Originally Posted by Herve
I'd also be interested in owners' latest reviews of their units.
I have had an LS 100 since November of the year that they first appeared. Best Buy was having trouble getting the first delivery of these to their stores so I instead used Amazon.
I use it in my living room with a screen designed for UST projectors. I use a 125" image. The large picture is wonderful for sports and movies. I considered getting an OLED, but decided I wanted the impact of such a large image more than the wonderful picture from an OLED. Hopefully some day I can have both as the screen sizes for OLED and other screen technologies will become large enough and the price low enough that I go with this option. I also like how I am able to use it in a living room with many windows. Of course it does better with all of the blinds closed, but in my experience it is still watchable with the blinds open as long as the sun does not shine directly onto the screen.
When I initially started using the projector I noticed that it felt like my eyes were burning a bit from the brightness after watching a while. I lowered the brightness and noticed that the cooling fan noise completely disappeared. Not sure if it is making so little noise that I can't hear it, or if it is off. Note that I can hear noise from my refrigerator, for example, yet I can't hear noise from the projector. If it is there, it is pretty low. An advantage of lowering the screen brightness is that it can increase the advertised life of the lasers from 20,000 to 30,000 hours (I seem to recall reading this somewhere), though I will probably replace it with better technology well before then. It is still nice to know that it will have a long life if still in use.
Likes include the bright picture, even when the window blinds are open, the beautiful color on the screen, having a laser instead of bulbs, nobody walking in front of the image as it is projected (which can happen from some rear projection set ups), and how quickly it turns on. In addition to current tv shows and movies, I also like to view old movies and TV shows. The first few years of the original Perry Mason TV series, for example, are in black and white and look wonderful. I am sure there is more, but that is what comes to mind.
Just thought of another plus. The projector is so easy to move and set back up. I am having a new wood floor installed in my house and the projector will need to temporarily be moved. Putting it back is simple. I only need to remeasure from the bottom of the screen downward for one dimension, then from the screen back out to the projector glass screen in order to place the projector. This is very easy to do.
I would like to upgrade to a 4k version of this or similar UST from another manufacturer, but am in no hurry, since there there is still relatively little material in 4k. On the other hand, many 4k upscalers seem to do a good job from what I have read.
A new ATSC 3.0 TV standard has been created and will probably be released in the next year or two - it is already been tested in the DFW Metroplex. I do not know how, if at all, this will impact my projector, though I will have to replace or upgrade my TIVO, since I use this to change channels. There is also the new HDMI standard, which is a moving target. Upgrading to a 4k projector at some point in the future should take care of this, though I will also need to upgrade other hardware, such as my AV receiver.
In case you have any questions, I would be glad to try and answer them.