Ep­son brings lasErs!

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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

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