LG's 100-Inch Laser TV Is Bonkers To Look At

You've heard of plasma TV, LCD TV, LED and even OLED TV, but now we're throwing a new term to mix into the salad bowl: laser TV. LG has one in Australia now, and it's freaking enormous and just as impressive.

The product's full name is the LG Laser DLP Display. Essentially, it uses technology called ultra-short throw which grabs the image and projects it onto the screen within 55cm, rather than from a projector at the back of a room.

The image is projected through 10 spherical lenses before passing it through an aspherical concave mirror to be thrown onto the display screen itself. It's a 100-inch full-HD 1080p image, chucked from a projector which sits at the base of the black, anti-contrast, anti-glare screen.

First of all, holy crap: it's a giant 100-inch screen with a throw distance of 55cm. Take a second to realise how impressive that is.

Previously, if you wanted a giant projector on your giant screen, it was an effort to get the projector mounted the correct distance away from your silver screen, and then the obnoxious job of cable-concealment would begin. When you're done it might look good, but the job of expanding your system becomes considerably more difficult when working with that particular set-up. The LG Laser Display eliminates these issues by putting the rather fetching looking projector right in front of your display while still cleverly concealing the cables and keeping them in reach if you need them.

The lamp is also considerably impressive: with other projectors, you'd need to replace it every couple of years. LG promises that the lamp in the DLP Laser Display will go for 25,000 hours. That's five hours per day for 13 years. Not bad at all.

The screen that the projector throws the image onto is actually made from anti-glare material, which means that you won't need to dim the lights entirely to have a high-contrast viewing experience. The screen is also black rather than silver to help dissipate light reflection when viewing. The screen also has a tiny bezel that disappears into the background when the images play.

The Laser Display is also compatible with DLNA and Intel WiDi so you can throw your content at it easily without having to fumble around.

Probably the most convincing aspect of the laser display is the price. It comes in at $8999 with free installation and a bundled twin-tuner recorder for watching and recording free-to-air programming. Compare that to the price of a larger plasma display which will run you easily over $10,000, and you're onto something.

The LG Laser Display goes on sale from early July.


Comments

    Do they have a demo unit of it somewhere?

      They'll be setting a few up in flagship Harvey Norman furniture spaces I think.

        Cool. looks interesting. I wonder if dust build up on the "projector" would affect picture quality. Normal projectors are at least horizontal.
        Perhaps this one could be mounted to (or flush into) the ceiling.

          Ceiling mounting is possible, but positioning is critical.

        Which ones? The HN flagship stores being sued by the ACCC or the ones not being sued?

    looks pretty awesome, I wonder if power consumption is a lot less than a large plasma?

    In the above picture their projector is only 15-20 cm (at best) in-front of the display...

    I always love these mock up gaming families. Two people with controllers playing a racing game with one car....

      I just assumed the woman was controlling the radio.

    Where is the projector in that photo?

    The Missing Link. And a more useful review.

    Summary: the 1080p picture is reasonably bright with good colour & contrast, quite even, but tends to throw reflections on the ceiling. The base projector unit must be placed at a precise location & distance from the screen (no DIY installation). And it's single-chip DLP, so you still get the rainbow effect. Also, no lamp; lasers :-)

      Thanks for the info and links. Reflections on the ceiling? No thanks. And I detest the rainbow effect. Some people don't seem to be as susceptible to it, but its stands out like a sore thumb to me.

    Red: See I told you they'd like the lasers
    Purple: Lasers, Lasers, Everything is lasers with you, I'm telling you smoke machines are what the people... *erk*

    this isnt new...

    laser tv has been around for a long time thanks to mitsubishi laservue tvs in the US. i really wanted them to hit aus.

    they are basically slimline rear projection tvs that are scallable to huge sizes and use very very little power in contrast to other mediums like lcd and plasma

    i was crazy enough to believe in a company that developed laser tv technology back in 2006ish...
    http://www.asx.com.au/asx/research/companyInfo.do?by=asxCode&asxCode=ARR

    they went bust. had alot of promise, but the general consensus of the consumer was plasma and lcd were the ebst out there... everybody wanted slimmer tvs rather than higher quality images.

    good times

    heres another interesting site - http://laser-tv.org/

      There were heaps of stock traders shorting the Nasdaq for many years before the bubble burst in 2000. Sometimes you can just be ahead of your time.

    Harvey Norman will demo it? I'll skip the demo, thanks:

    "I can do you a good deal on this. $15,000 with free installation. Won't find a better deal anywhere else. $8,999? Nah mate, nobody can do it for that price. LG? Nah that's cost price. Nobody will give it to you for that price. Tell you what, I'll do it for $14,500. That's a massive saving. The deal ends in ten seconds, so you have to decide now. Also, NOT owning this TV gives you cancer of the everything. You don't like cancer, do you?"

      LG's RRp is $8999
      HN's price is OVER NINE THOUSAND!

    Hrmmm.... one of the more positive aspects of laser tv's was to be that the colours do not fade like plasma and that the micro lasers had an incredible longevity. I see that they have somehow managed to make the lamp last 25k hours with no doubt some built in "safety" obsolescence. The delay in getting it to market probably wasnt how to make one, but how to make it break.

    wow perfect edges with no light bleed and no washout from the massive window? sign me up!

    how does this compare to a DIY projector though?
    for only a few hundred bucks, incl a 15" lCD panel, you can DIY a 150inch screen
    obviously it wont have all the same features, but i could live with swapping lamps, higher electricty costs and messy cables to save $8k

    Now to make it into an
    100 inch 4K res TV.
    Sony have 4K
    LG have 100"

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