Deciding Between LG‘s Short Throw Laser Projector and OLED TV

If you are looking to upgrade to a state-of-the-art television display from LG, two compelling yet very distinct options now exist:

  1. LG Short Throw Laser Projector – Part of LG‘s Cinebeam line, using advanced laser technology and DLP Reflective display engine to project up to 120” screen.

  2. LG OLED TV – Featuring LG’s proprietary self-illuminating OLED display panels for exceptionally vivid image in TV form factors up to 97 inches.

Both can provide an immersive viewing experience with intense colors, deep blacks and next generation features. But inherent differences affect performance and ideal environment. This guide breaks down how each option excels.

Illumination Methods – DLP projection vs. OLED Emissive Pixels

It all starts with how visuals get created. LG Short Throw Laser utilizes DLP (Digital Light Processing) projection bouncing amplified light off tiny rapidly-moving mirrors onto a screen surface. OLED TVs work very differently, with each self-illuminating pixel directly emitting its own light – no projection required.

At an engineering level:

  • DLP mirrors tilt rapidly to reflect light through color wheels, focusing intense lumens onto a screen with lasers providing pure RGB light directly instead of lamps. High contrast filters also block scattered light leakage for deep blacks.

  • OLED pixels contain special organic compounds that glow red, green and blue when electric current applied. No backlight needed like LCD TVs. This gives OLED exceptional clarity and limitless contrast control.

Fundamentally different methods, but both precisely mix colors of the light spectrum to create vibrant and nuanced imagery.

Picture Quality Factors

Contrast, color gamut, brightness and motion handling all contribute to a display‘s perceived image excellence and immersive qualities. Here is how the two LG display technologies compare on key technical specifications using industry standard metrics:

|| LG Short Throw Projector | LG OLED TV |
|Contrast Ratio | 150,000:1 | Infinite |
|Color Gamut | 80-90% Rec.2020 | Over 99% DCI-P3 |
|Peak Brightness | Up to 3000 nits | ~800 nits |
|Response Time | 6ms | Under 1ms |

A few notes:

  • While a projector’s colors may cover 80%+ of the Rec.2020 gamut, an OLED excels at over 99% DCI-P3 used across UHD content.
  • Projector brightness measured in lumens – more is better. OLED is pixel level self-illumination difficult to quantify.
  • Response times dictate fast smooth motion clarity. Both are excellent but OLED quicker.

There are always tradeoffs when comparing display technologies. OLED TVs deliver stunning cinematic images full of nuanced details. Short throw projectors offer expansive, bright pictures perfect for well-lit rooms.

Screen Size – Wall-Sized Immersion

One area where a projector shines is its capacity for absolutely massive screen sizes of 100 inches or more measured diagonally. For example, LG‘s 120” diagonal 16:9 projection screen is approximately:

104 inches wide x 58.5 inches high

That is wider than some small studio apartments! Contrast with even LG’s largest 97 inch 8K OLED TV at:

86 inches wide x 48 inches high

Projectors can further scale an image based on throw distance – move further back to make the picture larger. OLED TV size is fixed based on the panel. This flexibility lets projectors approximate or exceed commercial cinema screens.

For many, the awe-inspiring scope of projected images possible simply can‘t be matched by even premium large screen TVs. Movie lovers with available wall space will be blown away by the big screen spectacle, especially on LG short throw models needing only inches of clearance.

Connectivity and Features

All advanced displays offer great connectivity and smart features, but there are few core differentiators as shown in this comparison table:

FeatureLG Short Throw ProjectorLG OLED TV
HDR SupportHDR10Dolby Vision IQ
Gaming Features~16ms input lag~13ms input lag
Smart OSProprietary LG OSwebOS platform
Voice AssistantsGoogle / Amazon AlexaGoogle / Amazon Alexa

Notable OLED TV advantages include cutting-edge HDMI 2.1 ports enabling 4K/120fps high frame rate gaming, Dolby Vision IQ dynamic metadata HDR, and a fast processor for immersive gaming and response times.

But any connectivity differences come down to personal needs. All core video and audio formats are covered across both display types.

Cost Scale – Value Relative to Screen Size

With advanced display technology there are always cost considerations. LG offers both Short Throw projectors and OLED TVs spanning entry-level to luxury price points:

LG Short Throw Projectors

  • $1,700 – $6,000
  • Average $3,000 for 100” projection
  • ~$30 per inch of screen diagonal


  • $1,200 – $30,000
  • Average $1,600-$4,000 for 65”-83”
  • $16-$120+ per inch of screen diagonal

A general guideline is short throw projectors provide more screen area for your dollar. But图片质量, viewing angle or form factor may outweigh size depending on personal preference. High disposable income can afford the best of both!

I hope this comprehensive exploration of LG’s mesmerizing display technologies assists your buying considerations for an awe-inspiring entertainment experience. Please reach out with any other questions!

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