Epson has today introduced two new projectors, Home Cinema 5050UB and wireless Home Cinema 5050UBe 4K PRO-UHD, both aimed at the non-installation market, and priced at $2,999 and $3,299 respectively. The projectors feature 2,600 lumens of equal color and white brightness, HDR10 support, and Epson UltraBlack technology, while also leveraging 10-bit color output. With HDR and proprietary image processing, the new Home Cinema 4K PRO-UHD2 projectors promise to display “incredible color accuracy, brightness, and image detail.”

“The new Epson Home Cinema 5050UB and 5050UBe projectors are worthy successors to our highly-acclaimed Home Cinema 5040UB and 5040UBe,” said Rodrigo Catalan, senior product manager, Projectors, Epson America. “By retaining the outstanding black performance from the previous generation and adding our latest 4K PRO-UHD2 resolution enhancement technology, we’ve raised the bar again with the new Home Cinema solutions to deliver top contenders for the best DIY home theater projectors available today.”

Both units are powered by Epson’s 4K PRO-UHD resolution enhancement technology and content is supported at 4K HDR at 60Hz. Dynamic contrast ratio is claimed to achieve 1,000,000:1, DCI-P3 color space is supported, and both projectors include Epson’s 15-element glass projection lens. As is typical for Epson home theater projectors, a wide lens shift of up to ±96 percent on the vertical axis and up to ±47 percent on the horizontal axis is supported. The new projectors also feature low Delta E and include a CalMAN pattern generator calibration tool.

Both the new Home Cinema line projectors are now available through certain e-tailers and the Epson online store, and come with the company’s comprehensive service and support package, including toll-free access to Epson’s PrivateLine priority support, 90-day limited lamp warranty, and free two-business-day exchange with Extra CareSM Home Service. The Home Cinema 5050UBe and 5050UB also include a two-year limited warranty. For more information and detailed specs, visit www.epson.com/home-entertainment-projectors.

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Based on the review that I saw on this at AVS it is pixel shifting.
 
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Something like this could very well be the replacement for my trusty Epson 5030. No plans or budget to upgrade in the foreseeable future, but I think I'd be inclined to stay in the Epson family given how positive an experience I've had with my last two Epson projectors.
 
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Glad to see 4K options continuing to be updated in the sub-$5000 price range. I wish that the price wasn't so extreme still with the really desirable models still closer to $10k. But I guess we're getting there. And it's a lot better than even three years ago when the good 4K were north of $25k.
 
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3D is still a bigger priority for me than 4K - I have zero desire to watch a 2D 4K presentation of something I have in 3D. That’s part of what’s holding me back on an upgrade. The majority of new releases I’m picking up still have a 3D component.

But I think the writing is on the wall there, and in a year or a couple years it may be the case that home options are exclusively 2D. When that day comes, I’ll probably then get more serious about 4K.

Or, if I win the lottery, that could do it too.

It’s a testament to how well Epson builds their stuff that I’m five years into owning their 5030 and I’m still just as satisfied as the day I got it. I wish I had a bigger room so I could get a bigger screen, but the unit itself is still great.
 

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As the newest version in the ub50xx line, it really wouldn’t make sense for them to start dropping features like 3D or lens memory. As I recall every time a new projector comes out the retail sites fail to list 3D as a feature because Epson doesn't consider 3D to be that big a deal and they bury any mention of it in the fine print. Eventually the retailers will update the specs to include it.
 
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I think that’s a great approach - they keep the feature there for those of us that want it, but don’t scream about it so loud that the anti-3D brigade would start demanding that since they don’t use it, it should be removed to lower prices. It’s just there for those who want it, no need to make a fuss. I like that.
 

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I'm still using a 6030UB, but I'm reticent to go with Epson for my 4K upgrade. I had persistent problems in California with dust bunnies in the light path, despite repeated filter changes, and had to return three units. Some of the replacement units from Epson came with dust bunnies straight out of the box. Has anyone else had this problem or has light path protection been improved? I'm considering a DLP model for next time.
 

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This thing is really putting me in that "impulse buy" sort of mood.
I thought I'd be pro-Optoma for life, but this Epson is attractive, and has already checked off all of the 'need' boxes for what I'm after.

I promise myself I will watch 3 YouTube reviews before purchase, if everything checks out it is going to be a bad day for my credit card.