Best 4K UST Projector and 100" ALR Screen Bundle for Daytime Viewing
Viewing conventional “long throw projectors” (and even televisions) during daytime hours has always been a challenge due to image washout and poor contrast from excessive ambient direct sunlight and indirect daylight reflections coming through windows and also from other lighting sources inside the home.
AWOL Vision and Hisense each offer pre-matched 4K ultra short throw projector plus ambient light rejecting screen bundles optimized primarily for either light-controlled Cinematic or non-light-controlled Daytime viewing. Their UST projector bundles that include a low-gain Cinematic ALR lenticular screen do a good job of rejecting excessive light that emanates from above the screen only, such as ceiling light fixtures. However, the two recommended bundles featured below include a slightly higher-gain Daylight ALR fresnel screen that rejects excessive light coming from both above and the sides of the screen, solving the main problem with daytime projector viewing.
Also, when it comes to competing with the negative effects of excessive ambient room lighting during daytime viewing, the brighter the light output of the UST projector the better the image. The longtime accepted industry standard for measuring projector brightness is ANSI lumens.
#1 AWOL Vision 3500 ANSI Lumen UST Projector + 1.1 Gain Fresnel Screen
The AWOL Vision LTV-3500 Triple-Laser Projector with 100″ ALR D-100 Daylight Screen bundle [manufacturer’s link] [available at Amazon] is pictured below. Rated at 3500 ANSI lumens, the LTV-3500 is the brightest 4K ultra short throw triple-laser DLP projector currently on the market. Unlike cheaper single-laser UST projectors which utilize a color wheel (that can potentially produce a “rainbow effect”) to produce the red, green, and blue color parts of the picture, triple-laser technology lacks a color wheel because it directly projects a native Red, Green, and Blue laser source which can cover 107% of the BT.2020 color space and over a billion colors!
25000 hour laser life. The LTV-3500 UST projector is 3D-ready with optional active shutter 3D glasses and a 3D-capable source such as 3D Blu-ray. 30ms input lag with 4K and 17ms lag with 1080p in Game Mode. Runs Android 9.0 operating system and includes an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max which “disappears” inside a hidden TV stick pocket compartment on backside of projector. Projector requires 9.8″ between back of unit and projection screen surface. HDR 10+ (unlike Hisense), HDR10, HLG. eARC supports uncompressed surround sound audio formats between projector and optional external surround sound audio system. 36-watt stereo audio. Projector dimensions are 23.6″ wide, 5.7″ high, 13.9″ deep.
The included ALR D-100 Daylight Screen rejects 85% of top and side ambient light and features a 90° viewing angle. Screen dimensions are 88″ wide, 49.8″ high, 1″ deep. Bottom of screen should be wall-mounted 15.1″ above surface where projector sits. Assembly required.
#2 Hisense 3000 ANSI Lumen UST Projector + 1.0 Gain Fresnel Screen
The Hisense 100L9G-DLT100B L9G TriChroma Laser TV with 100″ Daylight Screen bundle [manufacturer’s link] [available at Amazon] pictured below also uses triple-laser DLP technology with 25000 hour laser life similar to the AWOL LTV-3500 UST projector. However, the Hisense L9G projector’s brightness is rated 3000 ANSI lumens, 500 lower than the AWOL.
Runs Google’s Android TV operating system. Dolby Vision (unlike AWOL), HDR10, HLG. eARC. 40-watt stereo audio. Projector dimensions are 24″ wide, 6.1″ high, 13.6″ deep. The included DLT100B Daylight Screen’s viewing angle is listed as just 36 degrees!?! Screen dimensions are 88.6″ wide, 50.4″ high, 1.2″ deep. Bottom of screen should be wall-mounted 14.6″ above surface where projector sits. Screen assembly required.
Other Notable Differences between AWOL and Hisense Hisense requires slightly more distance of 11.4″ between back of projector and projection screen surface. Hisense is NOT 3D-ready. Hisense is WiSA-ready for easy connection to optional WiSA wireless surround sound audio system. Hisense has three available HDMI inputs — one of the three on AWOL is used for Fire TV stick, leaving two. Hisense has RF input to connect a TV antenna and access free local broadcast television channels.