Extended gamut and format – Epson SC-P9000V

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Paul Lindström

Epson continues to add models using the extended colour inkset, orange, green and violet.

We have tested the SC-P9000V large format printer (44ins or 1.1m) to evaluate the actual gamut achievable, as well as colour uniformity and image resolution. Coupled with a built-in spectrophotometer, an option we strongly recommend to go for, calibration and colour validations is fast and fully automated.

The SC-P9000V belongs to the part of the SureColor-series with printers for different output formats for professional high quality photorealistic prints and contract proofs. The other parts in the SureColor series, are the F-models, where the F stands for fabrics (or textiles), S for signage and T for technical.

Wider gamut and smaller dots
The P9000V uses the UltraChrome HDX inks, which offer wide gamut printing, especially when using the complementary inks orange, green and violet. The gamut is so large that you can match almost all of the spot colours on the market. The SC-P9000V inkset is said to be able to match 99% of the Pantone spot colours within a tolerance of 2 Delta E (per the formula from year 2000). But it’s not only the colourants CMY and OGV which help increase the gamut – the density of the black ink has also been improved, which means higher relative contrast (denser black) and so contributes to the larger gamut achieved!

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