Epson is introducing during this week’s CEDIA Expo the Home Cinema 4K PRO-UHD 3-chip projector Models 3200 ($1,499.99) and 3800 ($1,699.99) – both, with HDR processing, making that technology available to a wider range of consumers due to their affordable pricing, says Epson.
Both offer 3,000 Lumens brightness, and a contrast ratio of 100,000:1, and the projectors are suitable for content streaming, says Epson, and also, for their ability to support the latest 18 Gbps HDMI 2.0 spec - meaning that buyers will be able to enjoy 4K gaming at a full 60fps funneled to the projectors from the latest-generation consoles.
Both models feature Epson’s latest Precision Lens, which uses a proprietary multi-element precision glass structure for image clarity and edge-to-edge focus uniformity, along with precision vertical and horizontal axis lens shift adjustment, according to the company.
All around, says Epson, these models’ processing engines enhance resolution, color, and image clarity. Their “true” 3-chip projection system and advanced 3LCD technology displays 100 percent of the RGB color signal for every frame, allowing for better color gamut while maintaining brightness and eliminating “rainbow” effect or color brightness issues that affect other projection technologies, according to Epson.
Real-time 12-bit analog-to-digital video processing enables smoother tonal transitions while eliminating banding, blocking and other compression artifacts from the final image, says the company.
The Model 3800 offers the added bonus of rear-firing dual 10-watt built-in speakers for basic audio requirements.
Both models, which replace the company’s Models 3700 and 3100 with the main differences being their upgraded processors and lenses, are slated to be available in October and carry a two-year limited warranty and a 90-day lamp warranty.
Also new is the Epson LS500 short-throw laser projector system, which bundles a high-definition ambient-light-rejecting 120-inch wall-mounted screen with a 4K PRO-UHD HDR 4000 Lumens projector at a total cost of $5,999 – a combination of price, large screen size and performance that Epson says gives consumers more for their money than, say, an 85-inch flat-panel TV at a much higher price point. There is built-in audio, but the system is Bluetooth-linkable with a soundbar. The projector requires a minimum distance of 20 inches from the wall for the 120-inch projection, says Epson.
The company’s Kenny Tang, at a pre-CEDIA showing, said the system is suitable for professional installation but is also to be available for self-installation by the consumer. A couple of the target audiences cited by Epson for the projector are both gamers and sports fans - the latter, able to benefit from tiling live content of up to four sporting events to watch simultaneously.