Inspired by a world of incredible color at a scale that makes everything feel brand new. The 3000 Lumen ultra short throw projection TV features the TriChroma laser engine to reach 107% of the BT.2020 color space. That’s color you’ve never seen on a TV. Premium features like Dolby Atmos® High-Speed HDMI, HDR10/HLG, Filmmaker Mode, and a perfectly paired ALR screen make the L9G the ultimate home entertainment upgrade.
Amazing brightness and color performance on a 120” screen. TV, movies, games on such a big screen make for an immersive experience. Built in sound is really good too, at least as good as a $300-$400 soundbar. I added a subwoofer and its got room filling sound.Nov 05, 2021 18:22
Get ready for a whole new home cinema experience. Experience immersive detail from any angle with the 130-inch wide screen, while crystal 4K resolution provides staggeringly crisp images and optimized color expression.Projector Buying Guide.Learn about projector types and find the right fit for your needs and space.Learn more
This is my 3rd laser ultra short throw project. The technology has finally evolved to a point where regular front projectors become obsolete. The image quality in terms of color, contrast, motion and resolution are breathtaking when matched with a Screen Innovation short throw screen. As usual, I ordered the whole package from Best Buy / Magnolia. I have used BB installation services many times and this time there is also no surprise, Great products, great service. Five ***** STARs.Nov 01, 2021 00:30
So i was pretty hesitant to drop that dollar amount into the unknown - claiming 4k results... that said, our family is very impressed. you will find it hard pressed to find flaw with the picture quality when paired with the ust screen (i am using the si screen option). i went 120" due to simple room capabilities and have not looked back. bb magnolia set everything up after exhaustive research related to room / screen height etc. we are having countless movie nights and havnt looked back since.Sep 26, 2021 09:51
Samsung Lspt9 is amazing! Very happy w/picture quality/detail even w/o screen. Screen takes it to another level of awesome! software easy to use with wifi. I would set up “Smarthings” app for remote mobile device right away, remotes are very difficult to get right now even direct from Samsung if soemthing happens to original.Oct 23, 2021 08:16
Holy Sweet Moses Malone! We fired this bad boy up and oh... my... gersh!! Wildly exceeded our expectations. It’s like being at the movies but, without the sounds of people eating popcorn, coughing, and walking in front of you. We love it!Apr 14, 2021 06:50
Very bright Projector. Colors are like an OLED tv. I paired it with the 120 inch XY Pet Crystal screen. Doesn't always connect to wifi. Have to frequently unplug and plug it back in to connect, but i am gettimg an apple tv for it when Magnolia does the media room installation.Apr 16, 2021 15:45
Great service, the tech team was on time and very professionalNov 05, 2021 15:37
Easily one of the best projectors I've ever owned. The speakers are a bit flat sounding compared to a 7.2 surround sound set up, but they sound better than most soundbars. The picture is very bright, even with ambient light. Make sure to get an ALR (ambient light reflecting) screen if you're in the market for an ultra-short throw projector.Oct 30, 2020 10:14
This thing is all-around beautiful. Very sleek design that can fit into almost any decor. The picture is very sharp with crisp colors at 120". For those of you who are casual gamers, I've been using this with my PS4. I've played a ton of MLB The Show 21. The input lag isn't very noticeable. It may have a better response than my old 65" 4K Sony TV. I'm not much for FPS games, so I can't speak on that at this time. I haven't noticed any stuttering, ghosting, or lag when watching movies or streaming.
There are only 3 drawbacks I've found so far.
1. It's so expensive I flip out anytime my kids get near it. We actually put a baby gate around it to protect it.
2. There is no boom in the sound. It's very clear audio, but absolutely no bass. It's really meant tobe used with surround sound or equivalent.
3. It's a pain to center up on your screen. I'm sure it's the same issue with all ultra short throw projectors. It does have adjustable feet.
All-in-all my buyer's remorse wasn't too bad so I guess it was a reasonable purchase for my conscience to handle. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who can afford it and want a giant beautiful image on their wall.Sep 08, 2021 23:47
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I got the Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS500 Short Throw Laser Projector to replace an older Epson 3LCD projector that I was using as a multi-media entertainment system. What a world of difference!!! First off, the Laser Projector makes its presence known by its very size and apparent build quality. It is definitely not a portable projector that you want to move often. But it has a very appealing ambiance and design that will compliment any theatre room or game room décor easily if you have an adequate table or desk area. I got the black version of the Laser Projector and it comes equipped with a nice magnetic front plate covering that has a very subtle knit gold, blue, and black thread design. You have to look closely to even know that the plate covering is not just your everyday black/grey knit or plastic covering. It has four small magnets at the corners that make it easy to remove to get to the storage space cover (which has its specific purpose), focus lever, and basic control buttons (menu, enter, volume up/down, home, source, and enter). Hidden behind the front cover are also two 3-inch 10 watt speakers that are a welcomed addition. As mentioned, there is a storage space cover that you must remove to make connections for a HDMI extension cable and USB power cable for the Epson streaming device that is included. Once the connections are made the streaming device is snugly placed and hidden in the storage space. I am not sure why this was integrated into the design in the first place to skip this step of set up, but it works. Now you replace the front cover, plug in the power cable to a power outlet, and set the projector in its resting place. Very Easy setup from start to finish if you are just wanting the one connection which is extremely convenient and clean.
Now if you are wanting to add external video/audio sources, there are additional connections on the back of the projector which looks like the front depending on your perspective. There are two HDMI connections, HDMI1 and HDMI ARC for both audio/video. Included is a LAN for internet, an USB-A, service input, audio out jack, and lastly a RS-232C. The power adapter connection is also located here. On the back is where the lens is located behind lens cap. It has a spherical shape to it which makes for an interesting picture that it projects, I will get into that in a bit. Now that all connections are made and the projector is placed in its home, the real fun begins. I powered it up and immediately was impressed. It started up fairly quickly and came to a prompt instructing to connect the Bluetooth remote. This is where I ran into my first hiccup which is silly… two remotes are included but I was so excited to get started that I failed to get the second (primary) remote that was hidden in a small box of contents. So I was trying to get the remote connected but was unsuccessful because one of the remotes is used only for the apps (a little pointless in my opinion). The primary remote is very user friendly and resembles a Fire TV stick remote with a few more buttons and functions, this would make sense because it is an Android Smart tv projector after all. This remote works for basically everything that I needed and integrated well with all my apps. Ok, now back to the fun. The menu prompt was very clear and crisp after a few minor adjustments of angle and height made by moving the projector manually and raising the adjustable legs at the front end. I also had to slightly adjust the focus with the lever at the front. All said and done, the clarity of just the menu impressed me and the background music of the menu surprised me with the included speakers. So far having everything integrated into one unit was much more impressive and convenient than a stand-alone projector that required external devices to complete the theatre.
After initial set up you get into the meat of the “home theatre” projector. The Epson connected seamlessly to my WIFI network, signed in to my google account, and I was off and running downloading all my streaming apps made available thru the Google Play store already installed along with several other apps (Netflix, YouTube, Kids YouTube, Hulu, Kodi, and more). Searching for other apps was made simple by the included Google Assistant mic that I just spoke into and pulled my app. Downloading was fast and sign in was easy using a mobile device connected to the same network.
Picture quality of this Laser projector is stunning! I have my projector placed about 23” from the screen on a small table and it projects an amazingly crisp picture on my 100” screen. I made very little adjustments to the picture to get it clear and positioned properly. The only thing that I am confused about is the curve seen at the upper corners and sides of the display on menu screens and widescreen outputs. I am assuming it is from the spherical shaped lens that enables the projection at such close proximity to the screen. It kind of reminds me of the curved tv’s that are sold now. I may have contact Epson or Best Buy to get some help with the adjustments because I am no expert on configuring projector screens. The picture looks great in both well lit rooms and dark. I am able to watch movies and streaming tv during the day with all windows open and it does not take away from the bright crisp picture. It is absolutely amazing the quality of this projector! Watching action movies and sports with fast motion does not cause lag or distortion in the picture at all. There are no grid lines or pixilation of any of the pictures no matter how fast the action. I have included photos but they do no justice for how deep the color and clarity of picture is. I am using a third-party screen purchased online and am sure that if you have an upgraded screen from EPSON or the wall installation, the picture will be even more amazing.
I have watched movies and streamed services for hours continuously with no ill affects of heat dispersion from the projector or ambient fan noise. The only thing that I wish was included is the ability to connect to external audio or soundbars via Bluetooth. I will have to give an updated review once I connect to Epson Customer Service or Best Buy for assistance with calibration and adjustment of the panel display. Other than that, this projector is amazing in all aspects for a theatre room upgrade.Feb 26, 2021 10:14
Short and sweet, this projector is absolutely stunning. At about 20 inches from the screen, making it 35 inches total to the far edge of the projector I am able to have an amazingly clear, bright and vibrant 120” picture. However, with any ultra-short throw projector, you may have to make some furniture adjustments to get the perfect picture.
I’ve had various Epson projectors over the past decade for different reasons and the one I have had the longest was considered one of the top HD projectors at its time. Of course, technology has changed a bit since then and the differences between my older 1080UB and this LS500 are astounding. Not only was this a resolution jump but an increase in contrast and brightness as well as a much faster boot time and making it nearly impossible for someone to walk in front of the projector.
This projector is a bit bigger than I had expected, but like all others, it was simply removed from the box, remove the lens cover and was ready to go. Included is the power cable, an Android TV stick, two remotes with batteries and short HDMI and USB cables for the installation of the Android TV device. I personally found it a bit strange that you have to install the Android TV device yourself. However, this does make it easy enough to install your own if you have a different branded device that you would rather use or want to use this stck in a different TV. It is easy as pulling the magnetic speaker cover off, opening a panel and attaching the included cables and tucking it back into the space.
The most time consuming and crucial part of installing this projector is ensuring you have the perfect spot for it. Since I already had a screen in place, it required more furniture adjustments to make it fit. However, if you are installing a screen for the first time with the projector, whether it be from Epson or 3rd party, there is an option on the projector menu, under settings, called “Installation Guide.” This gives a simple screen that is meant to help install the brackets for their screen, but still works nicely to give squared edges and fine lines to help set the focus. The thing with ultra short throw projectors is that the slightest little movement or uneven surface will make a huge shift on the screen. There are options to digitally adjust the corners, zoom and then image shift if you can’t physically get the projector in the perfect spot. However, for the best image it is better off physically getting the right spot for it. For mine, with the screen already in place, I ended up having to place some wooden shelves under the projector as my current entertainment stand was either 8 inches too tall or 2 inches too short for the perfect placement. Just in general, for a 120” projection, the bottom of the image will be about 15 inches higher than the surface the projector is sitting on. Once in place and the manual focus is adjusted, everything else is like a regular TV.
The included Android TV stick requires pairing with the remote, which is simply guided on the screen the first time it is powered. However, it comes with 2 remotes that provide most the same functions, except one has the projector options while the other is strictly for the TV stick. Though they are similar, they have slightly different methods in pairing which isn’t discussed even in the online manual. The on screen pairing method for the projector remote is “Home” + “Enter” but for the other remote it is “Volume -” + “Enter”, or the center of the round button since it is not labeled on that remote. You can pair the other remote through the settings of the Android TV stick and it is strictly for the TV stick.
The Android TV stick came with a few apps already installed, like YouTube and Netflix, that worked flawlessly once logged in. Streaming 4K HDR shows and movies provided your account is set for that. However, I tried a few other apps that required install and had some issues with Hulu and Disney+ in particular. Their images would freeze or constantly load every few seconds as if my internet connection was slow. However, I don’t believe that was the issue as other apps worked fine and there is no way to hook the TV stick to a wired network to ensure it’s not a wireless issue. This situation may be resolved with updates to the applications on the Android stick or more troubleshooting on my part.
For typical movie watching the image is clear and vibrant. In a dark room I feel like I am in a theater. However, with a little outside light on a standard screen, the image was washed out fairly easily. Even though the lumens are rated at 4,000, it relies on the special ambient light rejection screens to help provide peak performance. In some situations where there is a little light on a dark image, it has some bleed over as it is still LCD. It is really noticeable in images that have thin lines that should be white but appear slightly purple. This is not typically something seen in movies and TV though, but rather computers and some games.
I have spent several days playing my Xbox One X on this device and I haven’t noticed any input lag. There is a little bit of blur in some high contrast fast moving scenes, but it is something to play a 4K HDR game at near life size. The only disadvantage is that I had to physically look at the radar in the top corner rather than just a glance on a smaller TV.
The built in audio works if you don’t care about quality. It gets decently loud and it is better than most other built in projector speakers, but even a basic sound bar sounds better, especially if you have a subwoofer. The only output for audio is through a 3.5mm stereo jack or through ARC of an HDMI cable. Personally I like to run everything through a receiver to get surround sound and output that to the projector. This is also where that Android TV stick could be moved to for a single input to the projector.
Overall, if you want the large size of a 100 to 130 inch theater like experience but don’t want to install a classic projector on the opposite side of the room, this is a perfect solution. No more need for extra long HDMI cables, no one casting shadows as they get up to get more popcorn and no delay in waiting for the light to warm up for full brightness. Plus, I don’t think I’m going to hit the 20,000 hour lifespan of the light source anytime soon as I did the 2500 half life of my old projector.Mar 14, 2021 15:02
The Epson - EpiqVision™ Ultra LS500 Short Throw Laser Projection TV with 4K PRO-UHD and HDR is nothing short of amazing. Spectacular picture quality. Bright and vibrant, rich colors, bold capturing black levels, and stunningly smooth motion on a gigantic 130” screen all combine to create an immersive viewing experience. The images look life-like in 4k. You will want to watch everything on this Epson - EpiqVision™ Ultra LS500 Short Throw Laser Projection TV with 4K PRO-UHD and HDR system. This projector supports [email protected] with HDR and [email protected] giving you the most enjoyable fast paced action in ultra clear quality right in your home. This is the way 4K gaming and UHD movies are meant to be viewed. It’s like being at the movie theater. The support for HDR further enhances the experience by optimizing brightness and black levels to bring out the sharpest image possible without sacrificing clarity and fluidity in motion on-screen. You will definitely notice the difference when playing HDR compatible games on the current generation High-Definition consoles.
I have never experienced this level of clarity in a home projector or television. The Epson - EpiqVision™ Ultra LS500 Short Throw Laser Projection TV really brings out the best of the complimentary 4K technology (4K game consoles, video players, cameras) connected to the system.
The projector is really easy to set up. In includes everything you need to get started, the remote control, HDMI connectors, and power cable.
There are a few things to keep in mind as it relates to setting up this projector.
The first thing: Because it’s a short throw system, you will have to place the projector approximately two feet away from the wall where the screen is mounted. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure the room you choose for this solution can accommodate that requirement.
The second thing to consider: This projector is designed to pair with specific screens in order to get the best visual experience. Be sure to check with Epson for the correct screen. It will work with a standard projection screen; however, it will not look as stunning.
The Epson - EpiqVision™ Ultra LS500 Short Throw Laser Projection TV not only delivers a transformative visual experience, but it also offers feature rich integration with Android TV (using the included Android TV USB adapter) and voice control service with Google assistant. If you are a fan of video streaming, you will be extremely happy with this solution for your home, as you can stream from your favorite services in true HD.
Gaming experiences are elevated to an entirely new level when using the The Epson - EpiqVision™ Ultra LS500 Short Throw Laser Projection TV. The experience is like reserving a movie theater for yourself and your friends and playing all your favorite gaming titles in elaborate UHD quality. Any game you play will look amazing. I highly recommend games that support HDR. Fast paced sports games, action games, driving games, and shooters all look unbelievably realistic. The detailing on buildings, shadows, reflections and so much more just come to life in a way that I’ve never seen before.
I highly recommend the Epson - EpiqVision™ Ultra LS500 Short Throw Laser Projection TV with 4K PRO-UHD and HDR - Projector.Mar 06, 2021 02:43
There are two color variants for the Epson EpiqVision LS500 namely black and white to suit your specific color preferences unlike other projectors which solely come in one color only. And the color white (and its different tones) seem to be the more popular color. What comes inside the box is the projector itself with a protective lens cover, a power cable, two remote control devices with two pairs of batteries, an Epson branded Android TV dongle with a short HDMI cable and also a short USB cable for power. Also included are quick setup guides in different languages. The full manual is available for download at the Epson website.
Setting up the projector is pretty much as straightforward process. First determine what size your image you want. The Epson LS500 is capable of providing an image size ranging from 70” to 130”. Of course the bigger the better, otherwise you would be better off with just a 4K TV. Epson has a video to setup the screen both available in its website and in YouTube. And for those who got the bundled screen, a popup measuring cardboard guide and a computer image is available to download on the Epson website. For those wanting an image size of 100” a projector distance or throw of 15” is required (Note the Epson video states 17” whereas the manual states 15”) and a throw of around 20” is needed. Also, the projector must be below or have a vertical throw of 13” below the screen. A complete guide for throw distances is available in the Epson website. And for the uninitiated the LS500 and most home theatre projectors have a screen aspect ratio of 16:9. In my case, I did it the old fashioned way, I positioned my projector 15” away from my wall taking measurements of 49” x 87” for a 100” image size.
Powering up the LS500 by my estimate is around 40 seconds but that also includes the boot up of Android TV. (Compare that to the roughly minute and a half from my 65” Hisense Android TV.) And without Android TV, boot from my guess would be around 30 seconds or maybe even less. From thereon, the next step is to properly align the projector image to the screen just by physically moving the projector accordingly by a little bit. (And that seems pretty obvious enough.) The next step is to go to Settings then start the installation. There you can see more details on how to setup your screen including how to use the use the adjustable feet on the front of the projector. The main issue here is that the foot knobs are pretty much stuck most of the time and has become quite annoying to adjust. Also, the front feet are non-adjustable. For me, it has been much easier to use floor protectors to adjust the projector.
Once done, you can use both horizontal and vertical correction to fine tune your alignment. Likewise, you can use the quick corner feature to micro align the corners to the edges of your screen. But with other projectors, they have an eight point correction tool as compared to the four corner tool Epson has. And if in case you really can’t fit in the screen in your screen, it also has a zoom tool just to do that. I actually prefer to make the necessary corrections by just physically adjusting the projector.
One thing to note is the blanking tool in the LS500. Generally, it is easy to dismiss the necessity of this tool if you are using a wall, a large roll up or stretch screen or even a fixed frame screen with a two and a half inch bezel. But coming from a portable cloth projector screen to an edgeless screen, I found that blanking out the image bleed to be quite annoying given the fact that though there may be an actual bezel in my frame, it is actually a quarter inch wide only. Physically aligning it would be a near impossible task as an ultra short throw projector. Even aligning your image with the keystone correction tool tends to greatly distort your image. And from my initial observation, image correction may be required as often you may change the volume of the show you are watching. I guess that is part of “projector life.”
With regard to image quality aside from it being great, I would like to make some layman or amateur clarifications with regard to Epson’s 3LCD/PRO-UHD. Most projectors use DLP technology to create 4K images with 8 million pixels. But most if not all DLP based projectors also use a so-called color wheel which if the projector is not adjusted and in conjunction with inappropriate screen may lead to the so-called rainbow effect. This has been an annoyance of AV enthusiasts. With 3LCD technology there are some advantages and some trade-offs. 3LCD projectors tend to be brighter hence the LS500 4,000 lumens ratings and this “rainbow effect” is removed. On the other hand, contrast levels are reduced and instead of 8 million pixels (3840 x 2160 or 4096 x 2160), PRO-UHD has a limitation of 4 million pixels (1920 x 1080 x 2). So what does this mean to us consumers. From my untrained eyes, the difference is negligible. Do note that I am coming from an Epson 3LCD XGA projector (800 x 600) which is not even 720p but higher that DVD resolution. The resolution is still great. Only pixel peepers will really concern themselves with this. But I am telling this to let you have an informed decision when considering the Epson LS500.
There are four color modes in the LS500 namely Dynamic, Bright Cinema, Cinema and Gaming modes. The Dynamic mode maximizes Epson’s 4,000 lumens giving you the brightest options. This would be optimal if there is a lot of ambient light around. However, this mode tends to oversaturate. The Bright Cinema mode as per my understanding utilizes 2,500 lumas and is the default setting. For those used to the brightness of TVs, this seems to be the acceptable setting hence the default. The regular Cinema mode uses 50% brightness, so I am assuming 1,250 lumens are used and in my opinion gives you a more real life cinema experience in terms of brightness. Also, the lower brightness helps you in preserving the life of the lasers though the LS500 has a life of 20,000 lamp hours or ten years or so with regular use. Finally, there is a Gaming mode which has the same brightness level of the Bright Cinema mode but boasts of a 16.7 ms input lag. But since I am not a gamer, this has real life use for this. And even if my twelve year old son decides to play using the projector, the default color mode is likely to be used.
Aside from the color modes, you can also find the usual color setting found on regular TVs such as Brightness, Contrast, Color Saturation and more. But for most people leaving these alone work as the Color Modes area doing such a great job. Also, custom settings can also be saved in the projector.
There are some things I would like to point out though. In the product literature, it is stated the LS500 is 3D capable. However, Epson Customer Service as noticed in Q & A sections in the web would state that it is not. But I have seen professional reviews stating that the LS500 is 3D capable and 3D movies such as Avatar and Alice and Wonderland were used for the reviews. But in my case, the 3D option is disabled even though though my Blu Ray player is 3D capable. But given these pro reviews I have seen were written months ago, perhaps they got early versions where the 3D option is available. And for whatever reason, Epson decided to disable it in later releases. As to why Epson would do that, I have not idea. Regardless, 3D movies have already gone the way of the dinosaurs, It is no great loss for me.
Also, Epson representatives say that you cannot mount it in your ceiling. But I have noticed that there is an option to reverse the image therefore, indicating that you can actually mount it. I find this odd enough since the main purpose of being able to flip the screen is if you want to reverse mount it on your ceiling. But honestly, that kind of defeats the purpose of an ultra short throw projector as one of its main selling points is the simplicity of setting it up.
Lastly, aspect ratio adjustment has been disabled too. I often use the aspect ratio to fill in the screen but that this is more for the computers I use. But then again, Epson did a good in maintaining the ratio and the blanking tool is doing a good job in maintaining edges.
But in spite of these shortcomings, the Epson LS500 produces fantastic images and video and has provided a feature set that can come with a fair amount of future proofing that it is a worthwhile investment. The Epson LS500 PRO-UHD Ultra Short Throw Projector is one of the best out there.Mar 02, 2021 02:54
We've been chasing that movie theater at home feeling for over a decade now. We started with a humble 720p projector, then moved on to 1080p, 1080p and 3D, then a huge 4K ceiling-hanged projector. Finally we had an opportunity to try out this 4K short throw projector. Until something crazy happens with projectors (8K?!) I'm happy to say we've reached the endgame.
While the long-throw projector was no slouch, this short-throw laser-projector is head and shoulders above the image quality I was used to.
First off, you'll notice that Epson refers to this as a "Projection TV" rather than a projector. It seems like semantics until you get it set up and properly tuned. Then it feels more like looking at a 100+" TV rather than a projector on a screen. The picture is incredibly bright without blowing out lighter colors and is tack-sharp while exhibiting no screen-door effect. Even when I walked up to within a couple feet of the screen it was hard to pick out the pixel arrangement!
The dynamic color mode looks amazing, even with movies. I guess I'm not too much of a purist to watch a movie in dynamic mode with it's bright, punchy colors, because I was really enjoying the look. I watched 1917 in 4K HDR from an Apple TV 4K and was absolutely blown away by the amount of detail and clarity. There are also two cinema modes to give it more of a movie theater feel. The Bright Cinema mode does a good job of balancing the brightness of dynamic mode with the subdued color and black levels of a movie screen. The regular cinema mode drops the overall brightness to deliver better detail in the darker areas.
I couldn't resist checking out Spider-Man into the Spiderverse with its bright comic-book colors and was similarly blown away by how amazing the colors were. Again, i was impressed with the amount of detail in the brighter portions of the screen where my past projectors would have shown a ton of blown-out whites.
Setup was pretty easy. I had my soundbar sitting on one of those three-cube cubbies from the big-box store, so I moved it and set the projector there. Just a couple feet from the wall provided an image to fill my 10" 16:9 screen. If you've never set up a short-throw projector, know that it takes some time and patience. Small movements will skew the picture one direction or another. There are some corner-based keystone adjustments you can make via the remote, but the more you do that the more you're processing the picture. You're best off moving the projector around as much as possible. Also, my experience is with my low-end screen and not anything fancy and it looks amazing. I can only imagine what a screen with some gain would look like!
On the front there are a couple HDMI ports (one with ARC - Audio Return Chanel) and a USB port for software updates. If you remove the fabric panel on the back there are the menu controls, the focus slider and a hidden panel. Inside the panel is one more HDMI port and a high-current USB jack. The intention is for you to hook up the included AndroidTV stick here and close up the panel, but there's no reason you can't hook up another stick-style streamer like a Roku or FireTV provided they fit in the cavity. Once you put the fabric panel back you have a perfectly clean install!
Speaking of the AndroidTV stick, it's a really clunky way to add on ATV and is not as smooth an experience as Epson's other projectors with built-in android. The stick comes with a second, slightly different remote, so you have two remotes, either of which runs the projector. One has a few extra app buttons. Neither is backlit which makes me crazy. Projectors are usually used in dimmed rooms (mine is at least) so I need to use my phone to see the keys. If you're using the projector in a lighted room (and I'm sure you can it's so bright, it does look good with the lights on in the theater) it's not as big a deal.
Additionally, you're probably going to want to add a sound bar or home theater receiver. While the Epson has built in speakers, they're not up to par with an outboard sound solution. I get that the goal here is you just need to plunk down one (heavy, sturdy!) device and you have all of your entertainment taken care of, but the reality is the speakers are not on par with the picture quality and don't deliver that "big" feeling.
One thing that I also really like is that this projector supports HDR and any of the fancier color modes that my gear can throw at it. I have everything enabled on my AppleTV (all of those settings that it warns you your TV may not support) and they all work. The changes are subtle, but it's comforting to know that it will handle expanded color space and HDR, so it'll be a good match with next gen video consoles. There is also a video game picture mode. Not sure what it does, but typically those cut out a lot of processing to cut down on lag. I did do some research on lag and this particular model does very well for gaming, coming in just a tad slower than most "gaming" monitors. Again, good future proofing, making this a sound investment. The laser light engine will also ensure a long life.
If you're looking to make a serious investment on home entertainment, either for a dedicated theater space or even a fairly bright room with controlled lighting, you should feel confident selecting the LS500. It's a serious piece of gear that performs well enough to chase off any buyer's remorse. Anything better quality than this is going to be far more expensive or will be in the projection booth at the local theater.Mar 04, 2021 15:24
Really looking forward to this Epson Short Throw Laser Projection TV. There is a streaming device (think Amazon Fire Stick) and two cables, they all have different connection end points so they can only possibly go in one spot. Right there, genius! After reviewing the Pictures on the Getting Started document it was easy to figure out where the streaming device goes. See attached picture. Another Genius idea, open the front (easy pop-off panel) and there is a storage container with the proper plug in ports.
The wall I am displaying on is 82 inches and it looks fantastic. Moving the projection TV back away from the wall increases the size of the display. The specifications say the display is 120” or ten feet. I measured an image 154” (12 feet, 10 inches) and the display is clear and crisp. The colors (even on my red wall) look great.
I was very interested to find out if the sound would be acceptable or if I would need to connect this to a home theatre setup. Sure, the whole home theatre thing would be great… eventually, but I wanted to know if could use and enjoy this out of the box, no extra accessories or devices required. I was very pleasantly surprised to hear great sound from this unit.
Reviewing the specifications for this unit, it states it is “A Complete Solution” with an “exceptionally bright, colorful and sharp picture”. It also says “Incredibly Bright Picture” “… exceptional level of brightness … for all day viewing in virtually any lightening environment”. I’m not an expert in these things, but I did watch the same show in the evening and then again during the day. I made sure the front shades were open to get the normal light during the day in the house. It’s a north facing house so not a lot of light comes in through the windows. I do; however, have two skylights in the living room and today is a sunny day. The picture is in fact “incredibly bright” and I get a beautiful picture in the day light. It is a true movie experience, even during the day.
The picture is amazing, clear and bright. The attached picture does not do it justice as it is displayed on a red textured wall. Ignore, the picture hangers and black light switch on the wall that are in the image. Still deciding on a permanent location for this TV.
Wrapping up, here is what you need to know –
1. Incredibly easy to setup, you really only need to read the Quick Guide.
2. Voice control finds what you need/want.
3. Movie theatre like experience. Amazing display, applies to screen size, image crispness and color.
4. Sound from the projection TV is great, voices come through clearly even with background noises or music.
5. Easy to add other components such as a Blu-ray, receiver, etc.Mar 02, 2021 19:56
I have been wanting to replace my original home theater projector from 10+ years ago. I was happy with that projector for a long time, but now it’s outdated, the light is dim, and with the new technology out, it is well past time for an upgrade... But I didn’t know it would be THIS much of an upgrade... It completely blew me away...I had no idea what I’ve been missing!
Setup was a breeze and easier than I expected it to be. Hardest part of it was finding something the correct height and distance from the screen for this to sit on! It’s packaged well and once I got everything out of the box, the fun began. This thing is pretty, and heavy! It looks so much nicer than my existing projector, not that important, but I expect it to look nice and it does. I set it up the recommended height and distance from the screen, plugged everything in and turned it on. I started the calibration to make sure it fit my screen correctly and it was simple and quick. Maybe because I had it the proper distance away from, and below my existing screen to start with? I think doing that step first and not rushing through it paid off! But either way it calibrated with ease, and I’m no expert. The feet are adjustable up and down if you need to get the exact height right, or if you’re on an uneven surface, like mine is. I’ll say that the menus and setup was very intuitive. Turning it on and setting everything up only took a few minutes, which I was pleasantly surprised with!
Ok ok, once we were up and running the first thing to watch had to be an action movie, and the kids picked Spider-Man... WHOA! Yes, the 4K was a huge upgrade from 1080p, ok I expected that. But what really stood out to me was the brightness and clarity/crispness of the movie! For me, it’s the 4K and brightness combination that made these movies so crystal clear!!! It’s advertised at 4000 lumens, and I’m not sure what my old projector is but this is what I am the happiest about! Game changer! In my experience, The only negative about having a projector over a standard tv is the brightness. Not anymore!!! This exceeded all of my expectations, every detail and color pops brightly and clearly. There was absolutely 0 blur on anything or in any scene! Even super fast moving scenes and action sequences. I can see perfectly fine in well lit rooms, unlike my old projector. Again, this is huge for me. My room is naturally bright, I have blinds and shades, but they don’t completely black it out. Now I don’t even have to close the blinds. Seriously, It’s that much of an upgrade.
Biggest regret? I wish I got this in time to watch the Super Bowl on it! Oh well, maybe next year. I can’t wait to watch football games on this. My home theatre is back!Mar 01, 2021 08:40
4K UHD Resolution ✅ HDR ✅ Low Latency Input ✅ x3 HDMI Port including ARC Support ✅ Amazing image quality ✅ The Perfect Home Theater Projector: very close
4K Ultra HD Resolution
HDR 10 Support
4000 Lumens for a bright vivid Picture
High Contrast Ration for excellent shadow details and blacks.
3x HDMI ports (HDMI 2 Supports ARC)
2x USB A Ports (1 rear and 1 front)
Dual 10w built-in Speakers
The game mode is for low latency input (16.7 milliseconds when running 4K at 60 Hz) ideal for FPS games.
20,000 hours of life.
Android TV Dongle
The built-in speakers let’s just say they get the job done if you’re watching the news. For movie watching, you will be disappointed. The included Android TV dongle does allow you to connect a Bluetooth speaker or wireless headphones if you prefer. If you switched over to another source like your game console you won’t be able to use your Bluetooth speaker. There is an audio jack on the rear that can be used to feed sound into a soundbar or speaker. In my opinion, this would be the best option since Bluetooth is susceptible to audio delay that results in out-of-sync audio. I was using a Bluetooth transmitter but there were times especially when gaming that the audio was out of sync. If you can use a wired cable instead of wireless for your audio needs.
This model is usually paired with a fancy Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) screen but for my review, it’s without it. Even without the ALR screen, it did not disappoint at all. The first thing you will notice how bright the picture can that is enough for HDR content to pop. I was also impressed by how much detail is displayed in dark scenes. For my test, I used my Xbox One X and Planet Earth 2 4K UHD Disc. Even though I have a 4K 70inch HDR TV, being able to get that type of quality but on a much bigger screen is something else. Overall, I’m impressed with the high-quality image that is displayed. Even without the ALR screen imagine quality was top-notch, I can only imagine how much better the image quality looks if you pair this bad boy with one. If you want to take advantage of every pixel that this projector puts out make sure to properly pair it with a high-quality projector screen even if it’s not an ALR screen.
You have 4 Picture Preset Modes to choose from Dynamic ( bright saturated image), Bright Cinema ( vivid image) Cinema (darkroom natural tone image), Game (low latency input with a vivid imagination). You also have the option to adjust the brightness, contrast, color saturation, and tint to finer tuned in the image quality to your personal taste. Besides those, you can also adjust the sharpness and white balance. Each preset can also be adjusted if you find the colors to be over-saturated or brightness too low. Most of the time I kept it in the Bright Cinema mode except for times I was playing an FPS game.
For a short-throw projector, this one sure requires more distance from the wall compared to other similar projectors. I would have to estimate almost 30inches away from the wall to achieve the image you see from my pictures. I suggest making sure that you have a good spot for it so it’s not on the way or taking up too much space by sticking out. Epson does provide a setup feature that will display bars on the corners to help with picture alignment. Bluetooth built-in to the projector would have been a lot better so you weren’t just limited to the Android TV dongle.
If you’re in the market for a high-end short-throw laser projector the Epson LS500 is a good choice and actually one of the more affordable 4K laser projectors out there. With 20,000 hours of estimated life, Epson has you covered for a very long time and future proof with 4K resolution, x3 HDMI Ports, and 1 ARC HDMI 2 Port along with HDR support. For you gamers out there Epson has you covered too with low latency input. Just make sure to pair it along with a good projection screen and be prepared to wow your guest with your home theater set up.
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VAVA’s 0.233:1 throw rate projects epic visuals from a much narrower proximity, easily adjusting the projection between 80”-150”from just 16.7”away from the wall; immerse yourself in your favorite shows, movies and games, wire free and obstruction freeProjector Buying Guide.Learn about projector types and find the right fit for your needs and space.Learn more
Upgraded last April from a 60 inch tv to a 120" 1080p projector that cost around $250. It was traditional long throw with bulbs. It was impressive at first for my new home theater but after a little over a year I decided I needed an upgrade. I did a lot of research and settled on this Vava. Its fantastic! Super bright, immediate noticeable upgrade in image quality and watching 4k YouTube content or UHD movie are incredible. It being laser and ultra short throw was also a huge improvement. You can't even tell its a projector and not a screen. And I don't even have a proper screen yet. Easy to use and set up. It is a rather large unit so need some space to set it up. Haven't tried the 3d yet and I'm using external surround sound so can't comment on the built in speakers. Very happy and impressed with it so far. Love it!Aug 11, 2021 22:22
That’s a wonderful thing I’m enjoying it I would recommend everyone entirely to have one and I garanti that u guys won’t regret of ur purchaseOct 02, 2021 14:05
For the most part this has been a great item. Looks good in a dark room when watching shows that are dark also. I do have one white pixel on the screen that just showed up. Does not bother me too much but it is there. I don't know what has caused it.Oct 19, 2021 09:53
Less noise and Excellent clarity. This projector has lot of features like 3D, audio output through Bluetooth. It really gives a theater experience when projected with 150" display.Oct 21, 2021 00:50
The Vava 4k projector has a great image, I really enjoyed the color and the sound was great. However mechanical noise (fan, DLP disk, etc.) was far higher than 32 Db in its specifications, rather when tested it was 50.5 Db. The difference between a whisper and moderate rain. The when on, but sitting idle, the projector can be heard across the room (roughly 25 feet). The noise can be described as a high pitch frequency that personally gave me a headache after extended use.
Further research showed that this is a common issue reported by multiple owners.Oct 22, 2021 16:33
Awesome projector! Yes its pricy but its so worth it. Makes my living room feel like im at the movies. Speakers are also really nice. It also came packaged really well. Highly recommend!Jun 28, 2021 11:11
I am shocked by how well this projector performs. I was searching for a 4K projector and had several different models that I looked at from different manufacturers. I did not necessarily need to go with at UST projector. In fact, I had narrowed my search to the following: The Epson 5050UB (long throw), Epson LS500 (Ultra Short Throw), Optoma P2 (Ultra Short Throw), and coming in a distant fourth...the VAVA 4K (Ultra Short Throw).
I had spent months doing research. In fact, I actually came across a 5040UB projector for a really cheap price secondhand. So I thought I was set. One day, I happened to notice the VAVA was on sale from Best Buy for under $2000. I himmed and hawed all day, but decided to purchase with the thinking that if I did not like it, I could make my money back by reselling it.
-I had read that the color accuracy on the VAVA was terrible. Many reviews had stated that the reds were pushed too greatly, and that there was a tint over the picture.
-3D was a huge must for me. Though the VAVA supports 3D, it was by mean of a firmware update, and I had read many people were underwhelmed by the 3D on this device. This was actually what gave me the most pause.
-Fan Noise. I had been seeing reports that this projector gets loud.
-Lack of brightness. This projector was said to not perform well in ambient lighting.
After owning the projector for a couple of weeks, I am happy to report that, though these fears all have some basis, I have found workarounds to most, and the others do not bother me as much as I thought.
-First off, color accuracy. The reds definitely get pushed on this projector. After getting some different settings from a few online sources, these were the settings I ended up going with:
Color Mode: Custom
Red Gain: 1012
Green Gain: 852
Blue Gain: 777
I tried these settings with HDR on first and the reds blew up. The picture was saturated with color, but did not looks natural. I tampered with the settings more, but found that the best thing to do was switch HDR to off. Once I switched off the HDR, everything looked great! Now one of the biggest selling point of 4K has been HDR, so was this projector actually worth it? I would say yes. Though HDR is not worth anything on this, the increase in resolution is noticeable. Switching between regular Blu-Ray and UHD Blu-ray is not as subtle as some might have you believe on a 100" screen. So even without HDR, I would say the 4K is absolutely worth it at this size. With the above settings and HDR off, I see no tint or overpowering colors, but a clean, natural, and sharp image.
-Next, 3D. I have a large library of 3D blu-rays. I have actually not upgraded my TV past 1080p, because I love 3D and the new TVs do not offer it. 3D on this projector requires manual switching, which is not so bad (about three clicks on the remote). I started with Avatar in 3D. The image displayed as two images, one on the top of the screen, and one on the bottom. When I accessed the 3D menu on the VAVA, it presented me with three options: left/right, top/bottom, screen encapsulation.
Since the image I saw was split horizontally, I chose top/bottom. My heart sank. The 3D image displayed gave me an absolute headache. The picture had depth, but seemed to line up imperfectly. It almost felt like I had astigmatism. On top of that, there were green bars that flickered at the top and bottom of the image. I thought this would be a deal breaker, but I decided to try something else. I tried frame encapsulation and voila! The image line up perfectly, and actually, impressively. Unlike my Panasonic plasma 3D TV, there was no ghosting at all. I had not experienced 3D this good outside of the theater. Depth was outstanding, and colors looked great. Of course, the image was darker, but I was very pleasantly surprised.
-Third, fan noise. This projector can sing. I am good at tuning things out, but I can see this being an issue for someone that wants absolute quiet during the quiet scenes in a movie. It does not bother me, and to be honest, I have do not even notice it past the first two minutes or so after starting up the projector. The 5040UB definitely wins in this regard. I barely even knew that was on just by listening to it.
-Fourth, brightness. This projector advertises something like 6000 lumens, but it ends up closer to 2700 lumens in most professional reviews I have seen. I use a VAVA ALR screen, and even that gets washed out a bit in direct sunlight, though I can still see the picture. If you will be watching in a high-lit environment, you may have to consider a light canon like the Epson LS500 UST projector.
The Epson 5040UB had a better picture, but the convenience of the VAVA won out. Though not as good of a picture per se, this projector is no slouch. I honestly do not feel like I lost out on anything by not getting a pricier projector. I have seen this projector dip a hair under $2000 a few times. At that price point, I feel no qualms about recommending it.Aug 26, 2021 10:45
it was Great experience , you can project direct on wall (won’t recommend though ) , very bright.Aug 20, 2021 15:59
Transform your home entertainment experience with a large 100-inch 1080p image from only inches away with the 3,600 lumen Optoma GT5600. Simply connect your source, whether a gaming console, video player, or mobile device, and let auto keystone and four-corner correction automatically optimize the image. USB display supersizes Android and iOS gaming by mirroring your experience via a single USB cable. Share your gaming experience with everyone in the room with wireless screen mirroring enabled by Optoma HDCast Pro 1080p HDMI MHL Multimedia Stick (sold separately), compatible with Android, Mac OS and Windows devices. Robust input options include HDMI, VGA and RJ-45. Enjoy up to 15,000 hours of lamp life enabling an average of 4 hours of viewing time every day for 10+ years. A 20,000:1 contrast ratio ensures deep black levels. A built-in, robust 16-watt speaker ehances your entertainment with crisp audio. A PC-free media player, image viewer and document reader enable users to display office documents, PDFs and images from micro SD cards and USB storage devices.Projector Buying Guide.Learn about projector types and find the right fit for your needs and space.Learn moreOptoma projectors are a clear choice.Check out the lineup and see which projector is right for you.Learn more about Optoma
Projector is as good as advertised. I love it very much. We had moving night at my house and my guest were amaze with it. Definitely worth the money.May 15, 2021 07:59
I like it except remote control problem
No other remote control work with it .
I have to use 3 remotes to operate a tv and stero for the sound .Nov 25, 2020 16:33
Go Epic! Immerse yourself in a new type of streaming experience with the Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300 Smart Streaming Laser Projector. Utilizing an advanced, ultra-short throw design, viewing content has never been easier. Simply place the projector just inches from the wall and watch TV shows, sports, movies and more up to an astonishing 120". Featuring built-in Android TV and wireless connectivity, the Epson EpiqVision LS300 Streaming Laser Projector gives you seamless access to popular streaming services including Hulu, HBO and YouTube, right out of the box. So, whether you’re binge-watching your favorite TV shows or hosting movie night, the Epson EpiqVision LS300 Streaming Laser Projector makes it easy to stream bright images virtually anywhere in your home. Audiophile 2.1 Speaker System by Yamaha. Epson has partnered with Yamaha to create a unique audio experience unlike anything it its class. Developed exclusively for the Epson EpiqVision LS300 Streaming Laser Projector, Yamaha’s leading Acoustic Engineers designed a unique 2.1 sound system to deliver a true audiophile performance. Designed within a custom 3D Acoustic Enclosure, two high-end Yamaha drivers and a dedicated woofer are powered by a discrete amplifier and tuned, using Yamaha’s latest AudioEngine™ DSP technology to produce an impressive, deep and wide sound stage that rivals dedicated higher-end audio systems and soundbars.Projector Buying Guide.Learn about projector types and find the right fit for your needs and space.Learn moreEpson home theater projectors.Enjoy an unparalleled big-screen movie or gaming experience.Learn more about Epson’s home theater projector lineup
I bought this projector replace my living TV and it is nothing short of amaziing! The color and contrast is amazing compared to another UST projector I previously had. Once I turn on the projector I boxed uo the other one and returned it immediately. The fan is little noisey of the highest light setting but nothing too loud that will disturb the experience especially once the audio is playing. I highly recommend the UST as it the best one I found in my research that was laser and had a under $2k price point!Oct 30, 2021 10:11
The Epson Epiqvision Ultra LS300 is Epson’s latest Ultra Short Throw (UST) 1080p projector. This is my first time setting up and using a UST projector – I have only ever installed or used long throw projectors. I wasn’t too familiar with the needs for a UST projector so I spent a decent amount of time and research to get myself acquainted with the machine.
To start off the LS300 is Epson’s 1080p UST offering – the LS500 is the 4K offering and comes in at a much higher price point. The LS300 comes loaded with Android TV, Chromecast, and Google Assistant in the remote. Also onboard is a 2.1 Yamaha tuned sound system. The supported screen sizes range from 70” all the way up to 120” – keep in mind 1080p viewing distances for screen size are roughly 9ft+ for 70” and 16ft+ for 120”. Any closer than that and you will start discerning some pixilation and the image looses its smoothness. The unit itself is bigger than I expected – a full 16” deep. I settled on a 92” screen - the manual tells me the distance I need have between the projector and screen is around 8”. That means this sits around 2’ away from the wall, which is further out than I expected. There isn’t a network port so all connections are over Wi-Fi. There are 2 HDMI ports for connecting external devices – HDMI 2 carries the ARC feature, so use this port if you are connecting to an AVR. The LS300 can accept 4K sources but will only display 1080p. I assume this has to do with HDR content being tied up with 4K sources, so this way the projector would retain the HDR but ditch the higher res. Not a bad solution at all if that’s the reasoning (HDR is more noticeable than the bump to 4K). This is tabletop only – there are no ceiling mount provisions.
The technology behind the LS300 is the use of laser projection with their 3-chip LCD design. This technology has been around for awhile and is the main competitor to DLP projectors. Each design has their advantages. 3LCD designs tend to have higher brightness levels, more compact, less heat, quieter (fans don’t run as much), no image degradation over bulb life, and have no bulbs to replace. The downsides come into play with screen versatility, color range, and if the 3LCD chip dies you can’t replace it – unlike replacing the bulb in a DLP unit.
I started out initially by researching what screen to use. For UST projectors you cannot simply project onto a painted wall or simple pull-down screen like you would with a long throw projector. Instead you need to have a screen that is stretched tight with no wrinkles or creases. The ideal screen for a UST is a specially made UST-ALR (Ambient Light Rejecting) material. These screens are pretty expensive and are probably above the budget for most – Best Buy sells an Optoma 100” UST-ALR screen for 700. These screens are designed to accept the light from the angle of a UST and reject the light from other angels. Screen material selection is heavily dependent on your room and use case. If you have the ability to completely darken or reduce ambient light then you likely don’t need to spend the extra money on a UST-ALR. For me I have a mixed use room with overhead can lights, but limited/nonexistent outdoor light. The can lights can be turned off to have a completely darkened room, but not always – looking to add dimmers or dimmable smart bulbs to improve my space a bit in case some light is needed. The projector brightness also plays a part in this as well. The LS300 is very bright at 3600nits and likely doesn’t need a screen with any extra reflection gain (1.1 or higher).
I started out getting a screen material sample kit from Carl’s Place (an outfit that sells the raw material to build your own screen). I initially leaned towards a gray screen due to the use of overhead lighting, but I wanted to confirm. I included a picture of my mashed together sample screen so I could see different screen types side by side. Materials sampled – FlexiGray (top-left and top-center-left), UltraGray (top-center-right), ProGray (top-right), FlexiWhite (middle-left and middle-center-left), UltraWhite (middle-center-right), ProWhite (center-right), Basic ALR (bottom-left and bottom-center-left), and blackout cloth (bottom-center-right). In all lighting conditions the FlexiGray looked the best – it’s a stretchy and lightly textured material. The FlexiWhite looked a bit better/brighter in a fully darkened room, but suffered a bit in a brighter room. Also, it brightened some scenes up almost too much and made them seem washed out. One thing to consider is the reflection up onto the ceiling with a UST – gray material reflects less than white. This reflection can act like a soft overhead light in scenes that have really dark and really bright elements together. My room has a shorter ceiling so the largest I could go was a 92” screen (4’x7’). I found a screen from Silver Ticket Products (STR-16992-G) that fit my needs, was inexpensive, nice finished black bordered frame, and the right material type (very similar to the FlexiGray I tested) for my room/use case (1.0 gain matte gray).
Getting started with the LS300 was fairly straightforward. Setup was really easy and only took about 5-10 minutes to get it updated and apps downloaded. I added my Hulu, Disney+, and HBOMax accounts with ease. Streaming on the projector was quick enough, and the apps moved swiftly without any lag. Using the built in Chromecast I could cast from my phone to the screen with ease. Getting the screen in the right position was a bit tricky though. The projector has adjustable rear feet but the front foot is fixed. The first time putting the screen on the wall we ended up being 2 inches low – it was actually pretty hard to gauge where it needed to go with just 2 people doing the work. If I had a 3rd person helping then 2 of us could hold the screen while the other person dialed in the projector settings, and marked the mount position. The couple extra holes didn’t bother me since I’m in the middle of a basement renovation and have the bottom of the wall ripped out. My advice is to overshoot your screen size a bit and then use the image size adjustment to get the screen dimensions dialed in.
Out of the box I didn’t have to adjust much though. The focus was pretty close – had to nudge it a smidge, but it wasn’t off by much. The default screen setting for me was Vivid. This looked pretty good in all lighting conditions, so I was happy with it. Playing around the settings I found the Dynamic is a bit better with all the room lights on. This does make the fan kick into high gear since this is maxing out the projector output. Under darker room conditions the Cinema setting looked the best and had the most natural looking colors. It’s a toss up though depending on your source sometimes. Image quality and brightness was excellent though. My GF and I were thoroughly impressed by how good it looked even with all the lights on. We watched a number of different shows from all of the connected streaming services. I felt like Disney+ looked the best – watched the latest Mandalorian episode and it was excellent. The image had good contrast, motion blur was limited so it looked crisp, colors were accurate, and the image was very bright. Combine this all on a 92” screen and it made for an immersive experience. I haven’t had a chance to play any games on it yet, but I am really looking forward to it.
The speakers that come with the LS300 are tuned by Yamaha and are supposedly a 2.1 setup that can rival some soundbars. They aren’t lying in that regard. The sound system is quite good for being onboard speakers. There’s a decent little punch of bass and plenty of power to really push a lot of sound. Sound and dialog is pretty crisp at low volumes as well making it ideal for quiet hours. I would say this setup is better than anything you would get out of a flat panel TV, and on par or better than most entry to mid-level soundbars. You can also use the projector as a Bluetooth speaker, which is a nice feature and allows it to serve 2 roles in the room. To fully complete the immersion that the screen size provides, I’m switching over to a 7.1 setup for most viewing, but I will use the onboard for nighttime.
Documentation is often something that goes unacknowledged when it is good, but quickly lambasted when its bad. For the LS300 the documentation is worth the look. It is very thorough and goes through every feature, explains what it does, and the best time to use it. I am very tech savvy, but this really helped me since I am new to home theater projectors. The manual also has a really nice chart for screen sizing with regards to positioning the projector. I was able to determine everything I needed for the setup - new entertainment center being the main one due the size and distance requirements.
Things that made me scratch my head with this projector – Netflix support and the remote. As of right now Netflix is not available through the Play Store for this device. If its there, I could not find it. Its not a pre-loaded app, it’s not in the suggestions, and it didn’t turn up when I did a search. This is a shame because Netflix is on everything, and its my main streaming platform. I will be connecting an Xbox and other items, so I can get around it, but it would be nice to leave the Xbox off. The other item was the remote – why is it not backlit? The use case for most projectors is a darkened theater type room where light is low. I had to use the light coming from the screen to see the buttons on the remote. Just a silly weakness that could have been avoided.
Overall the Epiqvision Ultra LS300 has been great. Image clarity is top notch, setup was easy, and the onboard sound is better than expected. It looks great in all lighting conditions, even with a budget friendly screen. I have had a really good experience using the projector with very few hurdles to overcome.Nov 18, 2020 23:46
I was hesitant to order this Epson Projector because the Best Buy website states that the “Minimum Projector DIstance” is 3.4 feet. Thankfully, this is NOT correct. The whole purpose of a short throw projector is that it can project a large image while sitting incredibly close to a wall / screen. If it had truly had to sit 3.4 feet away from a wall - it would not be classified as a short throw projector. To clarify, I have this projector sitting 6 inches away from my wall and it projects an 80 inch image.
The projector is incredibly easy to set-up and is simple enough that my 6 year old was navigating and watching his favorite shows just minutes after plugging it in. The device initially takes over 1 minute to turn on, but it typically sits in a standby mode and can be used in just 3 seconds after pressing the power button. Even without a legitimate ALR Projection Screen, the image quality is great. Even on a dark wall, whites look great and the image is quite vivid. Keep in mind however, the projector can accept a 4K image, but the output is 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz. If you are hoping to game on the PS5 or Xbox Series X at 120 Hz - this projector will NOT be able to do so. See the attached Xbox Series X images for more compatibility information.
Not only is the image quality impressive (in both light & dark rooms) but the Yamaha 2.1 speaker system sounds great. The audio is rich and full with deep bass while - keeping dialogue clear. While the projector is designed to be used as a Bluetooth Speaker, this mode does not work well at all. It is surprisingly difficult to pair via Bluetooth and after about 4 minutes the connection fails. Once the connection drops, the remote control (which connects via bluetooth) is no longer paired and the projector must be unplugged and fully rebooted before it can be used again.
Overall, I am impressed with the projector’s short throw capabilities, but it does have other limitations that are frustrating for a device that is the very latest model.
1) The projector is not compatible with either Netflix or Amazon Prime Video. Netflix is the most popular video streaming app - so not having the ability to use its app is extremely disappointing.
2) The projector has 2 HDMI inputs, but neither of them are the latest HDMI 2.1. This means that it cannot process 4K at 120 Hz, or accept an 8K image. This makes me feel as though Epson dropped the ball with their latest projector models and is releasing new devices that are already a bit aged.
3) There are no navigation buttons on the projector. If you lose the remote, or if it stops working (due to the bluetooth issues mentioned above), you are not able to control anything other than the volume, the dimming option, or powering off the device.
4) There is no built in option to tilt the projector upwards. Strangely the projector only has 3 feet (two in the rear and one up front). Often the front foot on a projector has the option to raise and lower - to adjust where the image is displayed. But, that is not the case here. Just set the projector down and hope the image is displayed where you want it.
Note: There are menu options that allow you to adjust the screen size and edge shape.
If you are interested in true 4K (and want a device that will work well with 8K in the future), this projector is not for you. If you want to play PS5 or Xbox Series X at 120 frames per second, then pass on this projector.
BUT, if you want a convenient projector that displays an impressively clear image (in light and dark rooms) and includes impressive audio - this is a good choice.Nov 29, 2020 00:24
It is amazing beautiful color great sound system and built-in apps as well Bluetooth capabilities so you can even use your own surround system great pictures quality im so happy i chose to go with rhe epson 300 it is a must have no more blocking the picture from my kids walking by oh boy am im happySep 10, 2021 18:01
This is an excellent in home projector that blends in short throw which is close to the wall. It has a decent sound system and all the Android Chrome Cast smarts are built in. I thought the setup was easy and clear just like a smart tv would be. I liked that you had the Google assistant to pull up You Tube videos or perform searches. The Projector displayed a 85" screen at a distance of 23" and 105" screen at a distance of 28". The color is white and blends better than the Black version which I like. The only issues are that it did not come with the screen which is another $800-$1000. So this now becomes pretty expensive for a family entertainment and at $3k you can get a 75" screen TV of decent quality so I guess this works if your into the whole movie theater experience. The other negative is this is not good for outdoor screens as they have too much wrinkles and creases. This needs an extremely flat screen to get the most out of it. I also liked that it is fairly bright and can be ISF calibrated. This is only a 1080P projector that can take a 4k signal but will not display a 4k image. In my testing you could most likely not tell since it is projection vs LED/OLED where the difference would be apparent. I also like that since it is Android security downloads were simple and current. There is also a warning if anyone gets in the way of the laser which is a good safety feature but can be turned off. The sound is decent and bassy for a built in projector. The sound definitely drowns out the fans which can be noisy when sound drops in a scene. Definitely the most refined projector I have come across so far.Nov 14, 2020 19:08
I’ve used a few traditional and even high-end bulb based (long-throw) projectors over the years, but nothing comes close to the quality of this Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300 short throw laser technology projector. Even before unboxing it, you can tell it’s a fairly big and heavy unit, weighing nearly 17 lbs, but there is a good reason for that - this projector has a powerful Yamaha 2.1 sound system built-in. It easily fills a good size room with good quality, crisp, sound with a fullness that is much better than flat panel TVs and matches or exceeds your typical soundbar. The built-in speaker system can also double as a stand-alone bluetooth speaker system you can connect your smart phone to and stream music to, which is a nice feature.
My media room is not ready for production yet, so I had to settle for a ceiling and then the wall behind my current 65” flat panel TV for the initial setup and testing. An ALR projector fixed screen would be ideal, but for the time being, I’m just going to free up and repaint a wall. Even without a screen, this projector is impressively bright even in ambient light. You need about 2,500 lumens to project in daylight, and this Epson does 3,600, so that’s plenty. The initial setup was a bit quirky, but pretty straight forward if you’re patient. Pairing the basic remote control worked OK the first time, but after the projector downloaded a new firmware version and some security updates, it had to reboot, then it kept asking to pair the remote control again. Pressing the Home and Enter buttons didn’t do anything. It turns out, the remote was in fact still paired, so pressing the Back button made the pairing instruction go away. If you’re an Android user, once you’re on Wi-Fi you can login with your Google account and have an option to “synchronize” your apps, which will basically install all compatible apps from your Google Play account to the projector’s Android TV. Not all the streaming apps I care about were available. I was able to install HBO Max, Showtime and being a heavy OTA user, I was glad to see the Tablo and HD Homerun apps, but very disappointed Netflix and (Amazon) Prime Video were not available. For a true Home Theater sound experience, you can connect the projector’s Optical Audio out to a receiver/external speakers. Aside from the power cord, there are also 2 HDMI ports and a USB port on this unit. On the right side of the unit, there are five small square buttons - Power, Video off, Bluetooth pairing and volume +/-. Below the buttons there is a little removable cover that reveals a manual focus adjustment lever.
* Image quality is top notch in 1080p with crazy 3,600 lumens brightness and 1,500,000:1 contrast
* Built-in sound quality is great coming out of the 2.1 Yamaha tuned speakers
* Ultra Short Throw Laser 3LCD allows you to place it inches to 2ft away from your wall/screen, so you no longer have to worry about anyone walking in front of it
* Large screen size up to 120”, no way you can get a 120” flat panel TV for $2k
* Smart TV like functionality facilitated by the built-in Android TV
* Google Assistant built-in for convenient voice searches
* Chromecast built-in so you can wirelessly broadcast content from your phone or tablet
* Safety - Motion sensor that automatically turns off the laser beam in case someone gets in the way
* Popular streaming apps not supported, even though they are supported on other Android TV devices (could not find a way to install Netflix or Prime Video)
* The fans can get loud at the default 80% or higher brightness levels and it’s not even summer time here
* Buggy remote control pairing
* Price...unless you really need a TV larger than 75” and have the room for it, it’s hard to justify purchasing a high-end projector
*** taking one star off for the lack of popular apps support and buggy remote controlNov 24, 2020 18:26
First impression of the EpiqVision Ultra LS300 is Epson has designed a trendy device which will look marvelous as a focal point in living rooms or Home Theaters. It looks fantastic and is nicely accented with the Yamaha speaker mesh along the front of the unit. Typically, I am not redundant in my reviews but the LS300 is worthy.
Flowing naturally from the first impression was the simplicity of the product I discovered in unboxing. There are four items in the product mix, the projector, Quick Start Guide, remote and power cable. Control Panel consists of four buttons. The remote has a total of seventeen selection buttons compared with my other remote which has thirty-eight. The remote supports Google Assistant, and it works very well. The Quick Start Guide will walk you through the basic setup quickly, though I recommend downloading and utilizing the Owner’s Manual for complete setup.
Appreciate how thoroughly Epson has researched and designed the whole product and delivered an impressive system that does not require an engineering degree to get it off the ground. Kudos.
The LS300 utilizes innovative Ultra-Short Throw technology/design, in a nutshell that means you set the projector on a typical TV table/stand inches away from the wall where the picture is projected directly up to the screen. This is a totally cool.
Android TV is the built in OS and which I have used and find to be a solid system. Managing the TV and apps with Android TV is easy to use and intuitive.
The Android TV supports many streaming apps such as HBO, Hulu, YouTube and many more. What is very surprising though is Netflix and Prime are glaringly missing? Fortunately, I had a streaming box available to access Prime and Netflix so not a big deal, but I have gotten away from streaming boxes years ago due to all available apps on Smart Systems. Though not a big issue it is a pain having to keep one more remote… Hopefully Prime and Netflix will show up in an early update.
The Good Stuff:
• Built-in Android TV with an uncomplicated/excellent remote
• Supports Voice Search with Google Assistant
• Supports Chromecast
• Two HDMI HDCP 2.2 inputs with HDMI ARC support
• Optical Audio Out
• Yamaha 2.1 Channel sound system
• Bluetooth – speaker mode
• Up to 120” Projection - amazing with projector inches from wall
• 3600 Lumens Color Brightness
• “1,500,000:1 Contrast Ratio and Dynamic Contrast”
• 60hz refresh rate
• 2-year warranty which includes “full-unit replacement, along with free technical phone support for the life of the product”
• Laser Light is rated at 20,000 hrs which should translate into about 14 years
• Wi-Fi 5 Mbps or higher - Would have liked a hardwire option for the network
• Superb Owner’s Manual (download)
Have not desired a screen over 65” in the past and felt that the picture may overwhelm the living room.
Upon turning the Epson LS300 it was Love at First Sight! The system is gorgeous, the picture is dynamic and as has converted our living room into a family theater. It is marvelous experience that fills the senses. My family loves the new addition.
After receiving the LS300, I ordered a ALR 100” screen from Best Buy and installed which compliments the LS300 brilliantly. I am fully converted from the TV box, to borrow from an adage, “seeing is believing”. Two of my friends came by to watch football with me, one will be replacing his 70” screen and the other his 75” screen.
If you are looking into Home Theater or just desire a large screen, I would suggest giving the Epson system a long look, it delivers.Nov 29, 2020 15:32
I honestly love this projector, it is virtually everything I wanted in a projector. I would love to say that this projector is just awesome, and leave it at that, but there is too much to be said about it. After all it is a reasonably priced laser projector. With the different kinds of projectors (DLP, LCD and LCOS), laser projectors seem to be the way of the future with their advantages; no bulbs, lower power consumption, lower heat, quieter, excellent brightness, contrast and picture definition.
This projector is designed to be used anywhere in or out of your house. All you need is a light colored wall, obviously the whiter the better, but it will still work on darker backgrounds too( just not as good). It's best to use a flat surface, because the image is projected from directly below, bumpy surfaces will cause shadows or gaps in your view.
This is not designed for ceiling mounting at all, as there is no inversion feature, nor any mounts on the unit.
The projector is intended to be placed on your TV table with the rest of your media devices, creating a large wireless image on the wall or screen.
While the projector does a lot on it's own, some settings and features are still manual. The keystoning feature and focus are both manual. The focus lever can be easily accessed by popping off the cover near the power button. There are several things to pay attention to, when picking the right location for your projector and then focusing the image. The image on the wall should be automatically squared off if your projector is level, and facing the wall at a right angle.
if not, then you might notice a wider edge on the bottom of the screen, and a more narrow edge on the top. The two feet on the bottom, back of the device are adjustable. There is only one leg in the front middle. This makes it easier to adjust the skew of the screen, by raising or lowering the back feet.
If you are noticing blurry portions in the display, while the rest of the image is in focus, then that might be due to a warped screen. The partial blur is usually caused by portions of the screen being at different distances from the projector than expected.
Now, if you have leveled, lined up and squared off your projector the best you can, and the image still looks skewed, then you will have to access the manual keystoning feature. There is actually a button on the remote for quick access to that setting.
Now, if after several different attempts at trying to adjust the keystoning you feel you are too far gone to make everything square again, you can reset the keystone values back to default with two options. First option is to manually push all of the corner points out to the max distance (in the screen adjustment setting), this will square everything off again. The second, is a little more drastic, and that is to reset the projector back to default settings. This will erase all of your data and settings, but if you are still interested this can be found in the Android TV device settings. This settings option is different from the one on the remote, it is located from the top right corner of the actual home screen.
The unit only needs to be placed about a foot from the wall or screen thanks to the ultra short throw laser array. This is a huge advantage for several reasons, a few being that , with this sitting directly in front of the medium, no one will be throwing shadows on your movie, or be blinded while entering the room, like with a traditional projector that sits at the back of the room, opposite the screen. You will also not need to count out the feet in distance from the screen, to make sure you have enough room for an 80inch or 120inch image. The LS300 can create a 120inch viewing image at 15.2inches from the screen.
When the laser is active, it emits a stream of intense blue light. The light is split with a phosphorus wheel and refracted along several mirrors to reach 3 LCD chips. The three chips produce red, green,and blue images. This is where the images converge, creating a full colored image. The laser offers a lower power yet more intense light source over traditional projector bulbs. Because the laser uses less power at normal modes, the projector itself is actually pretty quiet with virtually no fan noise. Although as you increase the brightness, the fan does kick on.
Epson estimates the laser lifespan to be about 20,000 to 30,000 hours, depending on how bright the settings are on the device. Tech support says the projector could easily last 30,000 hours at normal to lower brightnesses, and 20,000 hours at max brightness and contrast( even though the website says 20,000 for normal operation) Once the light source goes out, there really isn't much of an option, except to start looking for a new projector, but by that time you would probably want the latest technology anyway. The laser can not be replaced like traditional projector bulbs. In contrast traditional projector bulbs would only last between 1000 to 3000 hours before needing to be replaced. Most HDTVs have a life expectancy of 30,000 to 60,000 hours, they don't even last forever. If you use the projector between 4 to 6 hours a day, everyday, it would last between 14 to 20 years at normal operations.
The image quality, brightness and contrast are very nice with this projector. At 3600 lumens, I am easily able to watch the projected image with negligible image fade during the day, or even with all the room lights on. With a 1,5000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and full 10-bit color(up to 1.07 billion colors), everything looks fantastic. I am just simply amazed at just how well the picture quality is, and on a full size screen it really feels like you are in a movie theater. Especially when you incorporate the Yamaha 2.1 sound system that this projector comes with. Two full-range 5 W speakersand one 10 W subwoofer. All of the sounds are very loud and very clear, even the bass has a pretty good impact. I have always leaned towards intense bass outputs, so I might add an additional subwoofer later, but for all intensive purposes this is very acceptable. The projector also comes with a pre-installed radio app, so that you can listen to your favorite local live radio stations, or sync up with a bluetooth source to stream audio. The projector screen can be turned off, while still using the Yamaha speakers to listen to your audio.
Even though the projector accepts inputs up to 4K, the native resolution is 1080p @ 60hz. So, any larger image will be down sampled to meet the native resolution. This will still result in a higher quality image, if the 4k media is true 4k, and not interpolated 4k, although it will not be as high quality as a true 4k player. With the high contrast ratio, and High Dynamic Range color spectrum, everything still looks amazing. There are some manual display options to increase brightness, contrast, and color intensities, but the projector does have an automatic scene-based color correction process, which produces a clear and natural picture – regardless of the content being played, on its own. I projected the image onto several different backgrounds to see how well the projector would handle the different color backgrounds. It actually did pretty good, most colors were able to retain their original hues, and even some of the whites still seemed white. * ((check out the pictures))
The remote control has a voice control button. You can hold down the button and talk to access google assistant, search for media, or activate other features on the projector.
The projector itself is a bit on the larger side, but still doesn't look too big to place on your TV table. It weighs 15.9lbs, and has all its inputs on the part that will face the wall, so all you will see is the elegant side of the projector that makes it look just like a quality soundbar.
The LS300 works well with Chromecast and other screen share apps, including Samsung Smart Viewso you can either share your whole screen, or directly cast and control any media on your mobile devices. Casting was very easy and only took a second to activate.
The projector comes with Android TV as the OS.
Just as a side note, Android TV currently does not have the Netflix, or Amazon Prime Video app compatibility yet. They are working on including them soon, and Epson Tech support has said they believe Prime Video will be coming out in the next 1 or 2 updates. Android Tv does have most of the other popular streaming apps currently available.
But don't worry, you can still play both streaming services through your projector by plugging in either a Roku or FireStick into one of the HDMI ports. (problem solved)
Because this is a laser projector there really isn't much needed for maintenance, They do offer a replacement air filter, but most likely you will never need to replace it, unless you have it in an area of really poor air quality. Aside from that you can vacuum the device with a soft bristle vacuum attachment, and wipe the glass lens with a non ammonia electronics screen cleaner. That should be about it. NEVER use compressed air, or anything to blow air into any angle of the device, as this could result in pushing dust particles onto the mirrors or internal lenses, that could then permanently obstruct the visual quality of the projector.
Overall this projector is fantastic with it's picture quality and functions. There are a few minor things I would have liked, but for the price, where else can you get a Laser Projector of this quality? I am very pleased with what Epson has to offer here and excited to use this every chance I get, now I need to start looking for some movie theater lounges for my living room.Nov 27, 2020 12:51
Transform your living room into an incredible home cinema with the 3,000 lumens, ultra-short throw Optoma CinemaX P2 Smart 4K UHD all-in-one home entertainment system. The laser light source, auto focus, high-performance glass lens and SmartFIT auto geometry correction system ensure hassle-free setup easily produces stunning 120-inch projection with rich HDR color.An integrated Dolby Digital 2.0 soundbar with two full range speakers, two woofers, ported chambers and 40-watts of power, delivers crisp details with superior dialogue clarity. Smart+ technology enable Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT support for easy integration into your smart home.Projector Buying Guide.Learn about projector types and find the right fit for your needs and space.Learn moreOptoma projectors are a clear choice.Check out the lineup and see which projector is right for you.Learn more about Optoma
- Easy to set up
- Bright image suitable for well-lit room with ALR screen
- Great contrast
- Excellent image quality
- Excellent 3D
- Terrible OS with a horrible selection of mediocre apps
- No ability to manually enable 3D mode for viewing of streaming 3D content (YouTube)
I chose to upgrade from my previous 75" Samsung 3D capable 4K television to this 3D capable Ultra Short Throw Laser Projector and a 100" Ambient Light Rejecting screen.
For me, this Ultra Short Throw Projector was the best option. More expensive than a ceiling mounted projector, but comparable in price and far easier to implement when taking into account the added time and expense of running electrical/network/video cables to a location in the ceiling. The self contained projector also has the benefit of a very quiet cooling fan, which when located further away (as opposed to over the viewing area) is inaudible.
If I was only able to have manual control over 3D so I could view 3D content available on YouTube I would rate it a full 5/5 ⭐Jul 23, 2021 21:23
It was not extremely easy to set up the projector but the screen centering was a pain. The sound is very good for a portable speaker. The color and brightness are amazing, it is a very vibrant picture. I use it for gaming and there is a slight lag but for a non-hardcore gamer it is not a deal breaker.
I just ehard warner brothers is releasing their movies to hbo max and the screen and projector will make for awesome movie premieres.Dec 04, 2020 15:55
My First projector and ultra-short throw. Using an Elite Screens Aeon CLR Series, 120-inches 16:9 Edge Free, Fixed frame, and with LED light kit.
Using Sony 4k Ultra HD Player, Roku 4k, media pc, Denon X3500H, and DefTech speakers 1- CS9040 / 4- BP9040.(for now...)
It looks decent on just a plain darker wall, better at night, and best with Elite Screen. Set up was pretty easy.Jul 23, 2021 10:23
This projector is incredible, very good image and very good soundDec 19, 2020 09:04
The picture quality is superb. Especially if used with the right screen. We opted to buy the Optoma 100” ALR screen available through Best Buy. We are over the moon. If you can buy it, do it. Worth the splurge. Optoma branded internal apps leave something to be desired.Dec 03, 2020 22:21
This is my first ultra short throw projector... and it is EVERYTHING i could ever want. This projector looks very amazing and I have been projecting it on an automatic projector screen (not ALR) it is a temporary setup at the moment so I am just using the built in speakers and you will not be disappointed! They blow any tv speakers out of the water and sound very clear and have plenty of bass. The picture quality is 4k at its finest, I have watched content on oled tvs and it comes very very close. I was shocked by how deep the blacks are and how vibrant HDR content was.
I am a very competitive gamer and was honestly surprised by the gaming mode on this projector. Most reviews show it at around 66ms which of course is 66 times the response time I am used to playing on a monitor. I initially tested it with my nintendo switch and played super smash bros ultimate and mario kart 8. Both games were easily playable and I had no problem adjusting to the input lag. A thing to note is the colors were a bit off on the switch at first it was easy to adjust with the projector settings but for some reason 1080p content didn't look perfecr out of the box. I then tested a few minutes of call of duty cold war on a PS5 and for the average gamer it is playable, much more than I expected but on FPS shooters of course it is not ideal.
Price: yes it is a whopping price tag but compared to other ultra short throws this is the one to beat.Jan 19, 2021 10:19
Great quality and easy setup. One of the best 4k projector in the marketNov 01, 2021 07:44
Its a good projector but wont replace a tv mine was changing source by itself and sometimes when i turn it on had a red or blue screen and i had to turn off and back on to fixJul 29, 2021 16:39
Game like a pro with this Optoma short throw Full HD projector. The 8.4 ms response time minimize motion blur, streaking and ghosting for high-quality visuals in the battlefield or on the race track, and the 10W speakers produce powerful sound for an immersive gaming experience. This Optoma short throw Full HD projector has HDMI and VGA ports for connecting various devices.Projector Buying Guide.Learn about projector types and find the right fit for your needs and space.Learn moreOptoma projectors are a clear choice.Check out the lineup and see which projector is right for you.Learn more about Optoma
The picture of this projector is very clear and bright. I can use it with the lights on in a basement room with one full size window and that is with the lamp in Eco mode. The speaker is adequate if you have a quiet room and I am amazed how quiet the fan is. I had it running for a couple hours the other night and never once heard the fan.
The menu options are plenty even the fine tuning of the colors to get the best picture. I have used a Roku, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia on it and all look good. There is no noticeable lag while playing Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Tomb Raider, Grid (racing game), or any other games we played.
The only time I can see that it's 1080p (by seeing the pixels) is on a sill menu like the Roku home menu I can see some pixels if i look closely, but that's also because the projection is about 7 feet tall.
This is a great projector for the money and I would definitely recommend it as a first projector.Nov 19, 2020 10:56
it didn't really say it but it's a short throw projector. Awesome image quality and ability to adjust the settings. There is a digital zoom but no optical.Sep 18, 2020 20:04
I love it! The image looks great, nice colors. It is just what I neededOct 14, 2021 09:56
This projector is AMAZING! I chose the gt1080hdr because of the 3800 Lumens and Short Throw capabilities. I do a lot of business presentations involving various media, and this has SURPASSED my expectations!
The projector's BRIGHT mode is PERFECT for business presentations in a WELL LIT environment! 3800 Lumens of horsepower is no joke! No problems what-so-ever in bright meeting rooms! Perfect for meetings or conferences with 50 - 100 people on a 100' or 120' projection screen.
At home, if watching the occasional football game or movie, the Optoma gt1080hdr's ECO mode is MORE THAN bright enough, even in a well lit room!
The Short Throw is EXCEPTIONAL! I move around a lot around the presentation screen, and getting close enough to NOT be distracted by the projection beam is a BONUS! Currently, I have the projector less than 4' away from the screen!
The picture quality if OUTSTANDING! I haven't had the need to touch any of the settings or "fine-tune" the picture. The colors aren't washed out or dull. The picture is RAZOR SHARP! I was already asked if this was a 4k projector! This projector does a WONDERFUL JOB at displaying colors - very bright and true!
The High Dynamic Range really comes into play and makes even the average photos look amazing! The 50,000 - 1 contrast ratio really helps displaying black and dark images!
The MHL HDMI port comes in handy for hooking up a cellphone or tablet. Giving tutorials for cellphone apps or tablet apps is a BREEZE! This tech is SO HELPFUL!
The sound quality is surprisingly good for 10watt speakers! I still feel the need to attach a Sound Bar or surround sound though, especially if you're watching a movie. Just adds to the ambiance and immersion. That being said, the projectors volume is plenty loud.
Upon turning on the projector, the fans "wind-up" creating a weird hissing sound. But soon after the lamp warms up, this hissing sound seems to dissipate. I'm assuming this just must be the projector testing the internal controls and fans. Hasn't really been an issue that I'm taking too much notice of. Just a heads up.
Only con - I did not receive the supposed included projector bag. I reached out to Optoma and am waiting for a reply.
Overall, I am VERY SATISFIED with this purchase! I would HIGHLY recommend the Optoma gt1080HDR to anyone looking to take their business to the next level, or anyone who is looking for a Short Throw home projector. I can't really comment on gaming and using this projector... but if its anything like the quality I've seen thus far, you WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!Nov 11, 2019 22:47
Awful. I purchased this item as Open Box rated as Excellent with no damage or missing accessories. When received, the projector was poorly packed in the box with no plastic protection. The lens had marks and scratches from the cardboard that surrounded it since no plastic was used. Furthermore, the body of the projector had several scratches as well as what looked like a streak of goo that looked like peanut butter. Furthermore, it was missing the remote and batteries! I had to drive 26 miles to return it. I'm certainly never purchasing Open Box or from Best Buy again.Nov 02, 2020 16:15
Did not preform as described. Could not get this to display properly in out setting.Jan 03, 2021 09:29
Okay, my cousin had this projector for months now and I was impressed of the short throw feature and HDR capabilities. I bought one for myself and the first unit I got lasted 30 minutes before the bulb overheated and blew. Returned it and got a replacement. My replacement worked okay but would drop signal in a middle of a movie at least once or twice. Not acceptable. Returning mine and going to the upgraded GT1090HDR.
However, I know this product can be good since my cousin has no issues on his. HDR is pretty good although the brights and darks can lose some range of visible detail depending on the scene. highlights on HDR can become overblown and all you see is white and then dark areas can get a bit too dark to see any detail. I played God of War on my PS4 and at the beginning where the scene takes me into a dark shed, it got a little too dark that It was uncomfortable to see any details. These moments are rare but for most of the experience, this thing is really beautiful. My daughter loves Bluey in Disney plus and cartoon characters are very vivid on a 110 inch screen.
Another gripe is if you switch to HDR and non-HDR content it does some loading and calculations and leaves you looking at a blank screen close to a minute long sometimes. And if you switch from HDR to Non-HDR often, sometimes the projector forgets to decode it making your non-HDR content looking extra washed out. It can be remedied by stepping out of the source input and coming back to it again, or sometimes a full reboot of the system.
Getting the unit to support a 5.1 surround system is also tricky as it does not support HDMI ARC or has an optical out. The way I went with it is having all my connections connect to my 5.1 Reciever first and having the Projector as the end of all connections.
Aside from my unit losing connectivity at times, all these negatives are little and when this Projector works right, it really excels especially given its price point. Maybe I just got unlucky getting 2 defective units. But I'm not risking a third.Oct 22, 2020 03:23
Ended up returning this projector because I had limited space in my basement and wanted to wall mount it. If you use the enhanced gaming mode you lose your keystone correction, and without the enhanced gaming mode this is just a basic projector. Was able to get the picture perfect when I had it mounted on my table, but I wanted to mount this to my ceiling and could not get it to work.Oct 01, 2020 11:53
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This is for everybody that wondered if you could get away with having NO PROJECTOR SCREEN. Short answer is YES as you can see all four pictures uploaded are displayed on nothing, but my imperfect white wall. Also to note the specifications say 120” this is actually 130” so I believe it’s capable of stretching a little as you can see. ENJOY THE MASSIVE EXPERIENCE!!!Oct 11, 2021 22:38
Im using it with vividstrom rising ALR screen
Free Samsung TV Channel
Works with Apple airplay
3 HDMI input
Too many unnecessary plugs options
Kind of too bigOct 25, 2020 15:08
This UST is an amazing machine. I opted for the 7 model as I only have room for a 93” screen as of now. The 9 model would have been preferred with the shorter throw and triple laser but this one is half the cost and still amazing. I must say I was not expecting the quality this machine can create. Standard mode is my favorite setting. Only downside is you can’t adjust brightness just image mode. EARC is also a plus. Worth the 4K but make sure you have a ALR/CLR screen if you will use with ceiling lights on at night. Daytime it isn’t bad but may need dynamic mode to up the brightness to the max. I will use at night mostly so it will be perfect to replace my Epson 1450. Make sure you watch a 4K video from Amazon and your mouth will drop. OLED quality in a darker room. Only downside is my screen bezel is not flat with the screen so the throw is not perfect on the bottom edge. Will totally need a thin flat bezel for the best display.May 12, 2021 20:52
This projector is terrible and over price. Why you think there's no reviews on YouTube.Oct 25, 2021 04:38
Amazing. Set up at 92" using a Vivid Storm S PRO.Oct 01, 2021 15:56
This is one pf the excellent projector. as it uses Tyson tech which makes it a leader in projectors world.Oct 08, 2021 15:16
Not worth for the price it is for. Instead the whole home theatre setup with good 5.1 or 7.1 speakers will cost lessOct 20, 2021 20:23
This projector is amazing. I've got this paired with a 120in elite screens aeon CLR screen and with a Samsung ms650 sound system. I've upgraded from a 75in tv to this and the experience is amazing. Love watching movies on it. I am someone who believes in you get what you pay for so I would definitely make sure you pair this projector with a good screen for Max quality.May 09, 2021 16:04