Epson Fields Hi-Def Projector With Lo-Def Price
Epson has followed the introduction of a CEDIA-member-oriented 1080p front projector in January with a 1080p projector destined for broader distribution channels at under $3,000.
The PowerLite Home Cinema 1080, slated to ship beginning early next week, offers what Aaron Marinari, the company’s senior product manager for home theater products, terms “a groundbreaking true 1080p high-end feature set” for the price-point – which includes HDMI 1.3 connectivity.
It uses a 3LCD chip set designed and manufactured by Epson in a chassis design that is about half the size of previous models – a benefit, says Marinari, which is derived from Epson’s expertise in designing portable projectors for years for the business market. It can produce image sizes up to 120 inches, and also yields a 12,000:1 contrast spec. He adds that similarly featured, competitive projectors sell for $4,000 or higher.