Ultra short throw projectors are changing the way we experience big screen entertainment at home. With their bright laser light sources and close proximity to the screen, these USTs are taking home cinemas out of the darkened basement and into the well-lit living rooms. As all-in-one projectors with speakers and smart streaming apps, Laser TVs, as they're also known, offer a complete 80 inch television upgrade so you can turn any room in your home into a movie theater.

So at this point, if you know you know you want a UST, the question becomes, which ultra short throw is best? The answer is of course very subjective as different features have more or less value for a consumer. That's why we at ProjectorScreen.com have created this series of head to head projector matchups to help you decide which projector is the best one for your needs. For today's matchup we've got the Epson LS800 Vs the Nexigo Aurora Pro. We'll breakdown and compare the specs, along with the pros and cons, to give you the answer, "Which projector is better the Epson LS800 or the Nexigo Aurora Pro?"

Epson LS800

The goal of Epson was to make an ultra short throw projector bright enough for just about any room that still provides viewers an incredible and vibrant 4K image. With the Epson LS800, they fully accomplished their mission. If you want a high lumen UST, the Epson EpiqVision LS800 is the brightest in the business with an output of 4,000 lumens. This LCD projector is great for gaming, TV shows and movie watching and tied for 2nd place at the 2023 Laser TV Showdown. You can also check out our review of the Epson LS800 for all the details on this projector. 

Nexigo Aurora Pro

Nexigo is the new, new kid on the block in the rough and tumble neighborhood that is ultra short throw projection. And they made a strong start off of a significant amount of buzz that it had created via its crowdfunding campaign and chatter in various AV forums around the web. With 2,400 lumens, support for 3D, Dolby Vision and having a low lag time, the Nexigo Aurora Pro is for sure a projector to keep your eyes on.

Nexigo Aurora Pro Vs Epson EpiqVision LS800

Now that you've met our competitors for today's battle we're ready to answer the question, "Which option is the better ultra short throw projector, the Epson LS800 or the Nexigo Aurora Pro?"

Our projection experts have spent countless hours comparing these two projectors against each other to help you decide which one deserves the to be placed in your media room. So, grab your popcorn, dim the lights, and join us as we delve into a head-to-head "shootout" that will showcase the strengths, weaknesses, and unique features of the Epson LS800 and the Nexigo Aurora Pro. This UST projector battle starts now!

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Epson LS800

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Nexigo Aurora Pro

Our Thoughts:

Brightness

4000

2400

The Epson LS800 is undoubtedly the brightest UST meant for home usage and outshines Nexigo projector.

Throw Ratio

0.17:1

0.23:1

The Epson LS800 sits closer than every other ultra short throw.

Chipset

3LCD

.47" DLP

The LS800 uses the 3LCD chipset which provides a brighter output and avoids the rainbow effect. The Aurora Pro uses the smaller DLP chip which offers a sharper image.

Light Source

Single Blue Laser

ALPD® 4.0 RGB+ Triple Laser

The advanced triple laser projection technology found on the Nexigo Aurora Pro gives it a big advantage over the Epson LS800.

Color

77% DCI-P3

113% DCI-P3

The Epson LS800 offers a very wide color gamut. However, the RGB triple laser light engine gives the Nexigo UST the ability to produce significantly more unique colors.

Contrast Ratio

2966:1

4510:1

The Nexigo Aurora Pro measured as having some of the best contrast on a UST. While not as high, the Epson laser TV does also offer fantastic contrast.

Image Size

80 to 150 inches

80 to 150 inches

Both projectors can produce the same image size but with its closer proximity and brighter light output the LS800 will be able to produce a more vibrant image from a much closer distance.

ALR Projector Screen

Available bundled With 100", 120" UST screen, or on its own

UST screen sold separately

One of the best values of the Epson LS800 is that they can be sold either bundled with an ambient light rejecting projector screen or on its own.

Input Lag

16.7 ms

17.9 ms

Both laser TVs have super low lag times. While these are very close the Epson LS800 has the lower latency which gives it an edge for serious gamers.

Audio

(x2)20W Yamaha Speakers

15.0 Watts x2

The Epson LS800 offers a superior soundscape and a more robust built-in speaker setup.

Price

$3,499.00

$2,699.00

The low price on the Nexigo Aurora Pro is fantastic for a 4K UST. While typically more expensive, when you bundle the LS800 with the Epson UST screen the price difference is much closer.

 

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Epson LS800

The Pros

  • Brightest UST projector on the market
  • Incredible contrast
  • Great value for the price
  • Sits closer to the screen than any other laser TV
  • Best UST projector for video gaming
  • Able to make an image size up to 150 inches
  • Can be purchased bundled with 100 or 120 inch ALR screen
  • No rainbow effect
  • Very good quality and powerful built-in speakers
  • Available in either black or white casing
  • Has 3 HDMI ports

The Cons

  • Color gamut capability is less than other similarly priced projectors
  • No Grayscale, Gamma or Color Management (CMS) Adjustments as there are on other Epson projectors
  • Less sharp of an image
  • No Dynamic Tone Mapping, Dolby Vision or HDR10+ Dynamic HDR formats.
  • Large chassis, with legs set far apart meaning you need a wider TV stand
  • No 3D support
  • Is only ARC compatible and doesn't have eARC
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Nexigo Aurora Pro

The Pros

  • Low price tag for a triple laser projector
  • Bright, vivid picture
  • Fantastic contrast and deep dark black levels
  • Super low lag time and 4k/120Hz make this a great gaming projector
  • Supports Dolby Vision
  • Supports 3D
  • Sits closer to the screen than many other USTs
  • Can make an image size up to 150 inches
  • Backlit remote

The Cons

  • Image does lack some sharpness
  • Mildly distracting laser speckle
  • Operating noise is loud
  • Netflix app is not included
  • Only has 1 year manufacturer warranty
  • Less known brand with no history of customer service or quality control

So Which UST Is Better, The Nexigo Aurora Pro Or The Epson LS800?

As per usual with these shootouts, declaring a winner in this matchup between the Nexigo Aurora Pro and the Epson Epiqvision LS800 is really difficult to do. Both have very strong specs, and either projector you buy will leave you completely satisfied.

That being said, our projection experts have decided on their top choice. So, between the Epson LS800 and Nexigo Aurora Pro the winner of this UST projector shootout is………

Epson LS800

Why You Should Buy The Epson LS800

Both of these ultra short throw projectors can produce an absolutely stellar image on your screen. If we were only judging the Epson LS800 vs. the Nexigo Aurora Pro based on picture quality, we might have given it to the Nexigo UST. However, there's more to a laser TV than just the picture it creates. And thus the Epson LS800 earns the victory.

Epson's Epiqvision UST gives you a several reasons beyond the picture of why you'd want to choose the LS800 over the Aurora Pro. It's significantly brighter and sits at a much closer proximity to the screen. These features make it easier to place and allows it to thrive in even the most well-lit living room.

Because you can choose to buy the projector and screen combo or get the projector by itself, the Epson ultra short throw laser projector gives you much more flexibility and comes in at a great value.

The incredible contrast and wide color gamut help the LS800 to still offer an incredibly vibrant and detailed 4K image that will wow you every time you fire up your new projector.

For gaming, the Epson LS800 has a slightly lower input lag. If you're a serious gamer, you want every advantaged you can get.

You'll also want to pick the LS800 if you are bothered by the rainbow effect because there is no chance with its LCD chipset.

Another reason we gave the win to the Epson LS800 is that you get the support and reliability of one of the largest projector manufacturers in the world. Their years of experience building high quality projectors allow us to put more trust and confidence you're getting a well-made unit and that any issue will be covered.

As a nice little bonus the LS800 is available in both a black and a white chassis so you can choose which color fits in better with your room's aesthetic.

Why You Should Buy The Nexigo Aurora Pro

Even though the Epson LS800 earned the win for this head to head comparison, that doesn't mean the Nexigo Aurora Pro isn't the better option for some people.

For people who plan to mostly use their UST for watching TV with the lights on the Epson LS800 is going to be the way to go. However if you plan to watch more movies in a more light-controlled environment then you should strongly consider the Nexigo Aurora Pro.

With its significantly better contrast, deeper black levels and wider color gamut thanks to the triple laser ALPD light engine, the Nexigo Aurora Pro is the better choice for cinema enthusiasts who want the best image possible.

If you're looking to a 3D projector then the Nexigo Aurora Pro is obviously the projector you should choose.

The lower cost of the Nexigo Aurora Pro gives it a major advantage if you're trying to get the best picture for the lowest price.

Which Ultra Short Throw Do You Think Is Better?

Which ultra short throw projector do you think is better the Epson LS800 or the Nexigo Aurora Pro? Which one would you buy? Which do you want to see head to head in our next projector vs projector series? Let us know in the comments below!

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If you have any questions on these projectors or anything else projection related don’t hesitate to hit us up at ProjectorScreen.com. Thanks for reading and keep on projecting!

Epson LS800 Vs Nexigo Aurora Pro

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Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
EPSON
Product Status:
In Stock
Lumens:
4000
Projector Type:
Ultra Short Throw
Light Source:
Laser
Contrast Ratio:
2,500,000:1
Chipset:
LCD
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Throw Ratio:
0.16:1 (D:W)
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Lens Shift:
No
Input Lag:
4K/60Hz: 21.0ms | 1080p/60Hz: 22.1ms | 1080p/120Hz: 12.3ms
3D Support:
No
Built-In Speaker:
Yes
Warranty:
2 Years
Standard Lens Focus:
Manual

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Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
NexiGo
Product Status:
In Stock
Lumens:
2400
Projector Type:
Ultra Short Throw
Light Source:
Laser
Contrast Ratio:
3,000:1 (full on/off)
Chipset:
DLP
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Throw Ratio:
0.23:1 (D:W)
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Lens Shift:
No
Input Lag:
4K/120Hz: 12ms | 4K/60Hz: 43ms
3D Support:
Yes
Built-In Speaker:
Yes
Warranty:
1 Year
Standard Lens Focus:
Motorized

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Projector Resolution:
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Brand:
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Product Status:
In Stock
Lumens:
4000
Projector Type:
Ultra Short Throw
Light Source:
Laser
Contrast Ratio:
2,500,000:1
Chipset:
LCD
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Throw Ratio:
0.16:1 (D:W)
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Lens Shift:
No
Input Lag:
4K/60Hz: 21.0ms | 1080p/60Hz: 22.1ms | 1080p/120Hz: 12.3ms
3D Support:
No
Built-In Speaker:
Yes
Warranty:
2 Years
Standard Lens Focus:
Manual

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