I Got a Laser TV And I’m Never Going Back (2024)

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When it comes to really big images, big TVs are the way to go.

They have excellent image quality, but after about 85 inches like this, they get insanely expensive for home.

Theaters we've been using projectors like this one for years now, and they have awesome pictures, but they work best in the dark and there's a couple of other downfalls that you'll see as well.

That's why we're moving on to something called laser TV once you've had a laser TV I got to tell you you're not going to want to go back.

I mentioned that there are three downfalls of traditional projectors and one of them you're.

Seeing right now, I've got all the lights off and really anything that gets in between the projector and the screen is going to cast a shadow on the screen.

I can't! Actually there it is I, can't actually see the camera unless I cover up the projector, because you're going to get blinded.

If you walk in front of this thing, it's just how it is not to mention the fact that having a projector, that's many feet away about 14 feet away.

In my case, from the screen means that you've got to find a way to run power and an HDMI cable, most likely to the projector now I finished my basement myself and so I ran a channel there, knowing that that would be an issue and so that actually works out great, but most of the time you don't have that luxury, or at least a lot of the time now.

The second thing, you'll notice, is contrast.

Okay, check this out, Alexa turn on basement lights, all right, you're, going to see that the picture just got super washed out.

So a lot of your darks just aren't dark anymore.

This is a nice screen.

I've used some very specific projector material here that is decent quality and then I've got a fantastic projector to produce an image on that.

But you'll see that the difference between having the lights on and having the lights off is huge you're going to lose your colors you're going to lose your contrast, your darks won't be dark and then the overall experience is just a lot worse when you've got the lights on that right.

There is the third issue: I, don't know if you can make that out, but it says it's time to replace your lamp.

Please contact your Epson, projector, reseller or visit epson.com to purchase and to me that's pretty annoying, because I don't want to have to pay for a new lamp every year or two and in fact, I've had this projector for less than four years.

Now it's been about three and a half years, and in that time, after about 18 months, I got this message and it started to Flicker and die and I had to replace that lamp and it cost anywhere from about 80 to 200 it's a little bit of a process.

It's just maintenance to that.

You don't want to have to deal with, and now here we are three and a half years in and I'm dealing with this again, all three of those issues that I just mentioned aren't really an issue when it comes to having a TV.

This is an 85 inch TV and it's one of the cheapest ones.

I could find I paid 15.99 for this one.

So it's a pretty good deal and the image is stunning.

It looks really good, but it's not the same as the higher end TVs, but still looks fantastic I did a quick search and tried to find out how much the cost is per diagonal inch of TV right now, at the very bottom of the barrel, the cheapest TVs you can get the biggest one I could find out there.

That's actually commercially available is 110 inches that one costs 13 599 dollars, making it 123.62 cents per inch.

Now what? If you want to go bigger than that? Well, it's really not an option.

As far as the consumer market right now, I can't go, buy a 150 inch or 123 inch, TV, it's just not available at this time.

Maybe it will be in the future, but projectors are really your only option at this point for a really large screen like that for a home theater as I mentioned in the beginning.

This is where laser TVs really shine.

Now, the term laser TV is actually a bit of a misnomer, because it's not a TV per se.

This is actually made up of two components: pretty much every time you've got an ultra short, throw projector right here and that's one that sits really close to the screen.

In fact, this one is maybe about 14 inches away from the screen, and it's currently projecting a 123 inch image up onto this screen, which uses a technology called ambient light rejection.

This is super cool stuff.

This is not a traditional projector screen.

It has a little bit of cool Cutting Edge technology built right in there that you can't really see with your naked eye.

If we look up really close at this screen, you'll see that it's basically got a Sawtooth pattern, so at the top of each little Ridge there is a little shelf or a ledge, that's horizontal.

What that does is that takes any light.

That's coming from overhead and you'll notice.

I've got all the lights on in here right now, then it's going to actually just reflect that back up or just absorb that, essentially so that when you're sitting down you're not going to see that which is really cool now, on the other side, the bottom here you've got this little ledge and that's what's going to take the image from a lower light source like this, the projector, so anything that's shining up on it and reflect that back at the viewer.

It's pretty cool technology and again it's so finite and so small that you can't see any of this at all.

This is rated for at least 4K, if not more, and this particular screen right here actually rejects over 90 percent of the light from overhead.

Remember how I was talking about lamp life being an issue with my older projectors.

Well, that's not an issue with laser projectors.

This is really cool stuff.

The lamp life on this one is rated for 20 000 hours and, if you're asking how much that is just to kind of put that in perspective, you could play games and watch movies for eight hours a day for 13 years in a row before you ran out of lamp life on this thing, so I don't think you're gonna have to worry about it.

That is pretty cool.

You can see on this high quality white screen here exactly how bad this does with contrast during the day, especially compared to the ambient light rejecting aeon CLR.

It's really kind of a night and day difference here, so we've covered why a laser TV setup is Superior in just about every way to a traditional projector and Screen.

We've also addressed the fact that you'd pay like two gazillion dollars to try to get a TV, that's anywhere near this big.

But why did I pick this particular projector in this particular screen? So not long ago, a couple of companies got together and they took 14 different laser TV, setups 14 different Ultra short, throw projectors and put them one against The Other Side by Side, brought in a bunch of experts to try to say which one do you like best, and you guessed it it's this one now, you've probably never even heard of this brand and it's called for movie and the actual model of the projector is called theater.

So it's for movie theater as the brand and model of this particular setup.

Now that said, this was pitted against LG, Samsung, Hisense and a bunch of other brands, and this thing crushed them all.

That's pretty cool I was pretty impressed when I saw that now, when I found out that four movie had the best rated Ultra short, throw projector available today, as confirmed by multiple experts, I reached out to them to see if I could get one of these projectors in my hands to try this out so full transparency.

Here they did send this projector to me at no charge and that's one of the things you know.

I shamelessly leverage as much as I can to try to get some free stuff when I'm doing these videos, because you know why wouldn't I so the projector screen itself is from a company called Elite screens and if you've been on Amazon looking for screens, you've probably seen these guys they're huge.

They have branches all over the place and they do an awesome job.

So I worked with one of their professionals there to try to figure out what is the best screen that I can get to go with the 4 movie, theater projector, what's best for Ultra short throw, and we talked about a few different things, but one of them was you want a fixed frame thing.

You don't want something: that's going to move in any way.

You want it to be totally stationary and totally stable all the time, and then this little bezel does a couple of things, one, it kind of makes it look like a giant TV, which I think is really fun and then two it makes it so that there's a little bit of bleed area.

So if the screen goes off onto that, it absorbs that light and keeps that nice crisp and sharp edge, which I love.

The other thing that I love about this is, as you can see.

What's going on right behind me here is: it comes with a LED light kit and that can be running constantly or turn it on or off whatever you want, but it's a high-end set of LED strips that go back there and you can put these things together yourself in just a couple of hours and it looks really good when it's done so.

This combination, right here in my opinion, is the ultimate setup that you can get for a laser TV, because this projector has an ultra short throw is competing with traditional TVs.

It's got all of the inputs and features that you would expect.

So, if you're wondering about price, the cost for this whole setup right here is about fifty five hundred dollars right now.

Now that is not cheap, I'll fully admit that is not in the same price range as a smaller TV, for example, but it's way better than anything you're going to get if you're trying to buy a 98 or 110 inch, TV or anything like that, and it's got the image both during the day, with the lights on and at night, with the lights off, that's going to be better than just about anything.

You find out there and that's why I love this setup.

There are cheaper projectors out there that are Ultra short throughout.

There are cheaper screens out there, but if you want the really good stuff this is it so I'll put links in the description below if you want to check those out, as I mentioned in the beginning.

Now that we've been using this setup for a little while I am not going back, I don't need my projectors anymore, so I'm going to have a Epson home Cinema 4010 for sale.

It's really just no contest.

This is the way to go.

This particular video is one of many that we've done covering topics around home theater.

So if you want to learn more about 4K projectors or home theater seating, building, your own risers or building your own screens, even you can check out my playlist right here to see more I'm Nils with learn to DIY.

Thank you for watching.

I Got a Laser TV And I’m Never Going Back (2024)

FAQs

Are laser TVs good? ›

Laser TVs offer some significant advantages over flat-panel TVs. First, they offer larger images for less money—in other words, you pay fewer dollars per inch of image size. Another big advantage is portability; a Laser TV is much easier to move from one home to another than a monster TV.

Does laser TV need a screen? ›

Some Laser TVs come with their own screen, while others require that you buy a screen separately. Either way, the screen typically measures 100 to 120 inches diagonally, far larger than all reasonably priced flat-panel TVs. And the total cost for the projector and screen is typically much less than the largest TVs.

Is a laser TV better than a regular TV? ›

While OLED TVs offer sharper colors and deeper blacks, Laser TVs can be brighter and last longer. For smaller sizes (75in and lower), OLED options are a better value, while Laser TVs, which use a projector, are a better value for larger screen sizes. Consider how bright your room is before deciding.

How long does laser TV last? ›

Moreover, a laser TV has a long life cycle of over 25,000 hours. In addition, laser light has a low temperature which helps keep the device intact for a long time. Even more impressive laser TVs have eye protection that does not tire your eyes even when you stay glued to a screen for a long time.

What is the advantage of a laser TV? ›

Laser TVs have lower power consumption than LCD TVs of the same size. For example, a 100-inch laser TV consumes less than 300 watts, which is ½-⅓ of the same size LCD TV. Laser TVs are about one-tenth the weight of LCD TVs of the same size, and people can watch 80-inch laser TVs at a viewing distance of 3 meters.

Are laser TVs better than OLED? ›

While the OLED might be better for incomparable motion and static images, the Laser TV definitely outshines the OLED if you prefer larger screen sizes. The best part is that you can take the experience to any room around your house and still get realistic UHD pictures.

Can you watch laser TV in daylight? ›

Absolutely, but the magic of daylight visibility by using Ambient Light Rejecting screen material will be lost. If you only ever plan to watch the Laser TV in a pitch-black room, then projecting to the wall will look good, but not nearly as good as it would with the perfectly paired ALR screen.

Is A laser TV a smart TV? ›

In order for a laser-powered UST projector to truly replace your current TV, it also needs a dedicated projection screen (more on this in a moment), a built-in ATSC tuner for receiving free over-the-air broadcasts, and a built-in smart TV operating system, like Google TV, which can give you access to your favorite ...

How far should a laser TV be from the wall? ›

For store-bought shelves, we suggest a depth of 17.7 to 19.7 inches (45~50 cm) as well as placing the shelf roughly 3.9 to 7.9 inches (10~20 cm) away from the wall. This allows the Laser TV to be placed at the most ideal position.

Why are laser TVs so expensive? ›

Laser technology is in general of higher quality which means the resulting image and color quality is improved and the system will last longer than its counterparts.

Which type of TV lasts longer? ›

Below are the factors that contribute to a TV's longevity. As our technical engineers mentioned, TV brands with the highest longevity are Samsung, Sony, LG, and Panasonic. However, you can find other affordable brands that could give you several years of use if well maintained. These brands include Sharp and Vizio.

Is laser TV better than projector? ›

Laser TVs last longer than short-throw projectors. Laser TVs do not need much space between the wall and the projector. Laser TVs are much more expensive than short-throw projectors. Short-throw projectors are also available in their LED version.

Is laser TV better for eyes? ›

According to the evaluation of ophthalmologists, laser TV products are display products that are harmless to the naked eye. The screen has no electromagnetic radiation, eye-care, healthy and comfortable, and the reading comfort is 20% higher than that of paper. Usually, the laser TV is also equipped with IR sensor.

How often should you replace your TV? ›

Common wisdom says that the average television can last between 4 and 7 years, depending on usage, potential damage, and other factors. So, if you've had your television for more than 5 years and feel that your home is due an upgrade, then it's perfectly reasonable to start researching the best brands and features.

What happens to a laser projector after 20000 hours? ›

The laser light in a projector can last between 20,000 and 30,000 hours. That's far from the 1,500 to 8,000 hours of longevity traditional lamp projectors offer. Based on how bright you keep the lights, a laser projector can easily cross the 20,000 hours threshold and continue to work as a brand-new one.

Which is better Qled TV or laser projector? ›

QLED and OLED displays can easily deliver higher brightness than most modern laser projectors, but may be inferior in very bright rooms. QLED TVs offer improved color accuracy and wider viewing angles, while OLED TVs offer better contrast and black levels.

Are laser projectors good or bad? ›

While you will get better color performance with less maintenance when operating a laser projector, these will be far more expensive and harder for average consumers to acquire. So, if you're a power-user who wants a strong projector with a long shelf-life, you might want to consider a laser model.

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