Epson EMP-TW2000 Claims 50,000:1 Contrast Ratio
The EMP-TW2000 trumps its predecessor with a new optical engine that not only sharpens the focus with something called OptiFocus, but also features DeepBlack juju. Sounds mysterious.
Epson says that its DeepBlack tech keeps any light from leaking through the projector's LCDs, thus raising the contrast ratio from 12,000:1 up to a more impressive 50,000:1. Yeah, right. But still, that's much better than before. Also helping things along is an automatic iris that adjusts 60 times per second. On top of all that, the company raised the projector's brightness by 30% without needing a brighter bulb, and it now cranks out a claimed 1600 lumens. That's a lot of light for a home theater.
This is going to be good. The crazy thing is, we were really impressed with the Epson Powerlite 1080, and its specs are not nearly as impressive as this latest model.
10-bit 3LCD technology is on hand with the now near-ubiquitous x.v.Color processing also on board. There are two HDMI 1.3 ports which will support Deep Colour, once content is available and as a nice touch a second lamp will also be included in the retail package.
Not only does the TW2000 offer a lot of contrast, but apparently there are 14 lenses inside to allow optimal focusing of your projected image. While it may sound slightly odd, Epson seems convinced it works and we'll have to wait for the the product to hit the market in December to see if that is the case.
Price: $ 3,500 (Not confirmed yet, until it's official release in December 2007)