“We won’t launch a 3D projector until we think the time is right.” That’s the message from Epson UK’s Sue Burgess. Speaking at an exclusive brand takeover of the spectacular 85 Swains Lane property in London’s Highgate, Burgess added that with no appreciable 3D content in the market there was little incentive for the world’s biggest projector manufacturer to leap into the third dimension. Instead, Epson has thrown considerable R&D into what it claims is the most advanced LCD (2D )projector yet, the £6,600 EH-R4000. My hands-on review follows after the jump…
Epson EH-R4000 projector hands on preview
Using innovative no-light-leakage 3LCD Reflective technology, the EH-R4000 offers a huge bump in contrast ratio, claimed to be 1million:1, and it’s all there to be seen on screen. With a wider pixel aperture there’s barely any visible grid structure to its image. This creates a supremely cinematic viewing experience. I spend hours with the model, which made its UK debut at the event last night, watching a variety of content including the preternaturally Dark Knight and Dexter on Blu-ray.
My conclusion is that this is simply the best 3LCD projector ever made. Incredibly bright, yet capable of near perfect black levels, it brought out hitherto unseen levels of shadow detail in Batman’s cowl and cape. The neon skylines of Gotham twinkled with bright peek whites, yet remained dark and foreboding. It is, quite simply, jaw-dropping.
The projector itself is surprisingly small, has a centre-placed lens and is very easy to install. There is a 2.1x power zoom and a wide lens shift range – 90 per cent vertical and 40 per cent horizontal. Delving through the menus, it’s clear that there is a raft of features which can be tweaked to bring out the best in the product. Particularly interesting is a Super Resolution mode which makes dynamic improvements to image sharpness which are quite effective. It appears to work in the same way as Resolution+ by Toshiba. The EH-R4000 is ISF calibrated but has no THX preset – which I would regard as its only missed opportunity.
The EH-R4000 will be officially launched in the UK in Jan. Look for a full review then. For more click here.