Epson introduces compact 4K projectors with 3D

News from CEDIA Expo is coming in thick and fast this week, so we hope to get to most of the key stories in the coming days and after the show closes at the weekend.

It would surely only be a matter of time before Epson jumped onto the compact, lower-priced 4k projector category, after BenQ, Viewsonic and others have been leading the charge in the past couple of years and responding to consumer demand. The company has just introduced two projectors, the Home Cinema 3800 ($1,699) and 3200 ($1,499), both of which include 4K ‘PRO-UHD’ 3-chip (HDR10) light engines, 3D support and brightness measuring up to 3,000 lumens.

“Epson continues to expand its line of 4K PRO-UHD solutions, showing its commitment to delivering a high quality, immersive viewing experience across a range of viewing environments in today’s homes,” said Rodrigo Catalan, senior product manager, Projectors, Epson America, Inc. “These latest models pack together the brightness, color accuracy and feature set for an astounding 4K PRO-UHD performance at more affordable price points, providing the ultimate 4K experience of the latest HDR blockbuster movies.”

The new units include the 18 Gbps HDMI 2.0 spec, 4K HDR content handling at 60fps, 100% of the RGB color signal and 3D support. Both have lens shift capability up to ±60 percent on the vertical axis and up to ± 24 percent on the horizontal axis

Epson also says it is using a real-time 12-bit analog-to-digital video processing specification in the 3800 and 3200 for smoother tonal transitions, which should also contribute to eliminating banding, blocking, and compression artifacts. Other features comprise Epson’s multi-element precision lens, dual 10W onboard speakers, and 3D support for active glasses.

The projectors will be available in October at Best Buy and November at Amazon, and come with Epson’s two-year warranty and free technical support by phone for the life of the product. Go to Epson’s home entertainment projector page here.

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2 Comments

  1. My Panasonic AE8000U still looks great and bright even with the 138 inch wide image. But, moving to a smaller home in November so the new smaller HTR will only give me about 116 inches wide with the AE8000U. I’ll see if it bothers me. The BenQ HT3550 can do 138 inch wide in the same room but not as bright as the AE8000U. All other 4K projectors in the same price range seem to outperform the HT3550 but I love that large image.

  2. News of any new product that supports optional 3D capabilities is a very good thing to see.
    This statement is made by one who does not have a 3D collection, but by one who understood the passion and loss of those who have.
    It never made much sense to me that this aspect of film viewing was isolated and removed by other manufacturers; be it through display panels or players; especially in an era where all other accesses to a motion picture's formatting has continued to expand.
    As it was, I had just begun to purchase a few 3D discs when the plug was pulled.
    Epson is to be applauded and I hope that they have great success with this model.

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