Epson introduced Tuesday its Pro Cinema LS12000 4K PRO-UHD1 Laser Projector, billed as its most advanced home theater projector to date.

The Epson Pro Cinema LS12000 ($4,999 suggested retail price) incorporates a new Laser Array Light Source, next-generation image enhancement, new processing algorithms, expanded HDR10+ HDR support, HDMI 2.1 input, and real-time scene adaptive correction.

The projector is said to deliver enhanced brightness capability of up to 2,700 lumens of peak color and white brightness with high color accuracy and sharp image detail for immersive big-screen 4K movie and gaming capability.

Epson said the LS12000 features the next level of its 3LCD Pixel Shifting system using three (R,G,B) native 1080p chips, using its new precision shift glass plate technology that can fully display 8.3 million pixel frames visibly on screen at one time without compromising color accuracy or brightness. This presents 100% of the RGB information for each frame, the company said.

Using three separate primary color LCD chips, the projector is able to display color without generating any rainbow pattern effects.

The Epson Precision Shift Glass Plate Technology is described as a digitally controlled Precision Shift Glass Plate that precisely refracts pixel-light to display a 3840 x 2160, 8.29-million-pixel image.

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The LS12000 also features Epson’s ZX Picture Processor to create exceptionally sharp and clear 4K picture from the native source material.

The ZX Picture Processor uses proprietary 36-bit processing of real-time color, contrast, HDR, 2 frame interpolation and resolution enhancement. This combines to faithfully reproduce the source material the way it was intended to be shown, the company said.

The Laser Array Light Source is based on multi-array laser diodes that produce brilliant light output for what Epson called the “unique 3-Chip 3LCD Projector Engine” with quick turn-on, deep black contrast and naturally appearing color accuracy.

The LS12000 also support high dynamic range (HDR), using the HDR10, HLG and HDR10+ profiles. This is handled with 10-bit HDR2 color processing accepting 100% of the HDR source information to faithfully reproduce the wide contrast information content.

Epson said real-time HDR curve adjustment allows for 16 stops of control to fine-tune the HDR performance regardless of the content.

Further, scene adaptive gamma serves to provide continuous picture brightness equalization.

Smooth motion images are maintained with a 120Hz Refresh Rate, while providing the option for natural appearing Frame Interpolation for content below 120Hz.

The projecor also supports advanced gaming over HDMI input with up to 4K at up to 120 frames per second, along with input lag times below 20 ms. The projector offer 2 HDMI inputs, one of which supports eARC (enhance audio return channel).

Epson said it will be promoting the advancements in the new home projector with the assistance of famed Hollywood producer/director/actor Andy Garcia, who contributed to the testing the final product.

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By Greg Tarr

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