality itself.

Posted Sep 21, 2013 9:18:37 AM

By Romel

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Evan,

When you stated that the "new line of premium home theater units produce an elegant, seamless, high dynamic range image that videophiles will marvel at--this is clearly the finest video quality ever to come from Epson home theater projectors." Does that statememet include the 5030? Or only the the Pro Cinema 6030UB and 4030?

Posted Sep 20, 2013 2:41:31 PM

By William Dickerson

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I noticed the price for both the "4030" and "5030" are both priced under $3000. Hopefully that is a misprint and the "4030" is under $2000.

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