Epson has unveiled a new long-throw laser projector that delivers a “zero-compromise” 4K image thanks to a 3-LCD chip system with new pixel-shifting technology. THE Pro Cinema 4K PRO-UHD LS12000 It also comes with an HDMI 2.1 port, promising 4K gaming at up to 120 frames per second.
Epson sets itself apart from other projector manufacturers by using its own 3-chip LCD system instead of Texas Instruments’ unique DLP chips. This often results in better color fidelity and none of the annoying “rainbow effect” of DLP projectors, but less perceived 4K resolution.
Apparently, he has solved this problem with what he calls “precision offset glass plate technology”. As with other models, it uses three LCDs for red, green and blue, each limited to 1920 x 1080 pixels. However, the glass shift plate system works at a high refresh rate and accurately shifts pixels “to display a 3,840 x 2,160 image, 8.29 million pixels,” the company said.
The laser light source, meanwhile, pumps out up to 2,700 lumens and lasts for up to 20,000 hours. It also allows for deeper blacks with a claimed contrast ratio of over 2,500,000:1. There’s no Dolby Vision signal, but it does offer HDR10, HLG, and HDR10+, with the latter supported on Hulu, Amazon Prime, and YouTube, but not Netflix.
It should also be one of the best gaming projectors, with the aforementioned 120 Hz refresh rate, sub-20 millisecond input lag, 1080p upscaling, and relatively high brightness. The Epson Pro Cinema LS12000 4K PRO-UHD projector is now available for $5.00 – expensive, yes, but a bargain compared to comparable 3-chip 4K projectors from Sony, JVC, and others.
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