The only novelty concerning us on the stand of the Japanese manufacturer is called Epson EH‑LS800B/W. This is a tri-LCD ultra-short throw laser projector available in black or white (Epson EH-LS800W reference).
These new Epson references are of course capable of displaying an Ultra HD 4K image still based on the principle of wobulation at work on the brand’s other UHD video projectors, consisting of the extremely fast display of two offset Full HD images. half a pixel apart diagonally to create 4,147,200 pixels (compared to 8,294,400 pixels for a native Ultra HD/4K image), which is half the number of an Ultra image HD/4K.
This technology, called 4K Enhancement or 4K Pro-UHD at Epson, improves edges, eliminates aliasing and increases contrast in heavily textured image portions. In the end, the precision and sharpness are far superior to those of a Full HD image.
Epson EH-LS800B/W, minimal recoil for large image
The advantage of ultra short throw video projectors is of course, an 80” (203 cm) image with a setback of only 2.3 cm from the wall / screen and up to 150 “(381 cm) with a recoil of 28.5 centimeters.
Epson EH-LS800B/W, main new features
First of all, the light source here is of laser obedience (announced lifespan: 12,000 hours) and displays a brightness of 4,000 lumens (2,000 lumens in Eco mode), allowing you to enjoy the spectacle offered by these video projectors in daylight, to watch a sporting event for example. On the contrast side, Epson gives the figure of 2,500,000:1.
Epson EH-LS800B/W, 10-bit management and HDR
The LCD panels are 0.62” models, and in addition to their ability to handle a 10-bit Ultra HD signal on the HDMI inputs, Epson has also equipped these new projectors with HDR10 compatibility to take advantage of all the quality of the new Ultra discs. HD Blu-Ray for example.
Namely, the management of HDR HLG is also required, the HDR parameters are adjustable from 100 to 10,000 nits, the focus is manual and the maximum diagonal of the image reaches 150” (381 cm). For the rest, we find the Frame Interpolation motion compensation (unfortunately still inactive on a 4K Ultra HD signal).
Epson EH-LS800B/W, HDCP 2.3 certified
The connection has three HDMI 2.0 inputs (ARC management on one of them) HDCP 2.3 certified, three USB Host 2.0 ports, an optical output and a 3.5 mm mini‑Jack audio output. Epson specifies that the Input Lag is low without however giving its value. The stereo audio section, in the form of a sound bar, signed Yamaha delivers a power of 2 x 10 watts.
Epson EH-LS800B/W, on-board Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Android TV compatibility
The Epson EH‑LS800B/W immediately integrate Wi‑Fi ac and Bluetooth compatibility. Also, a noise level of 19 dB in Eco mode and 32 dB in Normal mode and the Android TV 11.0 operating system with Chromecast functionality (integrated) for wireless streaming of audio-video content.
Availability scheduled for October, in white or black. Indicative price: 3,699 euros.
Reminder of the key features of the Epson EH‑LS800W/B:
• Tri-LCD type
• Ultra HD resolution by Wobulation
• Native resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
• LCD Matrix: C2 Fine 0.62”
• Contrast: 2,500,000:1
• Light source: laser
• Brightness: 4,000 lumens
• Frame Interpolation Motion Compensation functions
• Wobulation functions (4K or Pro-UHD enhancement)
• Smart Android TV 11.0 features
• HDR10 compatibility
• HDR HLG compatibility
• Wi-Fi ac compatibility
• HDCP 2.3 compatibility
• Sound section: 2.0 (20 W)
• 3D compatibility: no
• Connections: 3 HDCP 2.3 certified HDMI 2.0a inputs, 3 USB Host 2.0 ports, 1 optical output and 1 3.5 mm mini‑Jack audio output
• Sound level: 19 dB in Eco mode and 32 dB in Normal mode
• Lamp life: 12,000 h
• Other: Adjustable HDR settings from 100 to 10,000 nits
• Weight: 12.3 kg
• Consumption: 350 W (217 W in 3Eco mode)
• Dimensions (W x H x D): 695 x 341 x 156 mm
Epson EH-LS12000B video projector test: simulated Ultra HD images of very high quality for beautiful scenes
Representing the top of the range at Epson, the EH-LS12000B Home Cinema projector uses laser projection technology and is capable of displaying an image with Ultra HD definition by interpolation. HDR10+ compatible, it wants to offer very good image quality for cinema enthusiasts wishing to install such a system at home and who could also play video games since it has some skills in this area. We were able to spend some time in his company and here are our impressions.
The Epson EH-LS12000B video projector partly takes up the design of the TW9400 model, with roughly similar dimensions and a slightly heavier weight. However, note that the lens that came out of the chassis on the TW9400 is here “sunken” on the front plane. This allows it to be protected with a motorized system with two shutters that open and close each time the projector is turned on or off. The device is only available in black. It benefits from a coating that could be compared to imitation leather on the top as well as below and it is provided with several legs whose height can easily be adjusted to find a perfectly horizontal position. There are also the screw threads for a ceiling support.
In front, it sports large openings (larger than on the TW9400) to evacuate the heat, which makes it possible to install it in a dedicated housing in the room, if necessary. At the rear, a large connector panel includes everything needed to support several sources and accessories. The control keys are also housed here. A plastic cover that covers the entire rear part can be installed to hide the sockets and keys. The cables then pass through the bottom (or through the top if the video projector is installed in an inverted position).
The installation does not really pose any difficulty since the optical unit is motorized, which allows everything to be adjusted with the remote control, while sitting on the sofa or with your nose glued to the projection screen (for sharpness). The zoom level (up to 2.1x), the horizontal and vertical offsets (quite significant) as well as the focusing are thus precisely managed in order to obtain an image as sharp and framed as possible. The device can save up to 10 positions accessible by pressing a button on the remote control. It’s very useful. In operation, the projector is rather discreet. The noise level depends on the distance at which you are as well as the level of projection power (ideally at 75%), but it is one of the quietest we have been able to test recently.
The remote control that accompanies the projector benefits from backlighting and all the keys necessary to perfectly control the device, in particular those which allow direct access to practical functions such as memories or sending a test pattern, for the installation, for example.
Epson has reworked its settings menus compared to previous models. Like those present in Panasonic televisions, the sections are linked to each other to give the impression of a single menu comprising several sections which are more directly accessible from the left column. For the image, several modes are available: Dynamic, Vivid, Bright Cinema (for bright rooms), Cinema and Natural. Presets are established, but it is of course possible to modify the parameters of each (brightness, contrast, RGB levels, gamma as well as the power of the laser).
Extremely detailed and dynamic images
The Epson EH-LS12000B video projector uses laser technology as a light source with a Full HD matrix that simulates an Ultra HD image by wobbling in four directions, while the TW9400 offers a wobbling in two directions, which is less precise. We are therefore entitled to superior image quality with the LS12000B. To be transparent, if you don’t have the two scenes side by side, it’s difficult to tell the difference here with an image produced by a native Ultra HD matrix like the Sony VPL-VW590ES, VPL-VW5000ES or VPL-VW7000ES , for example.
The image projected by the LS12000B is magnificent, extremely precise and benefits from a very nice sharpness as well as a good depth of field. The sharpness effect can be increased compared to the initial settings with the Super Resolution mode available in the menus, but to be consumed in moderation all the same to preserve a natural image.
Motion tracking is excellent, with very good image interpolation so as not to produce streaks or afterglow. Remember that this is an LCD projection technology totally free of the rainbow effects produced by DLP video projectors. We appreciate here the depth of the blacks and no chromatic drift has been observed. The scenes are precise and the colors are truly superb, regardless of the type of source, Full HD, UHD in SDR or in HDR, the projector supporting the HDR10+ format used on certain streaming platforms.
The Epson EH-LS12000B video projector has some skills in the field of video games since it offers a display time of only 19.4 ms when you activate the Fast mode of the “Image processing” menu, which allows it to claim a little more than one frame between when the player presses the button on the controller and when the action takes place on screen. An extremely short delay for a “non-dedicated” projector that will delight the most demanding players. This is possible thanks to the presence of HDMI 2.1 inputs capable of supporting Ultra HD signals up to 120 frames per second.