September 6th, 2009 Art Feierman
UPDATE: The Epson Home Cinema 8500UB and Pro Cinema 9500UB Review has been posted.
Time to share some info about the four new Epson 1080p projectors. Not long ago, I got a briefing on them at Epson’s facility in Long Beach, CA (only 40 miles from here). I got a decent look at the Home Cinema 8500UB in action. It will be replacing the 6500UB, in a couple of months or less.
I’ll start with the Home Cinema 8500UB, and then touch on the Pro Cinema 9500UB, it’s almost identical sibling. The Pro is sold only by authorized local installing dealers, while the Home Cinema 8500UB is available through authorized online dealers as well as local ones.
These new projectors represent the 3rd generation of Epson’s “ultra-high” contrast projectors. That started with the original 1080 UB, which was replaced by the 6500UB and 7500UB, which, in turn will be replaced in couple of months by the new Home Cinema 8500UB and Pro Cinema 9500UB respectively.
The new Epson projectors physically look like the old ones.
The pricing, while not set yet, should be similar to the older models, and the official word Read the rest of this entry »