Epson today officially released its EpiqVision Ultra LS500 4K PRO-UHD Laser Projection TV. First shown one year ago at CEDIA 2019, the LS500 becomes the first in a new EpiqVision-branded family of offerings intended to expand projection's reach beyond dark-room theater and into brighter spaces and everyday lifestyles.

Epson LS500 Projector Black Left Angle Black

As originally promised, Epson is bundling the LS500 with an ambient-light rejecting UST screen said to be designed specifically for the projector in a 100-inch or 120-inch size, at $4,999 and $5,999 respectively. At 4,000 ISO lumens (a near-ANSI equivalent), the laser-driven LS500 is by a good margin the brightest UST living room projector to hit the market to date. Most models announced have been in the 2,600 to 3,000 lumen range, and the next brightest model is spec'd at 3,500 lumens.

 

As with all Epson consumer 4K projectors, the LS500 is a 3LCD projector with native 1080p resolution chips to which Epson applies its 4K PRO-UHD technology, a combination of advanced pixel-shifting and image processing that yields a result that has proven in our tests to be largely indistinguishable from full UHD resolution at normal viewing distances. This 3-chip design insures equal white and color brightness for high overall color saturation and immunity from rainbow artifacts common to single-chip DLP projectors.

Epson LS500 Projector Lifestyle 01 white

The LS500 is compatible with UHD HDR10 and HLG high dynamic range content, and offers the exclusive 16-step HDR contrast adjustment first introduced in Epson's HC5050UB and HC6050UB enthusiast home theater projectors. However, it does so with the limitation of a specified Rec.709 color gamut, the likely sacrifice of achieving the projector's high brightness and a reasonable trade off for an ambient-light projector. Full 10-bit HDR processing is applied, so all available data in the content is used to optimize the tone-map. Realtime 12-bit video processing is also on board to reduce or eliminate banding and digital noise artifacts.

Epson LS500 Projector White Product Head on

Epson is also touting a high rated dynamic contrast of 2.0 million:1, thanks to "advanced black density control" that is said to pulse the light of the laser diodes in a manner that "suppresses stray light within the signal."

The LS500 features full 18 Gbps HDMI 2.0 ports (one with ARC) that support 4K HDR at 60 Hz for UHD movies and games. Epson didn't cite an input lag figure for the LS500 in its announcement, but early prototypes were said to be under 20 ms, which would qualify the LS500 as a fairly fast projector for gaming if it bears out in final production. Epson's traditional home theater projectors tend to measure in the 20-30 ms range in ProjectorCentral's tests, which makes them faster than all but the dedicated gaming projectors that achieve between 8-16 ms.

Epson LS500 Projector White Connections Lens

Along with the quick-start-up, high brightness, and longevity of a solid-state laser engine, the LS500 defines itself as a lifestyle product with inclusion of the Google-branded Android TV operating system and streaming platform that accepts apps from the Google Play store. This is implemented with a hidden dongle that comes with the projector, along with a dedicated microphone-enabled remote to enable Google Assistant commands for searching content or seeking information. Epson has wisely avoided the Android-based Aptoid platform used by some other competitors, which has proven itself badly limited in our tests.

On the other hand, Epson's projector is not intended to function as an all-in-one entertainment system the way some competitive products are designed, as it lacks a substantive audio system. The pair of small speakers behind the front grille will are not intended to replace a standalone soundbar or other sound system.

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS500 4K PRO-UHD Laser Projection TV is now available in either black or white through select retailers, the Epson online store, and Magnolia and CEDIA dealers. It is backed by toll-free access to Epson PrivateLine priority support and a two-year "usually next-business-day" full-unit replacement limited warranty.

For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our Epson LS500-120 projector page.

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hcd Posted Sep 16, 2020 10:07 AM PST
I'm soooooo anxiously waiting for a LONG THROW 4K laser projector from Epson .. I don't want DLP (i'm very susceptible to rainbows) .. Been working for years on my hobby project "home cinema basement" with separate projector both at the end, and now it's almost finished, UST is all the new rage ....
Robert Posted Sep 17, 2020 1:25 PM PST
What's the 120 inches throw distance for this UST?
Troy Lewis Posted Sep 17, 2020 10:02 PM PST
2 feet
Person Posted Sep 18, 2020 5:59 AM PST
@hcd, would also love a long throw 4k laser from epson. They have one (LS10500) but is priced higher than justified for the performance. LG has a new one coming that sounds good on paper but no motorized lens memory (hu810p), no info on price or release though
Joshua Posted Sep 18, 2020 8:40 AM PST
So they (essentially) remove the speakers that most here won’t use - good - but then force the fixed screen on you with the up charge - bad. The brightness and low input lag make this the first UST to finally fit the needs of gamers. It’s just too bad that the new systems coming out are HDMI 2.1 and this opportunity to capture the new market will be squandered. I’m sure it’s more complicated than that, but you build for what’s coming, not what’s been.

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