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Epson Expands Instant Home Cinema Market With New Epson Moviemate 50 and 72

Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Plug ... Load ... Play ... These three simple words explain the basic steps required to set up and experience your very own indoor/outdoor instant home cinema. Epson America Inc. today announced two affordable home entertainment products that deliver this type of convenience and fun -- the Epson MovieMate 50 and Epson MovieMate 72 all-in-one projector, DVD and music player combos.

Both solutions enable virtually anyone to quickly and easily set up and view stunning, larger-than-life video experiences (up to eight times larger than a 40-inch widescreen TV) with Dolby Digital audio, in practically any location. Whether users are enjoying DVD movies, playing video games, watching favorite sporting events, or playing music and videos from MP3 players like the Apple iPod, Epson MovieMate can handle it all.

Epson is the first manufacturer to offer a step-up product offering in combo projectors. For those who place the most value in having a compact, super-portable design, the Epson MovieMate 50 is Epson's smallest, weighing just 8.3 pounds, with an integrated handle to easily carry from room to room, inside to outside or even on vacation. For those who want to step up to a high definition experience, the Epson MovieMate 72 is the industry's first projection product of its kind to offer native 720p resolution. In addition, the Epson MovieMate 72 upconverts standard resolution DVDs (480p) to 720p resolution.

Both Epson MovieMate models achieve astounding levels of image quality with bright, natural colors by way of 3LCD projection technology. They can also be used to play photo slideshows and soundtracks from a USB flash drive or DVD/CD, and each model has a VGA input that enables consumers to show images from a PC or Mac.

"Beyond all of the incredibly easy-to-use features you get with the Epson MovieMate 50 and Epson MovieMate 72, a major benefit is how they can transform an ordinary display into an extraordinary 'go big' experience," said Mike Isgrig, director of multimedia projection products, Epson America. "Furthermore, they're so incredibly versatile that they easily enhance special occasions such as receptions, parties, vacations, and backyard barbeques with entertainment that goes wherever you go."

More about the Epson MovieMate 50

--Designed for the "on-the-go" home entertainment enthusiast
--Features Epson's smallest footprint yet of any all-in-one projector currently on the market (63 percent smaller than the previous generation of Epson MovieMate)
--Innovative, sleek black design, weighing just 8.3 pounds
--Convenient built-in handle and cushioned soft case included for portability
--Integrated stereo with two 8W speakers with Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS for great sound
--480p (native) digital resolution
--$799.99 (estimated street price)

More about the Epson MovieMate 72

--Engineered for the "high def" home cinema enthusiast
--World's first high-definition combo projector with true HD (720p) resolution and HDMI connectivity
--Unique swivel base for versatile DVD loading
--Easy set up virtually anywhere with lens shift for more flexible placement so it's not necessary to be exactly in front of the projection surface
--Rich powerful audio with four 5W speakers built-in with Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS
--$1,199.99 (estimated street price)

SOURCE Epson America Inc.