Like the Epson Home Cinema 5040UB, the Epson Home Cinema 5050UB has its own Pro Cinema counterpart: the Epson Pro Cinema 6050UB. This projector is just shipping, and has some differences from the HC5050UB, just as the PC6040UB had differences from the HC5040UB. Epson is calling the 6050UB their “most advanced 4K home theater experience to date.” This 3LCD projector features 2,600 color and white lumens, Epson’s new PRO-UHD chip, and their enhanced pixel shifting technology – an upgrade from the previous UBs. The projector tackles the expanded BT.2020/P3 color space, has HDR, and undoubtedly a stellar image, based on what we’ve seen from the Home Cinema 5050UB.
So what makes it different than the HC5050UB? The Epson Pro Cinema 6050UB has the best quality-controlled lens, comes in black instead of white (better for dedicated home theaters), and has a longer warranty and replacement program than the HC5050UB. While you can get the Home Cinema 5050UB online, the Pro Cinema 6050UB is only sold by Epson’s list of authorized local CEDIA dealers and integrators.
The Epson Pro Cinema 6050UB also comes with some bundled extras that the HC5050UB does not have. Those are: a spare lamp, a ceiling mount, and a cable cover. What else does it have? The $3,999 Pro Cinema 6050UB has a motorized lens with powered zoom, focus, lens shift, and lens memory for widescreen usage. It has two ways to do HDR and color: “Best” is Digital Cinema Mode for 4K HDR and P3 color, and “Brightest,” which are Cinema or Natural Mode for 4K HDR with REC709 color. The Pro Cinema 6050UB also has an 18 Ghz HDMI port for 4K gaming, like the HC5050UB, and low input lag, making it great for hardcore gamers.