Users of the Epson EH-LS11000W can enjoy a stunning, sizable 4K image that dazzles with its vibrant hues. But, the lack of built-in speakers will restrict this to cinephiles with a large budget for a home theater. Weak contrast makes dark pictures murkier than we’d like.
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Epson’s 4K Pro-UHD pixel-shifting technology delivers only half as many pixels on screen as are in a 3,840 by 2,160 pixel image in prior iterations, as covered in more depth in the LS12000 review. For instance, these versions are employed in the Epson Pro Cinema 4050 and the Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS500 4K. At typical viewing distances, it’s difficult to tell the difference between what those projectors provide and the actual thing, but it’s still not 4K.
The LS11000 and LS12000 increase the pixel resolution to the full 4,096 by 2,576 resolution, sometimes known as 4K. In addition, much like with all of Epson’s pixel-shifting models, they include a premium glass lens (the same 15-element lens in both models) and video processing to enhance the clarity of even more details.
In my experiments, the LS11000 produced a resolution that matched what I observed with the LS12000. I was able to see details up close that I had never seen in my tests with any of Epson’s previous projectors or with any 4K DLP-based projector that uses TI’s pixel shifting when I was one to two feet away from the image. When utilizing the projector, it’s unlikely that you’ll notice any extra detail, but if you want to sit closer than usual or have superior eyesight than average, you might.
Also keep in mind that the LS11000 isn’t susceptible to creating the red, green, and blue flashes known as rainbow artifacts that other projectors are known to display because of its three-chip construction. Those who don’t notice them or can’t see them easily won’t be bothered, but for those who do, this can be a serious problem.
EPSON EH-LS11000W: Avaiability And Price
While the Epson EH-LS11000W projector isn’t exactly what we’d term “budget-friendly,” it still provides a good value for the money. It can be purchased in the US and UK for $3,999 / £4,199.
If you live in the UK, you might wish to think about the upgraded Epson LS12000. It is also available in the US, but the upgrade will cost you $1,000 more and its MSRP is $4,999. This projector has a higher maximum brightness and better contrast ratio for just £200 extra at £4,399.
Design And Features Of The PSON EH-LS11000W
The EH-LS11000W from Epson weighs a hefty 28 lbs (12.7 kg) and is covered in white plastic. The LS11000W is heavier and larger than comparable top-of-the-line projectors, measuring 20.5 x 17.6 x 7.6 inches (520 x 447 x 193 mm). Yet, it is just as adaptable. A companion should be present to assist you in setting up the overhead option. You can attach it to a ceiling mount or use its adjustable feet to slant its aim from a table or other surface. This projector, like its sister, the LS12000, has an electronic lens cover that helps shield it from dust and damage in between uses.
We positioned this projector in the back corner of our main room, and we had little trouble getting the image to appear on the white surface it was pointed at. The large horizontal and vertical lens shift range made it simple to keep the display centered without having to relocate the projector, and the optical zoom allowed us to resize the image to the ideal size without compromising the picture’s features. Also, it was simple to use the keystone settings and focus controls on the projector to square the image.
This projector’s lack of any TV OS makes it less user-friendly than other available options. This implies that in order to watch material from one of the best streaming services, you will need to use one of the few available ports to attach a streaming stick or other external device.
Also, even while this projector has excellent image quality—we’ll talk more about that below—it lacks the integrated speakers you might expect to find in a comprehensive entertainment system. The HDMI eARC port on the back of this projector may be used to connect a sound bar, so this isn’t a deal-breaker like the TV OS issue, but it should be taken into consideration if you’re assessing your options. This projector won’t be a viable choice for you if it exceeds the budget for your entire home theater system, but it will make a nice centerpiece for a larger arrangement.
This Epson projector has sufficient connections to get by, but we wouldn’t have objected to an additional one or two HDMI inputs. Two USB A ports, a tiny USB port, an ethernet port, and two HDMI connectors, one of which is an eARC port, are all located on the back of the LS11000W.
The remote is not the least in this design aspect. All the keys you need to rapidly access the projector’s primary settings are on this handy gadget. Because of its size, you won’t be able to lose it down the sofa’s back even though it is very huge. The only other feature worth mentioning is that this remote features a button in the top-right corner that enables you to illuminate its keys, making it much simpler to operate while the lights are off and your projector is operating at its peak efficiency.