Epson Brings 3D Projectors To CEDIA Expo

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Indianapolis - Epson is using CEDIA Expo, here, to unveil a range of new PowerLite Home Cinema projectors for the custom-installation market.

Model 3010 and 3010e offer 2D/3D FullHD 1080p performance using the latest 3LCD imaging technology.

Both projectors list contrast ratios of up to 40,000:1, brightness of up to 2,200 lumens, include built-in stereo speakers and support Internet connectivity systems.

The Home Cinema 3010 ($1,599 suggested retail) offers wired connectivity support, while the 3010e ($1,799) includes wireless support.

Epson is targeting the projectors at value-conscious home A/V enthusiasts and videophiles looking to add or upgrade to 3D solutions.

Both models are based on active-shutter 240Hz 3D glasses technology and  incorporate Epson's Virtual 480Hz drive technology for improving light output to achieve brightness levels of up to 2,200 lumens for color and white light.

Two pairs of 3D glasses are included with the Home Cinema 3010, and third-party active-shutter glasses are also supported, Epson said.

When viewing in ambient light conditions, the projectors will yield up to a 40,000:1 contrast ratio.

Sound is supported with two built-in 10-watt speakers.

The projectors feature five color modes in 2D and two color modes in 3D to easily adapt to different viewing environments. Inputs include HDMI (two), component video, composite video, VGA, RCA audio and USB.

A 230W E-TORL lamp delivers brightness levels for up to 6,000 hours of lamp life, and Epson will back each projector with its two-year parts and labor limited warranty, 90-day lamp warranty, Epson Home Service Program and Epson PrivateLine dedicated toll-free support.

The company is also showing its top-of-the-line 3D/2D flagship projector -- the PowerLite Pro Cinema 6010. The projector features 1080p native resolution, a 200,000:1 native contrast ratio and up to 2,400 lumens of brightness.

Based on 3LCD imaging technology, the Pro Cinema 6010 ($3,499 suggested retail) includes 480 Hz drive technology for enhanced light output in 3D mode, cinema filter for improved color fidelity, THX certification for accurate picture quality and a new Spilt Screen mode for watching two sources at once.

An extra lamp is included along with a ceiling mount and a cable cover for installation flexibility.

Epson said the unit is targeting the Pro Cinema 6010 at "A/V technology elitists" looking for top-of-the-line 3D and 2D image quality and features.

The 3D performance is based on 240Hz active-shutter 3D glasses technology using the aforementioned Virtual 480 Hz drive system.

Resolution is enhanced using Espon's Super Resolution and FineFrame technologies, which are said to yield smoother frame interpolation and sharper video quality (2D Mode).

The projector features two anamorphic lens modes (stretch and squeeze) to enable 2.35:1 anamorphic viewing without an external processor, 2D-to-3D conversion, and a Cinema filter feature that presents a large color space for improved color fidelity.

The projector uses a Fujinon OptiCinema lens (2.1 zoom ratio), which supports improved color and detail, and includes two pairs of active-shutter 3D. It will also support third party glasses, Epson said.

Other features include five Flexible Home Cinema color modes in 2D and two in 3D to adapt to different viewing environments; two HDMI ports; and a 230-watt E-TORL lamp, rated with up to 6,000 hours of lamp life at high brightness.

A spare lamp, ceiling mount and cable cover are included, in addition to a three-year limited parts and labor warranty and product support, 90-day lamp warranty, Epson Home Service Program and PrivateLine dedicated toll-free support.

Epson is also slated to show its Home Cinema 5010/5010e.


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