The latest Epson projectors are about to hit the street (late October predicted for UK market). The top of the range unit is called TW9200 in Europe and 5030UB in the USA and is available in a wireless HDMI or wired HDMI version.
So far there is no 'hands-on experience of this new PJ, other than one UK review which I managed to find and which is quoted below. The original can be seen at this site:
"Review on the Epson EH-TW9200 LCD Projector by Roy Jowett
Epson EH-TW9200 LCD Projector. The EH-TW9200 is the range topping Epson LCD Projector with two version. One including a wireless HDMI option and the other using traditional HDMI connectivity. Both models differ with outer colour casing options but that is where the differences end. Epson ability to offer two options firmly places them into the realm of where usability and movie performances come together like no other manufacturer has yet been able to achieve.
The range topping EHTW9200 takes full advantage of Epson 3LCD, MLA D9 C2 Fine panel technology ensuring the EHTW9200 and the wireless version offer both clarity and crispness without artificial image manipulations. This is a factor that can detract from the overall experience, but using Epson high grade components enables the EHTW9200 to recreate a sharpness and crispness that other competing LCD projectors cannot compete with. What's more both the EHTW9200 and wireless version enable you also allow ISF Calibrators full access ISF calibration software. This means that you can tune the EHTW9200 and wireless version to a standard that other home cinema projectors can only dream of!
Both the EH-TW9200 and EH-TW9200w use the high quality Fujinon lens which is something that Epson are also shouting about. This enables Epson to produce stunningly sharp images that work perfectly with the MLA D9 C2 Fine LCD panel technology and brings another dimension to the EH-TW9200 and wireless EH-TW9200w projector ensuring they produce the very best from of your movies.
You also get an impressive array of features from the Epson EHTW9200 and wireless option. These boast a amazing contrast ratio of 600,000:1. The newer MPA D9 C2fine 3LCD Panels plus Epson Enhanced Super Resolution System enables the EHTW9200 and its wireless counter part to produce stunning colourful movie reproductions which have the ability to change the way you watch movies and television.
What will you see with either the Epson EH-TW9200 or the wireless EH-TW9200w when viewing? Well you will see massive improvements within the the black to grey graduation pallet. Colours are far more accurate ensuring that the EH-TW9200 and the wireless option produces wonderful, colourful movie reproductions which have been one of its weaker points in the past. You will also notice that extra clarity and crispness thanks to the high grade lens which is purer lens than before, again complimenting Epson improved technologies Epson has retained the class leading zoom and also kept its outstanding lens shift plus lens shutter system making the EH-TW9200 one of the more positionable home cinema lcd projectors around, at the same time, ensuring that when the EH-TW9200 and wireless options lens is kept out of sit when not in use..
So to summarise both the Epson EHTW9200 and its wireless counter part the EHTW9200w has changed from its predecessor from the older models with ease. This is usually very difficult with some manufacturers and the first incarnations are usually outstanding anyway. We though have always though that the older models lacked that pista de resistance whereas the new EHTW9200 and the EHTW9200w can fully redeem themselves with outstanding imagery. This lets you enjoy your movies and television in place of thinking that, just maybe - I should have chosen that other projector."
Of note in the above, apparently hands-on, preview report:
I have already pre-ordered my 9200 and am looking forward to installing it in early September.
The purpose of this thread will be to provide useful advice, hints, tips, troubleshooting etc to owners and prospective owners of this great PJ along with general information on how to get the best out of the unit, calibration solutions and screen pairing advice. I have reserved a few posts below in order to be able to post specific posts on these topics as and when they arise, which will serve as an easy-to-find reference section of the thread.
Epson full specification for 9200/5030 models:
Power focus and zoom would be terrific, as would memories for those wanting different aspect ratios. In this respect, Epson still lag behind JVC. What I am waiting for most is a review that describes the black levels as compared with the outgoing comparable models.
The problem with manual zoom and focus, coupled with lack of memories, is that it makes it next to impossible to use the PJ with multiple aspect ratios - eg those with 2.35:1 screens. For everyone else, focus and zoom is probably a 'set once and forget it' thing, so they won't be bothered by it. It certainly doesn't affect the real performance of the PJ.
3D is still, for most people, a non-event unfortunately.
Once the PJ is on sale I expect we will see more participants in the thread - I hope so anyway - and we can get some hands-on experience. As I said earlier, if they have improved the black levels still further, they will have a winner in their hands anyway.
I agree. Since I started the thread, there hasn't been much news coming out. I will update the first posts with detailed info as soon as it is available. One the thread gets going, a FAQ might be useful too.
Yes, I am looking forward to seeing what comes out of there. What I am really wanting to see is a report from someone who has had hands-on experience of this, and the previous model. Is the image really sharper as I am being told by my UK dealer? Are the blacks better? What other improvements can we expect to see?
I have already booked my demo! I will be demoing one of the very first to be available in the UK. I may even be able to a side-by-side comparison with the 5020/9100.
Not sure. Strange wording in that spec. It would be a nice feature for sure, but IIRC the latest Oppo BD players support stretching, so that could be a viable route for some.
Good point. I can ask my dealer, who seems to have regular contact with the Epson Rep in the UK, if anamorphic stretch is included in the new model.
I'm not sure we have enough information yet to make a decision. It is probably an evolution rather than a revolution, and for anyone who already has the 6010/6020 there is probably not enough to make an upgrade worthwhile. But for those, like me, who doesn't have any of the series, it's worth waiting for rather than buying a current model, even at a discounted price. The improved CR with the prospect of deeper blacks and the additional (alleged) sharpness are the things I am most interested in. Once I have the 9200/5030 though, I won't be upgrading every year for sure!
Great endorsement of the Epson there, Bob. I share the rest of your feelings about the potential upsides of the 5030. And, chances are, if you do upgrade, you will get a decent price for your 5010 on the secondhand market to offset the upgrade cost.