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Epson Home Cinema 5050UB vs PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000

Epson Home Cinema 5050UB vs PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
« on: May 24, 2020, 08:33:07 PM »
I am looking for a projector for a dedicated theater room with no windows.  I have narrowed down to the following two projectors-

Epson home cinema 5050UB vs The Epson Pro Cinema LS10000.  I could also purchase a used JVC RS4910 for cheap from a friend.  May need a new bulb.

This is for a 135” screen.  I have the following questions:

  • Which one has a sharper picture?
  • Which has better color?

Basically, which is a better projector for my home theater given that they are basically the same price.  Also, can you provide me some comfort with regard to purchasing a refurbished projector?  My concern is that the laser might have used up some of its useful life.

Is there a better suggestion in this price range or would one of the other refurbished projectors be a good option?



Re: Epson Home Cinema 5050UB vs PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2020, 07:05:18 AM »
That's a tough one. Each of these have their pros and cons. What is most important to you? The JVC you mentioned has the best lens and eshift implementation so it's going to offer the most sharpness. It's also going to have the best contrast, by a noticable margin. The 5050UB will be the brightest and can do P3 color, the JVC and LS10000 cannot. The LS10000 has that long lasting laser light source so if you plan on putting a lot of hours on your projector, it could be worth going this route. Honestly, you can't go wrong with any choice, but if I were forced to pick one, it would have to be the JVC, it's the most well balanced out of the three
« Last Edit: May 25, 2020, 07:38:30 AM by Dylan Seeger »
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Re: Epson Home Cinema 5050UB vs PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2020, 09:46:08 AM »
Thank you for the detailed response.  This was really helpful.

Re: Epson Home Cinema 5050UB vs PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2020, 12:25:21 PM »
I owned the LS10000 (it actually does have a P3 filter - but you need something like a Linker or equivalent) and the 4910.  I actually used both for UHD BD.  I had a Panasonic UB900 with the Linker at the time.

The 4910 provided the best image.  The blacks were notably better in my room and the eshift was a bit better.  It doesn't have a P3 filter, but my unit had surprisingly good coverage up to 75% or which should cover most movies.

The LS10000 was/is a good projector and it really just depends on how important laser is to you.  I didn't like the grey uniformity issues though I saw on multiple units.  It was noticeable on content.  The 5050 has a zonal correction for this I believe.

I would probably go with the 5050 given your screen size and given the extra brightness the unit can provide.  Plus a new projector with warranty.  New eshift implementation.

If you could save or spring for an RS1000, that would be hands down the best choice.
« Last Edit: May 25, 2020, 12:26:58 PM by DavidHir »

Re: Epson Home Cinema 5050UB vs PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2020, 12:52:10 PM »
I must have forgot about the LS10000 can do P3. I think I remember you need a workaround with the HDFury Linker device to do it, right?

The 5050UB is a decent step up in brightness, though, especially if he's using a screen material with positive gain, any one of these projectors could be bright enough. 135" isn't too big. Like I said, though, all three of these projectors are excellent in their own right.
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Re: Epson Home Cinema 5050UB vs PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2020, 01:09:09 PM »
Yes, I used the Linker.  Memory is fuzzy now, but if I recall I think the LS10000 cannot interpret the 2020 container...so the Linker communicates with it?  Epson fixed this on the LS10500.

I also had a hard time getting enough light output in medium laser mode (I have a 9 foot wide scope screen, 1.0 gain) for UHD BD.  I didn't want to run high laser (would turn room into a furnace and louder). 

With the 4910, I now remember Chad creating Arve curves for me which worked better but I could also use high lamp and iris wide open on the JVC.  Not a ton of light still, but better with a newer lamp.

Re: Epson Home Cinema 5050UB vs PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2020, 02:47:52 PM »
Thanks guys.  The JVC option with my friend did not work out.  So I am open to any suggestions. This is a big purchase for me.  It looks like the RS1000 is significantly more expensive.  Is it that much better?  I really appreciate your help.

Re: Epson Home Cinema 5050UB vs PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2020, 05:26:07 AM »
If you can afford the RS1000, you will not be disappointed. It's a big step up over the other projectors listed here.
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