Joining the recent release of the Epson Pro Cinema LS12000 is the Epson Home Cinema LS11000. The two projectors share much of the same technology, and the LS11000 is currently the most advanced model of the Home Cinema line.
The Epson Home Cinema LS11000 uses a blue laser array light source and fixed yellow phosphor element that converts the laser output to white light. That white light is then distributed through optics to three 0.74-inch LCD chips—one for each primary color of red, green, and blue. This process eliminates the worry of speckle that occurs on some laser projectors, while the lack of a color wheel paired with the three individual LCD devices removes the possibility of the rainbow effect. The light source is capable of 2,500 ANSI lumens with equal white and color brightness, and has a life in any mode of up to 20,000 hours.
Using Epson's upgraded 4K PRO-UHD quad-phase, dual-axis pixel shift technology and new Precision Shift Glass Plate, the native 1080p imagers in the LS11000 display 8.29 million individual pixels on screen for a true full 4K image. The multi-element cinema lens is designed for zero light leakage and keeps the image sharp and focused. It has a 2.1x motorized zoom and a throw ratio of 1.35-2.84:1. Also powered is the vertical lens shift up to ±96.3%, horizontal lens shift up to ±47.1%, and a lens cover that slides open on power up.
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The LS11000 is rated with a contrast ratio of 1,200,000:1, it supports HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG. Along with a 16-step HDR slider that adjusts the overall HDR image brightness, its new 36-bit Epson ZX Picture Processor (also found in the LS12000) powers a real-time scene adaptive gamma function—which works in both SDR and HDR modes—that fine tunes how the projector handles gamma on a frame-by-frame basis.
Both HDMI inputs are 2.1 with HCDP 2.3 (one with eARC) and support 4:4:4 chroma subsampling 4K at 60Hz and 4K at 120Hz for gaming (although if the LS11000 is similar to the LS12000, the HDMI bandwidth is limited to 40Gbps and not the full 48Gbps that HDMI 2.1 is capable of). There are also two USB (one that can provide power to an optical HDMI cable and one for power/firmware), Ethernet, RS-232C, a trigger out, and a mini USB for service.
The Epson Home Cinema LS11000 has a white case, measures 7.6 x 20.5 x 17.6 inches (HWD) and weighs 28 pounds. It should be available in late March with an MSRP of $3,999.
For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our Epson Home Cinema LS11000 projector page.