Scott got an email from a listener wanting him to help spend his money for home theater. He wants a soundbar that is "simple, but awesome." If money is no object, then Scott recommends an 83" LG C1. Or the 85" Samsung QN85. The 85" TCL 8545 is $3,000. Or the Vizio P85 PX. Those are in the $3,000-5,000 range. Another option is an ultra-short throw projector. Leo has a HiSense and he loves it. And it comes with a screen. But most don't. The Optima p2, the Epson LS400. Good options. The larger the space you have, the larger the screen you want. That's where a projector will be an advantage.
Scott joins Leo to talk about his latest article on HDR and video projectors. This is quite a challenge because projectors are traditionally not that bright. A lot of projectors can accept an HDR signal, but what do they do with it? You can set a projector so your dimmed parts look better, but the brighter parts get "clipped." So what can you do? You can simulate HDR by optimizing the projector and your room to give the HDR image the best chance to shine.
Jack wants to know if 1000 lumens of the Epson projectors is enough if you can darken the room. Leo says yes. It's very bright. Will it handle 220 from the Phillipines? Leo says you may need an adapter, but it should be good up to 220 volts.
Brian wants to project movies on the back of a house because it seems to be the best color for watching movies outside. What projector should he get? Leo says the brightest projector he can get! 25' is a great distance for a projector, and it won't be cheap to get one that can handle a long throw and have a brightness of over 1000 lumens. Epson makes a long throw projector called the Home Cinema that is 3300 lumens for around $600.
Eric wants to know what the best option for creating a 120" screen is? Larger TV panels don't seem to be affordable. Leo says that projectors are still the best option, and short-throw projectors can help when dealing with small spaces. But microLEDs may change the game. There are microLED screens out there with sizes over 100 inches. But they are six figures right now. So it'll take a few years before the technology gets seeded down to more affordable models.
Scott joins Leo to talk about projectors. Projectors are still popular in spite of how direct view LCDs and OLEDs have come down in price for larger sized screens. Scott says that even short-throw projectors (STPs) are a decent option to replace a flat panel in your home. More companies are getting into the STP space with prices are around $4-5,000. Samsung is right behind with a laser STP for $3500. You can get up to 100-120" for less, while LCD TVs max out around 95" for the same price. \
Thomas recently performed a walk across America and wrote a book while he did it. Now he wants to know what's the best video projector for his next project. Leo says that there's a lot of choices out there with a price range of $200-20,000. Leo says a laser projector is the best option. They'll be a little more expensive, but he won't be changing bulbs. Epson makes an excellent one for under $1,000. The Epson Home Cinema 1060 is around $650. The EF100 has streaming built-in. $999.
Scott joins Leo again to talk about an email he got from a listener who has a Sony Bravia 65" 4k HDTV and he's wondering if he should replace it with an ultra-short throw projector. Would the image quality be the same even though the screen is a larger area? Scott says that you couldn't sit close enough to see the individual pixels, so it would be a pretty good upgrade. What is key is viewing distance to have the field of view encompassing the screen. And there are calculators online that can help with that.
Johnny's church needs a way to show hymn lyrics, sermon notes, and bible verses to the entire congregation in a 4,000-foot sanctuary after the church reopens. Leo and Scott agree that he won't want a TV to show it because a 98" TV would cost in the tens of thousands of dollars, while a projector capable of projecting to 100" or larger is very affordable. Scott says he will also want to get an ambient light rejecting screen to help during the daylight hours.
Steve wants to create an outdoor movie theater for his neighborhood during this time of self-isolation/social distancing. Leo says the "throw distance" is dependent on brilliance. The farther he goes, the brighter the projector needs to be. However, Leo has been using an Anker Portable Projector that works quite well. Check it out here - https://www.seenebula.com.