Now I have teased you with mention of Laser TVs. So, let’s take a paragraph or two to bring you up to speed.
An excellent example is LG’s dual laser, Laser TV, the HU85LA, seen below projecting a 100” image in my old testing room. Just add a screen (or wall – but an ALR type screen designed to “reject” ambient light, is really recommended for most rooms).
In theory, the heart of a Laser TV is nothing new – that would be the ultra short throw projector. They’ve been around for a decade! So, what does it take to be a 4K UHD laser TV? Easy enough. These are the ingredients:
- Ultra Short Throw Design – Sits only inches away from, and below your screen
- Long Life Laser Light Engine – Typically 20,000 hours or more
- Smarts – Typically an Android Operating System
- Usually with Voice Support (Alexa, Google)
- 4K UHD DLP® Chip Set
- Smart Apps – So you can have Netflix, Prime, Disney+ Apple TV, and more, all available over Wi-Fi
- Built-in Audio
- No AV Receiver Needed
- Lots of Inputs, Including HDMI, and USB
- Enough Brightness to Not Need a Fully Darkened Room/Cave/Theater
- Easy Installation – A Laser TV and screen should be no more complicated to install than wall mounting a TV!
Sound good to you? Laser TVs get projectors out of the proverbial cave/home theater, into your living room… You can enjoy 100” or even 120” picture (or larger still) for less than today’s 70” – 77” OLED TVs!
I’m a particular fan of laser TVs. In my new home, I do have a dedicated, but very small theater (3rd bedroom). In my living room, however, I’m set up for a Laser TV. I am literally in the choosing process right now, having reviewed a number of them.
Here’s my living room setup picture while recently reviewing the VAVA Laser TV. I’ve paired it with a 120” VividStorm ALR screen designed for UST/Laser TVs:
And here my laser TV setup in action Daytime (Optoma P1 Laser TV):
Below: The living room of last summer’s rental, with lots of ambient light, when I first started working with the VAVA laser TV (the least expensive 4K capable Laser TV so far):
The bottom line on laser TVs: They tend to all be 4K capable, have laser light engines (of course), are bright enough to work in most rooms with respectable lighting control, when paired with the proper screen! The pricing of a great laser TV and screen is typically about the same as an OLED TV but will be two to three times as large a picture.