Epson brings lasErs!
One of the best AV dems at the recent Australian Audio & AV Show was in Westan’s suite featuring the new Epson Pro Cinema LS10000 projector, which features 3LCD reflective laser projection. It’s a big unit that will very much impress — 55cm wide and deep, 23cm high, with an RRP of $8999, and the ‘laser’ tag comes from its use of a blue laser, which also produces the red and green light by illuminating a yellow phosphor (see diagram). While this laser diode light source can’t be changed as easily as a lamp, the huge increase in lifespan means you probably won’t need to — Epson told us they estimate its replacement life as being equivalent to two movies every night for 40 years!
The LS10000 is strictly speaking a 1080p projector, but it uses the system of 4K enhancement pioneered by JVC, which involves shifting pixels a half-pixel distance and then manipulating the signal information to create crossover areas which thereby deliver pseudo4K. Where previous JVC projectors using this system accepted only a 1080p input, the Epson accepts a true 4K input via HDMI 2.0, even though it still then only truly projects at 1080p, plus the 4K enhancement system. Even though this isn’t true 4K, we can attest to some impressive results from the demonstration.
Specs rate the LS10000 at 1500 lumens of colour brightness and 1500 lumens of white brightness, and infinite contrast thanks to absolute blacks (zero lumens during full-black scenes). ISF calibration tools and THX Display Certification promise highly accurate performance. More info: www.epson.com.au