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Monday
Oct052015

LG PF1000U Minibeam Ultra Short Throw Projector - Home Demonstration

Once you've watched a movie in the comfort of your own home on a 95" projection screen it's hard to go back to viewing films on a normal sized TV screen again. However that's exactly what I've done for the last couple of years following a redecoration and introduction of new furniture which left nowhere for my projector or screen to go. I looked at every possible way to fit them back into the living space, but just couldn't find anything that would work.

When my 60" TV recently went on the blink, I started looking at new models, and considered getting a 79" 4K screen, The sharp increase in the cost of any screen larger than 65" resulted in that idea quickly being abandoned, however I was never too happy with the idea of watching every TV show on a giant screen. I don't want newsreaders to look like big brother looming over the room, it's only when watching films where I miss the projection screen real estate.

Over the last couple of years I've been keeping my eye on developments in UST (ultra-short-throw) projectors as I hoped that this technology might one day provide the solution to my problem. There haven't been too many HD UST projectors released. One interesting model was the LG Hecto Laser Projector but it required a highly-reflective fixed screen and cost £8000. Then there is the 4K Sony model that costs $50,000. More realistic were the Philips Screeneo models, but these only go to 720p and reportedly have very low light output.

However at the 2015 IFA show LG were showing off their new Minibeam 1080p projector. It didn't get too much press coverage at the time, but in the few demos I could find, it looked like science fiction. A 1080p 100" screen could be projected from just 15" away. Amazingly just a few weeks later it became available to buy and I immediately snapped one up. 

Watch the video below to see if I've finally found the projector that enables me to get my home cinema back.

I bought my LG PF1000U Minibeam projector from Amazon US - here's a link to the product.

The Korean export version costs more - but ships worldwide here it is on Amazon

There are also a number of suppliers of this projector on ebay here.

The Optoma 95" 16:10 pull-up projection screen can be obtained in the UK from Amazon.

There is more about the PF1000U on the LG Website here.

 

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Reader Comments (47)

Excellent article. Really enjoyed watching the.video. Thanks a lot.

October 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterOwiz

Hi Mat,

What a great review...

As a fellow projector fan ( Mitsubishi H4000 DLP ) I know first hand the problems with placement, I must say your LG projector is a great solution it looks really good, LED and Laser projectors are the future of large screen home cinema systems having a much greater lamp life v's the more common UHP type.

I'd be very keen to hear your long term thoughts with this machine.

October 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKlippie

Not to get off topic, but I was wondering how this compares to the Green screen that you showed us a few months ago. You might be able to save some time on on post-production.

I only thought of it because you standing in front of the projection screen kinda made you look like a newscaster. Also, I'm sure many amateur filmmakers would like to use this to create a special effect.

Can it be used as a rear screen projection system provided that you get the lighting and the saturation of the image correct?

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCapt. Nemo

I thought about this when I was assembling this video - the clever thing with UST projectors is that you can stand a couple of feet in front of a screen and yet still have the projector behind you, so you aren't casting a shadow on the image. The only issue is lighting - if you can see me then the screen is getting bleached out by the light. After all the hullabaloo when I spoke about using a green screen it appears that it's something that no one is interested in seeing, so I ditched the whole standing in front of a screen and talking about stuff idea.

You can use this as a rear projection device - but rear-pro screens are pretty specialised (expensive).

October 6, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Very interesting.

Have you connected it to your laserdisc player? Any good?

October 7, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteral

Hey!

I am considering going for this as a replacement for my ageing Optoma HD20. I am a bit worried about noise emission, though. Could you say anything about that? Does this projector make a lot of noise?

Thanks for a great video!

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJostein

It is definitely not a quiet projector. If it were next to my head I would find it much too loud. The difference here though is that it is kept at the front of the room next to the screen. It all depends on how far away you are from your screen and how sensitive you are to noise. I didn't notice it at all when watching an action film at the weekend, however it may be noticeable during a quieter film at a closer distance if you have sharp hearing. It's really hard for me to say if it would be suitable for you.

October 8, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for the response! Guess I'll wait for a bit until I can get my hands on a unit for testing.

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJostein

Great video, im looking to do a similar setup myself (am testing the concept with a cheap second hand epson 485 ultra short throw projector that I picked up on ebay, ideally like you itll be something easily packed away when not in use but quick to set up and enjoy

The epson 485wi is only 720p so not ideal for a screen of this size, so I had my eye on the new Optoma EH320UST which is ultra short throw as well with 4000 lumens, but the LG PF1000 also looks a good and compact option so ill definitely keep my eye on that as well

http://www.projectorcentral.com/news_story_2038.htm

October 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTom

I wasn't aware of that Optoma model. It's good to see another 1080p UST option. I'd miss the 3D function on the LG, but assume that I'm in a minority's with this requirement.

October 9, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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