For a great picture, of course, the HC5050UB supports HDR (high dynamic range) – both the HDR10 standard for 4K UHD Blu-ray discs, and now Epson has included support for the newer HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) – a second HDR, optimized for over the air broadcast and streaming. That will come in handy as more Netflix and other streaming content start using HDR on their 4K offerings.
Two HDMI inputs – these have been upgraded to a full 18Ghz speed allowing for the full capabilities of HDMI 2.0. With this improvement, the new Epson is capable of running 4K content at 60fps with HDR and P3, so able to work with the fastest/best/highest res games out there today.
Before I forget, for comparison purposes, the less expensive HC4010 launched last fall, lacks support for HLG, and does not have 18Ghz HDMI, so can’t do the full 60fps HDR gaming content with P3 color (it can run the games without HDR). That makes support for both HDR standards and the faster HDMIs, the primary new performance improvements to the 5050UB. The UBs, (Ultra Black) of course, have always had a big advantage over the HC4010 and the HC4000 before it, in terms of black levels.
No this Epson does not have the brand new HDMI 2.1. I know someone would ask if I didn’t mention it.
Please click here, to read Phil’s technical discussion about HDMI 2.1, and whether it should important to you. (Hint, probably not, unless you are a hard core gamer, and even then, not for a while.) For the rest of us, it can probably wait for 8K projectors.
Here’s what is really important: As those of you who own a 40 series UB know, Getting HDR right has been a major challenge for projector manufacturers. It relates to brightness and other things, but the challenges for all manufacturers have been significant, with many producing dim looking content. On the older 5040UB/6040UB, Epson did two separate user firmware upgrades to improve the look of HDR content. Both made real improvements, before the first one, almost all HDR content was at least a bit dim looking. On the most recent version, though, HDR looked pretty darn good. I was still messing with “gamma” – EOTF, to further lighten the lower mid-ranges, but the HDR content overall was very satisfactory, and rarely dim.
Welcome to a brave new world where HDR looks killer! The Home Cinema 5050UB uses tone mapping and doing more expansively, it seems, than on the HC4010. (Tone mapping is being used by others now, including BenQ, but especially Sony, who seems to have pioneered tone mapping for HDR in projectors, and, I assume, also in their OLED TVs.
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