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.
David is looking for a tablet that he'd like to have a projector and can "cast." Leo says that Lenovo had one running Android 6 in 2015, and there were the mini pico projectors. Everyone thought it was the next big thing, but it really hasn't taken off and it drifted away. Even Google gave up on a Chrome tablet moving forward. The last one that they still sell is the Google Pixel Slate. But it's not cheap.
This week was the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and there was a lot of 8K TVs being showed off. Samsung also showed off a new microLED 75" TV. The price is $50,000! Short throw Projector TVs were also popular at CES. LG's Optima is under $2,000.
There were also self driving cars using artificial intelligence and LIDAR. There was also an electric helicopter and self-driving flying cars. There were also Amazon Dash Buttons, which are designed to instantly order a product at the touch of a button.
With summer coming, it's a great time to think about having an outdoor cinema experience with a projector. Projectors give you that immersive, cinematic experience, but everything needs to be dark in order to enjoy it like you do at a movie. Nighttime screenings in the backyard are great for that. But indoors, that's where things get different. Ambient light can really affect projectors. Also, you need a "short throw" projector in most rooms in order to get a large enough image on the wall. A good ambient light rejecting screen is also important.
Ed is going to be building a video wall for a home theater room in his house. What screen size should he get? Scott Wilkinson says that 14' away with a 60-degree field of vision, it's going to need to be pretty large. Scott says that Samsung's "The Wall" is a great option if money is no option. It'll be available later this year and has micro LEDs. It's 146". Can Ed daisy chain LED TVs? Scott says the bezels will be very distracting. The only real solution here is projection and he'll also want an ambient light rejecting screen if he can't darken the room completely.
Tom is interested in a pico projector. Leo says they're not very bright and have low resolution. The idea of having a projector in your pocket that can connect to a mobile phone is pretty cool, though. Will they last? It's anyone's guess, but brightness may be the biggest issue.
Shown above: AAXA P300 Pico Projector (Amazon)