Ultra HD 4K TVs can be impressive. But at screen sizes under 70 inches, it can be difficult to spot big differences between 4k and 1080p resolution, from normal viewing distances. But when you blow up that screen to 100 or even 200 inches, that extra detail comes in handy.
And perhaps even more important than the number of pixels is the quality of those pixels. A feature we’re seeing on many higher end flat panel Ultra HD TVs called HDR (High Dynamic Range) allows whites to be brighter, blacks darker and all the colors in between to be a bit more vivid. With HDR-enabled content, an HDR-capable display can provide significantly better image quality than one that is not HDR-enabled.
With all that said, 4K resolution and HDR capabilities are something that have not yet made it into the affordable home theater projector market. At least not until now. This week, Epson is unveiling a new line of home theater projectors at the CE Week show in New York City and the specs look pretty impressive, as are the prices (in a good way). The new projectors support sources with 4K Ultra HD resolution and HDR 10 high dynamic range, and pricing starts at $2,699 for the Pro Cinema 4040. The brighter, higher performance Pro Cinema 6040UB is priced at $3,999. In the consumer line, we find the Home Cinema 5040UB for $2999.99 and the Home Cinema 5040UBe for $3299. The Pro Cinema projectors are expected to be available in August through CEDIA and specialty dealers. The Home Cinema models will also be be available in August through select Brick and Mortar and online retailers.
By Chris Boylan
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