Epson’s New Laser Projectors Boast Better Black Levels, Long Lifespan, and an Incredible Price

Epson’s New Laser Projectors Boast Better Black Levels, Long Lifespan, and an Incredible Price

I have nothing against super-massive televisions. I promise. When I wander past an 80- or 90- or 110-inch television at trade shows, I ogle along with everyone else. And yet, I can’t help but wonder—in a totally non-judgmental way, I assure you—why the purchasers of those gargantuan displays don’t simply opt for projectors and projection screens instead. They’re more adaptable. They’re easier to hide. Heck, with projection you can have a 110-inch (or larger!) screen drop magically from the ceiling, then disappear again once your movie- or TV-watching is done. Not to mention the fact that they’re exponentially cheaper once you get up into screen sizes above 80 inches or so.

Take the two new projectors that Epson debuted at this year’s CEDIA Expo, for example. The new PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000 4K Enhancement Projector and Pro Cinema LS9600e Wireless 1080p Projector both boast enough light output to easily fill a 100-inch screen. And although final pricing isn’t quite locked in stone just yet, both will be available for “less than $8,000.”

What do you get for that amount of coin? In both cases, some really cool projection tech. The LS10000 and LS9600e both rely on Epson’s laser-driven 3LCD Reflective technology, with an estimated life of up to 30,000 hours in ECO Mode. (That’s a little over 20 years, assuming you watch no more than four hours per day.) The result, Epson promises, is Absolute Black contrast ratio and “one of the industry’s largest color gamuts.” In other words: deep, rich blacks; a vibrant, dimensional image; and a silky-smooth transition between onscreen colors, with no banding.

What sets the two new projectors apart? For one thing, as its name implies, the LS10000 4K Enhancement Projector relies on some nifty pixel-shifting technology to increase the perceived resolution of the projector’s 1920 x 1080 chip. The 4K Enhancement Technology allows each of the pixels to be shifted diagonally by a distance of half a pixel and back again in less time than it takes to display a frame of video onscreen, in effect raising the resolution to 3,840 x 2,160 (or 4K, or Ultra HD, or whatever you’d prefer to call it). It’s also capable of accepting a 4K video signal via its HDMI inputs. The one caveat is that the 4K Enhancement Technology doesn’t work with 3D material, so if for some reason you dig 3D, just know that you’ll only be getting 1080p per eye from the LS10000.

By contrast, the LS9600e Wireless 1080p Projector doesn’t benefit from the 4K Enhancement Technology, but it does come with a WirelessHD transmitter that can handle up to five HDMI sources simultaneously, along with MHL capabilities for connecting your smartphone or tablet.

Both projectors feature up to ten memory presets for zoom and focus, with support for 4:3, 16:9, and ultra-wide 2:35.1 projections screens. And both promise to boot up and shut down a lot more quickly than your typical projector, thanks to the laser technology. Given that lasers are cooler-running than Xenon bulbs, the LS10000 and LS9600e also don’t require as much cooling—in this case, Epson is employing a thermal-conductive copper piping—and as such they should be whisper quiet.

Both new projectors are expected to ship sometime this fall, and will only be available through home technology specialists. To dig a little deeper into the technology inside the LS10000 and LS9600e, visit Epson.com/laserprojectors.

Content courtesy of: Dennis Burger, Editor in Chief, HDLiving.com