Should you buy a very short reflection projector? State-of-the-art projection technology has been making waves in home theater mode for a few years now, and everyone from LG, Samsung and Vava are involved – and it’s clear that the services provided by short projection distances offer a lot of blue for many there.
Ultra-short throw projectors are certainly more expensive than other, standard short-throw (or even long-throw) models, given the laser technology used to display images at such a sharp and sharp angle to a wall or screen. And if you are going to set up a 4K projectors a coffee table in the middle of the room – or a shelf that is somewhat behind you – suffice it to say that they don’t work with your settings.
Fortunately, however, you don’t have to choose between format and function, as the very short throw models offer largely excellent image quality (thanks to their laser projection) and convenient shape, sitting on a counter as much as a TV but taking up a fraction of the wall space when not in use.
So, should you buy an ultra-throw projector? And how much would it even cost you? This guide will introduce you to the underlying technology at work, what specific models to keep an eye on, and why a very short-reflection projector may (or may not) work for you.
Ultra-short throw projector: what is it?
Ultra-short throw projectors are an evolution of current ‘short throw’ radiators. Ordinary short-reflection projectors can project (or ‘throw’) an image from just a few meters (only three or even eight), ultra a short throw reduces the distance to a few inches.
This means they can be placed as close to a wall as a TV, and it’s easy to upgrade if your living room is already set this way – even if it doesn’t sit right against the wall.
You can project directly onto a wall or a separate screen, although the former allows the arrangement to take up much less space when not in use – ideal for those who choose a projector, to avoid the big, black rectangle in the living room at all times.
This ultra-short throw distance is made possible by laser projection, whose wide-angle lenses and mirrors can display at a steep angle without distorting the image. Laser technology also means that these models are quite bright and should be able to work even in moderately bright environments, even if a dark room is still best to shine an image. They usually involve 4K resolution too.
Another benefit is the built-in sound you get with most UST models, and make sure the sound comes from the same direction as the image (something you don’t get with short-reflection projectors that may have speakers) that are stuck a few feet away from the actual projection).
They cost much more than LCD or DLP projectors, although choosing these options means you have to dig a lot of the benefits of laser technology.
How much do ultra-short throw projectors cost?
Ultra-short throw projectors are currently sitting at the top of home theater projectors, which means you’ll have to acquire a few thousand dollars or pounds for the privilege of owning them. (If it takes you away, check out our projector guide something on the cheaper side.)
The cheapest models we recommend sit for around $ 3000/3000 pounds / $ 5000 Optoma CinemaX P2 (projection up to 120 inches) and Vava 4K laser projector (up to 150 inches) – even if you make sacrifices at this price point. The Optoma model has a fairly simple intelligent offering, although it offers some capable sound, while the Vava is not the best for handling dark scenes, although both provide an excellent starting point for the technology.
Above that, you’re looking at about $ 4,000 / £ 4,000 for a sinifil offering like that LG HU85LA CineBeam (90-120 inch projection) or a single laser Samsung LSP7T that uses an excellent Tizen-smart platform and even throws in HDR10 + support. State-of-the-art triple laser Samsung LSP9T (Note that 9, rather than the 7-step model) will cost you £ 6,999 / $ 6,490 / $ 10,999 for a truly flagship experience.
It’s also worth noting that some remote control projectors can cost tens of thousands of dollars or pounds, such as Sony VPL-GTZ380 with a brightness of 10,000 lumens (rather 2500-3000 brightness on most of the models listed above) and uses Sony’s own SXRD (Silicon X-tal Reflective Display) technology.
Should I buy a very short reflection projector?
Ultra-short throw (or ‘UST’) projectors are a boon for those looking for bright images, great image quality and convenient projection that can be summoned and banished to your liking without taking up large TV space – all without disadvantages a remote video projector that needs to be placed in a specific location elsewhere in the room.
However, UST models are expensive, and you might get comparable picture quality with a decent lamp model at two-thirds the price.
If you plan to place the projector on a counter as well, you may want to consider choosing a TV, as the price point of a very short reflection projector could give you a pretty great TV (like LG G1 OLED, for one). Of course, you would have a hard time finding a 4K television 120 or even 150 inch image, so it might mean satisfaction a 65-inch 4K television or 75 inch 4K television instead.