Epson debuts laser light projectors at CEDIA Expo

posted on Friday, 12th September 2014 by Steve May

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Epson has unveiled its first LCD projectors to utilise a dual laser light source at CEDIA Expo, one of which is '4K enhanced'. The two new models also employ high contrast Reflective LCOQ (Liquid Crystal on Quartz) panels.

This represents a second coming for Epson's LCD Reflective technology. The brand made an abortive attempt to manufacture the technology several years ago, but benched the development when it produced impossible to mass produce. Clearly major advances have been made. Key benefits of embracing laser light are rapid start-up and shut down, plus maintenance free performance. Epson quotes a 30,000 hour lifespan for the new models.

Leading the laser light charge is the Pro Cinema LS10000, which boasts '4K Enhancement Technology.' The model is rated at 1500 lumens of colour and white brightness, with Absolute Black contrast ratio. The brand says the combination of the LCD Reflective system and laser light source deliver "unprecedented black levels", with zero lumens output during full-black scenes. A wider colour gamut, with DCI and Adobe RGB modes, is offered. ISF calibration tools are provided, and the projector is THX certified.

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Despite the 4K badge, the LS10000 is not a native 4K UHD projector. Instead the model uses a pixel shifting technique to improve image density, not unlike JVC's e-shift technology. Each pixel is shifted diagonally by 0.5 pixels to double the resolution to 3840 x 2160. With 3D content, resolution remains at 1920 x 1080.

The overall specification is impressive. The LS10000 features a 2.1x power zoom, power focus and expansive lens shift (90 per cent vertical, 40 per cent horizontal). There are also 10 memory settings, including zoom and focus positions for standard 16:9 or 4:3 projection areas, as well as 2.35:1.

The LS10000 is joined by the LS9600e, a Full HD Reflective LCD variant offering 1300 lumens brightness but the same Absolute Contrast ratio. The Full HD model also features a wireless HDMI sender, which allows five sources to be connected remotely. Both models support HDCP 2.2 copy protection on one of their two HDMI inputs.

As yet, no official announcement has been made about a launch in the UK, although we expect to see the models ship this autumn.

For more on Epson's range of home cinema and commercial projectors, visit our partner page here.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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