Reviews of LCoS Projectors

The LCoS projectors category includes the latest projectors used for home theater and commercial settings. See below for a list of recent LCoS projector reviews and information pages.

LCoS projectors are a high-resolution alternative to LCD and DLP projectors.
LCoS projectors are a high-resolution alternative to LCD and DLP projectors.

LCoS Projectors currently dominate home theater space in the $3500 – $12,000 price ranges in the US. This is the result primarily of two major players in Home Theater space:  Sony offers two LCoS projectors at in the low and middle of that price range, (and also an amazing 4K projector costing $25,000 in 2013. JVC offers four LCoS projectors in that price range. We have found both brands to offer “best in class” calibre projectors. While there are a few serious competing DLP projectors, right now, the LCoS projectors rule, whether they are JVC’s DiLA, or Sony’s SXRD. Mass market DLP home cinema manufacturers like BenQ and Optoma seem to be retreating to the less expensive markets, and those pesky
LCD projectors for home are all under $3500.

It’s not only on the home theater side of life that LCoS fares well.  Canon has built an impressive reputation on the scientific and business side, especially in the medical fields with their DICOM capable REALiS LCoS projector models.  Definitely on the expensive side but top performance usually is.

LCoS (“Liquid Crystal on Silicon”) projectors are best known for great color, superb black levels, least visible pixel structure and accurate performance. It’s not that other technologies can’t produce these results, it’s just that LCoS technology has some real advantages.

LCoS projectors are more expensive than the competing technologies, typically costing between $3,000-$25,000. In contrast, entry-level DLP projectors are available for under $500 and LCD projectors don’t start out much higher.  LCoS projectors offer the least visible pixels, and excellent dynamic range.  In the home theater projectors that translates into images that pop, and excellent black level performance.  On the business, education and government side of things LCoS is associated with precision, and the ability to project difficult images such as medical CATs, MRIs, and X-Rays.

There is some additional practical information covering differences between projector technologies: 3LCD vs LCoS vs DLP projectors

LCoS Projectors Reviews

LCoS Projectors Reviews REVIEWS

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Sony VPL-VW5000ES Home Theater Projector Review Sony VPL-VW5000ES Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: January 29, 2017
  • MSRP: $60,000
  • Technology: SXRD (3)
Sony VPL-VW365ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review Sony VPL-VW365ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: November 26, 2016
  • MSRP: $9999
  • Technology: SXRD (3)
HT Projectors: Sony VPL-HW45ES vs Epson HC5040UB HT Projectors: Sony VPL-HW45ES vs Epson HC5040UB
  • Review Date: September 24, 2016
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology:
Sony VPL-HW45ES Home Theater Projector Review Sony VPL-HW45ES Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: August 27, 2016
  • MSRP: $1999
  • Technology: SXRD (3)
Canon REALiS WUX450ST Projector Review Canon REALiS WUX450ST Projector Review
  • Review Date: May 16, 2016
  • MSRP: $7329
  • Technology: LCoS
JVC DLA-RS400U Home Theater Projector Review JVC DLA-RS400U Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 30, 2016
  • MSRP: $3995
  • Technology: D-ILA-3
JVC DLA-RS600U, X950R Home Theater Projector Review JVC DLA-RS600U, X950R Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: January 25, 2016
  • MSRP: $9995
  • Technology: D-ILA-3
Epson LS10000 vs JVC DLA-RS6710 – Two Awesome HT Projectors Epson LS10000 vs JVC DLA-RS6710 – Two Awesome HT Projectors
  • Review Date: September 9, 2015
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology:
JVC DLA-RS6710U, RS67U, X900R, 4K Home Theater Projector Review JVC DLA-RS6710U, RS67U, X900R, 4K Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 22, 2015
  • MSRP: $12495
  • Technology: D-ILA
Epson Pro-Cinema LS9600e Projector Review Epson Pro-Cinema LS9600e Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 13, 2015
  • MSRP: $5999
  • Technology: 3LCD on Quartz (LCoQ)
Canon REALiS WUX6000 Projector Review Canon REALiS WUX6000 Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 1, 2015
  • MSRP: $5499
  • Technology: LCOS 3 Panel
Sony VPL-VW350ES Home Theater Projector Review Sony VPL-VW350ES Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 17, 2015
  • MSRP: $9999
  • Technology: SXRD (3)
JVC DLA-RS4910, DLA-RS49, DLA-X500R Projector Review JVC DLA-RS4910, DLA-RS49, DLA-X500R Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 14, 2014
  • MSRP: $5199
  • Technology: D-ILA
Sony VPL-VW600ES 4K Home Theater Projector Sony VPL-VW600ES 4K Home Theater Projector
  • Review Date: March 4, 2014
  • MSRP: $14999
  • Technology: LCOS 3 Panel
Review: Sony VPL-HW55ES Home Theater Projector Review: Sony VPL-HW55ES Home Theater Projector
  • Review Date: December 7, 2013
  • MSRP: $3999
  • Technology: LCoS
Canon REALiS WX6000 WXGA+ LCOS Projector Review Canon REALiS WX6000 WXGA+ LCOS Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 4, 2013
  • MSRP: $4999
  • Technology: LCoS
JVC DLA-X35 Projector Review JVC DLA-X35 Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 3, 2013
  • MSRP: $3499
  • Technology: D-ILA
JVC DLA-X95R Projector Review JVC DLA-X95R Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 16, 2013
  • MSRP: $11999
  • Technology: D-ILA
JVC DLA-X55R Projector Review JVC DLA-X55R Projector Review
  • Review Date: December 21, 2012
  • MSRP: $4999
  • Technology: D-ILA
Sony VPL-HW50ES Home Theater Projector Review Sony VPL-HW50ES Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: September 26, 2012
  • MSRP: $3500
  • Technology: LCoS
Canon REALiS WUX4000 LCOS Projector Review Canon REALiS WUX4000 LCOS Projector Review
  • Review Date: June 15, 2012
  • MSRP: $8999
  • Technology: LCoS
Sony VPL-VW1000ES Projector Review Sony VPL-VW1000ES Projector Review
  • Review Date: June 5, 2012
  • MSRP: $24999
  • Technology: LCoS
JVC DLA-X70R Projector Review JVC DLA-X70R Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 27, 2012
  • MSRP: $9999
  • Technology: LCOS 3 Panel
Sony VPL-VW95ES Projector Review Sony VPL-VW95ES Projector Review
  • Review Date: December 10, 2011
  • MSRP: $6999
  • Technology: LCoS
Sony VPL-HW30ES Home Theater Projector Review Sony VPL-HW30ES Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 14, 2011
  • MSRP: $3699
  • Technology: LCoS
JVC DLA-HD250Pro Projector Review JVC DLA-HD250Pro Projector Review
  • Review Date: August 5, 2011
  • MSRP: $2995
  • Technology: D-ILA
JVC DLA-RS60 Projector Review JVC DLA-RS60 Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 20, 2011
  • MSRP: $11995
  • Technology: LCoS
Sony VPL-VW90ES Projector Review Sony VPL-VW90ES Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 13, 2011
  • MSRP: $9999
  • Technology: LCoS
Sony VPL-VWPRO1 Projector Review Sony VPL-VWPRO1 Projector Review
  • Review Date: December 24, 2010
  • MSRP: $3400
  • Technology: LCoS
LG AF115 Projector Review LG AF115 Projector Review
  • Review Date: August 10, 2010
  • MSRP: $2500
  • Technology: DLP
Mitsubishi HC9000D Projector Review Mitsubishi HC9000D Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 27, 2010
  • MSRP: $6999
  • Technology: LCoS
JVC DLA-RS15 Projector Review JVC DLA-RS15 Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 8, 2010
  • MSRP: $5499
  • Technology: LCoS
JVC DLA-RS35 Projector Review JVC DLA-RS35 Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 28, 2010
  • MSRP: $10000
  • Technology: LCoS
LG CF181D Projector Review LG CF181D Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 20, 2010
  • MSRP: $2499
  • Technology: DLP
Cinetron HD700 Projector Review Cinetron HD700 Projector Review
  • Review Date: January 31, 2010
  • MSRP: $2999
  • Technology: DLP
Sony VPL-VW85 Projector Review Sony VPL-VW85 Projector Review
  • Review Date: January 4, 2010
  • MSRP: $7999
  • Technology: LCoS
JVC DLA-RS25 Projector Review JVC DLA-RS25 Projector Review
  • Review Date: November 6, 2009
  • MSRP: $8000
  • Technology: LCoS
Sony VPL-HW15 Projector Review Sony VPL-HW15 Projector Review
  • Review Date: September 9, 2009
  • MSRP: $2999
  • Technology: LCoS
LED Projector Review – Aiptek V10 PLUS Pico Projector LED Projector Review – Aiptek V10 PLUS Pico Projector
  • Review Date: July 19, 2009
  • MSRP: $349
  • Technology: LCoS
Canon REALiS WUX10 Projector Review – Overview Canon REALiS WUX10 Projector Review – Overview
  • Review Date: May 20, 2009
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: LCoS
Sony VPL-VW70 Projector Review Sony VPL-VW70 Projector Review
  • Review Date: May 18, 2009
  • MSRP: $7999
  • Technology: LCoS
JVC DLA-RS10 Projector Review JVC DLA-RS10 Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 3, 2009
  • MSRP: $4995.
  • Technology: LCoS
JVC DLA-RS20 Projector Review JVC DLA-RS20 Projector Review
  • Review Date: January 26, 2009
  • MSRP: $7495
  • Technology: LCoS
Sony VPL-HW10 Projector Review Sony VPL-HW10 Projector Review
  • Review Date: December 1, 2008
  • MSRP: $3499
  • Technology: LCoS
Canon Realis SX7 – SXGA+, LCoS, Portable Business, Scientific, and Engineering Projector Canon Realis SX7 – SXGA+, LCoS, Portable Business, Scientific, and Engineering Projector
  • Review Date: April 2, 2008
  • MSRP: $6999
  • Technology: LCoS
Sony VPL-VW40 Home Theater Projector Review Sony VPL-VW40 Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 11, 2008
  • MSRP: $2999
  • Technology: LCoS
JVC DLA-RS2 1080p Home Theater Projector Review: Overview and Physical Attributes JVC DLA-RS2 1080p Home Theater Projector Review: Overview and Physical Attributes
  • Review Date: December 26, 2007
  • MSRP: $7995
  • Technology: LCoS
Sony VPL-VW60 Home Theater Projector Review: Overview and Physical Attributes Sony VPL-VW60 Home Theater Projector Review: Overview and Physical Attributes
  • Review Date: December 10, 2007
  • MSRP: $4995
  • Technology: LCoS
JVC DLA-RS2 Projector Specifications JVC DLA-RS2 Projector Specifications
  • Review Date: September 8, 2007
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology:
Sony VPL-VW60 vs. JVC DLA-RS2 Sony VPL-VW60 vs. JVC DLA-RS2
  • Review Date: July 22, 2007
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology:
Sony VPL-VW50 “Pearl” 1080p Home Theater Projector Review: Overview Sony VPL-VW50 “Pearl” 1080p Home Theater Projector Review: Overview
  • Review Date: February 27, 2007
  • MSRP: $4995
  • Technology: LCoS
Home Theater Projector Reviews: JVC DLA-RS1, A 1080p LCOS projector Home Theater Projector Reviews: JVC DLA-RS1, A 1080p LCOS projector
  • Review Date: February 8, 2007
  • MSRP: $6995
  • Technology: LCoS
Canon Realis SX60 Projector – Overview Canon Realis SX60 Projector – Overview
  • Review Date: June 12, 2006
  • MSRP: $5999
  • Technology: LCoS
Canon SX50 – Overview Canon SX50 – Overview
  • Review Date: July 19, 2005
  • MSRP: $4999
  • Technology: LCoS
LG CF3D Projector Review LG CF3D Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 1, 2005
  • MSRP: $14999
  • Technology: LCoS
JVC DLP-HD2K Home Projector Review JVC DLP-HD2K Home Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 1, 2005
  • MSRP: $29995
  • Technology: LCoS

About LCoS Projectors

LCoS (“Liquid Crystal on Silicon”) projectors are a more recent variation of LCD technology, as LCoS also uses three panels of red, blue and green. However, LCoS uses reflexive technology as opposed to transmissive, which allows the pixel structure of LCoS projectors to be much less visible than the competition (virtually invisible at normal seating distance). This minimizes the visibility of individual pixels, eliminating the “screen door” effect. With no spinning color wheel (unlike DLPs), there is no annoying rainbow effect that is visible to some people.

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JVC, Sony and Canon dominate the LCoS industry… Each designs and manufacturers their own LCoS panels, unlike the DLP world, where Texas Instruments manufacturers all DLP chips for all the DLP projector companies, or LCD projectors, wherelmost all the world’s LCD panels come from Epson.

JVC projectors are often commeded for producing the best native black level performance, although Sony is breathing down their neck.  Canon business projectors have developed a superb reputation amongst all types who require high quality picture with exceptional color, such as videographers and photographers.

Because of their varied strengths, JVC and Sony projectors are two of the most talked about home theater projectors, but Canon dominates LCoS in the commercial sector.

Below is a data image from a Canon REALiS series projector. Canon is a huge favorite amongst photographers, camera clubs, scientists, medical presenters, universities museums and more. Note the superb red, green, and blue colors. Canon’s highest-end business projectors are all LCoS and they usually are one of the first to market with the highest new resolutions.

LCoS vs. the competition

Let us put in perspective the difference between LCoS technology and the competition.

Current LCoS JVC models have taken our highest home theater award “Best In Class” for the $3,500-10,000 price range in our Annual Home Projector Comparison Report three years in a row, while this year Sony’s giving them a run for the money.  None of the DLP projectors can match the LCoS projectors at the moment, in terms of black levels and handling dark scenes.

In the business segment, LCoS projectors are about the same size as LCD models because they are both “3-chip” technologies. Both technologies are offered in small portable as well as larger projectors.

Like LCD, even the smallest LCoS projectors are still a size larger than the smallest DLP projectors. Recently, though, the first pico projectors using LCoS technology are entering the market (well, back at the end of 2010).

In the business segment, LCoS projectors are about the same size as LCD models (or slightly larger), afterall, they are both “3-chip” technologies. Both technologies are offered in relatively small sizes, but if small, or low cost is what you need, whether home cinema or commercial use, then your choice is probably another technology.

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