Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 – 1080p Projection for Under 3k

March 28, 2007

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080When I first read this bit of news I immediately thought of a song and a movie, no I don’t know why either but I did. Epson has announced a new 1080p projector and while this news in of itself isn’t all that ground breaking; Epson’s price is. The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 (available in April) carries a manufacturers suggested retail of $2,999, placing it upwards of $1000 to $1500 less than its nearest 1080p counterpart.

Yes that’s right, a 1920×1080 projector for under 3k; (possibly quite a bit under considering common street pricing policies) it truly is a good time to be in the market for a front projector. But what about the feature-set you ask? The PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 sports a 12,000:1 contrast ratio, HDMI 1.3 input and the typical assortment of VGA, component, s-video and composite inputs. In addition the Home Cinema 1080 offers vertical and horizontal lens-shift. (I have to admit I was surprised to see this offered at this price point)

I couldn’t find any mention of lumen output in the official press release but considering the ‘C2Fine’ based LCD projector would appear to share a similar pedigree with Epson’s own EMP-TW1000 and PowerLite Pro Cinema 1080, it should be safe to assume a lumen rating in the neighborhood of 1k plus.

But getting back to the song and movie I thought of when I first saw this news, at first I thought of “There’s a new sheriff in town” (the one from ‘Heather’s not Blazing Saddles) but then I wondered to myself if it wouldn’t be more akin to just another “New Kid in Town” by the Eagles. Speaking of oft used clichéd quotes… Time will tell.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Home Theater Projectors


Comments

  • Frank

    This Projector looks like a winner – reviews have been very good, and the price is right. Hopefully it will help drive other manufacturers to the sub $3K price range for 1080p.

    Anyone have one that can comment?

  • Frank

    This Projector looks like a winner – reviews have been very good, and the price is right. Hopefully it will help drive other manufacturers to the sub $3K price range for 1080p.

    Anyone have one that can comment?

  • André

    Wow, I need to have this projector. Is information already available about 24 Hz support or when this product will be available in Europe?
    Cheers, André

  • André

    Wow, I need to have this projector. Is information already available about 24 Hz support or when this product will be available in Europe?
    Cheers, André