Epson Announces Pro Cinema 4040 Projector with 4K Support at CE
July 5, 2016 - Lisa Feierman
Epson’s newly designed Pro Cinema 4040 projector, announced two weeks ago, features 4K and HDR support. It is the lower cost Pro Cinema sibling to the Pro Cinema 6040UB (which stands for “Ultra Black”). Â The PC4040, along with the new UB projectors has pixel shifting, to work in conjunction with the 4K content to provide visibly superior detail when compared with traditional 1080p projectors!
Epson Pro Cinema 4040 projector – sleek, improved black levels, brighter, 4K support, pixel shifting, and a lot more enhancements
Compared to the 6040UB, the Pro Cinema 4040 a good choice if you’ve got a room that’s never 100% dark where the black level difference is essentially negated, or if your budget is really tight.
In fact, the Epson Pro Cinema 4040, including all the extras (see below), lists for $2699, compared to the 6040UB’s $3999 price point. Â That makes the Pro Cinema 4040, and the Epson Home Cinema 5040UB (which I blogged about recently) the two least expensive projectors on the market today, to support 4K content, including HDR, and the DCI standards.
As another major benefit, the Pro Cinema 4040’s new lens is motorized, (including focus, zoom, and lens shift).
DespiteÂ different LCD panels, the 4040 is almost, but not quite as bright as the 6040UB, and it still hasÂ very good black level performance, but definitely not up to the black levels of the Epson 6040UB – (after all, UB = Ultra Black) – with itsÂ higher native contrast LCD panels.
Epson HC 5040UB and PC 6040UB Projectors w/4K Support, Announced At CE
June 21, 2016 - Art Feierman
Epson’s new Home Cinema 5040UB and it’s non-identical twin, the Pro Cinema 6040UB represent a dramaticÂ upgradeÂ from Epson’s previous UB (“Ultra Black”) series. Â Make that massive upgrade. Â These projectors, while reminiscent of the models that came before, are more revolutionary, than evolutionary. Â Epson showed them for the first time, today, at the CE Show in NYC.
Epson’s Home Cinema 5040UB accepts 4K content including DCI and HDR! It offers pixel shifting for a more detailed image.
Until now, Epson has been improving performance of the UB’s for about seven years now since first launched, but the hardware basics hadn’t changed much – for example their Fujinon 2.1:1 manual zoom lens, and the maximum supported resolution has always been 1080p. Â No more!
The most fun part in this story is I had a chance to preview the new projectors at Epson’s US headquarters in Long Beach, CA earlier this month. Â Epson gave me a pre-product announcement type briefing, but then I got to see aÂ demo. I’ll tell you this, for now (more below), it was well worth the almost two hour round trip to see it in action.
The fun part for some of you – these projectors – and two others will be shipping before the end of summer. Â For the sports fans among us, that’s great news – they will be out before the football season starts, before the World Series, etc. Â For us movie fans,
4K Projector Experience: Sony VPL-VW665ES with Samsung Blu-ray UHD Player, Using HDR
March 24, 2016 - Art Feierman
Greetings projector fans, I am pleased to report that 4K viewing at 124″ diagonal, using Blu-ray UHD has come to pass here in my home theater. It is an awesome experience!
Sony VPL-VW665ES True 4K Projector – with 4K UHD Movies!
I still have in my possession,Â the true 4K Sony VPL-VW665ES projector (yep, the one that’s $14,999), for one more week. Â I have managed to get everything to talk to each other (not easy), and do some viewing, so I’ll talk here about hooking things up, picture quality and specifically HDR, including a surprise there.
Supersize Your Super Bowl Party with a Bright Room Projector
January 23, 2016 - Art Feierman
It’s not too late to take the enjoyment factorÂ up a level or two forÂ your Super Bowl party, or just your everyday sports, HDTV and movie viewing. What you need is one of today’s newÂ Bright Room projector models geared for your maximum home entertainment!
The $1499 Epson Home Cinema 1440 packs 4400 lumens of brightness, enough to tackle your fav sporting event with a fair amount of ambient light
Decisions used to be simple. A few years ago, 60 or 65 inch diagonal was about as big as LCDTVs came. Today, if you have close to $100K you can buy a 100 inch LCDTV, but we’re now seeing “affordable” 70 and 75″Â LCD TVs. A quick look at the Costco website shows 75″ TVs starting at
A Decision You Must Make: Will your screen be visible at all times?
For many folks one huge advantage of a projector / screen combination is that with a motorized screen, when you aren’t watching content, It rolls up, so that you aren’t staring at some huge gray rectangular area on your wall, which would be a good description of any 60 – 75 inch LCDTV when turned off.
A closed motorized screen is far more esthetically attractive than an equal sized LCDTV that’s turned off! And even more so, if recessed into the ceiling. This screen is mounted to the wall at the top.
For Your Holiday Pleasure: The Physics of Christmas
December 24, 2015 - Art Feierman
Greetings – and Seasons Greetings, to everyone! Â As we prepareÂ for some serious holiday celebrations, (well most of us have already started), I am reminded that over the years I, and thousands of others have been sharing an old “study” that looks into the science behind Santa delivering all those packages on Christmas Eve.
Santa lifts off… But how fast can he go?
I decided to share this rather amusing document with all of you this year. I’ve been emailing it
Buried in Projectors for the Home: Sony, AAXA, BenQ, and of course…
October 22, 2015 - Art Feierman
We’ve got home projectors sitting here to be reviewed – large and small, even tiny ones.
Greetings projector fans! Don’t worry, we’re going to get around to all those new projectors shown at CEDIA, from the likes of JVC, Sony, and Epson, but while we’re waiting for those to arrive, I’ve got a full house, starting with the smallest –Â the Sony MP-CL1, a tiny
On occasion, a new projector will surprise me, but perhaps the most surprising thing at CEDIA was the absence of Runco. Â Runco, originally founded by Sam Runco, industry legend, was the first company to get involved in creating home theater projectors.
Over the last 20 years or so, Runco established itself as the premier line of home theater projectors in the world, or,
I already mentioned this when writing about new projectors shown at IFA a couple of months back. At CEDIA, Sony was showing the VPL-HW65ES, its replacement for the HW55ES. Â So what are the improvements you ask? Let’s start with 3D.
Epson Launches Home Cinema 2040 and 2045 Projectors
August 5, 2015 - Art Feierman
The just announced Home Cinema 2040 and Home Cinema 2045 offer major feature and performance upgrades compared to the older 2000 series projectors. Â That combined with aggressive pricing makes for a really improved value proposition.
Home Cinema 2040 3LCD Home Entertainment Projector with 2200 color and white lumens.
The base Home Cinema 2040 has an official “street price” of $799 while the HC2045 comes in $50 higher at $849. They will be sold by
Epson LS9600e Home Theater Laser Projector being reviewed by Ron
February 25, 2015 - Art Feierman
Epson’s Pro Cinema LS9600e projectorÂ is arriving at Ron’s for review.
Update: Â Ron has published his review of the Pro Cinema LS9600e. Â For those of you who have already read my review of the LS10000, you might find his interesting as Ron – an engineer, gets a bit more technical than I do. -art