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CEDIA Expo 2011: Epson rolls out new projector line

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Posted September 11 2011 - 10:39 AM

Epson projectors have been a favorite with Home Theater Forum members.  They have consistently offered entry level to high end projectors that have arguably provided one of the best values for the dollar.

I learned a piece of trivia that one of the Epson reps shed during a demonstration of the new 6100 3D projector. I never knew that the Epson that makes projectors is a not the same Epson company that makes printers.  Seiko owns the Epson that makes projectors and Seiko is the patent holder and producer of the LCD technology used in those projectors.

At CEDIA Epson America announced its first line of 2D and 3D Full HD 1080p home theater projectors with the new 3LCD PowerLite® Pro Cinema 6010, and Home Cinema 5010/5010e and 3010/3010e.

Rounding out the other end of the spectrum is the Epson Home Cinema 3010 that supports 1080P and 3D for under $1600!

Pictures of the projectors are below, starting with the 3010 lineup which deliver up to 2,200 lumens of color and white light output along with a superb contrast ratio of up to 40,000:1 for outstanding black levels. The Home Cinema 3010 also includes two pairs of 3D glasses. You can see a block cone box in the picture below.  That is HD wireless transmitter (sourced from Silcon Image) and comes with the 3010e model. The receiver part of the HDMI wireless is in the projector.

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The Pro Cinema 6010 and Home Cinema 5010 and 5010e (wireless) feature an outstanding contrast ratio of up to 200,000:1 and up to 2,400 lumens of color and white light output for incredible black levels with a clear, clean picture. With Epson’s Super Resolution technology andFineFrame technology for smoother frame interpolation and sharper video quality (2D Mode), cinema filter feature for larger color space and improved color fidelity and a Fujinon® OptiCinema lens (2.1 zoom ratio), these projectors deliver top-of-the-line performance and quality. And to further enhance the 3D experience, they also include 2D to 3D conversion. The flagship Pro Cinema 6010 also adds two anamorphic lens modes, two pairs of 3D glasses, ISF calibration, color isolation, and a ceiling mount, cable cover and extra lamp for installation flexibility.

The PowerLite Pro Cinema 6010 will be available for less than $4,000, while the Home Cinema 5010 and 5010e are listed at under $3,000 and $3,500, respectively; all will be available through authorized Epson projector dealers in November. The Home Cinema 3010 and 3010e will be available online and through dealers in October for $1,599.99 and $1,799.99

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Gregg Loewen this year took over the previous high end projector demonstration duties of Kevin Miller and was demonstrating Epson's newest high end 2D projector, the Pro Cinema 61000. The 61000 increases light output and contrast ratio from the previous model by using a new type of panel, one that used quartz instead of crystal. This chip is exclusive on the 61000 and offers a 1M:1 contrast ratio.  It's one of the first projectors I have seen that has an ethernet port on the back that will send diagnostic codes when there is a problem, something that a CEDIA dealer will really relish!  The projector also comes with lense memory for switching different aspect ratios.

Watch the video of the full Epson line-up with Jason Palmer, marketing manager, Epson America.

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Posted September 13 2011 - 06:24 AM

One of the things I liked about the Epson projectors is they all support a split screen using two inputs.  Most projectors don't have this support built in requiring other third party solutions.  Here is an overview of the models shown:
Model Contrast Ratio Price Lumens 3D Availablity Notes
Home Cinema 8350 50,000:1   2000 No Dealer/Online Hold over from last year
Home Cinema 3010 40,000:1 $1,599 2200 Yes Dealer/Online Includes 2pr 3D glasses
Home Cinema 3010e 40,000:1 $1,799 2200 Yes Dealer/Online Includes wireless HDMI, no glasses
Home Cinema 5010 200,000:1 TBD but under $3,000 2400 Yes Dealer/Online No glasses
Home Cinema 5010e 200,000:1 TBD but under $3,500 2400 Yes Dealer/Online Includes wireless HDMI, no glasses
Pro Cinema 6010 200,000:1 TBD but under $4,000 2400 Yes Dealer Extra bulb, ISF, THX certified, 2 pr 3D glasses
Pro Cinema 61000 1,000,000:1 TBD but under $5,000 1200 No Dealer Mount, extra bulb, ISF, THX
Pro Cinema 31000 500,000:1  TBD but under $4,000 1200 No Dealer No extras
Kevin got a complete overview of this years offerings from Epson's Jason Palmer: