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Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900 info

24″ and 44″ large format printers with UltraChrome HDR ink set


The Epson Stylus Pro 7900 (24 inch) and Stylus Pro 9900 (44 inch)

Inks include photo black, light black and light light black – plus cyan, light cyan, vivid magenta, vivid light magenta, yellow, orange, and green.

Matte black is also included on-board and can be auto-switched with photo black.

epson sp9900

Epson 7900 and 9900

This page has some information about printers, collected before they were announced and actual product details.

2016 March

21st We have a full review of the Epson SC-P7000 the 24″ successor to the 7900

2011 November 

10th We now have a full and detailed SP4900 review (same ink set) – This included a SpectroProofer unit

2010 April

22nd As we finish our SP3880 review, we’re still waiting for a look at the 7900/9900

2009 January

21st There is a good thread at LL with some user experiences, and yes, we are still waiting to go to Epson UK to try one out for a more detailed report.

7th New firmware has been announced by Epson. It’s possible to update the firmware directly without manual downloading using the “Epson LFP Remote Panel 2” utility program).

It’s listed as improving operation with the SpectroProofer device. I’ve not checked this, but I believe it also includes support for 150ml cartridges

2008 December

5th We’re hearing of more deliveries in the UK and US now.

November

20th User guide and setup guide links added above. Deliveries in the UK are starting, and we are due to have an extended look at a 9900 in the next few weeks.

October

23rd Epson 78 page PDF presentation about the 7900/9900 available. Includes detailed info such as this chart showing ink drying colour stability.

epson HDR ink drying times and stability

16th At last some more info on US availability and prices

7900 should ship first, by the end of November, with the 9900 following

7900 $3995 7880 $2995
9900 $5995 9880 $4995

9900/9880 comparison

Printer Feature Epson Stylus Pro 9900 Epson Stylus Pro 9880
Maximum Printer Width 44-Inch 44-Inch
Pigment Ink Technology Epson UltraChrome HDR Epson UltraChrome K3 with
Vivid Magenta
Print Head Technology Epson MicroPiezo TFP!” Epson MicroPiezo AMC!”
Auto Nozzle Veri!cation and Cleaning? Yes No
Ink Repelling Coating Technology? Yes Yes
Printing Color Model 10-Color 8-Color
Number of Print Head Nozzles 360 x 10 Colors 180 x 8 Colors
Ink Included with Printer 110 ml x 11 Ink Cartridges 110 ml x 8 Ink Cartridges
Maximum Ink Cartridge Size 700 ml x 11 Ink Cartridges 220 ml x 8 Ink Cartridges
Ink Cartridge Sizes Available 150 ml / 350 ml / 700 ml 110 ml / 220 ml
Maximum Resolution / Smallest Droplet Size 2880 x 1440 / 3.5 pl 2880 x 1440 / 3.5 pl
Photographic Driver Screening Technology Epson AccuPhoto!” HDR Epson AccuPhoto!” HD
Epson ePlaten Technology? Yes No
Auto-Switching Black Ink Technologies? Yes No
Thick Media Cutting System Internal Automatic Rotary Cutter Optional Manual Media Cutting System
Internal Color Measuring Capability? Optional SpectroProofer 44 (UV or non UV) None
myEpsonPrinter.com Compatible? Yes Yes
Standard Connectivity USB 2.0 & 10/100 BaseT Ethernet USB 2.0 & 10/100 BaseT Ethernet
Standard Warranty 1-Year Epson Preferred Protection Plan 1-Year Epson Preferred Protection Plan
MSRP $5,995 $4,995

epson sp9900More details about the Media handling system

  • Compatible with virtually any media type, in roll or cut sheet, up to 44 inches wide
  • Accurate loading of cut-sheet media up to posterboard 1.5 mm thick
  • All media is front-loaded via a unique straight-through media path
  • Printer and driver based media identification and synchronization system for virtually
  • Media bin safely captures multiple prints up to 44” x 36”
  • Optional Automatic Take-up Reel System for unattended production of large print runs
    (available on the Epson Stylus Pro 9900 only)

Epson ePlaten Media Loading Technology

  • Accurate automatic media loading, movement, skew adjustment and tracking
  • Electronically controlled roll media back tension
  • Automatic roll media rewind upon media release
  • Simplifies the overall roll and cut-sheet media loading process

Spindle-Free Roll Media Loading

  • User-adjustable roll media adapters accept either 2- or 3-inch media cores
  • Simple tension lever ensures quick and secure media core loading
  • Designed with Epson ePlaten Technology for highly-accurate roll media usage
  • Additional media adapter pairs available as an accessory for efficient roll media switching

Roll Media Length Tracking and Identification System

  • Real-time, automatic remaining roll media length counter
  • Auto bar code tagging of remaining roll media information for faster reloading
  • Very useful for tracking partially used media rolls

High Performance Rotary Cutting System

  • Durable rotary cutter, designed to be virtually maintenance free
  • High performance cutting speeds — cuts 44” wide rolls in under two seconds
  • Off-carriage cutting system eliminates media dust within critical components
  • Capable of cutting virtually any media type, including most canvas and fine art papers

Spectro Option

  • Optional 44 inch wide spectrophotometer developed jointly with X-Rite
  • Simple installation; fits cleanly into the front of the Epson Stylus Pro 9900
  • Incorporates a high performance X-Rite ILS20 spectrophotometer for extreme measurement accuracy below 0.2 dE94
  • UV-cut and non-UV-cut versions available at the time of purchase
  • Both black and white interchangeable backing plates included
  • Built-in print dryer to accelerate the dry-down and reading process
  • Built-in temperature sensors for internal mechanism and surrounding environment
  • When driven by the latest front-end RIP software, the Epson SpectroProofer can automate virtually any color management process in your workflow

9900 Print speeds

Print Mode 16” x 20” 20” x 30” 40” x 60”
Fine – 720 dpi HS 2:53 5:03 15:26
SuperFine – 1440 dpi HS 3:47 6:39 24:20
SuperPhoto – 2880 dpi HS 7:14 12:52 40:05

HS = High-speed Print Mode (Bi-directional Print Mode) | Print speeds are shown in min:sec

Epson 9900 UltraChrome HDR Ink Technology

  • Next Generation Ten-Color Pigment-Based Ink System
  • Unique High Dynamic Range (HDR) pigments for an extremely wide color gamut
  • Ten-color printing system including all-new Orange and Green inks
  • Designed to work with Epson AccuPhoto 9900 HDR screening technology
  • Professional print permanence ratings
  • Outstanding short-term color stability for mission-critical proofing applications
  • Improved Microcrystal Encapsulation™ Technology for reduced gloss differential
  • Improved black density up to 2.6 with an L* value ~3.022

2Dmax and L* values are based on Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper (260).

Epson Intelligent High-Capacity Ink System

  • Pressurized ink cartridge technology ensures reliable ink delivery at all print speeds, while dramatically reducing the physical size of the ink cartridges
  • Eleven individual ink cartridges; available in 150 ml, 350 ml, and 700 ml fill capacities
  • On-the-fly ink cartridge replacement for increased productivity
  • Mix and match across all three ink cartridge sizes

Three-Level Black Ink Technology

  • Epson 9900 HDR Ink Technology simultaneously uses Black, Light Black, and Light Light Black inks
  • Significantly improves the gray balance while eliminating color casts
  • Outstanding highlight-to-shadow grayscale accuracy for a smoother tonal range
  • Virtually eliminates any bronzing of basic pigment chemistry
  • Enhances the ICC profiling process for ColorSync™ and ICM™ workflows

Automatic Black Ink Mode Switching

  • With both Photo and Matte Black ink cartridges installed simultaneously, the Epson Stylus Pro 9900 HDR Ink printer automatically utilizes the optimal black ink mode, delivering maximum black density for the chosen media. Taking advantage of the Epson MicroPiezo TFP auto-sharing black ink channel ensures a fast and efficient switch.
  • The standard 9900 HDR Photo Black ink mode can be used for any media type with professional results. However, for certain Epson media types such as Velvet Fine Art, Enhanced Matte, and UltraSmooth Fine Art, using the optional Matte Black ink mode will dramatically increase your black optical density resulting in a more dynamic looking print.

High-Precision Ten-Channel Epson 9900 MicroPiezo TFP Print Head

  • Thin Film Piezo (TFP) 9900 print head design capable of handling ten separate ink channels
  • One-inch wide, high performance print head with 360 nozzles per channel
  • Auto-sharing black ink channel technology
  • Low vibration meniscus control for highly accurate dot shape and placement
  • All-new ink repelling coating for dramatically reduce nozzle clogging
  • Produces variable-sized droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters to greatly decrease print times
    while optimizing photographic quality.

Automatic Print Head Alignment

  • Built-in sensor performs highly precise alignments of all color channels
  • Aligns both single- and bi-directional print modes

Automatic Nozzle Verification and Cleaning

  • Embedded sensors quickly verify nozzle status without using media and automatically clean the print head if required.

(from Meridian US)

June 27th Swapping black inks is reported to use the following amounts:

  • PK-MK less than 1ml
  • MK-PK under 3ml

5th There’s an illuminating report on the LL discussion forum from someone who had a good look at the new printers at Drupa:

“The new Epson printers are not meant to be replacements for the 7880 and the 9880! Neither should we expect to see a successor the 11880 with a built-in calibration unit any time soon. The reasons the Epson people gave are somewhat consistent:
While the upgrade from 7800 to 7880 (9800 to 9880) was rather incremental, the 7900 and 9900 are built on a mechanically much more sophisticated (read: expensive) platform. Lacking the old mechanical paper release lever they have automatic loading and rewinding, bar-coding of paper (letting the printer remember how much paper is left on a roll) nozzle diagnostics etc. So Epson would want to keep the 7880 and 9880 around for a while as a lower cost alternative. Besides they said that customers have to rely on product life cycles of two years. So we have to expect the new models to be considerably more expensive than the current models. (pricing is not announced, yet)”

There’s quite a bit more, including

“Epson seems to be gearing the x900-printers towards the proofing market. The sophisticated spectrometer is supposed to provide all kinds of fancy options like user-selectable black/white background, selectable UV-cut etc. The release mentions automatically scheduled recalibration options that only make sense in a rather industrial environment so expect this options to be somewhat expensive.
This ties into another reason why there isn’t supposed to be an upgrade to the 11880: “Nobody proofs on a 64″-printer” said one guy and handling such a large spectrometer unit would be impractical.”

4th Still not much info, but we were sent [thanks] a short PDF with 7900/9900 specs

Print width SP-7900 (24”), SP-9900 (44”)
Head Type 10-channel TFP print head
Number of nozzles 360 nozzles x 10 lines
Print resolution Max. 2880×1440 dpi
Droplet size Min. 3.5 pl
Ink Type UltraChrome HDR
Colour 11-colour (PK / MK Ink selector)
C, VM, Y, PK / MK, LK, LLK, LC, VLM, Or, Gr
Ink cartridge type Pressurized I/C
Capacity 350 ml & 700 ml
110 ml (Initial bundle only)
I/C slot 11 slots
Control Panel 2.5 inch colour LCD with white backlight
Host interface Standard: USB 2.0 High-Speed
Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX
Print speed
Photo quality 720×1440 dpi 8.2 minutes for A1 size print
Max. speed (360×360) dpi 0.8 minutes for A1 size, > 40 m2/hr
Power supply Universal power supply
Maintenance tank Type Compatible with current SP-48xx/78xx/98xx
Size – WDH SP-9900 1864x667x1209 mm (approx)
SP-7900 1356x667x1209 mm (approx)
Weight SP-9900 115 kg (approx)
SP-7900 80 kg (approx)
Auto nozzle check verification Available
Roll paper holder Flange type
Auto cutter Rotary type cutter
4 sides borderless print Supported on Roll only
Supported OS
(Printer Driver)
Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
Windows 2000, Windows XP / XP64, Windows Vista / Vista64
Options
SpectroProofer Available for both SP-7900 & SP-9900
X-rite Photospectrometer ILS20EP / ILS20EP-UV
Auto take up reel Only on SP-9900
Warranty 1 year on-site repair Optional extension to 3 years

From the PDF (this is all there was…)

  • “Setting new standards in professional, wide-format proofing and fine art printing. Enjoy the highest quality results with 11 individual inks that include orange and green for an expanded colour gamut, smoother tones and gradations. Combine perfect quality and high speeds, up to 40 m2/hr, with the new Epson TFP print head. Excellence in wide-format printing: superb results at high-speeds, up to 24″ (Pro 7900) or 44” (Pro 9900) Quality and control: new Epson TFP print head combines precise ink droplets with high-speeds up to 40 m2/hr using Epson variable ink droplet technology
  • The ultimate inkset: 11-colour Epson UltraChrome HDR inks maximise quality with three blacks, orange and green whilst also providing durability up to 200 years* Perfect colour and black and white: the widest colour gamut and optimsed black and white for perfect grey balance. Using auto switching between Photo and Matte Black inks you can optimise the density on different medias
  • New Epson Look Up Table (LUT) technology: for spot colour optimization and maximum colour gamut
  • Remote proofing a reality: optional Epson SpectroProofer for automatic, precise workflows from colour calibration to target measurement and media profile generation Reliable and easy to use: spindle-less media holder, auto paper set/release and auto rotary cutting system Versatile paper handling: roll or cut sheet media from 8×10″ up to 24″/44″, with superb results on specialist photo and matte media
  • *See www.wilhelm-research.com/epson for details.”

Ink types

  • Photo Black C13T596100
  • Cyan C13T596200
  • Vivid Magenta C13T596300
  • Yellow C13T596400
  • Light Cyan C13T596500
  • Vivid Light Magenta C13T596600
  • Light Black C13T596700
  • Matte Black C13T596800
  • Light Light Black C13T596900
  • Orange C13T596A00
  • Green C13T596B00

31st May 

Two Epson versions of the PR material. Several people have asked about availability and the ‘Late Spring’ comment below (in the Australian PR). A reminder that ‘Late Spring’ in Australia could easily be Early November… :-)

We’ll update this over the next day or so as Epson themselves get round to announcing full details

29th Some new features for the Printers

Optional Spectrophotometer – Comes with both white and black backing plates and is available in both UV and UV cut versions (UV filter). The spectro has a built in fan to speed up the measuring process.

Orange and Green inks – Expands the gamut (Orange is a useful addition for the R1900) possibly better thought of as a ‘dark yellow’.

Mk/Pk Black ink switching… it’s been a while coming :-)

The new LUT technology from the R1900 and 2880gives a wider range of colours. This should reduce bronzing and improve visible dot pattern.

An all new high speed cutter that is noticeably faster than the old version that’s been in use for a few years

The LCD display is now in colour.

There is a new resolution mode of 1440×1440. The previous 1440×720 mode is now 720×1440.

A new powered roll feeder means no more spindle. Two plug-in style carriers change from 2in to 3in core at the flick of a switch and there is no more normal and high tension settings – all automatic.

Note/warning – boxes below contain PR sourced information

From Epson Europe

A new printer mechanism, 11-colour UltraChrome HDR (High Dynamic Range) ink set plus a raft of new technologies extend Epson’s proofing capabilities into the packaging and flexographic markets.

The Epson SpectroProofer option makes remote proofing a reality.

29 May 2008 – Epson is launching the 24″ Stylus Pro 7900 and 44″ Stylus Pro 9900, setting a new standard for the professional large format printer market. An improved ink formulation, a new printer mechanism and a raft of new technologies make these two new additions to the Epson Stylus Pro range ideal for production and contract proofing, as well as the highest quality fine-art and photographic applications. They will also enable printers to extend their business into the demanding packaging proofing and flexographic markets. In addition an optional calibration and verification system, the Epson SpectroProofer, means the Stylus Pro 7900 and the Stylus Pro 9900 can be a confidently used for remote proofing.

The new printer mechanism implemented in the Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 builds on Epson’s MicroPiezo TFP (Thin Film Piezo) print head, introduced with the launch of the Stylus Pro 11880 last year. It delivers perfectly spherical dots with high precision dot placement and can deliver resolutions up to 2880 dpi. Both the number of nozzles and throughput has been doubled in the Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900, resulting in a maximum speed of up to 40 square metres per hour. At these increased print speeds, the new 10-channel MicroPiezo TFP print head ensures production of the highest image quality.

The Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900 utilize a new 5th generation pigment ink, which is key to the quality of print output. Epson UltraChrome HDR (High Dynamic Range) ink is an 11-colour ink set consisting of Pk, Mk, Lk, LLK, C, VM, Y, Lc, VLm, Or and Gr available in 350ml and 700ml cartridges. This high quality ink set expands on Epson’s UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta by adding Orange and Green inks, which significantly increases the range of colours that can be achieved, especially bright green to yellow, and yellow to red. The Orange ink in particular contributes to reducing the graininess in skin tone. Epson UltraChrome HDR pushes the limits of ink chemistry to deliver the widest colour gamut on the market to date on a variety of media. This makes the Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 ideal solutions to address the high demand for colour representation in proof production, especially when there is a particular requirement for spot colours.

The new ink technology’s ability to both maximize the colour gamut without sacrificing print quality and deliver smoother gradation is optimized by Epson’s new LUT technology. Through advanced mathematical translation of RGB into 11-colour CMYK, the LUT technology seamlessly integrates hi-fidelity primaries allowing colour constancy under different light conditions, smoother transitions between colours, grain reduction and gamut smoothing.

The optional Epson SpectroProofer tool turns the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900 into a reliable, consistent and repeatable proof verification and printer calibration solution, making remote proofing a reality. By using this spectrophotometer solution, the following colour control workflows can be achieved automatically and very precisely: colour calibration, colour certification, a daily colour check, profile creation, spot colour matching, colour shift tracking and target measurement. Furthermore, a colour certification label, like the Fogra wedge, can be printed to support the certification process. The Epson SpectroProofer in-line, off-carriage calibration and verification system is powered by an X-Rite spectrophotometer and controlled by Epson SpectroProofer software or a third party RIP. It is available with or without a UV-cut filter as well as changeable black or white backing.

Other new technologies featured in the Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 include the ability to automatically switch between Photo and Matte Black inks; an integral automatic media rotary knife cutting system; a new spindleless roll holder mechanism; a new automatic paper set/release mechanism and Epson’s new automatic nozzle check technology. In addition, the launch of the two new printers also sees the launch of a new line up of high performance fine art media, as well as backlit media.

Marco van Niekerk, Senior Product Manager, Large Format Printers at Epson Europe says, “The Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 are the latest additions to the Epson professional graphics range. These solutions deliver Epson quality, speed and repeatability to help address the requirements of commercial printers and enable them to broaden their business. The new technologies and features implemented in these two solutions make them ideal for entering new market sectors, such as the flexographic market, and also address the needs of production proofing companies by giving them a professional remote-proofing device which makes remote proofing a true reality.”

Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 key features summary:

  • 11-colour Epson UltraChrome HDR ink set, expanding UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta by adding Orange and Green in 11 individual, high capacity 350ml or 700ml cartridges
  • 10-channel Epson MicroPiezo TFP print head for accurate and reliable imaging with the highest image quality
  • Epson Variable-sized Droplet Technology for optimum speed, ink usage, efficiency and image detail
  • Optional Epson SpectroProofer technology powered by X-Rite spectrophotometer (ILS20EP)
  • Auto-switching of Matte and Photo Black inks Press announcement
  • Epson new LUT technology and super halftone technology for smooth gradations, less graininess and quality greyscale
  • Epson automatic nozzle check technology
  • Optimized throughput by use of rolling cutter knife

From Epson Australia
Two new Epson printers expand the company’s offering in the large format market.

The Epson Stylus Pro 7900 (24-inch) and Stylus Pro 9900 (44-inch)

Epson launches two advanced ten-colour large format printers with optional integrated spectrophotometer that will change the way print professionals use large format printers.

Epson 7900 printerThe Epson Stylus Pro 7900 (24 inch – pictured right) and Stylus Pro 9900 (44 inch) are Epson’s first ten colour printers equipped with a revolutionary new pigment ink technology – Epson UltraChrome HDR (High Dynamic Range) ink. This ink set incorporates orange and green to considerably expand the colour gamut and increase digital printing opportunities within the package and remote proofing market segments.

Epson’s UltraChrome HDR ink is a high density resin coated pigment ink formulation with three level black ink technology – photo black, light black and light light black – plus cyan, light cyan, vivid magenta, vivid light magenta, yellow, orange, and green. Matte black is also included on-board and can be auto-switched with photo black.

This generation of UltraChrome HDR ink delivers reduced graininess in skin tone areas, smoother tonal gradation from shadows to highlights, excellent short term colour stability and outstanding long term lightfastness, highly accurate colour control with neutral black and white, and high gloss levels on water resistant prints.

Reduced costs are realised through the introduction of two high capacity ink cartridges (350 and 700ml) which contribute to a lower cost per millilitre of ink. These new high capacity ink cartridges also reduce the need to frequently replace cartridges which promotes greater unattended printing.

Epson 9900 44 inch printerAn Epson business solutions manager, Craig Heckenberg, (pictured) believes that both the Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900 are breakthrough technology that will be well received in the Australian market.

“The Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and the Epson Stylus Pro 9900 machines will set even higher benchmarks for photographic image quality and colour accuracy,” he said.

“These ten-colour large format printers are a completely new design, engineered to offer faster speeds and include the new Epson UltraChrome HDR (High Dynamic Range) ten-colour ink set as well as an optional onboard spectrophotometer.”

The Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900 have Epson’s MicroPiezo TFP(tm) (Thin Film Piezo) print head with 360 nozzles per inch for each of the ten active ink cartridges. Epson’s Ink Repelling Coating for the print head and Automatic Ink Detection (AID) system combine to eliminate down time by minimising and detecting nozzle clogging before it becomes problematic, and to eliminate paper waste used during the cleaning process.

Epson’s AID technology uses a sensor near the print head that counts the electrical charges on the ink droplets as they are fired. A lower than expected electrical charge means insufficient ink was fired, so the print head cleaning process starts automatically.

In comparison with current 8 colour 24 inch and 44 inch printers, print speed is dramatically increased, with the Stylus Pro 7900 completing an A1 (720x720dpi) sellable quality print on Epson’s Premium Glossy Photo Paper in an amazing 5 minutes.

Epson’s optional integrated spectrophotometer with mounting device uses the latest X-rite technology to provide automatic colour measurement data to the printer, allowing user profiling and linearisation, enabling professional colour management while at the same time reducing labour costs.

The spectrophotometer works with both Epson colour management software and third party RIPs. For customers using the Epson printer driver, the Epson software performs the complete process from print to measure, automatically, and can calibrate all resolutions at the same time.

Epson’s new 16 bit Macintosh printer drivers combine many years of colour expertise with the superior colour range and tonal gradations of the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 and UltraChrome HDR ink. With 16 bit processing more information is preserved as 16 bit traces the original image data with higher frequency than 8 bit processing. As a result, 16 bit images can now be faithfully reproduced from Adobe Photoshop CS3, delivering smoother gradations and greater image detail.

The Stylus Pro 7900 (pictured, right) and Stylus Pro 9900 use Epson’s latest colour Look Up Table technology, an advanced algorithm that optimises colour consistency under different light conditions and further reduces image grain giving much smoother colour gradations.

These new high end printers in the Epson large format range will compliment Epson’s Stylus Pro 450 and Stylus Pro 880 series, and are perfect for anyone who requires consistently high quality colour prints including pre-press and printing companies, reprographic companies, quick printers, professional photographers, photo labs, fine artists, museums and galleries, and graphic design studios.

Specifications of the Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900:

* Professional media handling up to 24 inch wide (Stylus Pro 7900)
* Professional media handling up to 44 inch wide (Stylus Pro 9900)
* Epson’s UltraChrome HDR pigment ink technology
* 11 individual high capacity ink cartridges (available in 350 or 700 ml capacity)
* Automatic switching of photo and matte black inks
* Optional integrated spectrophotometer
* Epson Micro Piezo TFP print head with VSDT
* Automatic Ink Detection Technology
* Epson’s advanced image processing technology
* Faster print speeds – up to 36% reduction in print time
* Maximum 2880×1440 dpi print resolution at 3.5 pl droplets
* USB2.0 and ethernet connections standard

The Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900 will be available from selected authorised Epson professional graphics dealers in late spring at prices to be announced.

From the DRUPA show comes some news of the 9900 having that Spectrophotometer we first expected last year.

Xrite PREpson Integrates X-Rite’s In-Line Spectrophotometer into the New Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900 Large Format Printers
X-Rite, Incorporated (XRIT), the world leader in colour management, measurement and communication technologies, and Epson, a global leader in imaging products, today announced that they have joined forces to develop the SpectroProofer, an in-line, off-carriage calibration and verification system for Epson’s newly launched Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900 large format printers. The new SpectroProofer will be showcased for the first time at Drupa 2008 on the Epson stand (Hall 5, Stand A01).

Powered by X-Rite’s In-Line Spectrophotometer (ILS), the Epson SpectroProofer tool turns the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900 into reliable, consistent and repeatable proof verification and printer calibration solutions. The embedded Epson SpectroProofer brings fully automated in-line proofing capabilities to the Epson Stylus Pro range to make remote proofing a reality. By enabling a high level of transparent automation, it significantly reduces workload, operation costs and increases workflow efficiency.

“The new Epson Stylus Pro range with the SpectroProofer calibration and verification system will enable commercial printers to broaden their business by entering new market sectors, such as the packaging proofing and flexographic markets. This winning technology combination will also address the remote proofing needs of production proofing companies by giving them a much needed in-line automated remote proofing solution for their large format printers,” comments Marco van Niekerk, senior product manager, large format printers at Epson Europe.

With the Epson SpectroProofer, the following colour control workflows can be achieved automatically and very precisely: colour calibration, colour certification, daily colour checks, profile creation, spot colour matching, colour shift tracking and target measurement. Furthermore, a colour certification label, like the Fogra wedge, can be printed to support the ISO certification process. The SpectroProofer allows initiation of a printer colour calibration test either automatically, at a predefined interval, or at the request of a service technician.

A compact, carriage-mounted in-line spectrophotometer, with completely self-contained optics and electronics, X-Rite’s ILS platform enables seamless non-contact measurements for fast moving media and provides direct feedback for colour calibration/management and control of Epson Stylus Pro colour printers. It quickly sends the calculated colour data to a host RIP such as the Epson SpectroProofer software, via a direct USB interface link, providing on-the-fly calibration and closed loop, accurate colour management of the print process and patented remote control capabilities.

The newly launched Epson 24″ Stylus Pro 7900 and 44″ Stylus Pro 9900 set new standards for the professional large format printer market. Improved ink formulation, a new printer mechanism and a raft of new technologies make these two new additions to the Epson Stylus Pro range ideal for production and contract proofing, as well as for the highest quality fine-art and photographic applications. They will also enable printers to extend their business into the demanding packaging proofing and flexographic markets.

Pre-release info and rumours

15th Before the 11880 was announced, we had several comments suggesting it would have a built in spectrophotometer for calibration and profiling. It didn’t, and we’ve since had suggestions that the feature was being tested, and may well make an appearance in the 9880.

Several people have now suggested to us that Epson are looking to match various HP and Canon large format printers. Looks as if the new printers might show some genuinely new features rather than some of the (useful but) evolutionary changes over the last few years.

1st I’m told that the new printers should be thought of as an entire new range rather than an update or replacement for the 7880/9880. This suggests that we may see quite a few new features when they do finally appear.

AprilEpson wide format print head

29th The 9900/7900 news (see 28th) appeared last night at Digital ImageMaker – now there is this

“In the interests of cooperation with Epson we have removed an article containing leaked information. We apologise to any readers who are disappointed about this.”

Ho, hum… ;-)

There’s further comment on this in a LL post suggesting that while the printers may be announced at DRUPA, it will be some time until they hit the market. Also, don’t expect a 3900 or 4900 for some time.

Some people have asked about the 10 inks and what they’d be.

If you have a look at the 11880 printhead (right) then you can see the 9 lines of nozzles.

No great genius required to see where the tenth would go ;-)

That leaves an additional colour with respect to the 11880

If you look at the GS6000 you can see it has Epson’s newly developed UltraChrome GS eight-colour ink set, comprising cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan, light magenta, orange and green.

The 9880 has 8 inks photo black/matte black, light black, light light black, cyan, light cyan, yellow, vivid magenta and vivid light magenta. Add full time MK/PK and you still get 9. Will we see a gloss optimiser (Glop)?

A $3000 rebate scheme has also been announced for the 11880 – a 10 colour 11900 later this year?

28th The word is that Epson will announce the new Epson Stylus Pro 9900 and 7900 at the DRUPA show. (29th May to June 6th)

These will be 10 colour printers with expanded colour gamut.

If the usual Epson nomenclature is followed then they will be 44″ and 24″ wide models.

More information as we find it …

This explains the very good deals on the 7880/9880 recently


Info on their predecessors below

7880/9880 info FYIEpson breakthrough in pigment ink technology features in new large format printer range

The Epson Stylus Pro 4880, 7880 and 9880 feature Epson’s breakthrough pigment ink technology, UltraChrome K3 ink with Vivid Magenta and improved image processing. They provide an enhanced colour gamut and superior tonal gradation, ideal for the professional in the proofing, photography, fine art and graphics markets.

17 July 2007 – Epson launches three new large format, eight-colour professional production printers. They are the 17″ (A2+) Epson Stylus Pro 4880, 24″ (A1+) Stylus Pro 7880 and 44″ (B0+) Stylus Pro 9880. Each features Epson UltraChrome K3 ink with Vivid Magenta technology, the latest development in pigment chemistry, which offers a wide colour gamut and unrivalled image quality from an 8-colour inkset.

Epson’s new large format range provides the highest quality output that is required for the fine art, photography and proofing markets. A new Ethernet interface is included as standard and delivers fast, efficient connectivity and data transfer speeds. The improved printhead further enhances image quality and when combined with Epson’s Super Halftone Technology, a new screening algorithm, it delivers sharp detail and accurate colour reproduction.

The Epson large format printer range offers superior media flexibility and is compatible with a wide range of Epson paper up to 1.5mm in thickness. Glossy paper, matte paper, matte board, fine art paper and plain paper are all supported. The Epson Stylus Pro 4880, 7880 and Stylus Pro 9880 include a roll holder and cut sheet support, as standard. The Epson Stylus Pro 4880 also features a paper cassette feed mechanism for high-volume production on cut sheet paper from A4 (Letter) to 17″ (A2+) wide. Also new is an enhanced cutting sequence delivering a faster and more productive printing workflow.

The UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta further expands the already wide colour gamut of UltraChrome K3 and is a breakthrough in pigment chemistry. The full inkset includes nine ink cartridges: photo black, matte black, light black, light light black, cyan, light cyan, yellow, vivid magenta and vivid light magenta. The two magenta inks use new high-density pigments that create more vibrant colour, especially blues and magenta, for example those found in seascapes or landscapes.

The UltraChrome K3 ink with Vivid Magenta, enables superb grey balance and precise colour without any colour cast. It also maintains the superior features of the UltraChrome K3 ink such as great colour accuracy of neutral and dark colours, excellent short-term colour stability and smooth tonal gradation from shadow to light. The issue of metamerism is virtually eliminated with this new inkset. The permanent Epson Micro Piezo printhead also offers unrivalled consistency in each print. Every print will be the same as the first, even if the artwork is printed months apart, making it ideal for studios producing limited edition print runs.

Also included is the Epson Super Halftone technology, a new image processing engine for dot mapping. It enhances the image detail that may be lost in low resolution images. A new mapping algorithm reduces the graininess at both low and high resolution. The end result delivers smooth images with more accurate colour representation.

Epson is also launching MyEpsonprinter.eu. This new online portal allows Epson Stylus Pro owners to retrieve up-to-the-minute technical information and monitor the performance of each printer. The secure website allows users to view print job activity, hardware information and historical data, and tracks key performance indicators such as cost of ownership and cost per print. MyEpsonprinter.eu can also be accessed remotely by service contractors to quickly identify the cause and scope of any queries, which saves time in unnecessary call-out fees.

Epson Stylus Pro series key features summary:

Consistent output with Epson Micro Piezo printhead technology
High-density Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta Ink Technology
Image processing with Epson Super Halftone Screening Technology
Maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi
Individual high-capacity ink cartridges – 110ml or 220ml
Professional media handling at a width of 44″, 24″ or 17″ in roll and cut sheet mode
BorderFree roll printing from 8″ up to 44″ wide
Print on media up to 1.5 mm thick poster board
Built-in automatic media cutting system
High-performance print engine speeds
Standard USB 2.0 and 10/100 Ethernet interface
User-friendly back lit LCD control panel
MyEpson Printer network compatible
Pressurised ink cartridge technology for Stylus Pro 7880 and Stylus Pro 9880
Cassette feed mechanism for Stylus Pro 4880
Optional take-up unit for Stylus Pro 9880
Stylus Pro 9880 (B0+) RRP excluding VAT £4495 – available September 2007
Stylus Pro 7880 (A1+) RRP excluding VAT £2395 – available September 2007
Stylus Pro 4880 (A2+) RRP excluding VAT £1495 – available September 2007

Original 7800, 9800 announcement

From Epson UK

May 10, 2005 – Epson announced the launch of a new range of Stylus Pro large format printers to support the most advanced ink technology for colour and black & white photography and digital colour proofing. Comprising of three printers – the Epson Stylus Pro 4800, 7800, and 9800 – the range offers the ultimate in image quality, productivity, and media flexibility.

The new range features a number of options to meet the varied demands of professionals in the imaging business. These include the ability to print any size ranging from maximum formats of A2 to A0+ on a wide range of media including high quality photo, art and proofing media.

Featuring Epson’s core technologies, the range delivers outstanding results for print jobs where quality cannot be compromised. These include Epson’s ground breaking Micro Piezo print head technology, which precisely controls the amount of ink delivered, resulting in finely detailed images. The range also incorporates Epson’s Variable-sized Droplet Technology, which automatically adjusts the size of the droplet according to the image content.

The range features Epson’s latest 8-colour ink technology – Epson UltraChrome K3 – which surpasses silver halide printing, thereby delivering the ultimate in colour and black & white photographic printing. The ink technology also delivers high quality, highly consistent digital colour proofing.

Unlike other ink, the Epson UltraChrome K3 range has three black inks, as well as a full set of colour inks, offering the ultimate in black & white and colour printing. The three black inks offer more neutral gradations in colour and black & white prints, resulting in life-like replication of skin tones required for professional photographers. The third black ink – light light black – gives excellent greyscale performance and smoother tonal reproduction for the ultimate in high quality black & white and colour printing.

The new ink set boasts many features to make it the ink of choice for those unwilling to compromise on quality. Featuring 8 ink cartridges, the UltraChrome K3 ink produces a wide colour gamut for accurate reproduction of saturated colours and accurate simulation of industry proofing standards. Furthermore, it delivers prints that look good in any lighting condition and have a professional finish even when printed on glossy media.

The UltraChrome K3 ink is lightfast for up to 75 years for colour prints and over 100 years* for black & white prints, making it the ideal choice for artists producing work for use in exhibitions or those who need to reassure their customers the artwork will look good for longer.

Epson Stylus Pro 4800/7800/9800 key features summary:

  • Flexible media handling from A3+ through to A0+ with roll and sheet feed capability
  • Incorporates Epson Micro Piezo technology and Epson Variable-sized Droplet Technology for high definition results
  • UltraChrome K3 8-colour ink set, delivering exceptional results including:
  • 3 black inks deliver the most advanced black & white digital photographic results to date
  • Wide colour gamut resulting in accurate reproduction of hard to replicate saturated colours and industry proofing standard
  • Prints look good in any lighting condition
  • Colours stabilise shortly after printing
  • Advanced black and white mode allows users to take control over hue and tone of black & white images
  • Outstanding durability, with a lifespan of up to 75 years in colour and over 100 years in black & white*
    *Please refer to www.epson.com for test conditions
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