According to, Jeff Pavia, Epson's National Sales Trainer, the Epson 5050, and 6050 will debut in April or May. I know that’s vague.
Jeff’s presentation was really informative. He is a wealth of knowledge and an enthusiast himself. He has two projector systems in his own home. He agrees Sony and JVC make excellent projectors, but said Epson provides the highest value offerings. I would agree. For our meeting Jeff had two Epson laser projectors at hand but used just one.
There was some discussion regarding viewing distance vs. visual acuity. Jeff showed some resolution vs. distance charts and argues 4K in and of itself provides no advantage except at unnaturally close viewing distances. Therefore, Epson will continue to offer pixel shifting projectors. He also said true 4K displays struggle with adequate light output and that home theater projectors really need to output between 2000 and 3000 lumens to produce a truly captivating experience. One other comment was size matters. Jeff said the minimum screen size for an immersive experience was 120” dia. For a 16 X 9 screen.
He showed a couple of graphs comparing how well Epson’s output matched up to an HDR curve compared to an Optima and a Sony. Of course, the Epson tracked much closer and produced a near mirror image of the target curve up to a point. He said at this point, HDR requires more understanding and development from all projector manufacturers.
Jeff said in his opinion, Dolby Vision is a superior standard to HDR and HDR-10, but Dolby licensing fees are expensive, and their technology tends to be intrusive. Its kind of a Beta vs. VHS or HD-DVD vs, Blu-ray all over again.
I have never owned an Epson. Over the past 15 years or so I’ve gone from an LCD Panasonic PT-AE 700, to a DLP Samsung SP-H710AE, and now have a JVC DLA-RS6710U (purchased used with low hours). The JVC is the best so far of course. It too is a pixel shifter and throws a great picture. Nonetheless, after hearing Jeff today, and given the fact that I don’t have a “Bat Cave”, I might just prefer the new Epson as I think it would be noticeably brighter, just as sharp, have better more accurate color, and be as HDR capable as any other projector at this stage. Add to that, the cost of a new Epson would be a bargain compared to a new native 4K JVC.
So, I’m going to sit tight for a couple years, hopefully, and wait on the sidelines to see what develops. My takeaway was there is no need to rush out and buy more resolution, rather closer compliance with the HDR or Dolby vision spec is what will provide the wow factor.
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