Yesterday, I spent time with Epson as they introduced their new Cinema 1080 projector. According to Pacific Media Associates, Epson is currently the number-one selling brand of front projectors worldwide (based on Q4 2006 numbers), and this interesting new 3LCD 1080p projector builds on that leadership by giving home entertainment enthusiasts one of the industry's most advanced, high definition display products available at a very reasonable price point ($2,999).
Designed to maximize the viewing experiences of virtually any high definition content, the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 can produce display sizes up to 120 inches, which is more than eight times the display area of a 40-inch big screen television. The primary objective for this projector is to produce an unforgettable high definition viewing experience with movie theater impact in virtually anyone's home. Many single-chip projection products currently on the market claim to achieve 1080p resolution through the use of moving mirrors, sequential color, and virtual pixels that create the illusion of seeing 1,080 full time vertical lines of resolution. However, Epson projectors achieve true 1080p resolution by actually using 1,920 x 1,080 pixels on each of the projector's three LCD chips, resulting in full-time color and full-time resolution that give viewers higher levels of rich, vibrant image quality. This technology further maximizes the visual benefits associated with today's most advanced multimedia entertainment devices such as HD cable and satellite tuners, HD-DVD players, Xbox 360 and 1080p-based technologies that include Blu-Ray and the Sony PLAYSTATION3.
According to Epson, 3LCD is "a better way to see" because 3LCD technology uses three individual LCD chips to project images with smooth, rapid motion video that is free of artifacts. Differing from DLP, it works without a moving color wheel and offers accurate color registration, assuring detailed video and data images that are crisp and rainbow-free. Of course, Epson believes that 3LCD produces the best possible viewing experience with more detail and accurate colors.
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 features new, and in some cases exclusive, video technologies that are designed to deliver an unparalleled home theater experience. The Cinema 1080 offers sharper image detail via the projector's true 1080p resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels). It is currently the only projector manufacturer to offer HDMI 1.3 connectivity with Deep Color (over 1 billion colors) and xvYCC (30-bit, 36-bit & 48-bit) support on 1080p native resolution projectors. Through the use of 3-chip, 3LCD technology, the images are brighter, and provide more accurate colors are achieved through the Wider range of black tones. The new projectors offers up to 12,000:1 contrast ratio, which contributes to increased visual depth via Epson's proprietary C2 (*Crystal-Clear) Fine technology.
As well, Epson offers up superior optics through the use of their exclusive AccuCinema lens system that takes advantage of 14 lenses, including two aspherical lenses, to maintain superior picture integrity across the entire image from corner to corner. The Cinema 1080 also offers more installation options. The projector's lens shift capability (96-degree vertical, and 47-degree horizontal) is currently among the best on the market, which makes it more adaptable to a wide range of room sizes and install situations that may require unusual setup angles The cabinetry is stylishly finish in pearlescent with a compact size that allows the projector to visually blend in better with rooms that have white ceilings. The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 will be available in April 2007