Epson's New EpiqVision Ultra LS500 Short Throw Delivers Laser-Based 4K Performance


(September 16, 2020) Epson has unveiled yet another consumer-friendly product line, this time targeting households looking for large-screen performance with minimal hassle and a space-saving design. The first in its Epiq-Vision Ultra lineup is the LS500 4K PRO-UHD Laser Projection TV, and it's available now.

The bones of the LS500 are solid, offering owners ultra-short-throw 4K e-shift performance using 3-chip 3LCD technology and a laser array capable of achieving 4,000 lumens. Thanks to an included ambient light-rejecting screen (100" and 120"), the LS500 can be used in both dark and brightly-lit rooms.

The projector's native High Dynamic Range capabilities deliver 10-bit HDR processing, keeping incoming 4K HDR source information completely intact while properly displaying HDR10 content. Black levels are boosted by a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio and laser technology that pulses light output, suppressing stray light. On the color front, the LS500 can display some 1.4-billion colors for complete coverage of the Rec.709 color space.

Image processing is performed by a real-time 12-bit analog to digital processor that's designed to eliminate common hiccups and annoyances such as banding and compression artifacts. And while the inclusion of HDMI 2.0 inputs isn't exactly cutting-edge, they do accommodate all current 4K video requirements while also providing Audio Return Channel (ARC) performance.

"More than ever, people want great experiences at home. And having a 120-inch 4K PRO-UHD4 screen on your wall – is the ultimate TV viewing experience," said Rodrigo Catalan, senior product manager, projectors, Epson America, Inc. "Epson's new EpiqVision Ultra LS500 Laser Projection TV redefines television and offers a truly immersive viewing experience for watching sports, TV shows, gaming, and so much more. It's simply epic."

The LS500 is available in both black and white, with pricing ranging from $4,999 (100" screen) and $5,999 (120" screen).
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To clarify, the LS500 not only processes but also displays HDR10 content. Of course, the impact and benefits of HDR will be somewhat limited by the Rec709 color space.
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