Epson has released their most advanced home theater yet—the laser-driven Pro Cinema LS12000. It is the first of Epson's home theater projectors to achieve full 4K UHD (3840x2160) resolution by utilizing four-phase, dual-axis pixel shift technology with native 1080p imagers, a breakthrough made possible by a new Precision Shift Glass Plate that uses a quicker and quieter coil design. Projector enthusiasts know that this approach of applying four-phase pixel-shifting to a native 1080p chip has been successfully used for some time in Texas Instruments' XPR DLP technology to put every pixel in a UHD frame on screen and achieve detail that's difficult to discern from native 4K imagers.
The LS12000 uses a blue-laser diode array and fixed yellow phosphor as a white light source that's distributed through optics to each of the projectors 3 LCD imaging devices dedicated to the red, green, and blue primaries. The projector is rated at 2,700 ANSI lumens, with the usual 3LCD benefits of equal white and color brightness and immunity to rainbow artifacts. The light source has a life of up to 20,000 hours regardless of light mode.
The LS12000 uses an Epson VRX Cinema Lens with a proprietary 15-element lens structure designed for zero light leakage. It has a 2.1x zoom and a throw ratio range of 1.35-2.84:1. As with Epson's earlier premium projectors, it offers powered focus, optical zoom, lens shift—up to ±96.3% horizontal and ±47.1% vertical—and a powered lens cover. Positioning can be stored in one of ten lens memory presets. The projector is also compatible with an outboard anamorphic lens.
The LS12000 has a variety of other features that contribute to image quality. It is ISF certified and has a 14-point white balance adjustment for calibration to achieve highly accurate color. Epson's UltraBlack technology is on board to reduce internal light scatter, and in conjunction with the projector's auto iris, the LS12000 is capable of a dynamic contrast ratio up to 2,500,000:1. HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG high dynamic range content are all supported, and with the help of the new 36-bit Epson ZX Picture Processor, the LS12000 deploys a real-time scene adaptive gamma function to fine tune HDR performance.
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Two full 48-Gbps bandwidth HDMI 2.1 ports allow for 4K/120Hz gaming and a variety of chroma subsampling options with HDR and SDR. Epson says input lag times are below 20ms, which is low enough for serious gaming on the Xbox Series X or PS5 gaming consoles. eARC is supported on one of the two HDMI 2.1. In addition to the two HDMI 2.1 ports are two USB (one to power an optical HDMI cable and one additional for power and firmware), Ethernet, RS-232C, a trigger out, and a mini USB for service.
The Pro Cinema LS12000 laser projector is available now through Epson's website, Magnolia stores, and CEDIA dealers. It has an MSRP of $4,999, includes a ceiling installation kit and back panel cable cover, and comes with a standard three-year limited warranty, two-business-day full unit replacement (including shipping), and free lifetime technical phone support. At its announced price, the LS12000 becomes, by far, the least expensive 3-chip, 4K laser home theater projector on the market, with the next closest competitor being JVC's DLA-NZ7 with true native 4K resolution and LCoS imaging technology at $10,999.
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The Epson Pro Cinema LS12000 is also sold outside of the United States of America as the Epson EH-LS12000B. Some specifications may be slightly different. Check with Epson for complete specifications.
At first glance, I can't see anything this projector is lacking in. It hits all the hot buttons so hoping the review ends up confirming: excellent blacks bright colors and wide color gamut long laser light source adaptive HDR 120hz 4k etc. etc.
I did not see anywhere on any sites their claims to the degree of colors this will have... match or better than the 6050?
UPDATE: Epson confirms, no 3D in the LS12000. Sorry guys... :-(
I'm building out a HT / multi-purpose room in my basement and settled on wanting a laser vs bulb (aka no 5050ub). With that in mind I'm really curious if this is worth it to stretch my budget.The $3K mark seemed like the best bang per buck point on the curve but this could potentially push this out. Hence why I'm curious in that specific comparison vs HU810PW and UHZ50. Also really curious if the 20ms lag holds up in all modes as I'll be 40% gaming and some other mix of movies and live sports. Looking forward to the review!
A couple more requests for the Epson LS12000 review ... Please check whether it has "a high pitched whine associated with the lasers" - that you refer to in your review of the JVC DLA-NZ7 (but not exhibited by that model). And, if you could also check out the fan noise in "High Altitude" mode. Not looking for specific numbers here - just a subjective "This unit is comparable/better/worse" than other projectors in the $5K-$10K range. Thanks again!
Thanks for all of your hard work.
That means Epson LS12000 can not input UHD 3840x2160, or 4096x2160 video. Correct?
Any idea on when we might see the official review? I’ve been devouring everything I can find on this unit as I try to decide between it and the Cinebeam HU810PW/B.
I’m hesitant to pull the trigger on HU810 just incase a refreshed version is on the horizon and I’m hesitant to jump on the LS12000 as it may be more than I need. Any whisperings that Lg will release a simplified version of the LS12000 similar to what was done with the HU810?
For the average user will I notice that much difference in the picture between the LS and the HU?
This is for a main level family room with moderate ambient light that can be controlled with shutters. It will be replacing a well loved but aging 7 year old Epson HC 3500 that I also purchased based on your glowing reviews.