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.
For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our Epson Pro Cinema LS12000 projector page.
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.