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Epson EH-LS12000B 4K projector brings big screen HDMI 2.1 gaming

Epson EH-LS12000B 4K laser projector
(Image credit: Epson)

Epson has unleashed a pair of 4K laser projectors, with HDMI 2.1 ports, designed for home cinema fun and some big screen, low-lag gaming. The Epson EH-LS12000B and Epson EH-LS11000W are HDR10+ ready, and raring to go.

At the core of these devices is an all-new 4K image processing chip which works with pixel shifting technology to create a 3840 x 2160px display from Epson's 3LCD projection system.

With separate high-definition panels for the three RGB light paths, there is no colour wheel required and, hopefully, no rainbow fringing to the on-screen picture either. Motion processing and image sharpening filters are also included.

The laser light sources help to create a claimed dynamic contrast of 2,500,000:1. The only difference between the two projectors is that the Epson EH-LS12000B is capable of a light output of 2700 lumens while the Epson EH-LS11000W is a little less bright at 2500 lumens.

The star of the show for both, though, is the low-lag gaming promise. That comes courtesy of an HDMI 2.1 port which is compatible with the 4K@120Hz gaming of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, and the latest gaming PCs. Epson claims input lag times of below 20ms.

Both projectors feature motorised optics that should help with ease of set-up. Their lenses have a 2.1x optical zoom, focus and shift (±96.3% vertical and ±47.1% horizontal), all of which are powered. They're also both Calman-ready, should you want to use calibration software.

Epson's 3LCD home cinema projectors tend to make for natural, colour-nuanced viewing. Hopefully, the use of laser technology will complement performance.

The EH-LS11000W and EH-LS12000B will be on sale in October and November 2021, respectively, priced at £4100 and £4400 (about AU$8000 and AU$8500).

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Dan Sung

Dan is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi? and his job is with product reviews as well as news, feature and advice articles too. He works across both the hi-fi and AV parts of the site and magazine and has a particular interest in home cinema. Dan joined What Hi-Fi? in 2019 and has worked in tech journalism for over a decade, writing for Tech Digest, Pocket-lint, MSN Tech and Wareable as well as freelancing for T3, Metro and the Independent. Dan has a keen interest in playing and watching football. He has also written about it for the Observer and FourFourTwo and ghost authored John Toshack's autobiography, Toshack's Way.

  • abacus
    Are they Native 4K, True 4K or Pseudo 4K?
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  • Dan Sung
    That's a very good question. There are no details on it in the initial information but we've asked Epson to clarify. For what it's worth, I'm almost sure these will be 1080p panels using pixel shifting technology to create the 4K onscreen image, judging by the price and other features.
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  • AcidTest
    Elsewhere it's been reported that these will likely be using true 4K panels... so we definitely need clarification from Epson.
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  • Dan Sung
    We've heard back from Epson who has confirmed that these are not native 4K panels. I've updated the story to reflect that.
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