When it comes to 4K resolution, Epson’s new laser projector uses an ingenious method

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techno.rentetan.com – The cost of 4K laser projectors is still high, but the price continues to fall, making a high-quality home theater more affordable. A 100-inch screen costing tens of thousands of dollars required a projector as the only display option. Epson’s new 4K laser projector, for example, employs cheaper high-definition components in a creative manner to generate pictures with a real 4K resolution, lowering the cost of projectors.

There are three LCDs within the new Epson Pro Cinema 4K PRO-UHD LS12000 projector, but each of them is restricted to HD resolutions, or 1920 x 1080 pixels. A quicker refresh rate and a newly developed “precision shift glass plate” allow the LS12000 to display images with a 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels on screen. This resolution boost is achieved by slightly shifting the projected pixels on screen with each frame. The short-throw LS500, which employed similar technology, was unable to produce complete 4K pictures, but Epson claims that the new LS12000 can owing to a new shifting plate mechanism in the projector.

For a variety of reasons, high-intensity bulbs are being replaced with lasers in projectors. In addition to being more energy efficient and lasting longer than standard bulb light sources, they also instantaneously power up to maximum brightness (there is no waiting for the projector to “warm up”). Long-term usage will be considerably more cost-effective due to the laser’s 20,000-hour life expectancy, which is much superior than a bulb’s 2,000-hour life expectancy. In addition, Epson says that the new LS12000 can offer 2,700 lumens with a contrast ratio of over 2,500,000:1 thanks to the concentrated intensity of a laser light source.

Home theaters are ideal environments for the Epson LS12000, since the lighting can be regulated and the screen has been calibrated for reflectivity. For a picture of up to 300 inches in size, the projector needs at least 60 feet of space between the projector and the screen, which can only be achieved with adequate lighting conditions in the room.

eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel) compatibility, complete 10-bit HDR color processing, and 120 Hz refresh rates are also included, as are the options to upscale and frame interpolate material shot at lower frame rates, as well as two HDMI 2.1 connections with HDCP 2.3.

The $5,000 Epson Pro Cinema LS12000 4K PRO-UHD Laser Projector isn’t cheap, but it’s far less expensive than rival three-chip laser 4K projectors from Sony. It’s also a lot less expensive than a 100-inch TV if you want a large screen. As reported by The Elec, Samsung’s new microLED TVs unveiled at the CES 2022 trade show will set you back around $80,000 for the 89-inch model and more than $100,000 for the 114-inch variant. Suddenly, a $5,000 projector appears like a steal.