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Epson EH-LS650 Ultra Short Throw Laser 4K Projector Now Available

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Epson Australia has announced a brilliant projector solution just in time for summer.

The EH-LS650 Ultra Short Throw is a 3-Chip 3LCD Smart Streaming Laser Projector with UHD output of up to 120 inches.

watch this explainer video fROm epson america on the EH-LS650

The advantage of Ultra Short Throw projectors is placement. The EH-LS650 can be positioned just 38.61 cm (15.2 inches) from the wall. Essentially, it can replace your TV.

This makes for minimal disruption to the living room furniture arrangement you may have spent years perfecting.

EH-LS650 can be positioned just 38.61 cm from the wall

True 3-Chip 3LCD technology delivers 3,600 lumens of colour and white brightness for clear, colourful images. This is helpful in bright rooms where projectors often struggle with ambient light. Although you can project on a white wall, it’s far better to use a light rejecting screen.

These screens are engineered to redirect up to 90% of the ambient light to increase contrast a leave a less ‘washed out’ image. Epson’s 120 inch ALR projector screen would be perfect.

EH-LS650 pumps out 3,600 lumens

The EH-LS650 is Epson’s newest 4K PRO-UHD model which means it supports high resolution content.

It uses advanced pixel-shifting technology and image processing to deliver detail and clarity without sacrificing picture brightness.

LS650 USES ADVANCED PIXEL-SHIFTING TECHNOLOGY

This technology is in use in other Epson projectors including the brilliant LS12000B.

In that review video, Bruce Bealby from Epson Australia, explains how pixel-shifting works to give you a 4K image.

FIND OUT HOW EPSON’S PIXEL SHIFT TECHNOLOGY WORKS IN DJURO’S REVIEW OF THE LS12000B

Epson’s Setting Assistant App takes all of the hassle out of setting up and adjusting display size. It’s available for both iOS and Android devices.

When it comes to audio, you can use the built-in speakers or an external sound system. Unless you already have a good system, the onboard 2.1 virtual surround system is more than enough. It was designed by Yamaha exclusively for Epson creates an immersive sound performance.

One of the updated HDMI ports includes eARC6 support to transmit audio formats like Dolby Atmos or DTS to compatible AV receivers or soundbars.

Epson partnered with YAMAHA for built-in audio

Ultra Short Throw projectors need to look the part too. Ceiling mounted projectors can lack style but the EH-LS650 is always visible to the eye and that means it needs to look good.

Fortunately, the design team at Epson has come up with a very pleasing, modern exterior with a metallic speaker grille for enhanced acoustics.

LOOKING GOOD AND SOUNDING GOOD

Equipped with smart TV capabilities, the EH-LS650 also makes it easy to access popular streaming channels and even allows users to stream live TV and search with built-in Google Assistant.

On the back you’ll find plenty of ports for input and output.


PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

The Epson EH-LS650 Smart Streaming Laser Projector is available now at www.epson.com.au, www.epson.co.nz and via all authorised Epson resellers and partners for an RRP of A$3,999 and NZ$4,299

We’ll have a review video soon.

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LS12000B 4K PRO UHD Home Theatre Laser Projector Review

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If you’re looking for a projector to build your home cinema around then I can’t speak highly enough when it comes to the EH-LS12000B 4K PRO-UHD. It’s one the best projectors you can buy this year under ten thousand Aussie dollars – $8999 to be precise. I spent a full day with at Epson Australia HQ playing with settings, screens, and various media to record this review.  Hopefully the images speak for themselves, because when it comes to a pure cinema experience, this projector delivers. Of course you’ll have to supply the media, whether it’s UHD disc or Google/Amazon dongle. 

WHAT’S DIFFERENT?

The key to this projector is the light source and the path it takes to your screen. Using pixel shift technology, this laser projector pumps out  2,700 lumens of white brightness – the same for colour to. It can do this for 20 thousand hours at 100 percent – which isn’t always needed.  The colour engine driving the LS120000 delivers a beautiful picture thanks to full 10-bit colour processing and HDR10+ support.

Although the out-of-box experience is pretty good – when I visited my own YouTube channel .. SDR content ..  colour and contrast was too low. With no opportunity to calibrate professionally – I just eye-balled it – and given I was familiar with the source material it was pretty easy. Once I got YouTube looking goodI moved onto the movies via UHD disc. Expect great Stand Dynamic Range results – high dynamic range was good but make sure those ambient light levels are low for best performance. 

I’ve watched Godzilla vs Kong before and this is a very colour rich film. I felt I nailed the settings for this and it looked amazing. 1917 was pretty close to perfect. The colours were spot on for overcast day scenes and at night the colour and contrast did justice to Roger Deacons legendary cinematography.

MOTION

You also have options when it comes to motion. Easily the most frustrating issue when it comes to home entertainment systems. Normally you would have frame interpolation turned off for movies but there are times when it helps. And I’m saying this as a fan of the traditional 24p look.  You can choose from off, low, normal and high. It makes a difference but do you really want to be chasing this the entire film?

Of course when it comes to watching sport you want smooth action. So I watched a bit of cricket from YouTube – and as a big event projector – the LS12000 is definitely a winner.

INPUTS

The inputs on the back support HDMI 2.1 so you can enjoy gaming at 120 frames per second and there’s eARC for audio over HDMI. I had an Amazon dongle plugged in for online content such as Netflix, YouTube and other streaming services.

REMOTE 

It’s backlit but only after pressing the button in the top right corner. But it has a lot of shortcuts and you’ll use most of them. So don’t be afraid to dig into he settings because there is a lot of room to move when it comes to gamma and other adjustments.

SCREEN SIZE

When it comes to screen-size this standard or long throw projector lights up a 50 to a massive 300” 16:19 frame. But you’ll need some depth in your room 3.0 – 6.3 metres for a 100 inch result. I found this projector can pull off a pretty good image on any screen ..  even the light rejecting screen that I found behind the main screen. While this test unit was on a table at the back of the room … ideally you would mount the LS12000 on the ceiling. It’s a big unit so don’t skimp on the support bolts.

SCREEN ALIGNMENT

Epson makes aligning the LS12000B very easy. Say there’s light fixture in your home that can’t be moved .. or a ceiling fan .. with motorised Lens Shift you can direct the projector so the light beams past it. You can save positions in memory too. So if you need to move the projector back to an early setup – you can just recall it and it moves precisely into place. I had a lot o fun with this. I just wish I had more than a day with it.

SUMMARY

The Epson LS12000 is a fantastic projector. If you want a true cinema experience at home – this will provide it. In Australia it retails for $8 999 .. so it’s a significant investment. But with the right screen, dark room, and thumping sound system it’s an investment that will give you hours of viewing joy.

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