LG continues to produce not only TVs and soundbars, but also home projectors. LG Forte and Forza 4K projectors with laser light sources became an important novelty of winter. They will be an excellent solution for those who are not satisfied with the maximum diagonal size offered by Philips OLED806 / OLED856 OLED TVs or their new counterparts from LG, Panasonic and Sony 2021 model year.
The LG CineBeam Forte (HU810PW) and Forza (AU810PW) projectors are designed to project 4K UHD images on screens from 40 to 300 inches (equivalent to 1 to 7.62 meters). 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) is provided by Texas Instruments’ DLP XPR chip, shifting the native resolution to 1920 x 1080 pixels. The projectors reproduce 97 percent of the DCI-P3 color space and have a maximum brightness of 2,700 ANSI lumens. There are three lasers operating inside – one for red, one for blue and the second blue laser emitting green with a phosphor filter. Lamp life in Eco mode is 20,000 hours (approximately 10 years).
Brightness is sufficient for most usage scenarios, including thanks to LG’s Brightness Optimizer (laser dimming and HDR dynamic tone mapping). The adjustable IRIS iris provides high contrast images, especially with HDR10 / HLG content and HGiG (game) mode. The diaphragm remains almost closed in the dark for a bright image with deep blacks, while in a bright room, on the contrary, it opens wide. The dynamic contrast ratio reaches 2,000,000: 1. Additional features include Filmmaker Mode (disabled algorithms “image enhancement”) and TruMotion (for smoother motion transmission).
An important feature of the new LG CineBeam Forte and Forza is one HDMI 2.1 interface, which is still rarely found in projectors. It offers 4K @ 120Hz operation and a range of gaming features for compatibility with PS5 / Xbox Series X consoles. Two additional HDMI 2.0 ports, SPDIF optical audio output, two USB 2.0 ports, and RJ45 networking are also included.
What is the difference between the two models? There are no visual differences, but the older one is also available in matte black (model AU810PB). But the LG CineBeam Forza AU810PW projector offers additional features for home theater enthusiasts. It has an auxiliary RS232C input, IP control function and a 12V trigger. It is possible to fine tune the projector using CalMAN auto calibration. Both models support Dolby Atmos (sends audio via eARC to a compatible AV receiver / soundbar), and the AU810PW / B is also WiSA compatible (you can wirelessly connect to compatible 5.1 speakers).
The projectors work with the webOS 5.0 operating system, are equipped with Bluetooth, and are compatible with Apple AirPlay 2 and Screen Share (Miracast) for sharing content with a smartphone. There are pre-installed apps like Amazon Prime Video, Disney +, Netflix, YouTube. HomeKit integration should be of interest to all users of Apple’s smart home system.
LG’s new CineBeam Forte and Forza laser projectors are due to go on sale in March 2021. The Forte HU810PW has a suggested retail price of € 3,200, while the upgraded CineBeam Forza AU810PW will be offered for € 3,700.