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NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT

EPSON HOME CINEMA 4010 4K PRO-UHD
Home Theater Projector

Rob Sabin, September 18, 2018

Epson has introduced the Epson Home Cinema 4010 4K PRO-UHD Projector, a sister product to the recently announced Epson Pro Cinema 4050 4K PRO-UHD Projector aimed at the installer/commercial market. By omitting the additional lamp and projector mount that accompanies the commercial package, Epson can sell the Home Cinema 4010 to consumers for $400 less, bringing its price down to an attractive $2,000.

Both projectors otherwise offer the same features, most notably a new and improved version of the company's pixel-shifting technology, HDR compatibility with a more advanced tone-mapping algorithm than has been seen in prior Epson models, and automated lens memory to allow constant image height display of multiple aspect ratio sources on 2.4:1 screens without an external anamorphic lens. The latter, as well as fully motorized lens adjustments, are rare features on home theater projectors in this price range.

The Pro Cinema 4010's 15-element all glass lens is also an unusual bonus for such an affordable projector. This model offers a long zoom ratio of 2.1:1 as well as exceptionally extensive horizontal and vertical lens shift (±96 percent on the horizontal axis and ±47 percent on the vertical axis) to expand placement options. The remote-controlled powered lens allows easy adjustment of zoom, focus, and lens shift after the projector is mounted.

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Epson Pro Cinema 4010 key features:

  • 1920x1080x2 UHD resolution

  • Improved pixel-shifting precision and 4K enhancement processing

  • 2400 ANSI lumens

  • 200,000:1 contrast ratio

  • HDR10 compatibility with new advanced tone-mapping

  • Up to 5,000-hour lamp life

  • All-glass 15-element 2.1x zoom lens

  • Powered zoom, focus, and lens shift

  • Automated Lens Memory for CIH installations

  • Switchable auto-iris

  • Frame interpolation

  • 3D at full HD resolution

  • No color wheel, so no rainbow artifacts

  • 2-year projector warranty


The Home Cinema 4010 uses Epson's next-generation 4K PRO-UHD pixel-shifting technology, which is said to further sharpen resolution from the projector's 1080p native LCD imagers. An increase in the speed of the pixel-shifter and associated refinements in video processing are said to render a more precise 4K approximation than was achieved by earlier Epson models.

The Pro Cinema 4050 is HDR10 compliant to take advantage of high dynamic range content. It uses a new tone-mapping algorithm to better utilize the additional brightness available with 1080p imaging devices versus denser native 4K chips. Meanwhile, color gamut has been expanded to allow reproduction of the full DCI-P3 color gamut in its Cinema mode. The projector delivers equal color and white brightness. Contrast is specified as 200,000:1. Reproduction of 1080p 3D content is supported.

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The Epson Pro Cinema 4010 4K PRO-UHD Projector carries a suggested retail price of $1,999.99 and is available for sale now. It carries a 2-year limited warranty plus a 90-day limited warranty on the lamp.


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Reader Comments(18 comments)

Posted Sep 21, 2018 9:06 AM PST

By EeeTee

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Any indications if Epson is releasing an updated 5040UB with these features? Perhaps a 5050UB?

Posted Sep 21, 2018 10:48 AM PST

By Rob Sabin, editor

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No word from them yet on this. It's reasonable to assume that a next gen version of the pricier 5040UB would achieve at least the 5040's higher contrast ratio while integrating the 4050/4010's advances in pixel-shifting and HDR playback, but we have no indication that such a model is in the works or when it might appear.

Posted Sep 22, 2018 6:18 AM PST

By Edward

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Hello Rob, nice to have you with us. Can you confirm the types of HDMI ports on this projector? Are they 1.4, 2.0 or a combination? I am worried about color banding with 4K HDR 60fps because I would be gaming with an XBOX One X. Thank you.

Posted Sep 22, 2018 7:41 AM PST

By Rob Sabin, editor

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This projector has the same specs supplied directly by Epson for the commercial market version, the Pro Cinema 4050:

One HDMI 1.4 (10.2 Gbps bandwidth) with HDCP 2.2 (i.e., copyright management for 4K content)

One HDMI 1.4 (10.2 Gbps bandwidth) with HDCP 1.4

Posted Sep 24, 2018 4:33 AM PST

By Manfred

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Does the 10.2 Gbps mean the XBOX1 X will not output a 4k image to it?

Posted Sep 24, 2018 6:53 AM PST

By Rob Sabin, editor

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The more limited 10.2 Gbps bandwidth means an HDMI port can only carry 4K signals up to 30 Hz, so it won't do higher frame rate 4K/60Hz signals from any device. Also, only one of the two ports here has the most current HDCP copyright management required to pass most copyrighted 4K programming.

Posted Sep 26, 2018 5:47 AM PST

By Rene

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Hello Rob. In your last comment you mentioned the 10.2 gbps bandwidth issue. How vital is the 30 hz compared to the 60hz signal? Is there another Epson projector that will carry the 4K 60hz signal?

Posted Sep 26, 2018 7:53 AM PST

By Rob Sabin, editor

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If you're a gamer, 4K/60Hz may be of critical interest and you might want the wider 18 Gbps 2.0 HDMI ports. If you're just watching traditional TV or movie content, it's not critical and you can probably get by with HDMI 1.4/10.2 Gbps. Most movie content and prime time TV is still shot at 24 frames per second, which 1.4 can handle at 4K resolution, although there have been experiments among filmmakers with shooting digital at higher frame rates.

Posted Sep 26, 2018 4:49 PM PST

By Anthony

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I just installed this projector. I’m not an expert by any means but I am watching Netflix in 4K and it is running in 4K@60 frames per second. HDMI #1 is also labeled hdcp 2.2. I just exchanged the Optoma UHD 65 for this model. I had the Optoma fully calibrated and the Epson 4010 blows it out of the water in digital cinema mode without any calibration. The picture is stunning and it was so much easier to ceiling mount with the powered lens.

Posted Oct 2, 2018 4:19 AM PST

By Keisari

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What about the input lag in 1080P and 4K modes (PS4, Xbox1X)?

Posted Oct 2, 2018 5:32 AM PST

By Rob Sabin, editor

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We'll be measuring these in our upcoming review.

Posted Oct 5, 2018 10:42 AM PST

By Rob C

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Hello Rob, really appreciate your updates on this projector so far. Can you share when you expect the review to be posted? I'm sure that I'm not alone in wondering if the update from the HC4000 to the HC4010 is meaningful enough to buy the HC4010 now instead of waiting for the successor to the HC5040UB to come out.

Posted Oct 5, 2018 11:11 AM PST

By Rob Sabin, editor

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Rob, we're hoping to have a report up within a couple of weeks at the outside. Stay tuned!

Posted Oct 9, 2018 6:41 AM PST

By Greyfuel237

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The Epson 4010 has fabulous features and competitive price but why not give it an Android OS heart so people can play online movies or music without connecting the projector to computers, DVD players, etc.? I know a Chinese brand called JMGO and its developers power all of its projectors with Android OS.

Posted Oct 10, 2018 4:23 PM PST

By Chris

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Your statement might as well have read, "the BMW is great and all, but why not give it Bluetooth like the Kia has."

Posted Oct 12, 2018 4:33 AM PST

By Manfred Wise

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Keisari, without an HDMI 2.0 you cant play 4k@60/HDR. You can play 4k@60/SDR. If you want to play 4K@60/HDR that bad, they have a device called the HDMI Fury Linker that will scale accordingly. You lose a hair on color depth but for videogames you can't tell. Having to choose between superior input lag/no rainbows/4k@60/SDR or HDR with double the lag, I'll go with the former. For movies, 4k@24 is still the norm and the Epson can play it just fine. Judging by the HC4000, it would give you a better picture overall.

I really thought I wanted HDR until I saw demos, and meh, its just not that impressive. Cool on a tv, on a proj2ctor, nope, not really.

Posted Oct 19, 2018 4:49 PM PST

By William L Carman

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Rob. Will your review of the Epson 4010 compare it to the approximately $500 cheaper Epson 4000?

This would certainly help me decide whether it is worth the extra cost. I currently am using an Epson 5030 UB. I would like to have a 4K ready priojector, but being a retired person on Social Security, I can’t afford making a big mistake.

Posted Oct 19, 2018 6:49 PM PST

By Rob Sabin, editor

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William, first up we'll be comparing it with the higher end 5040UB, which for now remains in Epson's line. But the 4010, which is offered at $200 less than the original $2,200 introductory price of the 4000, has a number of key improvements. Among these is the addition of an auto iris that helps boost contrast to 200,000:1, and 200 more rated lumens of brightness. It also offers Epson's latest improved pixel-shifting scheme and HDR tone-mapping. I think the iris alone, which has had a noticeable effect in the rendering of dark scenes and shadow detail so far in my auditions, would make this a better projector than the 4000 for the long haul. But we'll look into possibly comparing it with the 4000 if we can confirm that Epson is keeping it around rather than replacing it with the 4010.

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