LG Unveils 100-Inch Laser Projector: You're Gonna Need Bigger Walls

While conventional video projectors have remained largely a niche market for dedicated home theatre enthusiasts on account of their difficult installation. However, a new breed of "home projector" has developed over the past few years into an increasingly viable alternative to flat panel televisions. And if LG's new 100-inch class LG "HECTO" Laser TV is any indicator, the LED/Plasma debate may be moot.

The 1080p HECTO system uses a specially designed screen and an Ultra Short Throw (UST) projector that sits under it. The obvious advantage is that you can set up the system like a normal flat panel display rather than having to mount the projector on your ceiling or maintain a clear line of sight from the back of the room. The projector needs less than two feet of space from the screen to function and is bright enough to work in normally lit living rooms rather than darkened home theatres.

The projector itself is outfitted with dual 10W speakers, a trio HDMI ports, audio out, and a RS-232 interface. And like the rest of LG's premium device offerings this year, the HECTO will offer Smart TV functionality — including web browsing and VOD — as well as integration with the new Magic Remote and WiDi compatibility. Most impressive pehaps is the HECTO's Methusala of a bulb. It reportedly lasts five time longer than conventional mercury lamps — a stunning 25,000 hours.

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    As a person who has used a 120 inch projector screen for at least 10 years, I know the problems associated with them.
    Setting them up is not one of them. And with modern types brightness is not a problem.
    The only real thing that continues to be of concern is the "blackness", or lack of, in the picture.
    "Special screens" improve but do not remove this problem.
    It has nothing whatever to do with the projector as most modern ones have excellent contrast and black levels on their own.

    Please get you facts right.

      I'll bite. What is the biggest problem? You say 'blackness' but offer not suggestion about what causes it or how to fix it.

        Projection requires a white screen to project onto, unlike a TV which is black with light passing through it (LCD) or black with individual pixels lighting up (plasma). Because the screen is white, the only way to get black is a dark room with nowhere for the light from the screen to reflect off and back onto the screen. I have a dark room with a black roof and I still get some reflection.

        Imagine watching the cricket in a dark room just to get a decent image. That's the price you pay for projection.

      I've used heaps of projectors for my work and the biggest issue I've found with them is the lifespan of the globes, iI don't know how people can afford replacement globes every 1-2 years considering how expensive they are

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