Epson R1000, R4000 Projector Reaches Contrast ratio of 1,000,000 to 1

Epson latest news release says that R1000 and R4000 projector is able to reach up to 1,000,000 to 1 ratio using the new 3LCD Reflective Panel Technology. More information after the break.

EPSON ACHIEVES WORLD’S HIGHEST CONTRAST RATIO OF ONE MILLION TO ONE

WITH NEW 3LCD REFLECTIVE PANEL TECHNOLOGY FOR UNPARALLELED VIEWING EXPERIENCE

Singapore, November 2010 – Epson, a world leader in digital imaging and printing solutions and the top projector maker of the decade(1), has launched its newest range of high-end home entertainment projectors, the Epson EH-R1000 and the Epson EH-R4000, which can achieve a record-breaking dynamic contrast ration of up to 1,000,000:1(2). 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 lush and life-like across the spectrum for the ultimate viewing experience. The breakthrough technology 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 with the new Ultra-Smooth Auto Iris, improved Hollywood Quality Video (HQV) Vida Processor, Refined Frame Interpolation and Super-Resolution Technologies, promise all users an unrivalled projection quality and a true cinematic experience in the comfort of their own homes.

“As the top projector maker in the world, Epson is constantly at the forefront of innovation. With our new Epson 3LCD Reflective Panel Technology, we have once again raised the bar for the home projection market by achieving the world’s first and highest contrast ratio of one million to one with our EH-R4000,” said Ms Tan May Lin, General Manager of Epson Singapore. “I am confident that we have delivered a strong product that brings dramatic new viewing experiences to our consumers.”

The Epson EH-R1000 and EH-R4000 retail at SGD$6999 and SGD$9999 respectively, and will be available at all authorised distributors from February 2011.

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.

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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 EH-R4000 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.

Key “Image Quality Boosting” Features

Improved HQV Vida Processor – The projectors also boast the new, top-of-the-line, Vida image processor from motion image processing experts, Hollywood Quality Video (HQV). This latest video processor enables the projectors to deliver the best Full HD images available, ensuring that every detail is perfectly resolved, even in dark scenes.

Refined Frame Interpolation TechnologyFrame interpolation technology inserts new frames between original frames. As a result, blurring effects are suppressed and motion pictures look much smoother and sharper.

Super-Resolution Technology Super resolution technology automatically detects blurred sections of an image and uses a mixed colour separation process to achieve sharper and refined image quality in full High Definition projection.

Key “User Experience Improvement” Features

Lens Shift and Position Memory Feature – With a motorised zoom and lens with the widest shift range in their class, setup of the projectors is easy and flexible. In addition, users can calibrate and store up to three settings in the projector memory, including the zoom and focus positions for various movie genres to enjoy the ultimate cinematic experience.

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Anamorphic Lens – Movie enthusiasts can now enjoy their shows without “letterbox” bars at the top and bottom of the screen because the EH-R1000 / EH-R4000 support anamorphic lenses which are fully motorised and remote-controlled to convert typical 16:9 format to 2.40:1 cinemascope widescreen.

Bright Projection – Equipped with small and highly luminescent E-TORL lamps, both projectors can deliver high light output and colour light output of 1,200 lumens (lm), allowing users to enjoy bright projections on large screens (up to 300 inches) without worrying about ambient lighting.

HDMI Link – The Epson EH-R1000 and EH-R4000 can operate other equipment such as Blu-ray players from the projector remote control once they are connected using a HDMI cable. They also feature trigger-out functions to power equipment such as electronic screens for the true home cinema devotee. This enables control of a whole cinema room from just one remote control.

Stylish design – Sporting a super-compact design, the Epson EB-R1000 is available in white while the EH-R4000 comes in an elegant matte black finish that prevents light from reflecting off the projector surface, reducing distractions when viewing.

Key Specifications

For more information and high-resolution product images, please visit the Epson Media Centre at http://www.epson.com.sg/mediacentre

Footnotes:

(1) Based on independent research by FutureSource Consulting, Epson is the world’s top projector maker for the past decade (2000 to 2009) with a 16.1% global market share. Epson has also held the number 1 position for the last nine consecutive years.

(2)     Epson EH-R4000 can achieve a dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1; Epson EH-R1000 can achieve a dynamic contrast ratio of 500,000:1.

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