This projector is the successor to the very popular and well-reviewed 5040UB, also known as the TW9300. That projector has been regarded as one of the best projectors under $3k by the majority of home cinema enthusiasts. They’re LCD projectors, so those people that suffer from the rainbow effect when watching DLP projectors don’t need to worry, and of course, that also means they have good lens shift abilities for flexible room placement.
The new one has a few improvements which make it a good upgrade over its predecessor such as:
- Improved contrast ratio: This is now 12000000:1 instead of the predecessors 1000000:1. This means there is now a bigger difference between the darkest and lightest parts of the image. A higher contrast ratio means better black levels, which is definitely a good thing.
- Improved 4K enhancement: The 4K mechanism works a little faster than the last model to give a more accurate image.
- Increased brightness: A small bump from 2500 to 2600 lumens. This isn’t a massive difference but the brighter the image the projector can display, the more the image pops so another improvement which is welcome.
- 18 Gbps HDMI 2.0 compatibility: This is the biggest difference, the HDMI bandwidth has been increased. This means that the Epson 5050UB can now receive a full 4K 60hz signal, which means that you can play console games in 4K HDR at 60hz without needing to reduce the image quality at all.
The colour depth the Epson 5050UB now supports includes 4:4:4 in 8-bit, 4:2:2 in 8/10/12 bit, and 4:2:0 in 8/10/12 bit at 60Hz. In 24Hz it supports both 4:4:4 and 4:2:2 in 8/10/12 bit resolution.
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