About the Epson EpiqVision™ LS500
An easy-to-place projector
An easy-to-place projector
I love the idea of the giant picture a projector can deliver, but my living room offers no good spot to install a standard model. If you also have an oddball room, or you just want a simple installation, then an ultra short throw (UST) projector like this Epson LS500 is a great solution. You can simply place it on a low table almost directly under your screen — saving yourself the hassle of ceiling mounting and eliminating the need for long cable runs between the projector and your other gear.
The LS500's minimalist, attractive design will fit easily into your home's décor (available in black or white).
A bright, colorful picture
Epson has managed to fit some premium technology into this clean, attractive design, including their ultra-bright laser array and a trio of high-definition LCD imaging chips. It can also accept native 4K content, rendering it clearly thanks to Epson's 4K Enhancement Technology, which shifts each pixel diagonally by half a pixel and combines the two images to provide a sharper picture.
Easily stream your movies and shows
The LS500 includes the Android TV streaming platform (via dongle), so you can access your favorite streaming services like Netflix, YouTube, and HBO without having to hook up a separate source. And you can even search using your voice thanks to the remote's built-in Google Assistant.
More connections are there if you need them
There are two HDMI inputs — in addition to the one you'll use for the Android TV dongle — for connecting other gear, like a Blu-ray player or a laptop. And one input is compatible with Audio Return Channel (ARC) for added flexibility in connecting to a separate sound system. A USB port lets you plug in a digital camera or other compatible device, and a 3.5mm stereo minijack output lets you connect headphones or external powered speakers.
For the best picture quality with this projector, we recommend using an ultra short throw screen.
- ultra short throw design lets you place the projector very close to the screen
- 3-LCD, 3-chip technology with HD resolution and UHD source compatibility
- accepts 4K Ultra HD video sources
- Epson 4K Enhancement Technology shifts each pixel diagonally by half a pixel for a more detailed image than 1080p
- widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio (can also display 16:10 and 4:3 material)
- laser light source delivers crisp image quality, instant on/off, and 20,000-hour life span
- recommended screen size: 100"-120"
- light output: 4000 lumens
- 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
- compatible with HDR10 and HLG High Dynamic Range video sources
- 10-bit color processing can display up to one billion colors
- Android TV dongle included for streaming content
- voice search with remote's built-in Google Assistant
- 1.35X zoom lens (digital zoom/focus)
- horizontal and vertical keystone correction (±3 degrees)
- 3 HDMI 2.0 connections
- one input supports Audio Return Channel (ARC)
- front HDMI input for use with included Android TV dongle
- Ethernet port for a wired network connection
- 2 USB-A inputs
- front USB input used to power Android TV dongle
- 3.5mm stereo minijack audio output for connecting a sound bar or home stereo system
- RS-232C port for external control of the projector via compatible computer or third-party control device
- detachable power cord
- quiet cooling fan (23 dB in Quiet mode)
- built-in front-firing stereo speaker system (10 watts)
- remote control
- throw ratio: 0.28-0.38
- 18"W x 9"H x 14-3/4"D (including feet)
- weight: 20.5 lbs.
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # V11H956520
What's in the box:
- Ultra short-throw laser projector
- 9.75' AC power cord
- Android TV dongle
- 2 Remote controls
- 4 "AA" batteries
- Quick Setup
- Extra Care Home Service booklet
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Features & specs
|3D-Capable||Active (emitter built in)|
|Resolution (pixels)||1920 x 1080|
|Approximate Lamp Life||20,000 hrs.|
|Bulb Wattage||104.5 watts|
|Brightness (in ANSI Lumens)||4000|
|Vertical Lens Shift||Yes|
|Horizontal Lens Shift||Yes|
|Vertical Keystone Correction||Yes|
|Horizontal Keystone Correction||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|Type of Warranty Service||In-home or Carry-in|
|Wireless HDMI Input||No|
|Component Video Inputs||None|
|Composite Video Inputs||None|
|USB Media Port||---|
Ultra-Short Throw Laser-Array Technology: The Epson EpiqVision LS500 is an ultra short-throw laser projector. You can place the laser projector just inches from the wall and get sharp, life-size images in Full HD resolution up to 130". The laser light source delivers up to 10 or more years of virtually maintenance free operation (20,000 hours in Normal mode or 30,000 hours in ECO mode).
|Screen Or Image Size (16:9 Aspect Ratio)||Projection Distance (wide to tele)|
|70"||7.8" to 14.0"|
|80"||10.3" to 17.4"|
|90"||12.8" to 20.8"|
Note: Do not look into the lens during projection. Also, do not look into the lens using optical devices, such as a magnifying glass or telescope. This could cause visual impairment. When turning on the projector at a distance using the remote control, make sure no one is looking into the lens.
3LCD: The Epson EpiqVision LS500 projector utilizes 3-chip LCD technology for amazing color, incredible detail and solid reliability. 3LCD's 3-chip architecture dedicates an entire chip to process each primary color - red, green, and blue, continuously. Unlike single-chip technology that delivers color sequentially, you get full-time color. The result is vibrant, realistic images and video all delivered with 3LCD's true-to-life color.
- True-to-Life Colors: 3LCD delivers up to 3x brighter colors in comparison with 1-chip DLP projectors. Color Brightness (Color Light Output) measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4. Color Brightness will vary depending on usage conditions. Additionally, 3LCD projectors have up to 3x Wider Color Gamut than 1-chip DLP projectors. With its 3-chip design, 3LCD delivers clear and vibrant images that are true-to-life. In contrast to 3-chip 3LCD projectors, 1-chip DLP projectors use a rotating color wheel that spins at a rapid speed, only displaying colors sequentially, which can result in color break-up or the "rainbow effect".
- Greater Detail & Contrast: 3LCD projection efficiently uses light to project to the screen with no color disruption. 3LCD technology delivers sharper and brighter images with superior grayscale detail. Grayscale is the shades of gray (from black to white) required for greater image depth and detail; it allows greater variation in shadows and brings superior accuracy to color, creating a jaw-dropping, true-to-life visual experience
- Energy Efficient: 3LCD projection technology uses light efficiently to create stunning images. In contrast to 1-chip technology, 3LCD requires 25% less electricity per lumen of brightness. 1-chip projectors use a color wheel, which leads to an inefficient design, thereby causing light loss. 3LCD does not rely on a color wheel. On average, 3LCD projectors are 25% more energy efficient.
- Simple & Reliable Design: 3LCD systems are reliable and use a simple optical design which includes 3 chips and 1 prism. Light flows seamlessly through the system to produce brilliant on-screen colors and sharp images every time.
High Brighntess & Dynamic Contrast: The EpiqVision LS500 can display a 4K/HDR content image at an exceptional level of brightness for all-day viewing in virtually any light environment. In the normal mode, the Home Cinema LS100 outputs 4,000 lumens of white light and 4,000 lumens of color light for bright, balanced colorful images. The laser projector also utilizes advanced black density control to individually pulse the laser light so it can precisely suppress stray light within the signal for incredible deep blacks. The projector is capable of a dynamic contrast ratio up to 2,500,000:1 for rich detail in dark scenes. You can even turn on the Dynamic Contrast setting to automatically optimize the image luminance to improve the image contrast based on the brightness of the content you project.
Note: The white light output is measured using ISO 21118, a more rigid standard than the ANSI lumens rating used by many competitors.
4K PRO-UHD Projection Technology: The Epson EpiqVision LS500 has a native resolution of 1080p (1920x1080) and employs Epson's 4K PRO-UHD Projection Technology to create an enhanced 4K (4096x2160) image. 4K PRO-UHD Projection Technology utilizes advanced processing to enhance resolution (4K), color (10-bit), and image processing (12-bit); resulting in an exceptional 4K home theater experience.
- 4K Resolution Enhancement: Pixel-shifting technology precisely controls the projector's three individual, high definition LCD chips and shifts millions of pixels diagonally to double the resolution and surpass Full HD image quality for an enhanced 4K experience.
- Full 10-Bit HDR: The EpiqVision LS500 accepts 100% of the HDR source information to faithfully reproduce HDR content for an amazing visual experience. HDR (High Dynamic Range) reproduces a greater dynamic range of luminosity or brightness levels, bringing greater contrast & wider color spectrum to the screen. This increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colors, plus greater depth. The EpiqVision LS500 supports HDR 10 and HLG (not compatible with Dolby Vision).
- Digital Video Processing: The EpiqVision LS500 utilizes real-time 12-bit analog-to-digital video processing for smooth tonal transitions; eliminating banding, blocking, and other compression artifacts from the final visual performance.
Note: The EpiqVision LS500 has a native resolution of 1080p (1920x1080) and incorporates pixel-shifting technology to create an enhanced 4K image (4096x2160).
HDMI 2.0 (18Gbps): The EpiqVision LS500 is equipped with three HDMI 2.0 inputs (18Gbps) that are compatible with virtually all color formats, depths and spaces while simultaneously supporting 4K/HDR content at a full 60Hz. In addition to 4K (3840x2160), the HDMI inputs will also accept 1080p, 720p, 480p, and 480i video resolution signals.
- HDCP 2.2: HDCP 2.2 is supported by all HDMI inputs. HDCP 2.2 is short for "High bandwidth Digital Content Protection" and is used for 4K video copyright protection for compatibility with Ultra HD Blu-ray players, 4K Satellite/Cable providers, and ultra high definition online video services.
- ARC (Audio Return Channel): The LS500's HDMI-2 port supports ARC, allowing you to connect the projector to your AV receiver or soundbar for Dolby Digital & DTS multichannel audio playback.
- 3D-Ready: 3D video content is supported up to 1080p; 4K/HDR enhancement is not supported during 3D video. To view 3D content, you must first connect a 3D-compatible video device to one of the HDMI ports. You will also need a pair of Epson RF Active Shutter 3D glasses (ELPGS03, sold separately) for each viewer. The projector's 2D-to-3D Conversion setting will even transform 2D images to 3D content.
Note: Use a premium high speed HDMI cable with 18 Gbps and above to view 4K/HDR content.
Image Settings: Settings on the Image menu let you adjust the aspect ratio, color, and quality of your image for the input source you are currently using. The available settings depend on the currently selected input source.
- Aspect Ratio: You can select the following image aspect ratios, depending on the input signal from your image source. Black bands and cropped images may project in certain aspect ratios, depending on the aspect ratio and resolution of your input signal.
- Auto: Automatically sets the aspect ratio according to the input signal.
- Normal: Displays images using the full projection area and maintains the aspect ratio of the image.
- Full: Displays images using the full width of the projection area, but does not maintain the aspect ratio.
- Zoom: Displays images using the full width of the projection area and maintains the aspect ratio of the image.
- Color Modes: The EpiqVision LS500 offers a variety of color modes to optimize viewing for different environments and image content. The Color Mode adjusts the brightness, contrast, and color for the best possible picture. A different color mode can be selected for each input source.
- Dynamic: For projecting the brightest picture available (2D or 3D).
- Cinema: For viewing movies in a dark room (2D or 3D).
- Bright Cinema: For viewing movies in a room with closed curtains. (2D only).
- Natural: For projecting natural, accurate colors in a dimly lit room (2D only).
- Fine Tune Picture: If the image colors don't look correct, you can adjust them using the following settings.
- Color Convergence (Panel Alignment): You can use the Panel Alignment feature to manually adjust the color convergence (the alignment of the red, green and blue colors) in the projected image.
- Color Tone (Color Uniformity): You can use the Color Uniformity feature to manually adjust the color tone balance in the projected image.
- Gamma: Adjusts the gamma levels of the image.
- RGBCMY: Adjusts the hue, saturation, and brightness for each color.
- Deinterlacing: Sets whether to convert interlaced-to-progressive signals for certain video image types.
- Manual Adjustments: You can manually adjust the images Brightness, Contrast, Color Saturation, Tint, Sharpness, and Color Temperature.
- Image Enhancements: Use the projector's Image Enhancements to further enhance the projected video image.
- Frame Interpolation: This setting compares the current and previous frames, then creates a frame between them to reduce fuzziness and produce clearer moving images. You can select from 3 levels of frame interpolation. This feature is only available for 1080p signals at 24Hz.
- Super Resolution: This setting sharpens blurred images, enhancing the apparent detail of the image. You can select from 3 levels of enhancement. Note that intentionally blurred parts of the image, such as out-of-focus backgrounds, may become sharper. This feature is not available when projecting 3D.
- Detail Enhancement: Enhances details to create clear outlines for sharper and more refined images that are more lifelike. This feature is not available when projecting 3D.
- Noise & MPEG Noise Reduction: This setting reduces flickering of analog images, as well as reduces the noise or artifacts seen in MPEG video.
Built-In Speakers with Audio Out: The Epson EpiqVision LS500 is equipped with 10W x 2ch stereo speakers for audio playback. It also features a 3.5mm analog output for connecting external powered speakers.
Mounting Options: You can project an evenly rectangular image by placing the projector directly in front of the center of the screen and keeping it level, If you are projecting from a table or other flat surface, you can adjust the image using the projector's adjustable feet. To adjust the image height, set the projector higher or lower while keeping it level and parallel to the screen. If you place the projector at an angle to the screen, or tilted up or down, or off to the side, you may need to correct the image position and shape for the best display quality.
- Image Shift: You can use the Image Shift feature to adjust the image position without moving the projector.
- Quick Corner: You can use the projector's Quick Corner setting to correct the shape and size of an image that is unevenly rectangular on all sides.
- Keystone: You can use the projector's keystone correction buttons to correct the shape of an image that is unevenly rectangular on the sides. You can use the keystone buttons to correct the image up to +/-3 degrees (horizontally or vertically).
Note: To provide the best possible image quality, adjust the projector's position to correct the image shape. Due to the ultra-short throw characteristics of the projector, the projected image is greatly affected by small movements. Adjust the projector's position in small increments to square up the image. If this isn't possible, use the Image Shift, Quick Corner, and Keystone features (listed below) on the projector to correct the image shape.
Warranty & Extra Care Home Service: The projector is covered by a 2-year parts and labor warranty. Included with the warranty, Epson offers Extra Care Home Service. A replacement unit (in most cases, a refurbished unit) will be shipped to you immediately. (A credit card is required for security deposit.) If it's important that you receive your original projector back, you should use the basic carry-in service instead of Home Service.
Powered by Android TV: The Epson LS500 is powered by Google's Android TV, allowing you to access Android TV, giving you access to a wide variety of online entertainment apps. The included Android TV HDMI dongle must be plugged into the projector's HDMI-3 input for signal and microUSB port for power. The Android TV HDMI dongle features 2.4/5GHz dual-band WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) for wireless connectivity to your home's network router and ISP (internet service provider).
- Content: Android TV provides access to your favorite apps such as Netflix, Amazon, Disney+, Vudu, YouTube, Hulu, HBO Now, ESPN, Google Play, and more. Click here to discover the full collection of Android TV apps.
- Control: Android TV apps can be controlled via the included remote control. The remote offers dedicated buttons to quickly access Netflix, YouTube, and GooglePlay. The remote even features a built-in microphone so you can use your voice to search and select between Android TV apps. The remote must be paired with the projector prior to initial use.
Note: The Android TV dongle does not support a wired Ethernet network connection.
Optional Network Adapter: You can send images wirelessly from your Windows PC or Mac computer to the projector via a WiFi network. To do this, you must install the Epson 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN module (sold separately) into the projectors USB-A port, and then set up the projector and your computer for wireless projection.
Epson iProjection App (requires network adapter): Epson iProjection is an intuitive mobile projection app for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android OS 4.0+. Epson iProjection makes it easy to project images and files wirelessly from your compatible mobile device to the Epson projector. You'll be able to move about the room and effortlessly display content from your Apple iOS or Android device on the big screen. Key features include -
- QR code easy pairing is now supported.
- Display documents loaded in the Epson iProjection app on your mobile device.
- Display web pages and images stored in the "Photo" library of your mobile device.
- Use the built-in projector remote control feature to control input sources, AV mute, freeze, audio settings, operate menu, zoom by finger with Touchpad and more.
- Send files from your email or cloud storage apps to the iProjection app.
- Marker function enables highlighting and annotation of projected photos and documents and also saving annotation to your device
- Supported Formats & Activities: Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx, Office 2003 or later), Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx, Office 2003 or later), Microsoft Excel (.xls, .xlsx, Office 2003 or later), Keynote (.key), Adobe PDF(v1.7) (.pdf, Acrobat 8 compatible or later), .JPG, and .PNG.
- Activities Not Supported: The Epson iProjection app does not support video playback, PowerPoint and Keynote animations, or mirroring.
Dual Remotes: The Epson EpiqVision LS500 comes with two remote controls. The remote labeled "Epson" will operate the projector and the included Android TV HDMI dongle via Bluetooth. The other remote only operates the Android TV HDMI dongle via Bluetooth. Both remotes have a built-in microphone which allow you to operate Android TV apps via voice control. The projector has infrared receivers on the front and rear to give you control from most anywhere in the room (up to 19.7'). The remotes must be paired with the projector prior to initial use.
HDMI Link: When you connect an HDMI CEC-compatible device, such as Blu-ray player or satellite/cable box, to the projector via HDMI, you can control the device using the HDMI-Link control buttons on the projector's remote control. You can register the device you want to operate in the HDMI Link section of the projector's menu.
Ethernet Jack: The LS500's Ethernet (RJ-45) jack allows you to connect the projector to your network and control it from a compatible web browser (Internet Explorer 8.0 or later & Safari) on your computer. To use the projector over a wireless network, install the Epson 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN module (sold separately) into the projector's USB (type-A) port.
RS-232C Port: There is also a RS-232C port for connecting the projector to a 3rd party A/V controller or automation system (sold separately).
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