Epson Pro Cinema 4050 4K PRO-UHD Projector Review

At CEDIA 2018, Epson announced its new Home Cinema Projector Pro Cinema 4050. This exciting new projector offers improved pixel shift over previous models such as the Epson Home Cinema 4000 and 5040UB, powered by the new PRO chip.UHD 3LCD. Epson advertises that this model has a wider color gamut, up to 100% of P3/BT.2020, HDR with balanced color brightness for that extra pop and wow factor. As a 3LCD, the projector offers the same brightness in all colors, making it more resistant to ambient light than its DLP counterparts. In this first review, we’ll explore the hardware and features of the Epson Pro Cinema 4050 and find out what this new addition to Epson’s range of home cinema systems has to offer.

Before you begin, you may be wondering, “What is a first refusal rating?” Well, an initial review is a simple one-page review where we take a closer look at the projector’s specs, along with its features, and take a closer look at what the manufacturer has claimed. This all takes place before our reviewers get their hands on this projector. Therefore, these first refusal assessments are a combination of knowledge and common sense. Of course, we don’t know if the Pro Cinema 4050 will live up to our expectations until we can test it, but given what we know about comparable Epson projectors, we can make pretty safe assumptions. Let’s start with our first Epson Pro Cinema 4050 home cinema projector review!

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Epson 4050 Specs
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Technology 3LCD
Native Resolution 1920x1080x2
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 2400
Contrast 200000:1
Zoom Lens Ratio 2.10:1
Lens Shift Yes
Lamp Life 3,500 Hours
Weight 24.3 lbs
Warranty 2 Years

OVERVIEW

The Epson Pro Cinema 4050 is a  home cinema projector with advanced pixel-shifting technology, thanks to the new 4K PRO-UHD chip offered by Epson, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 x2. That’s a pretty good price for a 3LCD projector that offers 4K video, an included ceiling mount and an extra light, especially when you consider that the Home Cinema 5040UB is a few hundred more without those extras. While pixel changers have been around for a while, what’s exciting about the 4050 is the aforementioned upgraded PRO-UHD 3LCD chip, making its debut with this new projector and the comparably spec’d HC4010.

As a 3LCD projector, color is accurate, vivid and as bright as white light; 3LCD projectors provide the same amount of lumens for color as for white. The new Epson Pro Cinema 4050 has a brightness of 2,400 lumens, which is very bright for a home cinema projector, and is well suited for dedicated home cinemas or living rooms with at least good control over the ambient light. This 4K compatible projector also supports HDR10, providing more vibrant colors than non-HDR projectors.

Epson claims the lamp has a lamp life of up to 5000 hours in ECO mode, which is enough for more than two years between lamp changes with a 6-hour daily viewing schedule. In high mode, the lamp life is shortened to 3,500 hours, which is still respectable; Most projectors have lamp life between 3,000 and 8,000 hours, and the higher end of that spectrum are the ECO mode claims.

While DLP projectors generally deliver better black levels than 3LCDs, the contrast ratio here is 200,000:1. With a statement like that I would expect black levels to be better than entry level. In Art’s reviews of 4K UHD DLP projectors, he has said that most of them have only basic black level performance. With Epson’s improved technology, we can at least expect the black levels of the Pro Cinema 4050 to be at least as good as the HC4000, if not as good as the HC5040UB. Like I said, we can be hopeful, but a final decision on this will have to wait until we can review one and see for ourselves.

The Pro Cinema 4050 weighs 24.3 pounds and is 7.6 inches high, 20.5 inches wide, and 17.7 inches deep; about the same size as the Home Cinema 5040UB. In addition to the new PRO-UHD chip, there are a few other key features that we’ll look at in the Special Features section of this page, which follows the Highlights section below.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Native 1920 x 1080 x2 Resolution – With 4K PRO-UHD Pixel Shifting Technology
  • 2,400 White Lumens and 2,400 Color Lumens – Bright Enough to Handle Modest Ambient Light
  • 3LCD Technology
  • Lamp Life of 5,000 Hours (ECO Mode)
  • 200,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • HDR10 – Full 10-bit Color Output
  • 15-Element Glass Lens
  • Creative Frame Interpolation
  • No Color Wheel – No Rainbow Effect
  • Full HD 3D
  • Lens Memory
  • Picture-in-Picture
  • Dual HDMI inputs
  • 2 Year Warranty with Free, Next-Day Exchange with Extra Care Home Service
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