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Epson to Unveil 4K Laser Projector at CEDIA

At next week's CEDIA convention in Denver, Epson will unveil a new flagship home theater projector that will get the industry buzzing...

The Pro Cinema LS10000 will be a major step up in price and performance compared to anything previously released by Epson. Its features include 4K enhancement of 1080p sources, native 4K source compatibility, a light engine that combines a long life laser light source with reflective 1920x1080 3LCD chips, and 3-way automated lens memory for 2.40, 1.85, and 1.78 Constant Image Height installations. Contrast is so high on the LS10000 that Epson declines to put a number on it. Contrast is simply designated as “Absolute Black.”

The LS10000 will be priced under $8,000, so it is targeted at the heart of JVC’s D-ILA home theater product line. This is Epson’s first move into the sub-$10,000 custom installation, premium home theater niche that has been dominated by JVC for several years. It should create lots of commotion on the show floor. If you are going to CEDIA, don't be surprised to see long lines of Epson and JVC resellers at the Epson booth, all anxious to evaluate the competitive impact of this new projector.

Where’s the review, you ask? We’ve had an LS10000 under wraps here for the past month. Our full review will be published this coming Wednesday once the product is formally announced. In the meantime, just as a head's up, we suspect that the LS10000 will be a major game-changing product in the home theater projector biz, as it moves Epson into a more upscale market niche that it has never been in before.

If you are on our email notification list, you will get an email when the review goes live. If not, don’t forget to check back next Wednesday for all the details.

Evan Powell

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Paul Kim Posted Sep 5, 2014 12:32 AM PST
I am very excited for this new projector. It will change the map I believe.
Not Real 4K Posted Sep 5, 2014 2:42 AM PST
The panel resolution is 1920 x 1080. The front projector market is pathetically exposed!
Piet Posted Sep 5, 2014 2:45 AM PST
I can't wait for your review, because my HD750 needs an upgrade. X500RBE from JVC is an interesting choise, beats the LS10000 the JVC, with its new long live laser light in color, lumens and cms.
VINCENT LEZAMA Posted Sep 5, 2014 6:38 AM PST
Wanting true 4K Posted Sep 5, 2014 7:15 AM PST
Almost had me until I saw the actual panel resolution... some type of image shift process I suspect. Reflective rather than transmissive, that is cool and likely the reason for the incredible contrast, and worth a look.

Well, at least someone is trying, I would have hope true 4K units from others would have been announced by now like BenQ and Optima. I would really like an affordable DLP contender!
Ready to Upgrade Posted Sep 5, 2014 12:34 PM PST
This sounds great. It really does. But speaking for those of us that are not in the market for an $8K projector, what I really want to know is will Epson also be announcing a successor to the 5030UB?
William Posted Sep 5, 2014 12:41 PM PST
Still gonna wait for a true 4k projector. Not one that can intake a 4k signal and display it in 1k.... UGHHH....
Darin Posted Sep 5, 2014 5:40 PM PST
Looking forward to reading more about this projector.

As far as the contrast being "Absolute Black", with a complete blackout image some displays can just turn off their light source, but this has limited usage in real world situations and it would be interesting to have some idea about how it does with a little bit of white in an image and the rest black or a very dark image. The regular ANSI CR pattern also has limited use (doesn't tell much about dark scene performance) and I think it would be great if PC would add at least one more contrast ratio test.

There is a pattern on the 2nd Edition of the Spears and Munsil calibration disk that looks like the ANSI checkerboard except that the brighter rectangles are 5% video level (before gamma). This is a dark image, but mixed and the intra-image contrast ratio for it could give some idea with numbers how the projector can do black in dark content where it can't just turn the laser all the way off. Especially if the same test was run on competing projectors. Thanks.
Tony F. Posted Sep 6, 2014 8:35 AM PST
What is needed is a third party Co. like Texas I. to make a 4K chip.
Brandon Posted Sep 8, 2014 12:41 PM PST
If this was 5k I would buy it day one, but 8k that is too close to the Sony. I have seen the Sony one a couple times for 8.8k. I guess a comparison is in order. Maybe Panny will try to make an unexpected comeback. I am in the market for a projector now and I have been waiting for the new round of 4Ks to come out before pulling the trigger.
Mark Meyers Posted Sep 10, 2014 7:05 AM PST
Well does it display 4K native sources in 4k resolution? or as the intro article states it is, "compatible with 4k." If the panel is 1920x 1080 then it will not display true 4k.

On the other hand, if it is a laser, ultra low blacks, and and has the other new features like the constant height lens memory, then it is probably an outstanding projector. (the epson's 5030 already is outstanding) And if you are sitting at 2 times screen width or more then it will look as good as any true 4k display maybe better.

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