Epson sure isn’t the first player with high powered laser projectors. Panasonic, I believe got the ball rolling perhaps 3+ years ago, and there’s plenty of competition these days, but Epson, long known for having the largest overall marketshare of the projector industry, and by far the most models (over 150 different projectors listed on their website), is now fully committed to large venue solutions, with a full lineup from 6000 lumens to 25,000 lumens. The feature sets are pretty similar across the lineup but there are a number of differences besides brightness. The L1505 and L1500 are almost, but not quite as feature laden as these Epson laser projectors get. But even the lowest end models are well endowed.
Let’s concentrate on the L1500 and L1505 going forward, with just the occasional comment about the others, where they differ. I will almost certainly review one of the lower powered laser projectors several months from now, probably a 7000 or 8000 lumen projector.
This review is a bit shorter than normal. In part that’s due to our only having use of the L1505 projector for a single week, before having to return it so Epson could show it at Infocomm. (June 2016.) In fairness, they provided a pre-production sample unit. If pre-production laser projectors are similar in how they perform compared to full production, then we can expect production units will have slightly improved color tables (for better color) and perhaps more brightness. As a result we did not do the usual measurements of brightness and color temperature in the different modes.
Even without adjustment, most modes (as is the case with most Epsons, and for that matter most other high end projectors), provided extremely good color performance in line with what we would expect.
By Art Feierman
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