My good friends know how obsessed I am with projectors – my first model was around the time of the original Xbox release, where it’s 720p resolution looked absolutely incredible blown up to the size of a theatre screen on my wall. It’s also why I do most of my gaming on an Epson TW9200, a 1080p projector that delivers a truly big-screen gaming experience.
So when I heard that Epson was releasing a 4K projector for less than five grand, I was amazed. Until now, only Sony had offered remotely affordable home 4K projectors, and they were in the twenty grand range, just a tad too expensive even for a dedicated enthusiast like me. For Epson to deliver a 4K projector at less than five grand – $15,000 less than its competitors – was simply revolutionary.
Unfortunately it turns out that it’s too good to be true. This projector still only supports a 1080p input, which it then upscales to 4K. JVC pulled this same trick a few years back, so it’s nothing new. You don’t get a native 4K image – it’s simply 1080p with extra pixels added. There is a barely noticeable increase in clarity, but trust me: it’s a long, long way from looking at a native 4K screen.
However, there is another key feature that makes the successor to the TW9200 worthy of your attention – support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) lighting. 4K is so 2014 darling, with HDR being the selling point for most displays right now.
What’s HDR? Well, basically, it uses a much wider colour range to deliver much more accurate colours compared to non-HDR displays. It also offers vastly improved contrast ratios – Epson is claiming this projector has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio.
By : Bennett Ring
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