If I was boggled by Sony claiming a 35:000:1 contrast ratio on its VPL VW60 then Epson's latest leaves me oh so slightly flabbergasted. OK, so the 50,000:1 ratio is achieved using a dynamic iris technology, so you'll be gaining contrast at the expense of brightness, but it is still impressive.
The rest of the EMP-TW2000 shouldn't disappoint either, the name betrays the full 1080p resolution and along with the high contrast the projector boasts 1,600 ANSI lumens (in English: it's nice and bright). Processing is handled by Epson's new D7 chipset (if that means anything to anyone), which is proposed to help clean up input signals, reduce noise just like its projector and TV rivals.
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. Pricing is to be announced nearer that time, but should be in the sub-$5000 region in the US, which probably translates to sub-£3,500 over here.