Epson has extended its range of home cinema projectors with the launch of the EMP-TW200 and EMP-TW500. The new products include newly-developed HDTV-compatible wide aspect liquid crystal panel. The 720p (1280 x 720 dots), 0.7-inch polysilicon TFT wide aspect liquid crystal panel uses a three-panel primary colour synthesising method — about 2.76 million pixels. Both are native widescreen format with three 16:9 LCD panels. They offer a black-and-white enhancement function that increases the level of dark and light parts of images. The products also feature variable colour modes. The products are able to reproduce around 1.07 billion different colours using 10-bit video processing and 1024 levels of gradation for RGB colours, a native widescreen (16:9) display, hue and chroma adjustment along six separate colour axes and six selectable projection modes. Both projectors have a 1.5x optical power zoom lens and a lens shift function that allows the image to shift both vertically and horizontally. The products also come with the Epson cinema colour software which allows fine-tuning of chroma, hue and colour via a PC. Colour parameters can be saved as files on a computer, so users are able to share files and project movies with the same colour profile.
RRP: EMP-TW200 $3999; EMP-TW500 $6999