Go big or go home, the saying goes. For those of you who think a 55-inch plasma just isn’t big enough, Epson’s just announced a new line of high-definition projectors capable of handling 3D images as easily as it handles 2D images. Fancy 3D projectors aren’t exactly new, but they’re still fairly rare, and even rarer are 3D projectors that only cost $1,600 like Epson’s entry-level model.
All three models unveiled by Epson – the entry level Home Cinema 3010, and the upper-level Home Cinema 5010 and PowerLite Pro Cinema 6010 – all offer active shutter 3D, full 1080p resolutions and Bright 3D Drive Technology, which reduces crosstalk and increases brightness, according to Epson. The 3010 sports 2,200 lumens and a contrast ratio of 40,000:1, while the high-priced models up that to 2,400 lumens and a 200,000:1 contrast ratio while also tossing in additional features like ISF calibration, 2D-to-3D conversion, a ceiling mount and a host of fancy modes and options.
Another cool feature is split-screen mode, which lets you watch two separate 2d images – be they from a television, a computer or whatever – at once, which is a pretty nifty feature when you’ll watching a 100-inch-plus screen. Wireless options are also available.
It remains to be seen if Epson’s line of 3D projectors can match the amazing output of the Sharp XV-Z71000 (which we gave a Kick Ass award), but that $1,600 price tag on the Home Cinema 3010 is sure to turn a lot of heads.
Here’s the availability info from the press release: The PowerLite Pro Cinema 6010 will be available for less than $4,000, while the Home Cinema 5010 and 5010e are listed at under $3,000 and $3,500, respectively; all will be available through authorized Epson projector dealers in November. The Home Cinema 3010 and 3010e will be available online and through dealers in October for $1,599.99 and $1,799.99.