Long Beach, Calif. -
this week unveiled two new models in its MovieMate combo home entertainment projector/DVD systems, including a new 720p HD model.
Shipping this month, the MovieMate 85HD ($899 suggested retail) and MovieMate 62 ($649) 3-chip LCD projectors are said to offer improved imaging performance, CD/DVD disc playback, stereo speakers, HDMI input and a microphone input for voice amplification, in one compact unit.
Both units use Epson's 3LCD imaging engine and include Dolby Digital audio with two built-in 10-watt speakers.
They are also compatible with Apple iPod, Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 sources.
The projectors will present a 16:9 widescreen 60-inch image from only six feet away or a 120-inch image from just 12 feet away, Epson said.
The MovieMate 85HD offers 720p high-definition resolution with a brighter energy-efficient E-TORL lamp than previous models.
Brightness levels for color and white light are said to be sufficient for use even in some lighted-room conditions.
"The latest lineup of MovieMate models let consumers enjoy that exciting big-screen cinema experience easily and affordably without the hassle of packing the family up and going to the movie theater," said Marge Ang, senior product manager, Epson America. "And, the new top-of-the-line MovieMate 85HD offers a powerful set of home cinema features, whether you're in the living room for movie night, in the backyard for a neighborhood barbecue or at the park for a birthday celebration."
The MovieMate 62 features 540p resolution, and a 2,000 lumens E-TORL lamp.