Originally Posted by purduesd
Man, coming back to this after doing some reading...it looks really promising! I wasn't really concerned with setup or install but with this guy that's gone too. Do wish it was black, and I don't need the speaker...but you cant have it all i guess. Main drawback for me looks to be the white blob where my center channel speaker needs to sit. (RP 440C)
Is this in your main tv watching area? Do you use it for most of your general viewing? Any complaints? How does it look upscaling cable? I see its not native 4k but everything i'm reading at my seating distance is that won't be a noticeable difference. Any regrets over the lack of HDR?
Yes, it is the main TV watching area and it's used for general TV viewing and for movies, shows and video games.
Upscaling HD from DirecTV: depends on the source material. Good quality content looks really good. It's not like watching SD on an HD set, HD looks at least as good as HD on an HD set. Sharp images will be sharp, fuzzy/soft images will be fuzzy/soft. MK 11 on my XBOX One looks absolutely incredible. Netflix and Amazon and YouTube on the built-in apps look great, as you would expect. AppleTV 4K looks great(Disney+, YouTube, FOX, etc. Actually haven't watched any Apple shows since getting this new one).
Yes, it is a pixel shifter, but reviews I've read say that LG says that every pixel (3840x2160) is 'addressable' and it only has to do one "shift". I don't know if I, or anyone else, could tell the difference between this and a similar class projector with a "non-pixel shifting" chip, outside of possibly test patterns. Sitting at 16.5"(a little far) it blows my old 92" HD set away.
LG calls it an HDR projector and when watching HDR content, it indicates as much and you can see the picture profile switch to one of the HDR profiles. Not getting into HDR specs... I've read that my 4K HDR(DolbyVision & HDR10) LG OLED is nowhere close to meeting "HDR specs", either, but both of them can get beyond bright enough to make my eyes hurt.
Complaints: Besides the white only case... Lining the image up with the screen can be frustrating. It is extremely sensitive to the slightest movement. If I stand within a foot or so of the cabinet that it's sitting on, the image moves. It may not be a big deal if you have solid flooring, but I have carpet in this room. It actually needs a very fine mechanical system to move it around instead of just nudging it around on top of a cabinet. When I turn the projector on, it boots up in the wrong picture profile, even though it indicates that it is in the correct one. I have a similar issue with my OLED set, coming out of HDR programming sometimes, where it indicates it's back in the normal profile I operate it in, but it's actually still in an HDR profile and it creates horrible banding with SDR content. Some people have said they have experienced "light leak" with theirs and some have said they have not. I have some, but I think it all depends on projector positioning and the focus adjustment as to how bad it is. I just readjusted mine tonight and I'm not currently seeing any, but I have before. If you play video games, you MUST use the GAME profile, otherwise input lag is beyond horrible and makes almost any type of game that requires even mediocre reaction time or proper timing to execute actions/moves impossible to play. It does have an option to turn on an "auto" feature for this, but I think my AVR is way too old to pass the communication between it and my XBOX. Some people have complained about the fan being loud(and others say it's quiet). To me, it sounds the same as the rear projection TV it just replaced, so it's a non-issue for me. AT any decent volume, you're not going to notice. It's white noise... The remote system is weird(magic remote) if you stick with the LG remote(I use a Harmony One). It can receive pretty much all commands via RF from the Magic Remote, except for ON & OFF. They are IR ONLY. You must point the remote at the projector and have the IR eye/sensor exposed. I ended buying an IR repeater for about $25 off of Amazon so I could put my center channel completely in front of it.
I know it sounds kind of like "Whoa, WTF?", but so far I really do like it and I don't regret buying it one bit. It works great for my set-up and environment. The only day-to-day annoying thing is the picture profile and to a lesser extent, the white color, but they should be able to fix the profile issue via firmware, if they want to and I covered the top of the projector in black felt and it's mostly behind the center, so it helps some. Considering it's my first foray into front projection, I give it an A-.