Epson has introduced the EpiqVision Ultra LS500 4K PRO-UHD laser projection TV. With Android TV onboard, the new units – available as both black and white models – include an ambient light-rejecting screen at either 100 inches ($4,999 package price) or 120 inches ($5,999 package price).

“More than ever, people want great experiences at home. And having a 120-inch 4K PRO-UHD 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.”

Some of the LS500 features include ultra short throw capability with placement a few inches from the screen, 10-bit HDR processing, 4,000 lumens of brightness (allowing daylight viewing), Rec.709 color space, and a maximum claimed dynamic contrast ration of 2,000,000:1. HDMI 2.0 connectivity with ARC and 4K HDR at 60Hz are supported. As with other Epson lines, the unit uses 3LCD light engine technology combined with the company’s own PRO-UHD processing, and Android TV facilitates access to streaming apps and remote control with Google Assistant.

The LS500 is now available through the Epson online store, Magnolia and CEDIA dealers. All versions of the projector come with the manufacturer’s renowned service and support with toll-free access to priority phone lines and standard two-year (usually next-business-day) unit replacement warranty.

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Thanks for another nice writeup, Martin - Not sure what to make of this entry yet as Epson is remarkably mute concerning it's specs. Even on their own product page I saw no mention of true pixel count or anything about the optics but, based on other sources, I believe it's still a pixel-shifter. I would also be a bit wary of purchasing a projector [that's what it is, Epson] that includes it's own screen as there is nothing wrong with the one I already have.

I do think this line of product reveals what manufacturers see as the future of the big screen experience at home. We've been seeing more and more of these short throw designs every since the LG CineBeam line was introduced. 120 inches is a little too small for my taste. :cool:
 
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I second John's statement, excellent write-up! Thank you Martin!

Love Epson's new LS500! Picture quality is excellent as is the 4,000 nit peak luminance and love the 3 LCD image so this is not a DLP chip. It's also priced very well considering the specs and performance.

The only downside is the throw distance that requires the projector to be positioned about 3' from the screen to fill a 100" 16:9 screen. Comes in black or white and can be easily ceiling mounted.
 
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Thanks for your kind comments, gentlemen!

John, the manufacturers are definitely marketing these bright UST projectors as TV replacements, rather than dedicated room projectors, and therefore the slightly misleading term 'laser tv'. It will be interesting to see if these products seriously extend into dark room territory and variable zoom capability in the years ahead.
 
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So now I see Samsung has entered the UST projector arena and their entry even supports HDR 10 Plus! My question is this. If these manufacturers are all able to produce 3-chip laser designs in the $6000.00 range then can we expect to see standard long throw 4K laser options soon in this price category? That would be a game changer for me.