Despite the ongoing war between LCD and plasma I can't help but feel that the eventual winning technology will be projection based. Here's another indication why...
With the 'PowerLite Home Cinema 1080' (likely to look similar to the Pro Cinema 1080 above) Epson has become the first company to bring the price of 1080p projectors to below $3,000 (RRP $2,999 = £1,519) and it doesn't cut corners either.
Along with the 1,920 x 1,080 native resolution, the Home Cinema 1080 also uses the company's three chip 3LCD technology, boasts a whopping 12,000:1 contrast ratio and even sports an HDMI 1.3 port meaning support for Deep Colour and automatic audio/video synching capabilities. As for the maximum projection size this goes up to an incredible 120 inches – more than 8x the display area of a 40in widescreen TV.
"Without question, this projector is poised to make a profound impact on the home theater market and it won't take long for movie lovers everywhere to recognize that this projector represents the next must-have display," said Aaron Marinari, Epson's Senior Product Manager, who was clearly snorting from the rarely used 'Sensible' bottle of marketing salts.
The Home Cinema 1080 will hit the US in April 2007 and a global release shouldn't be far behind.
It was just six months ago that Panasonic stunned us all by releasing a 1080p £3 500 projector and this, my friends, is why we all love technology...