Epson is the biggest projector-maker around, and the plus-size Home Cinema 4000 is one of its most impressive home theater projectors for the money. Yes, lacks the 4K resolution of newer competitors in the same price range like theand the , but it still outperforms them in many ways, particularly with HDR content.
After comparing the three, however, I like the Optoma a bit better, as long as you don’t feed itTV shows, movies and games. It has superior punch and contrast to the Epson with all kinds of content, and some people (with good eyesight who sit close enough and pay attention to certainly highly detailed scenes) will appreciate its slightly sharper image with 4K material. The icing on the cake is that it costs $200 less than the Epson.
The HC4000 is no slouch, however, and if you want a solid performer with HDR, as well as perks like a power lens and superior response time for gaming, it’s an excellent choice.
- Native resolution: 1080p
- Discrete pixels on chip: 1,920×1,080
- HDR-compatible: Yes
- Lumens spec: 2,200
- Zoom: Power (2.1x)
- Lens shift: Vertical and horizontal
- 3D-compatible: Yes
- Lamp life (Normal mode): 4,000 hours
While the HC4000 can accept 4K and HDR sources, the native resolution — the highest it can actually display on-screen — is. That sets it apart from the similarly-priced 4K projectors from Optoma and Benq. Yes, Epson markets a “4K enhancement” function said to improve image quality of non-4K sources, but it doesn’t provide a noticeable boost to my eye.
One minor strength over theBenQ and Optoma is lack of the rainbow effect, an artifact where brief flashes of color can appear. It happens rarely in my experience, unless you induce it by moving your eyes around, but some viewers are more susceptible than others. As a three-chip LCD-based projector the Epson doesn’t have rainbows.
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