r14 Epson launches new projectors; touts worlds highest 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio

Today, Epson unveiled two new home entertainment projectors based on the company’s proprietary 3LCD technology – the Epson EH-R1000 and EH-R4000. The Epson EH-R4000 also claims to be the world’s first to achieve 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

r14 Epson launches new projectors; touts worlds highest 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio

Singapore, November 2010 – Epson has launched its newest range of high-end home entertainment projectors, the Epson EH-R1000 and the Epson EH-R4000. The EH-R4000 claims to be the world’s first to achieve a dynamic contrast ration of up to 1,000,000:1. This feat is made possible with the world’s first 3LCD Reflective Panel Technology, the latest technological breakthrough by Epson.

Epson’s exclusive 3LCD Reflective Panel Technology builds on the established 3LCD system and produces even deeper blacks and brighter whites while giving richness to the colours, making them life-like across the spectrum for the superb viewing experience. The technology also allows for ultra-fast response time that is capable of rendering even the fastest of moving images smoothly, thus reducing blur.

The Epson EH-R1000 and EH-R4000, also incorporated the new Ultra-Smooth Auto Iris, improved Hollywood Quality Video (HQV) Vida Processor, Refined Frame Interpolation and Super-Resolution Technologies, for impressive projection quality and cinematic experience in the comfort of their own homes.

The Epson EH-R1000 and EH-R4000 retail at SGD$6,999 and SGD$9,999 respectively, and will be available at all authorised distributors from February 2011.

3LCD System with Transmissive LCD

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Variation of polarisation occurs when light is transmitted through liquid crystal panels. These variations are hard to correct and sometimes cause light leakage.

3LCD Reflective Panel System

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Light reflection reduces and corrects variation of polarisation. This enables rich, deep blacks.

Key “Contrast Ratio Boosting” Features

New 3LCD Reflective Technology
Standard projectors that employ transmissive LCD optical systems have limitations in reproducing deep blacks that are needed to heighten contrast. Epson’s new 3LCD Reflective Panel System effectively solves this problem by using reflective HTPS (High Temperature Poly-Silicon) panels to reduce and correct variation of polarisation, preventing light leakage and vastly improving image contrast.

DEEPBLACK Technology
With this technology, the projectors can regulate image contrast and brightness – white scenes can be deliberately brightened while dark scenes can be richly deepened, creating a dynamic colour contrast.

New Ultra Smooth Auto Iris
The improved auto iris found in the Epson EH-R1000 and EHR4000 uses a newly designed motor and iris that speed up  response, adjusting the aperture to provide optimum contrast and brightness for each scene. The result is a crisp and clear portrayal of bright scenes, while dark scenes retain all the details of the original  movie.

A combination of these three technologies enables Epson to achieve the phenomenal contrast ratios of up to 1,000,000:1.