Posted on November 27, 2019 By Phil Jones
The Epson Home Cinema 3200 is a 4K HDR compatible home theater 3LCD projector with a rated brightness of 2,900 Lumens. Epson has been a leader in projector technology for some time and they offer a wide variety of projectors to fit nearly any applications. The Home Cinema 3200 is the newest addition to their Home Cinema Series lineup which is designed to deliver great home theater performance at an affordable price point.
The Home Cinema 3200 is a native HD projector, but it is equipped with two 18 Gbps HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 2.2) so it can accept 4K HDR content up to 60 frames per second. Epson’s proven E-Shift technology to delivers a clearer, crisper image than a traditional 1080P projector and the Home Cinema 3200 is also compatible with both HDR10 and HLG content.
In addition to the Home Cinema 3200 (MSRP $1499.99), Epson has also introduced the Home Cinema 3800 (MSRP $1699.99). For an additional $200, the Home Cinema 3800 has a slightly higher claimed brightness of 3000 lumens and more than double the dynamic contrast. It also includes additional aspect ratio mode adjustments for compatibility with 3rd party anamorphic lenses along with dual rear firing 10-watt speakers.
The Home Cinema 3200 walks a fine line between convenience, performance, and value. While it doesn’t have some of the features normally found on high-end home theater projectors like Power Zoom and Lens Shift, it still includes several desirable features including Active 3D, Bluetooth, and wireless networking.
While Epson offers higher-end solutions for dedicated home theaters, the Home Cinema 3200 is a great option for someone who wants to enjoy HDR movies and high frame-rate gaming in a family room or multi-purpose space.
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The Epson Home Cinema 3200 is a 4K HDR compatible 3LCD home theater projector rated at 2,900 lumens which is more than enough to produce a good HDR picture on screens up to 120” and an excellent SDR image on screens that are much larger.
As with all Epson 3LCD projectors, The Home Cinema 3200 produces as many color lumens as it does white lumens, which ensures bright, vibrant color which is critical for good HDR picture quality.
Epson claims that when the Auto Iris is enabled, the HC3200 has a dynamic contrast ratio of 40,000:1. While many higher-end home theater projectors like the Epson 6050UB can deliver much higher contrast, the HC3200 would normally be used in spaces like family and multipurpose rooms where the benefits of additional contrast would be negated due to higher ambient light.
The Home Cinema 3200’s native resolution is 1080P (1920 x 1080). To provide a crisp and clear picture, the projector can accept 4K60p content and is equipped with Epson’s PRO-UHD chip, which pixel shifts the image for 4K enhancement.
While the Home Cinema doesn’t include every feature found in a higher-end home theater projector, Epson worked hard to include many performance features. This includes 18 Gbps HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 2.2) inputs to support 4K@60P HDR content from the latest streaming devices and gaming consoles. The Home Cinema 3200 also supports active 3D and aptX™ Bluetooth® for high quality wireless audio transmission to Bluetooth capable speakers and/or headphones.
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