New projectors quietly slip on to shelves almost every day, but Epson's new PowerLite Pro Cinema 6010, and updated Home Cinema series certainly caught our attention. They combine 1080p images with active 3D tech for a price that home theater builders shouldn't immediately dismiss. The flagship Pro Cinema 6010 and Home Cinema 5010 lines can output 2,400 lumens while maintaining a contrast ratio of 200,000:1. Both also include the ability to convert 2D content to 3D on the fly. The primary difference between the $4,000 6010 and $3,000 5010 (the wirelessHD-equipped 5010e will run about $3,500) is the included accessories and options: like ceiling mounts, 3D glasses and additional lens modes. The budget 3010 ($1,600) and 3010e ($1,800) models sport a more modest 40,000:1 contrast ratio and 2,200 lumen rating, but do have a pair of built-in 10W speakers. Oddly, only the 3010 package will include 3D glasses. The Pro Cinema 6010 and Home Cinema 5010 line will start shipping in November, while the 3010 series will land in October. Check out the PR after the break.
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Epson Launches Full Line of 2D and 3D Full HD 1080p 3LCD Home Theater Projectors for Cinema Enthusiasts and Custom Installers
PowerLite Pro Cinema 6010, Home Cinema 5010/5010e and 3010/3010e Deliver Incredible Brightness for Exceptional 3D and 2D Performance at Home Starting Under $1,600
INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- (CEDIA Expo 2011, Booth 3751) -- Epson America today 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. With both home cinema enthusiasts and custom installers in mind, Epson utilizes new Bright 3D Drive technology for an exceptional 3D viewing experience at home on a big screen. Epson's new line offers a range of value-add features and performance at varying price levels to accommodate virtually all home cinema projection needs, including an entry-level solution available for less than $1,600.
As the number-one selling projector brand worldwide(i) Epson utilizes full HD, active shutter 3D, with 1080p resolution and Bright 3D Drive Technology, which drives the panels at 480 Hz, essentially doubling the image refresh rate of 240Hz panels, delivering ultra-bright images and reduced crosstalk for the ultimate in 3D viewing at home. These projectors offer high brightness -- up to 2,400 lumens of color and white light output(ii) -- and enable viewing on larger screens and in a range of ambient light conditions. Combined with remarkable contrast and a number of value-add features, including wireless installation options and split screen mode for watching two pictures at once or watching TV and using the Internet at the same time, the Pro Cinema 6010, and Home Cinema 5010/5010e and 3010/3010e deliver top 3D and 2D performance and image quality in each of their respective categories.
"A large issue with 3D projection at home is the loss of brightness in image and picture quality," said Jason Palmer, marketing manager, Epson America. "With the 480 Hz drive technology developed by Epson, we've been able to create a bright, crisp image for home users to truly enjoy the 3D experience. Coupled with exceptional 2D quality viewing, these new projectors are an outstanding choice for any home cinema."
More About the Pro Cinema 6010 and Home Cinema 5010/5010e
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 and FineFrame™ 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.
More About the Home Cinema 3010/3010e
Offering big screen home 3D viewing, the Home Cinema 3010 and 3010e (wireless) 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. In addition, both models feature two built-in 10W speakers for great home cinema sound. The Home Cinema 3010 also includes two pairs of 3D glasses. These affordably priced projectors offer outstanding 3D and 2D big screen image quality for a reasonable price and are ideal for home cinema enthusiasts who don't require installation or professional-level color tools.
Additional Features of Epson's 2D and 3D Full HD 1080p Home Theater Projector Line-up
Further augmenting performance, value and total cost of 3LCD projector ownership, each model also shares the following features:
Split screen capabilities in 2D mode for watching two pictures at once, or watching TV and using the Internet at the same time
Epson 3LCD technology for amazing color and detail
Five color modes in 2D and two color modes in 3D to easily adapt to different viewing environments
Epson's exclusive 230W E-TORL® (Epson Twin Optics Reflection Lamp) offering high brightness and up to 6,000 hours of lamp life(iii)
HDMI (two), component video, composite video, VGA, RCA audio, and USB connections for flexibility
Wireless transmitter included with Home Cinema 3010e and 5010e for ultimate installation flexibility without wires, using the WirelessHD standard to send uncompressed high-definition video over short distances to the projector
Two pairs of 3D glasses included with Home Cinema 3010 and Pro Home Cinema 6010; 3D glasses sold separately for Home Cinema 3010e, 5010 and 5010e
Availability and Support
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. These projectors will also be on display at CEDIA Expo 2011.
Each model comes with Epson's industry leading service and support, including toll-free access to Epson's PrivateLine® priority technical support, 90-day limited lamp warranty, and free two-business day exchange with Extra Care(SM) Home Service. The Home Cinema 5010/5010e and 3010/3010e include a two-year limited warranty, while the Pro Cinema 6010 includes a three-year limited warranty. For more information, please see the detailed spec sheets.
About Epson America Inc.
Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader dedicated to exceeding the vision of customers worldwide through its compact, energy-saving, high-precision technologies, with a wide lineup ranging from printers and 3LCD projectors for business and the home, to electronic and crystal devices. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises nearly 75,000 employees in 100 countries around the world. Epson is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates and has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, an indicator for leading companies in economic, environmental and social criteria, for the third year in a row. Epson America, Inc. based in Long Beach, Calif. is Epson's regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: www.Epson.com. You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EpsonAmerica), Twitter (http://twitter.com/EpsonAmerica) and (http://twitter.com/EpsonEducation) and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/EpsonTV).
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(i) Based upon Q2 2010 worldwide front projection market share estimates from Pacific Media Associates
(ii) Color and white light output will vary depending on mode selected. White light output measured using ISO 21118 standard.
(iii) Lamp life will vary depending upon mode selected, environmental conditions and usage. Lamp brightness decreases over time.