Epson Pro Cinema LS9600e
1080p Laser Projector
The Epson Pro Cinema LS9600e is one of the best 1080p projectors we've ever had the pleasure of working with. It is a complete package, offering every feature, bell, and whistle one could possibly desire for home theater--except 4K enhancement. The combination of 3LCD Reflective panels and an all-laser light source make it a unique projector not just in Epson's line-up, but in the world of home theater.
Where the LS9600e runs into trouble is price-competitiveness. The Sony HW55ES is priced $2,000 less than the LS9600e, and the price difference can be difficult to justify since the picture quality is almost identical. Of course, if you want the longer life laser light source and/or the automated Lens Memory that the 9600e has and the HW55ES does not, that makes the step up to the LS9600e an easier decision.
On the other hand, if you've already decided to go at least $5,999 for the LS9600e, Epson's flagship LS10000 with 4K Enhancement takes picture quality into a completely different league for just $2,000 more. Side by side viewing of Blu-ray material on the LS10000 against either the 9600e or the Sony HW55ES shows the LS10000 to be in an obvious class by itself. Any serious videophile who can spare the incremental $2,000 to gain this whole new level of image definition is well advised to do so. In short, while the LS9600e is an excellent 1080p home theater projector in its own right, the competitive options at the moment are giving it a case of middle-child syndrome.
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