You’ve done it. You’ve finally decided to go big! You’re a movie buff, and that little 32-inch flat screen just isn’t cutting it anymore. You want to get the real theater experience in your home, and you want the most bang for your buck. Or maybe you’re a business owner looking to upgrade a conference room with a bright, bold picture that’s sure to wow clients without blowing up your budget.
Meet Epson’s LS9600e — an extremely capable, yet very affordable 1080p laser projector that balances outstanding performance and features with a great price point. Let’s take a quick look at the nicer features of the Epson LS9600e:
Laser light source
Laser projectors really shine — no pun intended — in the life expectancy of the light source. While you can reasonably expect about 2,000 hours out of a standard projector bulb, the LS9600e’s laser light source is estimated up to 30,000 hours. Assuming you watched three hours a day, your light source could last you 27 years. With no expensive bulbs to replace every year or two, laser projectors are clearly a great value.
Lasers are also a much better light source in general. You get a much wider color gamut, more consistent color over time, and very quick warm up when you turn them on. Also, laser light sources run cooler than traditional projector bulbs, so they’re quieter as well.
Absolute black contrast ratio
Pop quiz – what is the only color that a projector cannot render? It’s black, because projectors create it with the absence of light. The Epson LS9600e has exceptional “absolute black” contrast, with the ability to dim the laser output in very dark scenes and turn them off completely on a black screen. That means no more milky, washed-out space scenes in your favorite sci-fi movies.
The brightness of a projector is measured in lumens. When you look at most projectors, you’ll get a single measurement of lumens, which corresponds to its white brightness. But there is also a lumens measurement of color brightness, and the two can often not correspond. When you have a lower color brightness, colors can look washed out or faded. The Epson LS9600e features a great 1300 lumens on both the white and color scale, meaning your picture will be bright and colorful, just the way it should be.
No one likes the look of wires in their home theater, so typically you would run your video cabling through the walls for the neatest installation. But doing so can sometimes be time-consuming and costly. The Epson LS9600e solves this problem with its included Wireless HDMI transmitter. It features a generous five HDMI ports, allowing you to connect all sorts of high-definition sources, which then transmit wirelessly to the projector. This smart solution makes the LS9600e the perfect solution for virtually any home or business.
This is one of those features that you usually only see in more expensive projectors, and it’s a really nice feature for movie buffs who want to get the cinema experience at home. Lens shift is the ability for the projector lens to move to optically position the picture on your screen.
Why is this important? The history of Hollywood is littered with different aspect ratios, which is the shape of a movie frame in terms of width to height. High-definition television is in a 16:9 (or 1.78:1) aspect ratio. Most modern theatrical films come in at 1.85:1, 2.20:1 or 2.35:1. Screens can come in a variety of shapes as well. Matching the shape of your screen to the shape of the movie isn’t always a perfect fit.
Without lens shift, your projector would have to digitally zoom the picture to fill the screen properly. Since it’s doing it without moving the lens, you’re compromising picture quality. Lens shift is doing literally that – shifting the lens, zooming and focusing optically to fit the picture to your screen, which retains all quality of the image.
With the LS9600e, you can set and store up to 10 lens memory positions including zoom and focus. So whatever screen you choose, you can be confident that your movie will fill the screen and look great.