It’s been a year since the initial unveiling of the Epson LS500 ultrashort throw projector, but the company has now announced North American availability for this eagerly anticipated UST 4K laser model. Unlike some other rival products, this projector ships with a screen. A 100-inch diagonal screen is included in the $4999 MSRP while an LS500 projector with a 120-inch screen runs $5999 MSRP.

The inclusion of a compatible screen in the package is key, because to achieve peak performance with the projector of this type, you need a special type of ambient light rejecting screen. You need a screen that's designed to accommodate the extreme angle from which the light strikes the screen surface.

Epson has graciously offered to send LS500 my way sometime the next couple weeks, so I do plan to get some hands-on time with one. I liked what I saw at CEDIA in Denver a year ago, this is a very bright projector that genuinely overcomes ambient room light in a way that is reminiscent of a giant screen TV.

Following is the complete press release:

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Sept. 16, 2020 – As families nationwide continue to find new ways to stay entertained at home, Epson, the number one projector manufacturer worldwide, today introduced an epic new home entertainment line poised to redefine everyday TV viewing.

EpiqVision™ Ultra combines modern design with advanced laser-array technology, dedicated screen options and easy-to-navigate Android TV™ for a complete entertainment solution. Kicking off the new line is the Epson EpiqVision™ Ultra LS500 4K PRO-UHD® Laser Projection TV – now shipping. Pairing an ultra short-throw projector with a custom built, high-resolution ambient light rejecting screen designed specifically for the LS500, this combined solution delivers immersive 4K HDR5 content up to 120 inches.

“More than ever, people want great experiences at home. And having a 120-inch 4K PRO-UHD4 screen on your wall – is the ultimate TV viewing experience,” said Rodrigo Catalan, senior product manager, projectors, Epson America, Inc. “Epson’s new EpiqVision Ultra LS500 Laser Projection TV redefines television and offers a truly immersive viewing experience for watching sports, TV shows, gaming, and so much more. It’s simply epic.”

Equipped with proprietary 4K PRO-UHD 3LCD technology, the LS500 represents a new generation of digital projection. Sitting just inches from the wall, this all-in-one solution displays exceptionally bright, colorful and sharp pictures in virtually any lighting environment. Powered by Android TV, the LS500 keeps households connected with live TV through popular streaming apps and includes a simple-to-use remote with built-in Google Assistant™.

Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS500 Laser Projection TV1 – Go Epic!

Redefine Everyday TV Viewing with New Epson EpiqVision Ultra Entertainment. A new type of immersive television experience has arrived. Additional features include:

• A Complete Solution — Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS500 Laser Projection TV includes an ultra-short throw laser-array projector with a high-resolution, ambient light rejecting screen for an exceptionally bright, colorful and sharp picture.
• Beautiful 120-inch ALR Screen — High-resolution ambient light rejecting screen produces an amazing wide-angle viewing experience with virtually zero glare.
• 4K PRO-UHD4 Projection Technology — Advanced processing for resolution enhancement, color and image processing, resulting in an exceptionally sharp picture.
• Advanced HDR Processing — 10-bit HDR5 processing accepting 100 percent of the source information to faithfully reproduce HDR content for exceptional visual performance.
• Incredibly Bright Picture — Displays 4K HDR5 content at an exceptional level of brightness with 4,000 lumens for both color and white content, designed for all-day viewing in virtually any lighting environment.
• Outstanding Color Accuracy — Advanced 3-chip 3LCD technology is capable of displaying the Rec.709 color space.
• Dynamic Contrast Ratio up to 2,000,000:1 — Advanced black density control individually pulses the laser light to precisely suppress stray light within the signal for incredibly deep blacks.
• Digital Picture Processing — Real-time 12-bit analog-to-digital video processing for smooth tonal transitions; eliminates banding, blocking and other compression artifacts.
• Latest 18 Gbps HDMI 2.0 with ARC Support — Fully compatible with virtually all color formats, depths and spaces while simultaneously supporting most 4K HDR4 content at a full 60 Hz.
• Powered by Android TV3 — Included Android TV operating system with a simple-to use remote, including voice search with built-in Google Assistant; stream live TV with popular apps.

Availability, Pricing and Support

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS500 4K PRO-UHD4 Laser Projection TV is now available through select retailers, the Epson online store and Magnolia and CEDIA dealers. The Epson LS500 Laser Projection TV is available in black and white models with 100-inch screen (MSRP $4,999) and black and white models with 120-inch screen (MSRP $5,999) SKUs.