The Epson LS10500 4KE reflective laser 3LCD projector with HDR

Epson unveiled Wednesday its latest 4KE (4K Enhancement) image-shifting high-resolution 3LCD reflective laser projector and a trio of 3LCD Full HD Home Cinema projectors covering a range of room lighting conditions.

The highlight of the new offerings being unveiled at this week’s CEDIA Expo 2016 in Dallas, TX is the Epson Pro Cinema LS10500 (available through custom installers later this fall at a $7,999 suggested retail) reflective laser projector.

Epson brings the projector to market against Sony’s native 4K LCoS projector family and new pixel-shifting DLP projectors with 4K-like images. Epson said the brightness and HDR capabilities of its technology sets its product apart.

The unit offers Epson’s 4KE technology with three 2K 3LCD microdisplays and the company’s image-shifting technology to create a dynamic 4K image with High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatibility. The elite projector accepts 4K Ultra HD source input and is able to play it on large screens with high detail, sharp colorful images and a wide range of brightness and contrast, Epson said.

Meanwhile, Epson also introduced three new Home Cinema Full HD projector models, which are available now at the following suggested retail prices: Home Cinema 3100 ($1,299 suggested retail); HC3700 ($1,499) and the HC3900 ($1,999). The latter is available through custom installers and specialty dealers.

The three new Full HD models feature up to 3,000 lumens of color brightness and 3,000 lumens of white brightness with Full HD 1080p resolution and up to a 120,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

Epson said the projectors include its advanced Image Enhancement Technology that is said to deliver sharp and refined images for greater clarity.

Read more on Epson’s new CEDIA projector introductions after the jump:

All three Full HD projectors feature horizontal and vertical lens shift for more flexible mounting flexibility. The system allows a range of up to ± 60 percent on the vertical axis and up to ± 24 percent on the horizontal axis. A 1.6x zoom allows placement in a wide range of room sizes and tight shelf spaces. Epson said a 110-inch image can be projected with one of the new models from just 10.5 feet away.

Input support includes: HDMI plus MHL, for seamless compatibility with cable/satellite boxes and a wide range of source devices, including popular media streamers.

Other features in all of the models include: built-in color modes; Full HD 2D and 3D support; deep black levels with up to 1,200,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio; frame interpolation technology for smooth motion images; built-in sound (the HC3700 has two built-in 10W stereo speakers); and ISF calibration tools (the HC3900 meets includes specific ISF picture memory modes).

Epson backs the projectors with a two-year limited warranty and service support (90-days on the lamp).

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Meanwhile, the new 4KE reflective laser projector model Pro Cinema LS10500 will deliver up to 1,500 lumens of white brightness and 1,500 lumens of color brightness, while at the same time achieving what Epson calls “an Absolute Black” contrast ratio. The projector is positioned for advanced large-screen home installations.

Epson said the LS10500 was designed to build off the success of the Pro Cinema LS10000 with the addition of HDR support.

Featuring a dual laser light source, the Epson Pro Cinema LS10500 will present a wide range of luminance and color gamuts including the sRGB color gamut, even in the brightest mode, and the DCI-P3 color gamut.

4K Enhancement3 technology, the LS10500’s HDR support displays an expanded range of contrast and color for images bursting with real-life details. Users can enjoy Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc movies, and stream HDR-encoded content from favorite providers such as Netflix or Amazon.

Epson said the laser light source has a 30,000 hour lifespan and high-speed contrast control for both bright and dark scenes.

Like the new Full HD models, Epson said its projection technology enables a wide range of lens shift capabilities for installation flexibility. The projector has an incredible range of up to ± 90 percent on the vertical axis and ± 40 on the horizontal axis, as well as up to 10 presets for zoom, focus and lens shift for both standard projection and wide cinema ratios.

The Pro Cinema LS10500 projects 2.40, 2.35, 1.85, and 1.78 aspect ratios on the same screen, without an anamorphic lens, and no downtime switching between aspect ratios. This will eliminate the black bars at the top and bottom of the image on movies.

The projector uses a advanced cooling system with thermal conductive piping to protect the projector while enabling what Epson calls one of the quietest projectors in the industry.

Other features in the Pro Cinema LS10500 include: HDMI 2.0a input with HDCP 2.2 copy protection capable of accepting native 4K Ultra HD and HDR content; high-performance Pro Cinema Lens optimized for 4K performance; instant on and instant off;  ISF calibration tools and lockable memory modes; Epson’s three-year limited warranty with service and support.

By Greg Tarr


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