The new Epson 4K Home Cinema 4010 and Pro Cinema 4050 projectors represent another small step in the evolution of 4K capable, pixel shifting projectors. More bang, less bucks! They offer an improvement over the previous generation of Epson’s projectors that could also handle 4K content including HDR and expanded color!
The HC4010 and PC4050 have a sharpness advantage compared to the older, higher end HC 5040UB/PC 6040UB and HC4000/PC4040 home theater projectors thanks to improved pixel shifting. There are other improvements, but the more expensive, and physically identical looking “UB” series still has some advantages, and we expect (it’s just logical) that in the upcoming months, replacements for the Epson 5040UB and 6040UB will appear as Epson wishes to have their higher end models incorporate the same improvements found in the HC4010 and PC4050, while maintaining the other advantages.
Epson calls these new projectors PRO-UHD (just what we need, another trademarked – resolution oriented name to help keep us confused, but folks, that’s marketing), and they offer a wider color gamut that can reach very close to the full 100% of the P3/BT.2020 color range (sometimes called DCI-P3 – the term for the movie theater standards). Now that’s a claim that’s been echoed by several others since CEDIA 2018, but as yet has not been delivered upon – we’ll see if the HC4010/PC4050 can actually pull it off! Most under $3000 projectors don’t even come remotely close to P3 color, many can barely do great on the older REC709 standard (Hint: These Epsons come very, very close to P3!!! – art)
By Art Feierman
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