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.