Epson LS10000 Projector Review

Specs

ManufacturerEpson
ModelLS10000
Lumens1500
Display TypeLCOS
Resolution1920x1080
Inputs2x HDMI 2.0, 1x Composite, 1x Component, 1x DSub, 1x Ethernet, 1x RS232
3D SupportYes
Projector Size21.65" x 21.77" x 8.85"
Projector Weight40 lbs.
Review DateAugust 28, 2015
Price

The Epson LS10000 brings laser projection to the mainstream. At $8,000 it isn’t cheap but it offers great performance. The contrast ratios are better than all non-JVC projectors I’ve used while offering more lumens than the JVC models. Colors are accurate and it offers almost the entire DCI/P3 color gamut for UltraHD Blu-ray. It runs dead quiet while producing more than enough light for almost any home theater screen and has lens memory for a Cinemascope setup. It won’t noticeably dim for over 20,000 hours and should not need a recalibration while you own it. It lacks native 4K resolution, and is expensive, but is a great projector for daily use.

Why Lasers Rule

Watching a movie on a 100”+ is awesome. It replicates the movie theater experience at home without the annoyances of going out. But projectors aren’t always the most convenient things. They take a minute or two to warm up, bulbs can quickly age over the first 100-200 hours, and the gamma and calibration can change over time. People sometimes try to avoid using them to avoid having to buy a $300 bulb because they have put too many hours on it.

Specs
Manufacturer:Epson
Model:LS10000
Lumens:1500
Display Type:LCOS
Resolution:1920x1080
Inputs:2x HDMI 2.0, 1x Composite, 1x Component, 1x DSub, 1x Ethernet, 1x RS232
3D Support:Yes
Projector Size:21.65" x 21.77" x 8.85"
Projector Weight:40 lbs.
Review Date:August 28, 2015
Price:
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A laser fixes these problems. The Epson LS10000 turns on and reaches full power in close to 20 seconds. That is close to how long it takes a SmartTV. Lasers only lose perhaps 10% of their light output over their entire lifespan. If it is bright enough to drive your screen when you take it out of the box, it will still be years later without having to make adjustments. This also lets you calibrate the Epson to your screen without worry that the calibration will drift as your bulb ages. It works more like a TV than like a standard projector.

When it comes to the image on-screen, lasers offer larger color gamuts and improved contrast ratios. Using a blue laser with a yellow phosphor (to create red and green) you get a wider color gamut than most projectors. No material uses this wide gamut yet, but this content is going to start to appear on UltraHD Blu-ray this winter. Movie theaters already use this larger color gamut so the home movie experience will be identical to the theatrical one. The LS10000 will support the DCI/P3 gamut when it is available on UltraHD Blu-ray later this year.

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A laser can power on and off almost instantly, letting the Epson LS10000 increase larger contrast ratios. A bulb cannot power off and contrast ratios are limited by the technology. Bulb projectors try to prevent light from reaching the screen, while a laser can turn off. The LS10000 combines lasers with their own Liquid Crystal on Quartz technology, which is like LCOS. LCOS/LCOQ already offer the best black levels, and combining it with lasers improves that.

I watched the Epson LS10000 projector on a Silver Ticket 100” white screen. This is a very neural, even gain screen and full details on that are available at my Wirecutter piece on it. Video signals are from an Oppo BDP-105, TivoHD, Roku 3, and Nvidia Shield TV. I calibrate using CalMAN software from SpectraCal with X-Rite i1Pro2 and Klein K-10A meters. I should note that the Epson LS10000 is a very large projector. Too large for the mount I typically use from my ceiling so I had to build a shelf to hold it. If you are going to install it on a ceiling I advise making sure the mount you are going to use can handle it.

Image Quality

Watching movies the Epson LS10000 leaves little to be desired. The contrast ratios are great, falling behind only the JVC projectors that still outc