Epson Introduces new 24-Inch-Wide and 44-Inch-Wide Photographic Printers With New Seven-Color UltraChrome Ink System1 May, 2002
Epson Introduces new 24-Inch-Wide and 44-Inch-Wide Photographic Printers With New Seven-Color UltraChrome Ink System
They're the most advanced wide-format photographic ink jet printers ever manufactured by Epson, delivering a level of image quality to meet the needs of today's most demanding digital imaging professionals. Epson America Inc. is once again raising the bar on the professional-level imaging market with the introduction of the EPSON Stylus Pro 7600 and EPSON Stylus Pro 9600.
Both new ink jet printers introduce several advanced new features and technologies including EPSON UltraChrome(TM) ink -- a new archival system that uses seven individual colors to create exhibit-quality output on a wide selection of media in color and black and white. The EPSON Stylus Pro 7600 replaces the EPSON Stylus Pro 7000 and 7500 for printing images as wide as 24 inches, while the EPSON Stylus Pro 9600 replaces the EPSON Stylus Pro 9000 and 9500 for printing as wide as 44 inches.
"Designed in collaboration with some of the world's best photographers and printmakers, these new print engine technologies will produce some of the world's most exciting photographic prints," said Mark Radogna, senior product manager, professional graphics, Epson. "With the introduction of these new print engines, Epson has delivered an incredible tool allowing creative professionals to produce their vision without compromise."
EPSON UltraChrome Ink
Building on the technology of EPSON Archival(TM) Ink and EPSON DuraBright(TM) Ink, EPSON UltraChrome Ink retains the advantages of high resistance to water and light, plus the largest color range ever for pigmented inks. These printers can also print stunning black and white photographs with the addition of a new lower density black ink -- Light Black -- which helps produce more neutral grays with no color casting and crossover.
The EPSON Stylus Pro 7600 and Stylus Pro 9600 are the first Stylus Pro models to use UltraChrome inks and create a level of color that is now extremely close to that of Epson's popular six-color, photo dye-based inks. The end-result is more vibrant and saturated reds, oranges and yellows. Furthermore, the EPSON Stylus Pro 7600 and Stylus Pro 9600 offer lightfastness ratings for color images up to 100 years under glass, and greater than 100 years for black and white prints under glass, on specific Epson papers.(a)
User-Interchangeable Black Inks
In order to produce the highest level of image quality possible on different media types, the EPSON Stylus Pro 7600 and Stylus Pro 9600 offer three black ink modes that can be easily changed by the user. Epson designed both printers to feature a new interchangeable black ink system that allows users to choose between the standard Photo Black ink cartridge and an optional Matte Black ink cartridge. The Photo Black ink has been optimized for glossy, semi gloss, luster, etc. and also supports virtually any type of paper, while the Matte Black ink has been optimized to support a wide range of matte papers, such as fine art papers. The Matte Black ink mode also yields higher density and contrast on matte papers and is ideal for fine art photography printed on matte media types. The three Black Ink Modes are:
1. Photo Black Mode -- uses all seven colors including a Photo
Black ink and Light Black ink to produce a D-Max rating as
high as 2.0 on media such as EPSON Premium Luster and Premium Semimatte.
2. Matte Black Mode -- uses all seven colors including a Matte
Black and Light Black ink to produce a D-Max rating as high as
1.69 on media such as EPSON Enhanced Matte, and EPSON Fine Art
3. Dual Black Mode -- uses six colors with two Matte Black
cartridges for matte or plain paper media and is available for
customers who favor faster print speeds over maximum image
EPSON Photographic Dye Ink & EPSON ColorLife(TM) Media
At the time of purchase, customers have the option of configuring their Stylus Pro 7600 or Stylus Pro 9600 for use with six-color EPSON Photographic Dye rather than the new seven-color pigment-based UltraChrome ink. When printed on EPSON ColorLife media, EPSON Photographic Dye prints offer a lightfastness rating up to 26 years in color when displayed under glass(a), as well as a slightly wider color gamut and D-Max rating as high as 3.0. This option is generally suited for professionals working in color comping, general purpose graphics and other applications that don't demand archivability or for those who require the lowest possible operation cost.
Increased Resolution, BorderFree(TM) Printing and Faster Print Speeds
The EPSON Stylus Pro 7600 and Stylus Pro 9600 are the first professional graphics printers capable of printing at 2,880 x 1,440 dpi resolution -- resulting in finer blends and smoother photographic transitions. They also use variable droplets up to three different sizes per line and as small as four picoliters to greatly decrease print time while optimizing photographic quality. Furthermore, Epson's advanced Micro Piezo® DX3(TM) ASIC technology controls the printing process to produce consistent image quality and color output from print to print.
Another first for these products is BorderFree printing -- a feature that enables users to print over both left and right edges of the media while automatically cutting top and bottom edges for full-bleed prints on all four sides of the paper, depending on media type. A built-in cutter is included to trim prints faster and with greater accuracy and safety than manual techniques.
The EPSON Stylus Pro 7600 and Stylus Pro 9600 print about 2.5 times faster than their predecessors -- the EPSON Stylus Pro 7000/7500 and Stylus Pro 9000/9500. Depending on the print mode being used, speeds vary from 8 square feet per hour to a maximum of 192 square feet per hour. Extremely photographic printing can be produced at approximately 16 square feet per hour, while speeds for everyday "production quality" printing can reach about 87 square feet per hour.
Media Handling and Flexibility
Images can be printed on virtually any media type (up to 1.5 millimeters thick) as wide as 24 inches on the Stylus Pro 7600 and up to 44 inches wide on the Stylus Pro 9600. Some of these include plain paper and specialized Epson papers such as true glossy, semi-gloss, luster, matte photographic papers, canvas and fine art papers, commercial-grade proofing medias and more. Cut sheet media can also be fed automatically using the printer's high-speed cut sheet loading feature while user-adjustable roll media spindles can accept either two- or three-inch media cores.
For roll media, users can cut sheets using the built-in automatic cutting system or an optional manual cutter for the thickest of media types. An optional high-speed automatic take-up reel system is also available (on the Stylus Pro 9600 only) for completely unattended production of large print jobs.
New Driver & Connectivity
The EPSON Stylus Pro 7600 and Stylus Pro 9600 use an entirely-new EPSON photographic driver for Macintosh and Windows, allowing for complete density control even when the driver color management feature is turned off. This standard driver also gives users the ability to set up a Macintosh or Windows PC as a dedicated network spooler to greatly enhance their productivity.
A wide selection of printer interfaces includes USB (compatible with 1.1 and 2.0), IEEE 1394 FireWire®, ECP Parallel and EPSON Type-B expansion slot standard with optional cards available for 10/100 BaseT Ethernets.
EFI Fiery Spark Professional 2.0 Software RIP
An optional Fiery Spark Professional 2.0 Adobe® PostScript® 3 Software RIP (Raster Image Processor) with Pantone® color matching from Electronics for Imaging, Inc. (EFI) is also available for the EPSON Stylus Pro 7600 and Stylus Pro 9600. The RIP is designed to help maximize several of the printers' advanced features using applications that are engineered around the needs of graphic artists, advertising agencies, fine arts studios and other professionals who create color composites and proofs for press runs. Standard features with Fiery Spark Professional 2.0 include drag-and-drop hot folders for automated workflow activities, paper simulation capabilities for advanced proofing, Spot-On technology for managing spot colors, and one easy-to-use interface for total job management. Additional RIPs for these printers will also be available from several other third-party manufacturers.
Pricing and Availability
The EPSON Stylus Pro 7600 and Stylus Pro 9600 are respectively priced at $2,995 and $4,995 (estimated street prices). Both printers will be available in June 2002 through authorized Epson dealers. The optional Fiery Spark Professional 2.0 Software RIP is priced at $1,995 (estimated street price) and will also be available through Epson dealers.
Service & Support
All EPSON Stylus Pro printers are supported by the standard EPSON Preferred Limited Warranty. This one-year program includes toll-free advanced telephone access Monday through Saturday and typically next-business day on-site technical service in the unlikely event of any hardware failure. The EPSON Preferred(SM) Plus Service Plans are programs that offer one or two additional years of protection. For more information on Epson warranties, service programs and products, call 1-800-GO-EPSON (1-800-463-7766) or visit our Web site at www.epson.com.
(a)Preliminary data from Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. indicates the lightfastness of color UltraChrome prints made by the EPSON Stylus Pro 7600 and 9600 printers will be rated up to 100 years under glass on specific Epson media. Data indicates the lightfastness of black and white UltraChrome images printed using the 7-color mode will be rated as greater than 100 years under glass on specific Epson media.
ratings for both pigment and dye inks are based on accelerated testing of prints
displayed indoors, under glass. Actual print stability will vary according to
image, display conditions, light intensity, humidity, and atmospheric
conditions. Epson does not guarantee longevity of prints. For maximum print
life, display all prints under glass or laminations or properly store them.