Home entertainment is no longer limited to watching standard content on traditional TVs. From downloading and streaming content to boosting the experience with advanced assortments, there is so much to do. Epson keeps that in mind with the launch of its latest 1080p 3LCD Reflective home theater projector models. The company unveiled the PowerLite Pro Cinema 61000 and 31000 and Home Cinema 21000 for custom installers and AV aficionados looking at high image quality and performance.
Featuring the world’s premier 3LCD Reflective technology in addition to Epson’s UltraBlack technology, the beamers are designed for not just advanced picture quality but also unprecedented contrast ratios. The newly developed technology from Epson allows much deeper blacks and brighter whites. While the Home Cinema 21000 and Pro Cinema 31000 attain a 500,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, the Pro Cinema 61000 is said to be the first to deliver a mega contrast ratio of up to 1,000,000:1.
Each model is also fitted with a dual-layer auto iris, built-in IDT HQV Vida Video Processor and PW390 video scaler along with Epson’s Super-resolution and FineFrame technologies. With a reduced footprint and center lens design, users are provided with an array of installation options and flexibility courtesy of the powered zoom, focus and lens memory. The Pro Cinema 61000 and 31000 only come minus color filter glasses while also including a cable cover.
“We are very excited to debut our new home theater projector line-up to the custom installation channel,” revealed Marge Ang, senior product manager, Epson America. “These powerful, feature-packed projectors demonstrate Epson’s commitment to provide dealers with top-of-the-line products that allow them to design customized home entertainment systems for their customers.”
The Pro Cinema 61000 emerges as the company’s flagship model with a novel and speedy auto-iris that handles light reduction well. This allows it to reach a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. Boasting of ISF calibration, color isolation, new color modes and a bunch of innovative networking features, the projector is housed in an elegant black design with a copper lens ring suiting the tastes of AV elitists. The Pro Cinema 31000 and Home Cinema 21000 models are claimed to complete Epson’s mid-value offerings. The former is painted in black with a silver lens ring and delivers a contrast ratio of 500,000:1. It also includes the pro-level ISF Certification color tools found in the Pro Cinema 61000. As for the Home Cinema 21000, it’s dressed in a white case design and should strike a chord with home theater enthusiasts who don’t really need professional-level color tools and installation management features.
Thanks to the newly developed 3LCD Reflective technology, the native resolution delivered by this line up is 1080p (1920×1080). A duo of anamorphic lens (squeeze and wide) modes is included for 2.35:1 viewing minus an external processor. There’s also a lens position memory for 2.40:1 Cinemascope screen in place. The housed Fujinon OptiCinema Multi-Lens Optics System (2.1 zoom ratio) should do its job well at delivering high video image quality. The projectors further include a Cinema Filter feature. There’s also a spare lamp and ceiling mount for accompaniments.
On the connectivity front, the chassis of these beamers is spruced up with two HDMI 1.4 inputs with Deep Color support and HDMI CEC for control of connected devices. Users can brace themselves for five different color modes, counting Dynamic, Living Room, Natural, Cinema and x.v.Color. Epson’s exclusive 200W E-TORL illuminates with optimum light uniformity and output. It’s tailored to suit larger than ten feet screen sizes while also consuming less energy for approximately up to 5,000 hours.
Users can expect the Pro Cinema 61000 and 31000 and Home Cinema 21000 to be available online and via authorized Epson projector dealers in December. They are priced in the sub-$7,000, sub-$4,500 and sub-$3,300 categories respectively. While the Pro Cinema 31000 and 61000 are backed by a three-year limited warranty, the Home Cinema 21000 comes with a two-year limited warranty.