December 26, 2012 by Grant Clauser
LG is letting a few goodies slip out before the big unveil at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show, and one of their coolest new products is a projector/screen combo that should have many heads turning.
The HECTO Laser TV system combines a 100-inch screen and a Ultra Short Throw projector. The screen incorporates ambient light rejection technology to allow the image to be enjoyed even with a fair amount of light in the room, which means you don’t have to sit in the dark to watch you movies. The 1080p resolution projector uses a laser-based illumination system that provides 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and only needs to be positioned 22 inches from the screen. This means you can sit the projector on a table in front of the screen wall without needing to install it on a ceiling halfway across the room.
The system includes a built-in digital TV tuner and two 10W built-in speakers. A complete complement of inputs, including 3 HDMIs, allow for connection of other source devices. An optical audio output, as well as RS-232 interface, allows for integration into virtually any home theater environment.
Users also get access to a wide assortment of online content with LG’s Smart TV platform and built-in Wi-Fi. The system also comes with LG’s Magic Remote.
LG says the laser-based lamp will run for about 25,000 hours.
No word on price yet.
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Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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