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Epson Bows Four PowerLite 1080p 3LCD Projectors

9/08/2009 12:55:21 PM Eastern

CEDIA Expo 2009 Atlanta - Epson will use
CEDIA Expo to unveil four new 1080p 3LCD home-theater projectors for its
PowerLite line.

The new models include the PowerLite Home Cinema 8100, HC 8500 UB,
PC 9100 and PC 9500 UB.

Epson PC9100The HC 8100, which will carry an estimated street retail of
$1,999, features 1080p resolution a 36,000:1 contrast ratio and 1,800 lumens
brightness output, and is targeting "price-sensitive home entertainment and A/V
enthusiasts," Espon said.

The unit uses Epson's D7 3LCD chip set with enhanced color and
detail, an OptiCinema lens from Fujinon (2.1 zoom ratio), an advanced dust-filtration
system and a fan-noise level of 22dB.

For a $3,000 estimated street retail, the HC 8500 UB boots the
contrast ratio to 150,000:1 using a dual-layered iris system, and new
Super-resolution technology along with newly developed real color reproduction,
refined frame interpolation and UltraBlack technology.

Brightness is listed at up to 1,600 lumens of color and white
light output.

The unit uses Epson's C2Fine D7 3LCD chip set and UltraBlack
technology, and adds video processing and up-scaling through a built-in Silicon
Optix HQV Reon-VX video processor and PW390 video scaler.

Epson's FineFrame Technology offers smoother frame interpolation
and sharper video quality, the company said. Brightness of up to 1,600 color
and white light output is listed for the unit, Epson claimed.

The projector offers seven color modes - Dynamic, Living Room,
Natural, Theatre, Theatre Black 1, Theatre Black 2 and x.v.Color - and includes
dual HDMI 1.3a connections with Deep Color support.

Leading off the new PowerLite Pro Cinema models at a $3,000
estimated street retail is the PC 9100 1080p 3LCD model with a contrast ratio
of up to 36,000:1, brightness of up to 1,800 lumens, ISF calibration and color

The unit produces enhanced colors through its D7 3LCD chip set,
Cinema Filter and color-isolation adjustment system, which does not require
color glasses.

In offers six color modes, two HDMI 1.3a connections with Deep
Color support and a 2.1x optical zoom with manual focus.

Highlighting the new offerings is the Pro Cinema 9500 UB ($4,000
estimated street retail) which carries THX certification. The 1080p model includes
dual-layered auto iris technology for a 150,000:1 contrast ratio and Epson's
Super-resolution technology combined with new real color reproduction and
refined frame interpolation to enhance image clarity and color accuracy.

Brightness is listed at up to 1,600 lumens of color and white
light output.

The 9500 UB adds an anamorphic lens mode, and a suite of
professional-level color tools, including ISF calibration, color isolation and
preset color space selection.

Epson's 3LCD technology uses a C2Fine D7 chip set and UltraBlack
technology for superb blacks and vivid images, the company said.

Internal up-scaling and video processing is handled by a Silicon
Optix HQV Reon-VX video processor and PW390 video scaler.

Epson will ship a spare lamp, ceiling mount and cable cover with
the unit.

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