The Epson Home Cinema 4000: 4K HDR Performance at $2K
Epson America has unveiled the Home Cinema 4000 projector at a “pricing breakthrough” of $2,200, to address what Rodrigo Catalan, senior product manager, said is a rapidly evolving end-user market of traditional flat-panel TV customers who can be receptive to affordable projectors offering top-quality ultra-large images in ambient-light environments. “We’re moving into the great room with brighter projectors,” he added. He said that this is the first projector from the company “to go into mainstream retailers that’s 4Ke,” and that sales, besides through Epson’s online store and select etailers, will include distribution through core Best Buy locations as well as through prominent regional retailers.
“Forty million TVs are sold each year – with not enough variety and too small screens,” he said. Consumers “want larger, less expensive options,” which is Epson’s aim in providing the 4000, which brings 4K Enhancement Technology and HDR 10 performance to these target buyers. “Media consumption delivery has changed dramatically,” he said, citing the content streaming phenomenon. “Why shouldn’t consumers re-think how it display it?” While overall sales of home entertainment projectors are currently in the early-adopter phase, he said, Epson estimates that there is 10 times upside market growth potential for the category. He said that this model, in terms of picture-size cost per square inch as compared against a similarly priced flat-panel TV, offered buyers a 90 percent cost savings over flat-panel technology.
The Home Cinema 4000, because it accepts 4K UHD content, enables consumers to stream 4K, HD and Full 1080p from a variety of devices, and the immersive experience can be enhanced with the connection of an external speaker system through the projector’s optical port.
Beyond the 4K Enhancement Technology and HDR 10 capability, the projector’s specs include: 3LCD technology, provided with a three-chip engine that eliminates “rainbow effect” that can be experienced by some viewers; 2,200 Lumens equal color and white brightness; up to 140,000:1 contrast ratio; and L*a*b* ultra-wide color gamut for 100 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space. The projector is also Epson’s first with remote controllable motorized lens shift at this price level, he said.