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Epson Home Cinema LS100

3-LCD Ultra Short Throw 1080p high-definition laser projector (2017 model)

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Our take on the Epson Home Cinema LS100

Epson's Home Cinema LS100 is one of the most versatile projectors we've ever seen. Its Ultra Short Throw lens and ultra-bright laser light source make it easy to enjoy huge, immersive images in almost any room — even with some lights on.

Epson Home Cinema LS100

The Ultra Short Throw design lets you place the Epson LS100 directly under the screen.

Ultra Short Throw design is long on versatility

Epson's Home Cinema LS100 is one of the most versatile projectors we've ever seen. Its Ultra Short Throw lens and ultra-bright laser light source make it easy to enjoy huge, immersive images in almost any room — even with some lights on.

The projector's Ultra Short Throw (UST) design simplifies installation because you can place it directly under the screen, on a low table or credenza. So there are no hassles with ceiling mounting, or long cable runs between your video sources and the LS100. Plus, it's just about impossible for anyone to walk in front of the projector and block the picture.

Transform your living room or family room

The LS100's high-efficiency laser delivers loads of light power, so it's ideal for real-world family rooms, or any environment where you need to keep some lights on. It throws an image that's plenty bright enough for watching a Sunday afternoon football game. The laser light engine is rated for 20,000 hours of use in full-power mode, and up to 30,000 hours in Extended mode, which reduces light output by 30%. Extended mode is great if you have a dark or dimly-lit room.

Ultra Short Throw projectors open up lots of new setup possibilities, but the lens design and steep projection angle do limit image size a bit. Epson recommends a screen size range of 70" to 130". If you'll be using this projector in a dim or darkened room, you'll get great results with any high-quality fixed-frame projector screen with a white or gray material. And for typical living rooms or family rooms with some ambient light, you'll get a crisp, high-contrast image with an Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) screen — specifically, one designed for use with UST projectors.

Flexible connections for home or business use

With three HDMI inputs and three USB inputs, the LS100 handles more video sources than most projectors. There's an Ethernet jack for wired networking, and a port for use with Epson's optional Wi-Fi dongle, for wireless networking. One of the HDMI inputs is MHL-compatible, so you can connect your compatible smartphone or tablet and look at photos and videos on a big screen.

The projector's 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution accommodates both 1080p HD and WUXGA computer signals natively. 

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Product Highlights:

    • high-definition home theater projector
    • recommended picture size: 70" to 130"
    • widescreen 16:10 aspect ratio (can also display 16:9 and 4:3 material)
    • 3LCD, 3-chip technology (1920 x 1200 pixels each)
      • displays 1080p HD and WUXGA computer signals natively
    • laser light source delivers crisp image quality, instant on/off, and 20,000-hour life span
    • light output: 4000 lumens
    • 10-bit color processing can display up to one billion colors
    • split screen feature lets you simultaneously project two images from different sources, side by side
    Image Adjustments:
    • 1.35X zoom lens (manual zoom/focus)
    • horizontal and vertical keystone correction
      • 3 HDMI 1.4
    • PC input
    • Ethernet port for a fast, reliable wired network connection
    • 2 USB-A inputs for connecting a thumb drive for viewing photos or for firmware updates
    • USB-B input for connecting a computer
    • 2 stereo minijack audio inputs
    • stereo minijack audio output for connecting a sound bar or home stereo system
    • VGA-style monitor output for mirroring the display on a separate monitor
    • RS-232C port for external control of the projector via compatible computer or third-party control device
    • port for optional Epson Wi-Fi dongle (sold separately)
    • detachable power cord
    General Features:
    • quiet cooling fan (27 dB in Quiet mode)
    • built-in top-mounted mono speaker (16 watts)
    • remote control
    • one HDMI input is MHL-compatible so you can view photos/videos from a compatible smartphone
    • can be placed on a tabletop or ceiling-mounted (special Epson mounting bracket sold separately)
    • 19-7/16"W x 7-7/16"H x 17-1/4"D (with feet)
    • weight: 24.3 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years parts & labor — in-home or carry-in service (90 days on lamp)
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • Note: projectors don't include any type of built-in TV tuner, but you can connect a high-def over-the-air tuner, satellite receiver or cable box

    What's in the Box:

    • Ultra short-throw laser projector
    • 9.75' AC power cord
    • Remote control
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • Quick Setup
    • Extra Care Home Service booklet

    Epson Home Cinema LS100 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (3 Reviews)

    Epson Home Cinema LS100

    Anonymous from Naples, FL on 2/5/2018

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    I have been fortunate to have several home theaters with projectors over the last 10 years including Sim2, DPI and Epson. Epson projectors are superb (I have the LS10000 laser projector in my theater) and I purchased this one for a bedroom. It is projected on wall without a screen and both picture and sound are superb. I saw a review that said that this unit is too bright for a dark bedroom....well, for us that just isn't true and at this price point it's a great bargain for such a large screen and super picture. Highly recommend.



    Laser projector has fantastic picture

    Anonymous from Minneapolis, MN on 1/14/2018

    It's not a 4K projector, so I will not complain about the lack of 4K features. This projector will effectively replace a television with its picture quality. This is my third short throw projector (first ultra-short throw) and the picture quality on this is far and away the best I've seen in this category. The colors are incredible. Picture is sharp in all 4 corners. What I noticed as artifacts in blue skies or bright areas of the picture (think lightsabers/sci-fi) with previous projectors, do not exist with this projector. Everything POPS like at the movies. Brighter "Bright Cinema" and "Dynamic" modes looks absolutely incredible, but the fan can be a little noisy. When changed to perfectly adequate "Cinema" or "Game" the fan is practically silent. It's also bright enough in Cinema mode to have it on with the lights on. I also use this for gaming and it's fantastic. I do not notice any input lag, which is measured at 30ms elsewhere. My one major gripe with this is that it projects at 16:10, rather than 16:9. My screen is a 135" grey painted wall with 3" black felt border. My previous projectors leaked light pretty badly all over the wall, but the felt was able to help frame the picture. This one leaks light over the top of my border just a few inches; enough to be kind of distracting. This may or may not be an issue for you, depending how you set up your space. Overall, I'm incredible happy with this projector. Absolutely fantastic for places with limi

    Pros: Laser projector has the best picture I've seen, ultra short throw is great for limited space

    Cons: 16:10 aspect ratio isn't my favorite but can be dealt with, fan can be a little noisy on brighter modes. Inputs are NOT as shown; I almost started unscrewing panels trying to find them.

    Not ready for prime time.

    James from Long Beach, CA on 11/26/2017

    Quality Epson product as you would expect. Lacking feature of competitive models. NO native 4k panel. No Dolby Vision, No HD10. Both of which are needed for 4k source material. Design is clunky and doesn't match well with other components and furniture.

    Pros: Epson build quality.

    Cons: Seriously latcking of current features and design. Middle of the road picture quality.


    Hands-on research

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    Ultra Short-Throw Laser Projector: The Epson Home Cinema LS100 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 10' diagonal. 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).

    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 Home Cinema 1450 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 Color Light Output: 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 white light output is measured using ISO 21118, a more rigid standard than the ANSI lumens rating used by many competitors. The projector is capable of a dynamic contrast ratio up to 2,5000:1 for rich detail in dark scenes.

    Projection Lens: The Home Cinema LS100 features a F1.6 lens with a focal length of 4.2mm. It has a manual focus and a digital zoom ratio of 1.0 to 1.35x. To provide the best possible image quality, adjust the projector's position to correct the image shape. If this isn't possible, then use the following adjustable settings to correct the image shape.

    • Keystone Correction: The vertical keystone buttons, located on the side of the projector, can correct the shape of the image, if it is not rectangular. Adjustable from -3° to + 3°. The unit does not have a horizontal keystone adjustment.
    • 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.
    • Arc Correction: You can use the projector's Arc Correction setting to adjust the curve or arc of the sides of your image.
    • Image Shift: You can use the Image Shift feature to adjust the image position without moving the projector.
    • Adjusting Image Height: If you are projecting from a table or other flat surface, and the image is too high or low, you can adjust the image height using the projector's adjustable feet.

    Projection Image & Distance: The Home Cinema LS100 projector can produce an image that is adjustable from 70" to 130" (measured diagonally). The projection distance (distance from lens to screen) range is only 15.9" to 30.7". The distance at which you place the projector from the screen determines the approximate size of the image. The projection distance can be determined from this chart -

    Screen Or Image Size (16:10 Aspect Ratio) Projection Distance (wide to tele)
    70" 15.9" to 22"
    75" 17.1" to 23.6"
    80" 18.4" to 25.3"
    90" 20.8" to 28.6"
    100" 23.3" only
    110" 25.8" only
    120" 28.3" only
    130" 30.7" only

    1080p Native Resolution: The Epson Home Cinema LS100 ultra short-throw laser projector has a native resolution of 1080p (1920 x 1080; 16:10 aspect ratio). The total number of pixels is 2,073,600 dots (1920 x 1080) x 3.

    Video Inputs: The Epson Home Cinema LS100 is outfitted with three HDMI 1.4 inputs for high-definition video (up to 1080p) and one composite video input for standard definition video (480i only).

    • Three HDMI Inputs: The 1450 is features two HDMI 1.4 inputs that will support up to 1080p video signals and pass 3D video. The HDMI 1 input is also MHL compliant. To find MHL-certified devices, go to
    • Composite Video: In addition to HDMI connectivity, the projector is equipped with a single composite video input (480i only) along with a 3.5mm audio input for analog video and audio.

    USB & PC Inputs: The Epson Home Cinema 1450 offers USB & PC inputs to connect your computer and USB (MSC) mass storage class devices.

    • Dual USB-A Inputs: The projector's dual USB-A ports can be used to connect a USB thumbdrive for playback of JPEG (8192x8192)/BMP (1280x800)/GIF (1280x800)/PNG (1280x800) still images and AVI (1280x720) video images. The USB mass storage class device must be formatted in FAT or FAT32.
    • USB-B: You can connect your Windows PC (Vista/7/8/10) or Mac computer (OSX 10.7-10.11) to the projector through its USB-B input, allowing you to send video and audio from your computer to the projector. A USB-B connection may cause a delay for content requiring high bandwidth, such as movies. An HDMI connection is recommended for projecting movies, video games, and other home entertainment content.
    • Dual PC Inputs: You can also connect your Windows or Mac computers to the projector via its dual VGA inputs (D-Sub, 15-pin). Both VGA inputs will support video up to 1920 x 1200.

    Wired or Wireless (optional) Network Connection: The Home Cinema LS100 offers a wired network connection through its RJ-45 LAN port and a wireless network connection through Epson's 802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN module (ELPAP10, sold separately). Either network connection allows you to project a video image from your computer that is on the same network to the Home Cinema 1450. You will also need to download software from the Epson website onto your computer.

    Image Settings: Settings on the Image menu let you adjust the aspect ratio 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.
      • 16:9: Converts the aspect ratio of the image to 16:9.
      • Zoom: Displays images using the full width of the 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.
      • Native: Displays images as is (aspect ratio and resolution are maintained),
    • Color Modes: The Home Cinema 1450 offers four 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. You can select from the following choices:
      • Dynamic: Best for projecting in a brightly-lit room; this is the brightest mode.
      • Bright Cinema: Best for movies projected in a brightly-lit room.
      • Cinema: Best for movies projected in a dark room.
      • Game: Best for games projected in a bright room.
    • Advanced Picture Adjustments: Use the projector's Advanced Picture Adjustments to further enhance the projected video image.
      • Manual Adjustments: You can manually adjust the images Brightness, Contrast, Color Saturation, Tint, & Sharpness.
      • Dynamic Contrast: Adjusts the projected luminance based on the image brightness when certain Color Modes are selected.
      • Color Temperature: Sets the overall color tone; higher values tint the image blue and lower values tint the image red.
      • 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 Reduction: This setting reduces flickering of analog images, as well as reduces the noise or artifacts seen in MPEG video.
      • 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.

    Split Screen: You can use the split screen feature to simultaneously project two images next to each from different image HDMI sources. You can control the split screen feature using the remote control and projector menus. While you use the split screen feature, other projector features may not be available, and some settings may be automatically applied to both images.

    Note: You cannot project from the same input source onto both sides (left and right) of the screen. You also cannot use split screen with 3D images or certain input source combinations.

    Built-in Speaker + Audio Output: The Epson Home Cinema LS100 has its own built-in, rear-panel 10W mono speaker. It also features a stereo 3.5mm audio output to connect an external AV receiver or powered speaker.

    Remote Control: The Epson Home Cinema LS100 can be operated from its control panel, the included IR remote, HDMI-CEC, or a 3rd party automation system (sold separately).

    • IR Remote: In addition to the control panel, the projector can be controlled by the supplied wireless remote control, which has a range of approximately 19.7'. The projector has infrared receivers on the front and rear to give you control from most anywhere in the room.
    • HDMI Link: When you connect HDMI CEC-compatible devices, such as an AV receiver or Blu-ray player, to the projector via HDMI cables, you can control them using the HDMI-Link control buttons on the projector's remote control. You can register the devices you want to operate in the HDMI Link section of the projector's menu.
    • Mouse or Pointer: You can use the projector's remote control as a wireless mouse so you can control projection at a distance from the computer (the computer must be running Windows Vista or later, OS X 10.7 or later, macOS 10.12.x, or macOS 10.13.x.) You can also use the projector's remote control as a pointer to help you call out important information on the screen.
    • 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).

    Epson iProjection App: Epson iProjection is an intuitive mobile projection app for Apple iOS 8.0+ 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.

    Mounting Options: The Home Cinema LS100 can be placed on a tabletop or inverted and mounted on the ceiling. It can be used for front or rear projection. For tabletop use, you can adjust the image position by raising or lowering the projector's feet. For ceiling mounting, you will need an optional projector ceiling mount (sold separately). Five 4mm threaded screw holes are provided on the bottom for a ceiling mount. A commercially-available Kensington security lock can be attached to the unit to prevent theft when installed in a public location.

    Instant On/Off: With Instant On/Off performance, experience almost no lag time for warm-up or cool down with the projector reaching maximum brightness or turning off within 5 seconds.

    Sleep Mode: The projector turns off automatically when no video signal is received for a preset amount of time. You can set the sleep mode to 5, 10, or 30 minutes.

    Firmware & Software Updates (via USB): You can download files to update the software of the unit from Epson's Online Support Site. Simply copy the downloaded files to a USB thumbdrive, then  insert the USB thumbdrive into the USB port of the projector and perform the update.

    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.

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