We started talking about the Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB (the UB stands for “ultra black”) projector a few months ago, and now our long awaited ‘ultra black’ projector is finally here. The projector has made a name for itself because it features Epson’s very own 3LCD D7 panel, which boasts higher contrast ratios among other improvements. Here’s a little more about the new projector from features to function.
Our First Look at the Epson UB Series
Our first look at the Epson UB series came at a local consumer electronics event back in early October. But this was our first look at the Home Cinema 1080 UB in person. We hooked it up with a native 720p Movie Cowboy that upconverts to 1080p, since our native 1080p Cowboy ‘fell off the horse’. We hope to have it back into shape soon, before our next 1080p shootout.
[ photo: The new Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB connections. ]
Hats Off (lights on) to the New D7 3LCD Chip
The Epson Home Cinema and Epson Pro Cinema 1080 UBs both include the new 3LCD D7 chip. The D7 chip is full HD (1920×1080) resolution and has 12-bit color which manages to crank out over 68-billion colors (though I could only identify 67-billion). It also delivers a 50,000:1 contrast ratio. It’s also a 1600 lumen projector, which really sparkles in a dark room, and holds it’s own in rooms with ambient light. We will outline the differences between the Pro and Home versions in a paragraph or two.
[ photo: Image from the Epson’s Home Cinema 1080 UB lens shift example. ]
Videos of the Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB in Action
We set up the Home Cinema 1080 UB as soon as we had one we hadn’t sold already. We decided to show it against the Panasonic PT-AE2000U, one of our highest performing, and best selling 1080p units. Both looked very good, but in person, the blacks were noticeably blacker on the new UB. Some of those in the demo liked the color on the Panasonic better, while others really thought the blackness of the Epson made the image punchier. Here are some videos that will give you an idea of what the two looked like in person, though my Lumix camera could not pick up the black levels as well as we could see them in person.
Our first view of the Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB in action. On the left is the Epson, on the right our Panasonic PT-AE2000U.
We start shooting on a matte gray painted wall, then drop the screen to see if we can determine a difference on a matte white surface. The Epson is still on the left, and the Panasonic on the right.
Roller coaster video on the two 1080p projectors. Still the Epson on the left and Panasonic on the right. Much like a ride at Disney World, watching the video in person, on the big screen, can actually make you queasy.
More Photos from Our Home Cinema 1080 UB Shootout
Motorcycle comparison. Epson Home Cinema 1080 is on the right. Panasonic PT-AE2000U on the left.
Here is a close up of that very same image. The details is so good that you can see the detail in the tires. A great example of the high contrast in action.
You can also see the serial number…
Epson Home Cinema 1080UB Specs
- Full HD (1920×1080) resolution
- 1600 lumens
- 50,000:1 contrast ratio
- 2-year manufacturer warranty
- (2) HDMI inputs with 1.3 support
- 2.1 optical zoom lens
- Lens shift (with impressive range of 96