Epson announces new HT models
Epson has announced three new inexpensive models designed for home theater and home entertainment...
The Epson Home Cinema 2040 and 2045, and the Home Cinema 740HD are all priced well under $1,000 and will be available in retail and online outlets sometime in the next few weeks.
The HC 2040 ($799) is a native 1920x1080 3LCD projector with 2D and 3D capability, rated at 2200 lumens. It is basically an improved version of the HC 2030. The contrast rating has been boosted from 15,000:1 to 35,000:1, and quite a bit of the video processing capability of Epson's more comprehensive home theater models like the HC 5030 have been brought down into this model, including frame interpolation. The HD 2045 ($849) is the same projector with wireless capabilities integrated.
The HC 740HD ($649) is native 1280x720 and pumps out 3,000 lumens, so may be suitable for family room home entertainment without the need for a dark cave.
None of these models have arrived for review, so we will schedule them when they show up, hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, we have the newly released NEC V302H in house and under review at the moment. The combination of its 1080p resolution, 3000 lumen brightness rating, and $999 street price will have many wondering how suitable it is for home use. We will have this review completed next week.