Projector Reviews

Winner: Best in Class ($3500-$10,000+): Epson Pro Cinema LS10000

Epson’s Pro Cinema LS10000 projector is certainly one of the most impressive, and talked about projectors launched in the past year! That’s true for a lot of good reasons!

The Epson Pro Cinema LS10000 is a truly unique projector on several levels.  That’s half the fun and half of it’s strengths.

Consider.  The least expensive projector that’s true 4K is Sony’s VPL-VW350ES (which shares an award with the LS10000).

The only 1080p projector shipping at this moment that will support the new 4K Blu-ray UHD standard is the LS10000.  So, if you don’t spend $8K for the Epson, you’ll have to spend $2K more to enjoy any 4K copy protected content (which should be about everything but your “home movies” if you have a 4K camera.

Certainly, one of the Epson’s key strengths is it’s support for true 4K content!  That’s what separates it from those otherwise excellent JVC projectors, other Epsons, and less expensive Sonys, as well as EVERYTHING else much less expensive.  That’s something even most projectors other than those 4K Sonys still can’t do.  That makes it the winner in the 1080p crowd when it comes to avoiding obsolescence.

But there’s lots more to this Epson.  It starts with having a solid state light engine, in this case, a long life dual laser engine which is rated 13,000 hours at full power, and 20,000 in Eco.  Even the 13,000 hours works out to 40 hours a week for 6.5 years!   By then you’ll be shopping for an 8K projector!  And who, besides me uses their projector 40 hours a week.

Black levels on this Epson are great.  There is no traditional iris, despite the markings on the menus.  The choice is really whether to have the lasers turn off when confronted with a full black frame, or not.  Personally, I vote using this feature.  You won’t see it often, but true black – no light at all – can be stunning.

But even without, this laser based engine has excellent black levels, easily better than most iris based projectors.  It also is superior to the lower end JVCs when they don’t use their irises.

So what we have is superb black levels if still exceeded only by the top of the line JVCs.  Sweet!

And the image looks sharp!  I found the LS10000 to seem slightly sharper than the JVCs when both are engaging pixel shifting.  In 4K, you can push the Epson to seem beautifully sharp and detailed, although it picks up a slight hardness to the image along with that.  Still, the 4K support is the single most significant reason for this award.

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