CEDIA Show – 7 new Epson Home Projectors – Summary

Greetings Home Theater Projector folks!Over the last two days I’ve published blogs on all the new Epson projectors officially being announced this week at the CEDIA 2013 show in Denver.  This short blog serves as an overview, with links to each, for your convenience, and as a way to get them listed up on our homepage.  Pro Cinema series projectors are sold through authorized local dealers.  Home Cinema series projectors are sold through both authorized online, and local dealers.Epson launches new G Series of Pro Cinema ProjectorsWow:  Three projectors:  Very Bright, Even Brighter, and Blindingly Bright.  These three are all 2D only.Epson Pro Cinema G6900WU:  Epson’s new flagship, with 6000 lumens, great for media rooms, sports bars, family room, with tons of color and white lumens to cut through ambient light.  2D only, interchangeable lens options, lens shift, Creative Frame Interpolation, Crestron Room View, HDBaseT etc.  Split Screen supporting two HD inputs, Black finish, 3 year warranty with 3 year replacement program:  $7499Epson Pro Cinema G6550WU:  Extremely similar to the G6900WU except:  52000 lumens, white case, lacks the HDBaseT but still has Crestron networking support.  Same 3 year warranty and replacement program:  $5999Epson Pro Cinema G4885WU:  4000 Color and White Lumens – Uses different 3LCD panels than the two projectors above, with lower contrast performance, black finish, lacks CFI, HDBaseT, still has Crestron networking support and same 3 year warranty programs.  $3799!New Epson 2D and 3D Home Theater Projectors “Replacing” last year’s projectors:Pro Cinema 6030UB: Replaces the Pro Cinema 6020UB.  Very similar to its predecessor, but with even higher contrast, due, I believe to new LCD panels.  Pricing not yet set, but under $4000 with extra lamp, ceiling mount, and same warranty as other Pro Cinema series projectors (3 years, etc.)Pro Cinema 4030:  This one isn’t a straight replacement, as Epson didn’t have a Pro Cinema projector below the 6020UB last year, other than the old Pro Cinema 9350, (3 years on the market), in a much older designed case, etc.  This new projector ends up in the same case with lens shift as the Pro Cinema 6030UB.  Different panels though, and lower contrast, but still a big boost in contrast (and black levels) compared to that old PC9350 or for that matter the newer Home Cinema 3020 launched last year.  2D and 3D, with two pair of 3D glasses:  Price to be “Under $3000”  we’ll find out exactly, at CEDIA on Thursday.Home Cinema 5030UB and 5030UBe Projectors:  These are straight replacements, for last year’s best “available online), with enhanced contrast, improved 2D-3D conversion, White finished cabinet with black trim.  The UBe version offers Wireless HDMI, also improved over last year.  Prices not set, but since they say both are “under $3000, expect $2699 and $2999 respectively, basically newer, improved projectors for the same price as last year.  These come with 2 years parts and labor, with 2 year replacement programs.As of now, it looks like the Home Cinema 3020 and 3020e will remain in the lineup for another year, while Epson has already added the new Home Cinema 2030 which we’ve reviewed and posted a video on already.That’s it for Epson.  Nice of them to give me a look at these projectors in advance of the show.  Too bad most others make me wait until I get to CEDIA.

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