Epson has a UMAP minimum price of $1995 (or is it $1999?), so the HC4000 just slides under the $2000 threshold. As the most expensive of the projectors in this guide, it also happens to be the most capable. That is, it’s not just a great projector, but it is just dripping in features. The Epson Home Cinema 4000 could best be described as the younger brother of Epson’s almost-legendary Home Cinema 5040UB – the latest in their UB series.
But the real hot ticket is 4K – and this 1080p pixel shifting projector is very nicely 4K capable. Hook it right up to a Blu-ray UHD player, and you’ll find the Home Cinema 4000 supports 4K, with HDR – high dynamic range, and the expanded color space called BT.2020. That’s the standard for your local movie theater, too. Talk about step up performance!
Before I finish up, I promised to tell the difference between the HC4000 and the Epson 5040UB. Folks, the $700-more UB has higher contrast 3LCD panels for deeper black levels. It is a significant difference, but it is also the one of only two differences. If you are in a room with any ambient light, that light will negate most of the difference, which makes the HC4000 an especially great value for those with less than ideal rooms! The other difference is lumens – the 5040UB has a 2,500 lumen claim, while the HC4000 has 2,200. Not that big of a difference, but it’s there.
This Epson projector comes gift wrapped with a 2-year parts and labor warranty with a rapid replacement program. Have a warranty problem in the first two years? Epson will ship you a replacement projector which you should have in two business days. No muss, no fuss, and no long downtime waiting for repair.
We consider Epson’s HC4000 an excellent all around value. Just tell your significant others that the only other thing you’ll need are some stockings stuffed with Blu-ray UHD discs (and a Blu-ray UHD player to play them on). Hurry, and you can enjoy the large screen experience watching NORAD’s Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve with your Home Cinema 4000.
Check out the review for deeper discussion of the projector's features.