Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800
Super Ultra Short Throw Projector w/ optional Epson SilverFlex ALR Projector Screen
Open up the possibilities to bigger, more exciting home entertainment, without a TV permanently on the wall. Epson's 4K PRO-UHD, super-ultra-short-throw laser projection TV is sleek in design and has Android TV. You can enjoy an 80" image from less than 1" away from the wall, with the option to adjust the distance to achieve up to 150”, for the ultimate home cinema setting.
Company & Product Overview
EPSON has been developing cutting-edge technologies for the world of high-performance audio and video from its Nagano, Japan headquarters since 1942.
The company has created everything from the world's first hand-held computer to the world’s smallest television that was small enough to wear on your wrist like a watch. Today, EPSON continues to exceed our expectations through professional imaging and projection products that deliver exceptional value and world-class designs.
The EPSON EpiqVision LS800 is a front-facing SUPER-ultra-short-throw laser projector designed to replace your TV with a huge HDR 4K image. The LS800 can project up to 150 inches. However, it comes bundled with an optional 100-inch or 120-inch SilverFlex Ultra Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) Screen, which most will find to be the sweet spot for their situation.
As a laser projector and projection screen solution, the LS800 system combines a new type of Ultra Short Throw Laser-Array Projection technology with an immersive Ambient Light Rejecting screen. Together, the system is capable of producing vivid colors and deep blacks. Even in rooms with a lot of ambient light, you get an exceptionally bright, colorful, and sharp 4K image.
To make this level of immersion possible, there are two important ingredients:
- A powerful laser light engine that will project a bright HDR 4K image — and never requires lamp replacements.
- A specially-made ambient light-rejecting screen (intended only for ultra-short-throw projectors), which allows the image to look as good as a TV.
With a fairly minimal setup process, you can turn your family room into an immersive movie theater. There’s even a special high-performance gaming mode on board that will lower the input lag and optimize the projector’s fast refresh rate, so you have a leg up on the competition.
Packaging, Design & Build Quality
When purchased as a bundle, EPSON gives you an advanced 4K super-ultra-short-throw laser projector equipped with a Yamaha 2.1 sound system built in along with an ambient-light-rejecting display with your choice of a 100” or 120” screen.
The LS800 is designed to sit on a tabletop and to be easy to install — you just place the projector close to the wall and beam a stunning image on the screen included with the bundle.
The EPSON Super-Ultra-Short-Throw Design
The projector spans about 27-inches wide and almost 14-inches deep. At about 6 inches tall, the modern low profile design will look great sitting on an existing media console and match just about any decor. It’s available in either white with a light gray cloth grill along the font or black with a dark gray cloth grill. One of the huge upgrades from the EpiqVision LS500 UST is the distance you need between the projector and wall. They don’t call it a “super” ultra short throw for nothing! The LS800 is capable of being placed under one inch away and still produces an 80” display! To fit on the 100 inch screen, the lens will only need to be 17.3 inches away from your wall. To fit the 120 inch screen, you only need 20.2 inches from the wall to the lens. For reference, the LS500 needed to be 35 inches off the wall to produce a 120 inch image. This is one of the shortest throw distances for any projector on the market. This is a huge feature because it allows you to keep your existing furniture and place the projector on your current media console rather than buying an extra deep piece of furniture to accommodate for the throw distance.
SilverFlex Ultra ALR Projector Screen
The Epson SilverFlex Ultra ALR Projection Screen EPSON recommends for the LS800 is a special ambient light-rejecting screen designed specifically for ultra-short-throw projectors. The screen features a thin-bezel design, and a dark gray surface, which looks similar to a modern flat-panel TV. But, unlike a modern OLED flat-panel TV, the SilverFlex screen is layered with a sawtooth light-accelerating optical pattern that is designed to reject ambient light hitting its surface and this focuses the picture towards the viewing area.
Not only does this design reduce wash out from ambient light, but the screen’s dark surface also produces an image with excellent contrast in brightly lit rooms, so you always get a beautiful picture with great off-axis viewing. Because of the brightness that EPSON projectors are known for, you do not need to have a light-controlled room for the best picture with this screen. You could put the LS800 and the screen in any room in your home, including a well-lit living room without needing to draw the curtains or dim the lights. It will of course have a brighter image with the lights dimmed but this makes it fantastic for game day and works well with the lights on.
There are two optional screen sizes to pair with the LS800 Projector. For $1,999, there’s an option for a 100-inch display for a super-wide 16:9 image (108-inches wide x 58-inches tall) — but if you have the wall real estate, you can step it up to the 120-inch display for $2,999, and get a larger 16:9 picture (about 105.5-inches wide x 60-inches tall). If you need help deciding on the right screen size, you can use our free home theater design tool to figure out which size is best for your room.
A Complete Package
When you take everything out of the box, you will notice pretty much everything needed to get up and running is included. In the box, there is a power cord, a compact remote control for the projector, a Quick Start Guide, and the bundled screen with all the wall mounting hardware. While setting all this up might take a couple of hours, it takes far less time than installing a ceiling mount front projection system and screen.
Under the panel on the side, there are various controls, including a lever that will let you manually adjust the focus. There’s two USB Type-A ports, three HDMI 2.0 inputs, an optical out, 3.5 mm headphone jack, a USB Dc out, and a USB Type-B port for servicing the unit. Since the projector is capped at 60 hertz in 4K, we don’t have a huge problem with it not having any 2.1 HDMI inputs.
Features & Technology
EPSON’s Super Ultra Short Throw Lens
Sitting at just a short distance from the wall, the EPSON Ultra Short Throw Lens utilizes a proprietary multi-element Precision Glass Structure to produce a high-resolution 4K image with clarity and edge-to-edge uniformity — for an incredibly immersive viewing experience that is up to four times larger than a 60-inch TV.
The Brightest UST Laser Light Engine. Ever.
The LS800 uses a laser diode light source that has a life expectancy of 20,000 hours. To put this in perspective, you could run this projector for eight hours a day, five days a week for ten years before you would have to worry about any sort of issues. The LS800 also boasts a maximum brightness of 4,000 lumens — the brightest UST projector available by far. To help you get the best performance from this powerful laser light source, the LS800 comes pre-configured with four picture modes that are designed for different applications. With four color modes to choose from, there is sure to be one that is perfect for your room or you can easily switch modes during the day or at night. All this brightness is complemented with a 2,500,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio. Super impressive!
True 3-LCD Chipset
The LS800 utilizes a three LCD projector chipset (one for each primary color), while most USTs use a DLP-based chipset. This is the same type of tech Epson uses in all of their award winning home theater front projectors — and this trio of 1080p LCD imagers trickles down from EPSON’s most expensive commercial projectors. One of the advantages of having a three LCD chipset in a UST versus DLP is that there is no color-wheel, which means you will not have to endure the dreaded rainbow-effect with this UST projector.
Compared to DLP-based projectors, the 3LCD configuration also means the LS800 stands out in its price-category by giving you great white balance, brightness, and contrast. Even though some UST DLP projectors claim high immunity to rainbows, the lack of a sequential color wheel means rainbow artifacts are not an issue with the LS800. EPSON’s advanced 3LCD technology gives you outstanding color accuracy — capable of displaying the Rec.709 color gamut.
EPSON’s Special 4K Projection Technology
To give you a sharp, natural 4K picture, EPSON precisely controls the three high-definition LCD chips to double the number of on-screen pixels per frame using an advanced pixel-shifting and imaging process called 4K PRO-UHD Enhancement.
The tech trickles down from EPSON’s most expensive projectors and shifts each pixel to double the full HD resolution on the screen. While the resolution enhancement isn’t based on native 4K imaging chips as found in much more expensive projectors — costing upwards of $10,000 and higher — the difference is almost impossible to detect at normal viewing distances for considerably less money. The result is an Ultra-Short-Throw projector capable of a sharp 4K image with brighter colors that pop off the screen and look awesome even in a well-lit room.
10-Bit HDR Color Processing & Enhanced Digital Picture Processing
Full 10-bit HDR color processing is on board and accepts 100% of an HDR source. When you combine this with the extreme brightness of 4,000 lumens, HDR content is faithfully reproduced for an incredible viewing experience. The LS800 also has real-time 10-bit analog-to-digital video processing which creates smooth tonal transitions and helps eliminate banding, blocking, and other compression artifacts from the image. We noticed this most when watching sports where there was a lot of action happening on screen. You can see this technology go to work and make everything look buttery smooth without compromising quality.
Android OS & Google Interface Built In
As you might expect, the LS800 supports HDR content with just about all of the most popular streaming platforms. There’s also voice search with the remote's built-in Google Assistant and Chromecast, so you can quickly cast photos, videos, and music from a computer to the big screen. However, we see most people connecting up their Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Firestick instead of using the Android OS.
Low Input Lag — Great for Gaming
Another key feature of the LS800 compared to other USTs in a similar price category is the low input lag — under 17 milliseconds for high-speed 4K resolution at 60fps! And if you are a sucker for high frame rates, you can lower it to 1080p and get 120 hertz and 100 frames per second. We recommend you stick with 4K for casual gaming and if you want to make it a bit more competitive and are okay with a 1080p image, then keep it on that for more frames and even quick gameplay. Most DLP-based USTs available have an input lag several times higher. For anyone into high-performance video gaming, this is a crucial feature — especially with competitive first-person shooters where you need to be able to quickly anticipate and react to the other players’ next moves.
Sound Powered by Yamaha
Equipped with a 2.1 channel speaker system behind the front grill cloth, Yamaha’s unique FR-port technology gives you an all in one sound solution. We think this is a nice feature to have for someone who doesn’t have an audio setup yet, as it will provide you with decent sound that sounds better than any TV speakers. However, with this immersive 4K picture, an external sound system is absolutely essential. For our testing, we paired it with an Onkyo Receiver, two Heco Aurora 1000 floorstanding speakers, a Heco center channel, and one Heco sub. This brought a movie theater experience right into the living room.
EPSON LS800 UST Projector Setup
Everything — from setting up the LS800 projector to the assembly, the hanging, and the alignment of the SilverFlex screen took us a couple hours with two people. If you do not mind a little bit of DIY work in this setup, our Tips & Tricks video that we made for the previous version, the LS500, will get you up and running in no time.
When EPSON shipped the LS800 to Audio Advice for testing, they included the 120-inch screen for us to demo. We used a living room that had a 75 inch Sony TV and a 5.2 Heco Speaker system already installed. Since the owner was renting the space, they were not able to use a front projector and run cables through the walls but they wanted a larger image to immerse themselves in movies and watch multiple games at once on Football Sunday’s with their friends. The LS800 was the perfect upgrade for them so that’s where we set it up. The room has big windows on the left and an attached dining room with an overhead light, and even during the day, we had a great experience.
Once we got everything set up, powering up the EPSON LS800 took about 5 seconds to boot up, and about 5 seconds to wake from standby mode.
Bright Room Test
We spent many hours with the lights on, watching news, sports, prime-time shows and of course HDR movies on Netflix, Hulu, and HBOmax.
As we mentioned earlier in this review, the LS800 has a maximum brightness of 4,000 lumens — making it by far the brightest UST we have tested here at Audio Advice. That powerful laser light source is one of the reasons behind the LS800’s ability to work so well in bright rooms. So, we turned on all our lights in the room — including those above, to the side, and in front of the screen — just to see how far we could push this EPSON projector and screen combination.
Even in our bright light room test where a lot of natural sunlight shined through the windows, and overhead lights beamed down from the ceiling, colors remained vibrant and the image was never washed out. HDR content popped off the EpiqVision screen.
If you want to experience how immersive a 120-inch 4K picture really is, you have to check out the new Elvis movie on HBO Max. The sheer enormity of the 120-inch screen in our living room was exhilarating. To get the best experience, we recommend turning off the lights and using Cinema Mode. Serious movie watching is generally a night time activity anyway so we had no problem creating a very dark light controlled room when watching a movie.
Overall, we were impressed with the LS800 and the EpiqVision screen’s ability to project a vibrant 4K picture in our bright lights stress test. We never felt the need to fully dim all of the lights except only when we were intentionally immersing ourselves in a movie. Whenever we wanted to watch in complete darkness, Cinema Mode was our preferred choice. Playing video games on the big screen, and watching movies from the comfort of home was just so much fun!
In the business of high-end 4K TVs, screen real estate is typically sold at a premium. As you get into larger and larger screen sizes, the prices start to immediately jump up. The best 4K TVs above 65-inches can climb to almost $8,000 — and even then — you are still not getting a 4K picture that is as large or as immersive as what you can get from a good projector and screen pairing.
A front projection home theater is a great choice to give you that fully immersive experience, but not everyone has a room they can dedicate to a front projector and give it the controlled lighting they need for the best viewing experience.
As a day-to-day television replacement, we think the LS800 Ultra-Short-Throw Laser Projector and the specially designed EpiqVision screen are an incredible pairing and bundle for the money. If you have a room with a lot of sunlight, the LS800 offers the kind of performance we have come to expect from the best modern TVs and will thrive in moderate-to-high ambient light settings. TV shows, HDR movies, and high-performance video games really come alive on the big screen and it’s just so much fun once you experience it.
At Audio Advice, we've been designing and installing high-performance home theaters & smart home systems for decades. In fact, we've delivered more custom theaters than anyone in the Southeast! We are now offering Home Theater Design no matter where you live in the United States. If you are interested in a custom home theater or upgrading your current system, give us a call at 888.899.8776, chat with us, or stop by one of our award-winning showrooms.
The big screen experience
Feel immersed in everything you watch or play with this stylish and affordable 4K PRO-UHD projector which can produce up to a 150" image placed close to the wall. For great gaming - try the new gaming mode with an under 20ms input lag time.
Smart home entertainment
Android TV offers thousands of movies, shows and games from Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube and other favorite apps. Enjoy dynamic audio and 3D surround sound with sound by Yamaha, which can be used with or without a visual display by simply selecting the visual display to mute, and can also connect via Bluetooth to use as a standalone speaker.
Looking for a long-term, hassle-free and affordable solution to replace your TV? With this model's long-lasting laser light source, you'll be able to enjoy entertainment for up to 10 years.
Superior picture quality
With a high brightness of 4,000 lumens and contrast ratio of 2,500,000:1, this 4K PRO-UHD, HDR10 projector delivers lifelike content and defined shadow detail. Epson's 3LCD technology means its projectors have up to three times brighter colors, than comparable 1-chip DLP projectors. With the Epson Setting Assistant app, it's even easier to set up allowing you to align the image automatically with just a click of a button.
- 4K PRO-UHD Smart laser projection TV - Supersize your favorite films, games and sporting events at home
- Smart entertainment - EpiqVision Ultra range with Android TV and sound by Yamaha
- Long-lasting solution - Enjoy entertainment for up to 10 years
- Affordable, living room solution - Project up to 150" close to the wall
- Impressive, bright display - Equally high White and Colour Light Output of 4,000 lumens
Epson Ambient Light Rejection Screen
The Epson ELPSC35 slimline Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) screen enhances image quality in bright environments by reflecting light from the projector and rejecting ambient light.
Wide view angle
Maintain superior picture quality from wherever you are in the room as the bright image can be viewed not only from the front, but also from the sides.
|Projection System||3LCD Technology, RGB liquid crystal shutter|
|LCD Panel||0.62 inch with C2 Fine|
|Color Light Output||4,000 Lumen- 2,000 Lumen (economy) In accordance with IDMS15.4|
|White Light Output||4,000 Lumen - 2,000 Lumen (economy) In accordance with ISO 21118:2020|
|Resolution||4k PRO UHD|
|High Definition||4K enhancement|
|Contrast Ratio||2,500,000 : 1|
|Laser Light source||20,000 hours|
|Color Video Processing||10 Bits|
|2D Vertical Refresh Rate||192 Hz - 240 Hz|
|Color Reproduction||Up to 1.07 billion colors|
|Throw Ratio||0.16 - 0.40:1|
|Zoom||Digital, Factor: 1 - 2.5|
|Projection Lens Zoom Ratio||0.28 - 0.54 : 1|
|Screen Size||80 inches - 150 inches|
|Projection Distance||12-20 Inches|
|Projection Lens F Number||1.8|
|Projection Lens Focal Length||2.3 mm|
|Projection Lens Focus||Manual|
|Offset||7 : 1|
|Interfaces||USB 2.0-A (3x)
USB 2.0 Type B (Service Only)
Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Jack plug out
HDMI (HDCP 2.3) (3x)
|2D Color Modes||Dynamic, Natural, Cinema, Vivid|
|Video Color Modes||Cinema, Dynamic, Natural, Vivid|
|Power consumption||350 Watt, 217 Watt (economy)
2 Watt (standby)
|Heat Dissipation||1,139 BTU/hour (max)|
|Supply Voltage||AC 100 V - 240 V, 50 Hz - 60 Hz|
|Product dimensions||695 x 341 x 156 mm (Width x Depth x Height)|
|Product weight||12.3 kg|
|Noise Level||Normal: 32 dB (A) - Economy: 19 dB (A)|
|Supported Temperature||Storage -10° C - 60° C|
|Supported Humidity||Operation 20% - 80%, Storage 10% - 90%|
|Options||Air filter, Ceiling mount, Suspension adapter|
|Loudspeaker||20 Watt, Stereo|
|What's in the box||Power cable, Remote control incl. batteries, User guide, Warranty document|
|Positioning||Ceiling Mounted, Desktop, TV Cabinet|
|Warranty||60 months Carry in or 12,000 H|