The difference is that today, you can achieve a movie theater sized experience, in your living room, den, or any other room, without having to dedicate a room to it as has been typical of home theaters/caves.
That big screen – projected experience has been around for 20 years, but it’s only been very recently that:
The LS500 looks outstanding. The 5 foot tall, almost 9 foot wide image will blow you away. You can see the Epson at the bottom of the image.
The real, large screen experience has become as easy to own as mounting a large (but much smaller) LCD or LED TV on your wall. Also consider that the LS500 and other Laser TVs are smart – just like smart TVs from the likes of Sony, LG, Samsung, Visio, so fully capable of streaming and more.
As of this writing, the LS500 is likely still newest to ship, as I received the review unit just a few weeks after Epson’s first US shipments (also, Phil had it first to calibrate it before sending it cross country to me to review). I’ve now logged 129 hours on the unit (can’t say I’m watching it closely for all of that, at least half, though, was football!
Picture Color: Editor's note: In the football image above, as well as other photos taken in the evening or night time (including from the movie Passengers), tend to exhibit a slight shift toward purple in the whites. That is not due to the projector, but that in the evenings we do run a purplish/blue light in the living room, and it is being picked up by the camera. Because this is a "bright room" projector, I wanted the shoot to be how my room normally is. By comparison, in my theater, there would be no lights on when shooting images at night. You can see that color light in various room shots. -art