Epson has announced the Pro Cinema 6050UB 4K PRO-UHD 3LCD projector, the commercial-line sister to its recently introduced Home Cinema 5050UB 4K PRO-UHD, completing the refresh of its popular Home Cinema 6040UB and Home Cinema 5040UB models introduced three years ago.
The 6050UB is available for sale within the custom integrator channel and is identical in most respects to the 5050UB except for a black instead of white casing and other subtle differences. First, unlike the 5050UB and 5050UBe (which includes wireless HDMI capabilities), the 6050UB is packaged with a ceiling mount, cable cover, and an extra replacement lamp. It also adds lockable ISF calibration modes, as well as an extra display setting suitable for use with an anamorphic lens. The 6050UB enjoys a slightly higher rated contrast ratio as well—1.2 million:1 vs 1 million:1 for the consumer models—the result of Epson cherry-picking the highest performing units off the production line and steering them for commercial designation. Finally, a generous 3-year limited warranty adds an extra year compared with the consumer models. The 6050UB is prices at $3,999, while the 5050UB and 5050UBe are priced at $2,999 and $3,299, respectively.
As noted in our coverage of the 5050UB, the 6050 eschews native 4K imagers in favor of the latest and most advanced version of Epson's 1080p pixel-shifting technology—at virtually no sacrifice in perceived resolution— and puts the savings into advanced design features not typically found at this price point. Among these are relatively high brightness, good black-level and contrast performance via Epson's UltraBlack technology (which uses a polarizing filter to reduce stray light in the light path), high-end optics, recallable lens and settings memories, and an effective dynamic iris for further deepening blacks.
Updates from its predecessor Pro Cinema 6040UB include recent advances debuted with the Epson Home Cinema 4010, such as an improved pixel-shifting scheme said to deliver improved clarity, and Epson's latest Digital Cinema color mode that achieves the full DCI-P3 color gamut for today's HDR (high dynamic range) UHD content. Epson has also upped its game on its HDR tone-mapping and added support for HLG along with HDR10 content. The 6050UB and 5050UB further include a new 16-step HDR control with access via a dedicated remote button, which allows viewers to easily make on-the-fly tone-map adjustments to accommodate mastering differences among HDR titles.
The Pro Cinema 6050UB and other late generation models enjoy a new three-chip processor architecture to parallel-process more advanced algorithms used for the pixel-shifting, HDR tone-mapping, and general image processing to provide what is said to be a higher level of image quality in all three areas. Another much-welcomed addition is a pair of 18 Gbps HDMI 2.0 ports, something sorely missed by gamers in the Pro Cinema 6040UB and HC 5040UB because of the frame-rate limitations with HDR content associated with those projector's HDMI 1.4 connectors. Installers will be pleased to learn of improved lens-shift precision that allows the image to be aligned more easily with "zero-edge" screen designs.
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The Epson Pro Cinema 6050UB 4K PRO-UHD is available now through CEDIA and other specialty dealers.