The Art of Home Theater Projectors

Epson Announces Pro Cinema 4040 Projector with 4K Support at CE

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”).  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!

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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.  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).

Despite different LCD panels, the 4040 is almost, but not quite as bright as the 6040UB, and it still has very good black level performance, but definitely not up to the black levels of the Epson 6040UB – (after all, UB = Ultra Black) – with its higher native contrast LCD panels.

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Epson HC 5040UB and PC 6040UB Projectors w/4K Support, Announced At CE

Epson’s new Home Cinema 5040UB and it’s non-identical twin, the Pro Cinema 6040UB represent a dramatic upgrade from Epson’s previous UB (“Ultra Black”) series.  Make that massive upgrade.  These projectors, while reminiscent of the models that came before, are more revolutionary, than evolutionary.  Epson showed them for the first time, today, at the CE Show in NYC.

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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.  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.  Epson gave me a pre-product announcement type briefing, but then I got to see a 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.  For the sports fans among us, that’s great news – they will be out before the football season starts, before the World Series, etc.  For us movie fans,

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4K Projector Experience: Sony VPL-VW665ES with Samsung Blu-ray UHD Player, Using HDR

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, the true 4K Sony VPL-VW665ES projector (yep, the one that’s $14,999), for one more week.  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.

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Supersize Your Super Bowl Party with a Bright Room Projector

It’s not too late to take the enjoyment factor up a level or two for your Super Bowl party, or just your everyday sports, HDTV and movie viewing. What you need is one of today’s new Bright Room projector models geared for your maximum home entertainment!

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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″ LCD TVs. A quick look at the Costco website shows 75″ TVs starting at

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Supersize Your Super Bowl Party with a Bright Room Projector (Continued)

This is the second installment of our blog Supersize Your Super Bowl Party with a Bright Room Projector! If you haven’t read the first part yet, start there. If you have, read on:

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.

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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.

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For Your Holiday Pleasure: The Physics of Christmas

Greetings – and Seasons Greetings, to everyone!  As we prepare 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.

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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

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Buried in Projectors for the Home: Sony, AAXA, BenQ, and of course…

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 – the Sony MP-CL1, a tiny

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Missing at CEDIA 2015: Runco

On occasion, a new projector will surprise me, but perhaps the most surprising thing at CEDIA was the absence of Runco.  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,

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One More New Sony Projector at CEDIA: VPL-HW65ES

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.  So what are the improvements you ask? Let’s start with 3D.

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Sony VPL-VW665ES and VW335ES 4K Projectors at CEDIA

The VPl-VW365 and VW665ES are two new true 4K Sony projectors for those that just can’t afford the VW5000ES that I wrote about separately.

With these two new Sonys come enhancements and better picture quality than the VW350 and VW600ES they replace. They also have longer lasting lamps,

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The Home Theater Projector News from IFA

The IFA show is underway in Berlin, and that means new home theater projectors are being announced.  Sprechen sie Deutsch?

I don’t, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of news from IFA. For JVC and Sony showed off a number of new projectors, mostly 4K capable, most

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Epson’s Blazingly Bright Home Cinema 1440 Projector Announced

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Epson announces Home Cinema 1040 Projector – Affordable. For Any Sized Family

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Coming Soon – BenQ HT1075 vs. Epson Home Cinema 2040 Comparison

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Epson Announces $649 Home Cinema 740HD Projector

Epson Home Cinema 740HD_RIGHT ANGLE The Home Cinema 740HD is exceptionally bright…

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Epson Launches Home Cinema 2040 and 2045 Projectors

The just announced Home Cinema 2040 and Home Cinema 2045 offer major feature and performance upgrades compared to the older 2000 series projectors.  That combined with aggressive pricing makes for a really improved value proposition.

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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

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JVC DLA-RS6710 – Best 2D Projector? JVC vs. LS10000 comparison next

DLA-RS6710-beauty-right_1000 JVC DLA-RS6710 – At over $12,000 possibly…

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JVC DLA-RS6710 Projector – Review in the works

The DLA-RS6710U projector is arguably the best 1080p projector on the market. The DLA-RS6710 is the same projector as the DLA-RS67U and DLA-X900R, sold through different channels.

The full RS6710 projector review will publish within the week.

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Epson LS9600e Home Theater Laser Projector being reviewed by Ron

Epson’s Pro Cinema LS9600e projector is arriving at Ron’s for review.

Update:  Ron has published his review of the Pro Cinema LS9600e.  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

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A Few More Projectors from CES 2015

Projectors at CES 2015 may have been limited in number but provided a wide variety from small to large, home to business, including from Sony, Viewsonic, Vivitek, BenQ, LG and more

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