Home cinema projectors are becoming increasingly popular as the technology develops and prices become increasingly accessible. But we feel that high-end products such as the Epson EH-LS10500 stand out as some of the industry’s greatest success stories. For the most demanding home cinema enthusiast, it is the perfect balance of performance and price.
We’ve taken a look at this particular device along with its competition to find out why Epson has struck gold with its flagship projector, the EH-LS10500.
Leading Epson’s Line Up
With home cinema models to suit every budget, Epson is one of the go-to brands in this growing industry, offering state of the art technology that brings movie theatre magic into the home environment. The EH-LS10500 projector is Epson’s flagship device, delivering 4K enhancement, vivid colours and incredible blacks.
It’s a higher price point than the company’s other home cinema products, but the features packed into the EH-LS10500 really elevate the viewing experience to the next level. Among these features is an Absolute Black contrast ratio, which delivers true blacks and more immersive viewing. Brightness levels of 1,500 lumens also ensure an optimum output that’s doesn’t strain the eyes in a dark environment, but is bright enough to cope in imperfect ambient-light scenarios.
Additionally, the EH-LS10500 is the only home cinema projector in Epson’s range to feature a dual laser light source. Not only does this technology reduce projector maintenance, but it also enables users to appreciate HDR quality content in all its glory. It also helps justify the investment, with a lifespan of up to 30,000 hours.
We mentioned the device boasts 4K enhancement, but what does that mean? Well, the LS10500 has a native HD panel inside it, so it’s not capable of displaying an image in native 4K UHD resolution. However, it cleverly takes 4K content and replicates the resolution by increasing the frequency of the panel refresh rate and shifting the image by 0.5 pixels on every-other refresh.
So while the panel technically delivers a HD image, the added frame insertion of these shifted pixels mean that our brains are tricked into seeing more information, which results in a much more detailed image. We’ll be honest – we were (not quite fooled, but) very impressed indeed.
For some die-hard 4K fans, or those with a truly gargantuan home cinema screen, 4K enhancement still doesn’t have the ultimate picture clarity they’re looking for. But for a lot of home cinema fans, the clear improvement in picture quality from HD and the large step down in price from native 4K, make enhancement technology incredibly attractive.
Ahead of the Competition
The EH-LS10500 is Epson’s flagship projector, but it’s also a leader across the field. For a price jump you can go for a native 4K projector such as the BenQ X12000 but it’s a substantial 35% increase in cost for the native 4K panel. Sony offers the native 4K VPL-VW320ES at a similar price point to the Epson, but it’s a lamp-based device so you’ll need to keep ongoing maintenance and running costs in mind. Even with a generous 6,000 hours (low mode operation), this would mean 5x Sony lamp replacements compared to Epson’s 30,000 hour claim – and you’d be around £1,500 down just for lamp replacement! When you’re investing a lot of money into a flagship home cinema projector, this 30%+ difference really changes the total-cost-of-ownership equation.
Projectorpoint are a premium Epson partner in the UK and have a demo unit of the EH-LS10500 ready to test today. If you would like to find out more about Epson’s products or book a demo, get in touch with the team.