One of the more challenging aspects of purchasing and owning a projector is managing lighting. Some enthusiasts build dedicated rooms where the lights can be completely controlled. The average consumer, however, only has access to the living room or family room to set up their HT system, rooms with big windows and lots of sunshine, which would require purchasing UV-blocking curtains. And even then, ambient light could still seep into the room and possibly affect the picture quality, meaning one would still have to wait until the evening hours to fully enjoy their projector.
For movie night with the family, waiting until after dinner is part of the fun, everyone sitting together in the dark to watch the latest release. But when inviting friends over for the big game in the middle of the day, watching on the biggest screen possible can turn one’s house into a major event, the place everyone will want to return. Heck, sometimes, movie fans just want to sit back and relax to a brainless popcorn flick in the afternoon on the big screen as well. And it’s in these particular situations Epson believes they have the solution to this sometimes-frustrating challenge, for those HT enthusiasts who desire enjoying their projector at any hour of the day.
Last year, Epson introduced the Home Cinema LS100 projector, a rather bulky-looking ultra short-throw machine that isn’t all that pretty to look at but delivers a satisfying picture when the lights are on. And by ultra-short, the company really means ultra short. Placed on the top of an entertainment center or a small table below the screen, the projector can display a 100″ diagonal image in full 1080p HD resolution from about 10″ away. One of the major advantages is eliminating the need for long cables running through walls or along the floor. And on top of that, the risk of shadows from people walking across the room is completely gone.
With an MSRP just under $3,000, the machine falls on the pricier side of things, considering the current rage for 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays. Then again, with true 4K projectors either beyond most consumers’ price range or falling short of matching the quality of a similarly priced flat-panel displays, the LS100 is a highly tempting option for producing the theater experience at home without the added hassles, including a laser light-source that could last up to ten years. Powered by Epson’s own polysilicon TFT active matrix technology, which is a fancy, innovative 3LCD display scheme, it promises 4,000 lumens of brightness and up to 2,500,000:1 contrast ratio, which should translate to a brilliant image, vivid colors and excellent black levels.
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