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Epson LS10000 review: Pricey laser projector delivers fabulous pictureA unique laser light engine helps the Epson PowerLite ProCinema LS10000 achieve picture quality that rivals the best projectors we've tested.
Hi everybody, this is the Epson LS10000 home theatre projector. It costs a mint, although not quite $10,000, and delivers some of the best image quality we've ever seen. And like all of its kind, can sell screens bigger than any tv. But the real story here is told with laser. Unlike most projectors on the market, which have replaceable lamps that cost 250 to 500 bucks each, and need to be replaced every few thousand hours, the LS10000 has lasers. Inside this bulbous, heavy cabin is a pair of blue lasers. One provides the red light and one is split by yellow phosphor to create the red and green light. Another advantage over lamp-based projectors is a quick turn-on time. This projector reaches peak brightness in about 30 seconds. While lamp-based projectors take about three times as long. In terms of non-laser features, the LS10000 is very well-equipped. Its input array offers more analog connections than competitors. And one of its HDMI inputs has HDCP 2.2 compatibility for 4K sources [MUSIC] It comes with a pair of 3D glasses, has a motorized lens cover. And its extensive menus offer oodles of setup options and tweaks. Including provisions in memories for ultra-wide screens. I compared the LS10000 to a couple of top competitors from Sony and JVC. And its picture more than held its own. Contrast was great, thanks to exceedingly deep black levels. Although not quite as deep as on the JVC. Colors are accurate, and video processing options, including a feature that tried to approximate 4K resolution, were also solid. No, it doesn't deliver quite the same level of detail with 4K sources as Sony's native 4K projector, but sharpness was still superb. Between these three, I still like the high contrast JVC best, especially since it costs the least. But the laser powered Epson is a beast in its own right. That's a look at the Epson LS10000 Laser Projector. I'm David Katzmaier for CNET. [MUSIC]