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Street Price: n/a
Weight: 39.7 lbs
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Technology:3 LCD
Lens:2.1x powered
Lens Shift:H + V
Lamp Life:30,000 Hrs
30,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:3 year
Connectors:  Composite, Component, VGA In, HDMI, HDMI (MHL), Network, Wireless Networking, RS232, 12-Volt Trigger
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/24, 1080p/30, 1080p/50, 576i, 576p

Epson Pro Cinema LS9600e
1080p Laser Projector

Bill Livolsi, December 4, 2014

This year, Epson released a couple of laser-driven home theater projectors that are generating a lot of attention. The flagship Pro Cinema LS10000, which we've already reviewed, has 4K enhancement technology and will retail for "less than $8,000." The Pro Cinema LS9600e shares a lot in common with the higher-end model, but lacks 4K enhancement and will sell for "less than $6,000." The LS9600e is the best 1080p projector Epson has ever built, without a doubt, but its big-budget price tag and the stiff competition already in the market combine to squeeze it into a very small niche.

The Viewing Experience

The LS9600e is one of the first laser-driven home theater projectors, so it's causing a lot of buzz amongst home theater enthusiasts. Many people want their next projector to be lamp-free, and they think the LS9600e might be that projector. So let's talk about how to get the best possible performance out of this unique projector.

The Epson LS9600e is a "classic" home theater projector. It creates a super high contrast image that will look best in a very dark room that's dedicated to home theater. If you are considering the LS9600e, it wouldn't hurt to improve the viewing environment as much as you can, either by painting your walls and ceiling or by hanging curtains around the screen to cut reflections.

In such a space, the LS9600e is a gem. The projector's laser light source starts up instantly and comes to full brightness in seconds, not minutes. First startup can be disconcerting, because the projector's deep black level can make you think it hasn't turned itself on - until the EPSON logo jumps onto the screen.

This super-deep black is one of the projector's most striking features, and it's the reason why you need a properly treated room to fully appreciate the LS9600e. Any ambient or reflected light will lessen the impact of the projector's stunning black level.

The projected image is compelling. Colors pop, shadow details are well-defined, and there is very little digital noise. Detail is amazingly sharp thanks to the Super Resolution and Detail Enhancement features, both of which draw out fine detail in the source material without any noticeable edge enhancement artifacts. On the contrary, the enhanced image never loses its natural character. The 3D image is bright, colorful, and has minimal crosstalk, which we've come to expect from Epson projectors over the years. Using the LS9600e, you constantly come across little details that demonstrate Epson's many years' experience building great home theater projectors. It feels, front to back, like a refined, polished projector.

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Comments (11) Post a Comment
gil arroyo Posted Dec 5, 2014 10:47 AM PST
please review the production release of the LS10000.
Darin Posted Dec 5, 2014 11:48 AM PST
It would be interesting to hear how the images from the LS9600e and LS10000 compare to the JVC RS49 (or RS4910). It looks to me like the best street prices on the JVCs are a fair amount lower than either of these Epsons even though the RS49 and RS4910 are more expensive than the Sony HW55.

Thanks, Darin
gary cubeta Posted Dec 7, 2014 8:19 PM PST
How does the Epson LS10000 look if you use ECO mode and try and save the laser? Is it just a dark mess on a 135 inch screen?
Joe Smith Posted Dec 8, 2014 1:48 PM PST
the 9600 seems way overpriced as the review says. It is excellent but not much different looking than the Sony 55 and even the JVC500, both are much cheaper than the 9600 and the JVC will have 4k eshift on it the LS10000 is the one in the Epson line; I am baffled why they released the 9600; I don't think it will sell very well
JonnyBlaze Posted Jan 2, 2015 12:10 PM PST
The Epson is a reflective laser projector capable of true black like an OLED TV plus it does not require bulbs. It out classes a Sony 55 by a mile.
Alex Posted Jan 5, 2015 12:13 PM PST
IMHO anyone that is interested in one of these babies for their home theater would also want to know the 'price' of the replacement lamp as compared to Sony or other competitors... hopefully the price will auto-adjust (be dynamic) as it drops that way the review content remains as relevant as the 'real-life' cost of ownership.

Just a suggestion of what I am looking for in a review.
Jacob Posted Feb 28, 2015 12:07 AM PST

The cost of the bulb is not present because it is a bulb-less projector. The second section of this review in addition to comments from others have clarified this most explicitly.
John Posted Mar 3, 2015 8:14 PM PST
Okay, there is no bulb... so, is the laser itself replaceable? If you run it in high mode and get only 10k hours out of it... well, bulb-less isn't much of a selling point in that case, if it means you have to replace the whole projector.
Jack Posted Mar 4, 2015 5:33 PM PST
I am impressed with the video the price is a setback. Being the first of its kind,I'm sure the next generations will be cheaper, more featured, brighter and true 4K.

I think I will wait until the price comes down drastically. I think that would be about a year now.
Wayne Posted Jan 1, 2016 6:20 AM PST
Warning - this projector is noisy and noticeably louder than the previous 1080UB that I own and this is in Mid or ECO power mode. Don't even consider running this projector in High mode unless you don't care about projector noise. Reviewers must be listening to this projector with relative high ambient noise conditions. Currently I have hand built a hush box, as I had for the 1080UB to contain the noise. In a 1/2 inch thick wooden frame containing the projector I can still hear it 15 to 20 feet away. Note that I am awaiting arrival of 1 inch thick damping material that has not been installed yet. Not sure why reviewers state that no one should complain about the noise. I am primarily an audiophile and require minimal background noise in a dedicated home theater room located in the basement.
Ryan Posted Apr 8, 2016 12:44 PM PST
Wrong. We the LS9600 hanging in our store...dead silent. You have something wrong with yours.

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