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 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
Sony VPL-VW5000ES Home Theater Projector Review
The basics are this - Sony's VPL-VW5000ES is at the moment the best true 4K home theater projector currently shipping. There are more coming to market >>
Sony VPL-VW365ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review
The Sony VPL-VW365ES is the least expensive true 4K home theater projector currently available, at $9999 list price. It supports 4K HDR for dazzling >>
HT Projectors: Sony VPL-HW45ES vs Epson HC5040UB
The HW45ES is a great projector, the HC5040UB, costs more, but offers more. For some, considering both projectors, it will be a question of: "can >>
Sony VPL-HW45ES Home Theater Projector Review
The VPL-HW45ES offers great color and a bright picture. Ideal for media rooms, and home theaters, this 1800 lumen 1080p projector is Sony's most affordable >>
Canon REALiS WUX450ST Projector Review
I consider the Canon Realis WUX450ST to be a rather specialized installation class projector suitable for certain business and education applications. >>
JVC DLA-RS400U Home Theater Projector Review
This year JVC has upped their projector game, and nowhere is that more apparent than the JVC DLA-RS400 and DLA-X550R home theater projectors sold in the >>
JVC DLA-RS600U, X950R Home Theater Projector Review
The DLA-RS600U and the virtually identical DLA-X950R are JVC's flagship models for the US Market (called the DLA-X9000 in Europe) and replace the DLA- >>
Epson LS10000 vs JVC DLA-RS6710 – Two Awesome HT Projectors, Updated
This is my opinion which resulted in the Epson LS10000 winning our Best In Class award for projectors priced $3500 and up, while the JVC came in as Runner >>
JVC DLA-RS6710U, RS67U, X900R, 4K Home Theater Projector Review
A quick clarification. This JVC DLA-RS6710U accepts some 4K content, but technically it is still a 1080p projector, since it has 1080p panels. It >>
Epson Pro-Cinema LS9600e Projector Review
The Epson Pro Cinema LS9600e is the little brother of the LS10000 that was have previously reviewed by Art
Canon REALiS WUX6000 Projector Review
It comes with a lot of features for business and commercial applications, including creating very large, high resolution images using multiple projectors >>
Sony VPL-VW350ES Home Theater Projector Review
The VPL-VW350ES is the lowest cost true 4K projector to hit the market to date, at $9999 US. It sports a beautiful picture and 1500 lumens. Impressive >>
JVC DLA-RS4910, DLA-RS49, DLA-X500R Projector Review
JVC DLA-RS4910 and the RS49 and X500R - are superb home theater projectors with excellent black levels, that are 3D capable and accept 4K source material >>
Sony VPL-VW600ES 4K Home Theater Projector
Some comparisons to the competition will be added, as well as additional commentary, including more on the VW600ES's 4K Media Player and Xperia tablet >>
LCoS Projectors Reviews Reviews
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.
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.