Epson announce two new projectors with Ultra HD & HDR support

Competitively priced JVC rivals

by Mark Hodgkinson Jun 21, 2016 at 3:27 PM

  • Epson has announced two new projectors with support for Ultra HD and HDR signals with the Pro Cinema 6040UB and Pro Cinema 4040.
    They’re not actually 4k resolution but they should be interesting products, nevertheless, with a claimed 2,500 lumens of colour brightness and 2,500 lumens at peak white. Epson also claims they have no issue in hitting the DCI colour space and hit a whopping 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

    "With mesmerizing resolution, up to a million-to-one dynamic contrast ratio and a full range of premium cinema features, the new Pro Cinema projectors are nothing short of amazing," said Rodrigo Catalan, senior product manager, Projectors, Epson America. "Moreover, the flagship Pro Cinema 6040UB offers a level of performance that challenges any 4K projector currently available on the market. Viewers will enjoy stunning quality 4K UHD movies whether delivered from a UHD Blu-ray disk or streaming services."

    Both projectors include an enhanced optical engine and a new, all-glass cinema lens engineered to deliver excellent sharpness and colour uniformity with clarity across the entire screen. Installers and customers can also take advantage of the projectors' powered lens position memory, which enables users to preset up to 10 positions for motorised zoom, focus and lens shift for both standard projection and wide cinema ratios. In addition, a wide lens shift range offers installation flexibility, with both projectors delivering a wide range of up to ± 96.3 percent on the vertical axis and ± 47 percent on the horizontal axis. The projectors also include a new, non-inverting optical engine design, which utilises an additional high-quality relay lens for Epson's best colour field uniformity to date.

    The Pro Cinema 6040UB meets the ISF Certification standard. It features independent image calibration tools, plus lockable memory modes that prevent mis-adjustments. Installers can also benefit from other features, including the ability to electronically lock calibration settings. Additionally, Red and Green pixels can be turned off for making adjustments without using a special filter.

    The Pro Cinema 6040UB features 2,500 lumens of colour brightness and 2,500 lumens of white brightness and the Pro Cinema 4040 features 2,300 lumens of colour brightness and 2,300 lumens of white brightness. Both utilise 3-chip LCD panels.

    There’s also ‘Auto Iris Technology’ which adjusts the aperture to provide extra contrast and brightness and a centered lens design should makes installation easier to plan and carry out with simpler lens-to-screen alignment.

    The Pro Cinema 6040UB and 4040 go on sale in the US in August at $3,999 and $2,699, respectively. We await news of a UK release.

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