I found a review of the new 5050 (9400).
Price is stated at 2,790 euros in that review, or $3,261 USD
That's a $761 jump in price over the current selling price of the 5040 ($2500). Ouch
First Look Epson EH-TW9400
Emidio Frattaroli - 13 September 2018
"First contact in Berlin with the new Epson EH-TW9400 projector that brings with it an 18 Gbps HDMI input, HLG curve, compatibility with CalMAN software, 8-point white calibration and many other interesting and enjoyable news"
After the wonders presented by Sony and JVC about home video projection at 4K native resolution, this year in Berlin I moved to the Epson booth with a little less enthusiasm than usual, already knowing that the novelty presented would be only one " small "evolution of the excellent EH-TW9300, with the addition of the HLG gamma curve and an HDMI input with 18 Gbps band , so as to make it compatible with 4K 60p 10-bit signals per component. What I finally met instead was very different and surprised me positively.
Before starting, I take the opportunity to demonstrate a bit of disappointment due to the lack of an evolution of the short throw projector and EH-LS100 laser / phosphor system which, with quality LCD panels and compatibility with 4K signals and HLG (even without and -shift) could become a block-buster ... In any case the projectors presented are actually 3. The first is the new EH-TW7400 that I will not take into account because it has no 18 Gbps input and incompatible with HLG video signals.
Then there's the new EH-TW9400 (black only), this one with an 18 Gbps input and HLG compatible, supported by the "wireless" EH-TW9400W (white only) version, but it is not able to transmit 18 Gbps signals with the wireless module, so - as far as I'm concerned - to be avoided for those who want a future-proof 4K product. The back panel does not change almost for nothing. Of the two HDMI inputs only one accepts signals at 18 Gbps with HDCP 2.2.
The news, however, are not limited only to the HDMI input and HLG compatibility but are revealed above all in the user menu. First of all, in the calibration menu for HDR10 and HLG, a very fluid and well-modifiable dynamic compression control (Tone Mapping) appears, adding to the excellent brightness, contrast and gamma controls that have made the Epson series TW for calibration also in HDR. The other good news is the 8-point gray scale calibration which makes the calibration of the white balance of the new TW9400 even easier and more interesting.
In the excellent calibration menu are still available other interesting tools, already present in the model EH-TW9300 that is the control of the uniformity of white balance on 8 zones and 8 points, the white balance on high lights and low lights (which adds up to the new one on 8 points) and the control of the range on 9 points. I also remember that the projector has two diaphragms (one manual and the other automatic), a color filter that can be activated to cover the DCI-P3 color space, a frame interpolation algorithm (unfortunately only with full HD sources) and a lamp high pressure that is able to generate a maximum of 2,600 lumens and with a very low cost.
Pending the publication of the official page with all the features, I suggest you take a look at the review of the "old" EH-TW9300 published at this address .
The Epson room, always very well built and darkened, provided the vision of both the model EH-TW7400 (completely ignored), and the model EH-TW9400 , the latter in wired and not wireless. The screen is a Stewart FilmScreen StudioTek 130 "high contrast", with a base of gain 1.3 and unfortunately a little bit of "sparkling": the characteristic "sbrilluccichio" which unfortunately features some surfaces with high contrast and gain and which ends up limiting a little 'resolution. Instead, as a source, I saw an Oppo. The only content that I could observe is the excellent UHD Blu-ray 4K of "Black Panther" .
Inside the Epson room, I shared some moments of the vision with the usual "selection" of Italian operators, with whom I could also exchange some considerations on performance and value for money, which I will mention in closing. The perceived luminance, despite the 6.5 square meters of surface of the StudioTek 130, was more than enough to make HDR projection credible even if the color filter for DCI-P3 color space coverage had not been activated. Epson declares for this new TW9400 100 lumens more than the 2,500 lumens of TW9300, values that must be reduced to almost under half under optimal vision conditions.
Together with the discreet luminous flux and excellent detail - which put me in a good mood - I appreciated the same excellent quality of the colors that Epson has accustomed me to, all combined with a wealth of nuances that totally bans any type of sunburn. The only limit if we want is a contrast ratio that is "eyesight" at the same level of a TW9300, then about half of the "entry level" models of Sony (VPL-VW270ES) and JVC (DLA-N5) that they cost twice as much.
And this is the last good news of the new Epson EH-TW9400: the suggested retail price drops by 500 euros compared to TW9300 and is positioned at 2,790 euros including VAT. Not bad for a generous projector, compatible with HDMI 18Gbps signals, with HLG and with motorized optics with memories. This year then comes also the compatibility with CalMAN calibration software, a topic that we will face in a deepening as soon as we receive a sample for the first tests, expected for the first week of November.
For more information on Epson products: www.epson.it