LG has announced CineBeam HU810P Home Theater projector is clearly intended for use in the home cinema and comes with a piece of interesting equipment. The dimensions are quite conventional: 337 (W) x 410 (W) x 145 (H) millimeters. The weight stands at 11 kilograms.
At the base is the Ultra HD resolution DLP technology. HU810P is equipped with a light source with a dual red and blue laser. Luminous flux of 2,700 ANSI lumens is declared and a duration of approximately 20,000 hours. This technology also allows you to expand the color space compared to traditional lamps: LG declares a coverage of the DCI-P3 equal to 97%.
The lens has a 1.3 – 2.08: 1 shooting ratio with 1.6x zoom. Aid in the installation phase comes from the presence of the lens-shift, the function that allows you to translate the image without moving the projector. The excursion is +/- 55% vertically and +/- 22% horizontally. Screens from 40 “to 300” can be filled (as for any projector, the maximum data must be taken with due caution). The operating noise varies according to the operating mode: it ranges from 26 to 30 dB.
The LG projector is equipped with Adaptive Picture Pro technology which in turn consists of two functions. Iris mode offers two settings – Bright Room Mode and Dark Room Mode – which detect the amount of light in the room to optimize the image accordingly. With Adaptive Contrast, the sources are analyzed in real-time to improve the contrast ratio in darker scenes.
Motion management is entrusted to TruMotion and Real Cinema. The first mode allows you to apply interpolation of the frames and make images more fluid, adding frames created by the electronics to more effectively represent the most animated sources. Real Cinema, on the other hand, is aimed at purists who want to maintain the original refresh rate of content (24 Hz), an aspect that cannot be taken for granted on various products (especially on many ultra-short throw models) placed on the market.
The LG supports HDR in HDR10 and HLG formats and is equipped with Dynamic Tone Mapping, a function of fundamental importance for a projector. Solutions of this type, now widespread on televisions, allowing the brightness of the contents to be adapted to that of the screens (in this case of the projectors) thanks to a real-time analysis of the video images.
Without these features, a laser projector will have to compress a very large dynamic range into a much smaller range. If we take for example films, TV series, or video games made with a ceiling set at 1,000 cd/m2 – nits, it is a question of having to manage all the information with a brightness that generally reaches around 100 cd/m2 – nits as a maximum. Being able to adapt HDR playback in real-time according to what you have to show allows you to optimize the resources actually available much better.
LG HU810 provides the user with a complete Smart TV platform. The operating system is webOS 5.0, the latest version made by LG. Connectivity includes Wi-Fi, WiSA Ready support, Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, and Screen Share. Of course, all major applications for services like YouTube or Disney+ are available. There are two HDMI inputs: one is in version 2.0 while the other is HDMI 2.1 with support for eARC, the improved audio return channel. Then two USB 2.0 ports are added. HU810P integrates two speakers of 5 W each and supports Dolby Atmos. To complete the equipment is the Auto Calibration II software, capable of performing an automatic calibration of the projector.
LG HU810P price and availability
LG CineBeam HU810P Home Theater projector is now available to pre-order on Bhphotovideo.com with a discount of $300. The launch price of the smart projector was $2,996.99, but now you can pre-order it for $2,696.99.
Recently, ViewSonic has introduced the PX701-4K, PX748-4K, and M2e projectors. The PX701-4K and PX748-4K ViewSonic projectors use the latest DLP XPR chip from Texas Instruments. It provides support for HDR and HLG content. The hardware resolution of these projectors is 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels). Pricing starts from $899.99.