Coinciding with the 2022 CEDIA Expo in Dallas, Epson has announced the release of the EpiqVision Ultra LS800 ultra short throw laser projector, a more advanced replacement for the Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS500. Like it's predecessor, the LS800 is a 3-chip 3LCD single-laser+phosphor projector with 4,000 ANSI lumens of equal color and white brightness. With its trio of 1080p imagers and Epson's long-proven 4K PRO-UHD detail enhancement and two-phase pixel-shifting that doubles the pixel count (the same as previously found in the LS500 and in Epson's HC5050UB), it achieves on-screen resolution that is hard to distinguish from full 4K UHD.
Unlike the LS500, which has a large periscope-style lens with an unusually long 0.29 throw ratio that results in placing the projector farther from the wall than competitors, the new LS800 has a low profile form factor and leap-frogs the competition with a new 0.16:1 lens, giving it the shortest throw distance for a given screen size of any laser TV on the market. A 120-inch image requires only 6.8 inches from the back of the projector to the screen surface, or just 20.2 inches to the front of the chassis. For a 100-inch image, the front of the projector juts out 17.3 inches from the screen wall (with only 3.9 inches of required clearance to the wall at the back of the projector). So even with a 120-inch image, the LS800 can be accommodated by many standard TV credenzas without the need to pull the furniture out.
Maximum image size is pegged at 150-inches diagonal for the LS800, though the most commonly found lenticular ambient-light-rejecting UST screens typically top out at 120 inches today. The projector is sold alone at its $3,499 asking price and can be mated with any appropriate 3rd-party UST screen, but Epson's own SilverFlex Ultra lenticular screens are available separately in both 100- and 120-inch sizes and are available at discount with the purchase of a projector.
The LS800 supports HDR10 and HLG high dynamic range content, though not HDR10+ as found in Epson's most advanced home theater projectors and some competing USTs. Maximum color gamut for HDR ls spec'd at Rec. 709 (as it was on the LS500), which comes up short against some advanced USTs today but isn't uncommon among single-laser models. Also missing: 1080p 3D support, which was available with the LS500, but was left off of the LS12000, LS11000, and recently announced HC 2350 home theater projectors.
How do you choose the right screen for your projector?
Our Projector Screen Buyer's Guide will take you through the process of finding the correct screen for your projector and space.Screen Buyer's Guide
Included is the Android TV OS with support for Google Assistant and the ability to stream from apps including Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+, and HBO Max (though, as with a lot of Android-based projectors, there's no Netflix support). Unlike with the LS500, the OS is fully integrated to the unit and does not require an external HDMI dongle. Also built in is a 2.1-channel virtual surround speaker system from Yamaha with Yamaha's AudioEngine technology and and FR-Port speakers. It can be used as a standalone speaker via Bluetooth.
There are three HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.3 compatible ports (one with ARC, but not eARC), a digital optical audio out, mini stereo audio out, USB Type A for power, and both Wi-Fi (for the built-in Android OS) and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. One of the HDMI ports also supports 1080p/120Hz signals for gaming, which is further supported by low input lag specified as under 20 ms and specifically cited as 16.7 ms for for 4K/60 signals.
The EpiqVision Ultra LS800 measures 6.2x27.4x13.4 inches (HWD) and weighs 27.6 pounds. It is available now in both black and white for $3,499 without a screen and comes with a two-year limited warranty with two-business day unit replacement with free shipping.
For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800B projector page.