Epson previewed its first Ultra Short throw laser home cinema projector, the EH-LS100, at a product preview showcase in London this week, offering the first chance to see the unit in controlled lighting conditions.
The HD projector is being positioned as an alternative to large flastscreen TVs, although it’s a significantly different proposition.
For us looking to place a 100-inch plus image in a limited space media room, the £2,500 model offers a real world alternative to higher end ultra short throw 4K units from Sony and Sim2.
Where the EH-LS100 really impressed was the brightness and contrast. The 3LCD projector has a White and Colour Light Output of 4,000 lumens, with a 2,500,000:1 contrast ratio. The vibrancy of a Blu-ray film was undiminished, even in a room with moderate levels of ambient light. Solid blacks enhanced contrast. Gaming was also spectacular. Being ultra short throw, players can stand directly in front of the screen for a truly immersive experience, without fear of casting a shadow over the image. The EH-LS100 can be positioned just 6cm away from any display surface.
Epson suggests the laser-light engine will offer 10 years’ worth of entertainment. It comes with a Warranty of five years or 12,000 hours, whichever comes first.