Epson has announced a portable home theatre/home entertainment projector at CES, capable of showing 2D and 3D content. The Epson Home Cinema 750HD, based on the 3LCD light engine technology that Epson helped develop, is the company's brightest home theatre projector to date. Offering 2D and active-shutter 3D with 720p resolution, it can display movies, video games, sporting events and other content at sizes of up to 300in diagonally.
The Home Cinema 750HD is rated at up to 3,000 lumens of colour brightness, 3,000 lumens of white brightness and uses Epson's Bright 3D Drive Technology. The projector features five pre-set colour modes optimised for various viewing environments. With a special colour mode dedicated to gaming, the Home Cinema 750HD allows users to play their favourite video games or watch their favourite TV programs even in well-lit rooms. The lamp, which uses Epson's E-TORL technology, is rated at 5,000 hours of lamp life.
"The Home Cinema 750HD is ready to display 3D from virtually any Blu-ray player, cable box or video game console right out of the box, unlike other 3D 720p projectors on the market today that are not compatible with Blu-ray players or game consoles, and require an additional format convertor for true 3D," said Jason Palmer, marketing manager of Epson America.
According to Epson, the projector is easy to use and set up - just place it in an entertainment centre or mount to the ceiling approximately 3.5 to 35.5 feet from the wall or screen. The 750HD offers 1.2x optical zoom for positioning flexibility, automatic vertical keystone (+/- 30 degrees) correction, and Instant Off technology that allows for no waiting time to start or shut down the projector. It is equipped with Easy-Slide image correction, an intuitive horizontal keystone adjustment slide control bar that allows users to place the projector off-centre from the screen and centre the image with the touch of a finger.
The Home Cinema 750HD includes one pair of Epson’s latest RF 3D glasses that last up to 40 hours or up to three hours with a new three-minute quick charge.
The Home Cinema 750HD is equipped with a built-in speaker and a range of connectivity options that include Component Video, S-Video, HDMI, USB Type A and B digital connections, and USB 2.0 to share photos and slideshows. The projector can support DVD players, TV receivers, gaming consoles, PCs, iOS devices (adapter not included) and smartphones. Users can also add their own speakers.
The Epson Home Cinema 750HD (costing around £560) is slated to become available in late March through select retailers in the US and the Epson online store. The projector comes with a two-year limited warranty with toll-free access to Epson’s PrivateLine priority technical support, 90-day limited lamp warranty, and free two-business-day exchange with Extra Care Home Service.