Epson announced Wednesday that it is now shipping its EpiqVision Ultra LS-500 4K ultra-short-throw Laser TV bundled with a choice of either a 100-inch or 120-inch ambient light rejection screen for flat-panel TV-like performance.

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS-500 Laser TV, which was first announced last September and is coming to market now in a pair of bundle packages, will be available in two color schemes – white or black. It is part of the company’s “EpiqVision Ultra” ultra-short-throw projector line, with more models in the series to come. The projector now comes bundled with a Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) screen developed especially for the LS-500 model to optimally present low-angle projected images from a projector positioned just inches away to maximize image brightness and contrast, Epson said.

The Epson EpiqVision LS-500 Laser Projection TV is available through Magnolia and CEDIA dealers, at suggested retail prices of $4,999 for the 100-inch screen bundle or $5,999 for the 120-inch bundle.

The EpiqVision LS-500 is based on Epson’s 4K 3LCD microdisplay technology that uses the company’s pixel-shifting architecture on native Full HD 1080p chips to produce an image on screen that appears to the eye as 4K Ultra HD resolution. The projector is also capable of accepting 4K resolution input sources and will present HDR10 profile high dynamic range (HDR) picture enhancements for brightness and color handling in supported content.

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The projector also taps Epson’s partnership with Google to include board-level support for the Android TV v.9 OS to conveniently stream a large selection of popular streaming apps directly through the projector or via tossing streamed content using Chromecast from a smartphone or tablet to the projector. The projector ships with a simple-to-use remote, including voice search with built-in Google Assistant voice control.

Other features include Epson’s 4K PRO-UHD projection technology that uses advanced  processing for resolution enhancement, color and image processing, to present clear, sharp images.

In addition, Advanced HDR uses 10-bit processing to accept 100% of the source information to faithfully reproduce HDR content.

The long-lasting laser light engine produces up to 4,000 lumens of peak color and white brightness for optimal viewing in both dark and lighted room environments. The dynamic contrast ratio is listed at 2,000,000:1.

The projector is said to support up to BT.709 color gamut coverage with high accuracy from the 3LCD microdisplay chips without the need for a color wheel.

A 12-bit digital analog-to-digital video processing system is offered to present smooth tonal transitions that eliminate banding, blocking and other compression artifacts.

The projector is equipped with 18 Gbps high-speed HDMI 2.0 video input supporting audio return channel (ARC) for connection to external AVRs or soundbars. HDR video sources are supported at up to 60Hz.

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By Greg Tarr

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