The Epson Pro Cinema LS10000 is a breakthrough projector for Epson, on several levels: 4K processing, and viewing 4K content, dual laser light source, and quartz reflective panels. All great, but its the picture that truly impresses. The Pro Cinema LS10000 is a 1500 lumen projector that starts shipping in the second half of October 2014.
This projector review is based on extensive use with a pre-production engineering sample, which performed exceptionally well, considering it was one of a handful of early prototypes on a major new projector, not a new version of an existing projector. The LS10000 projector at the time of this writing, (pre-CEDIA) does not have an official price yet, although Epson assures it will be “under $8000.” As a Pro Cinema series, it will not be available online, that it comes with some extras in the box, and a 3 year parts and labor warranty with 3 years of rapid replacement program, for what has to be the best warranty of any projector near its price.
The LS10000 has a lower cost sibling, also price not set yet. That would be the Pro Cinema LS9600e. There are primarily 4 differences between the two. The LS9600e will cost less, it will have wireless HDMI, and it will not have the 4K pixel shifting and 4K source capability. Finally, the LS9600e is rated 1300 lumens compared to the LS10000′s 1500 lumens.
This review has just been posted, in a rush to make it available for the official announcement of the LS10000 at CEDIA. It will be updated during and shortly after the CEDIA Show 9/10 – 9/13 2014 in Denver, and again, when I receive a full production version after they start shipping in October. At this time there is still plenty of proofing and more content and images to add.
Most impressive, almost dazzling, giving Epson’s LS10000 our Hot Product Award was a no brainer.
Editor’s note: Epson Pro Cinema LS10000 Calibration and Advanced Calibration pages will be added post CEDIA.
I’m not going to discuss the three new technologies/capabilities now, that I mentioned above, other than to say that this Epson uses upscaling, processing and downscaling on 1080p and other “lower resolution” material, but will accept true 4K content, not just movies, and eventually HDTV, but also photos. Those technologies will be covered in depth on the Special Features pages. There’s other things to mention though.
The LS10000 is one cool looking projector. It’s very “euro.” Physically its a bit taller than the competing JVCs and Sonys, but has a smaller footprint.
I should mention now that as a Pro Cinema series, it comes with these extras in the box: Ceiling mount, cable cover, two pair of lightweight 3D glasses. Gone, of course is the usual spare lamp that Epson has been providing for years with Pro Cinema projectors.
by Art Feierman
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