UST Projector Creates Huge Image, Inches from Screen

UST stands for Ultra Short Throw, but you already knew that since you’ve reached this site. For quite awhile now, interactive ultra short throw projectors with native 4:3, 16:10, and even 16:9 aspect ratios have been available for permanent installation in away-from-home corporate boardroom and classroom settings, typically with the UST projector being mounted “upside down” hanging from either the ceiling or wall, just above a(n interactive) whiteboard or projection screen. But these types of UST projectors have typically NOT been capable of 4K.

Since 2014 when Hisense first launched the “Laser TV” category (Has it really been ten years?), 4K ultra short throw projectors and ALR (Ambient Light Rejecting) projection screens intended for do-it-yourself in-home setup and installation, with the UST projector placed near a wall, sitting on or in a stand or cabinet, or even directly on the floor have become a feasible, desirable, popular, and affordable SUPER-SIZED big screen television alternative.

The price of LG’s latest and greatest 97 inch diagonal 4K OLED television is $30,000. The prices on 100 inch and 98 inch diagonal LED televisions from Samsung, Sony, TCL, and Hisense currently range from as high as $40,000 to as low as $3000 or so when on sale. Samsung’s 110″ diagonal 4K MICRO LED will set you back $150,000! If you’ve got an average to larger-sized room in which you can be seated a proper distance away from a really big screen (see the large chart below) to watch movies, sports, shows, and/or play video games, you should consider going with a 4K ultra short throw projector together with either a “Daylight” or “Cinematic” ALR projection screen.

As stated by a visitor to this website: “It’s not just the value, but it’s also the experience. I spoke to one of the top video calibrators in the country, himself being an owner of LG OLED like myself. These big TVs with their eye popping images are still just big TVs. There is something about a projector reflecting off a large screen that is more impactful. I think that despite the spectacular images of OLED TVs, they still do not recreate the theatrical experience the way a projector can.”

The Viewing Distance and Screen Size Recommendations Chart below features just two columns. In the first column is the horizontal viewing distance measured between where your projection screen surface will be located, and where your eyes will be while comfortably seated, rounded to the nearest whole foot. In the second column are the corresponding ranges of recommended diagonal screen sizes in inches, from smallest and least immersive to largest and most immersive that work best for each viewing distance.

Based on the chart above, the AWOL Vision LTV-3500 Pro triple-laser 4K UST projector and lower-gain 150″ diagonal (12½ foot) “Cinematic” ALR wall-mount fixed-frame projection screen pictured below will work best together inside a darker, at-least-semi-light-controlled room within a viewing distance range of 15 to 22 feet. see more bundles for home theater

An “Ultra Short Throw” Projector is so-named because the distance it projects from the lens to the screen surface is extremely short. UST projectors are conveniently designed to be located vertically about a foot or a foot and a half or so underneath the bottom edge of a projection screen, placed horizontally just a few inches to a foot and half or so away from the wall, sitting atop a stand or inside a cabinet that extends a few feet out from the wall into your room, similar to a typical television stand. Alternatively, some ultra short throw projectors allow you to hang them from the ceiling using optional mounting hardware, flipped “upside down” together with a wall-mounted ALR projection screen that is also flipped “upside down”. A UST projector can produce a bright, colorful, high-contrast image even during daytime because it is located so near the screen, even in a living room, den, basement, or other environment with some ambient lighting issues. Of course, you will further improve the image contrast and detail if you can set it up in a darkened room such as a dedicated home theater.

Compared to UST projectors, conventional “Long Throw” Projectors are designed for permanent installation in a dedicated, light-controlled home theater space with control over ambient light because the projector has to be located across the room from the projection screen, typically ceiling-mounted from up above the seating area or wall-mounted up high on the back wall of the room. Low-hanging lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, and/or people simply standing up or walking around in the room can block the projected image, and both humans and pets alike can potentially accidentally damage their vision looking back towards the projector. With a long throw projector, you also typically need to run a (very) long HDMI cable from the back of an A/V receiver through the walls and ceiling to the projector’s location, and also to have an AC outlet located near the mounted projector to supply power.

Lastly, ultra short throw projectors do have built-in speakers similar to a small soundbar mounted inside the front of them, but you will definitely want to consider connecting your UST projector to a separate surround sound audio system using its HDMI eARC/ARC connection to create an immersive audiovisual experience at home that rivals going to your local movie theater.

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