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EDITOR'S PICK
LG AU810PB
CineBeam
Projector Powers
4K Fun & Smart
Functionalities
The LG Smart Dual Laser CineBeam offers solid 4K value.
By Arlen Schweiger
LG ELECTRONICS makes
an array of impressive
video products, and in the
past few years besides the
picture quality the company
is also big on smarts and
convenience. I've had the
opportunity to review or
see at tradeshows several in
action firsthand, and my recent
time with the AU810PB
4K Smart Dual Laser CineBeam
Projector illustrates
how the company continues
to distinguish itself.
My entrée into 4K home
theater projection came via
a couple of products that
would fall under the more
" entry-level " label, though
very capable. The two 4K LG
projectors I've used in my
own home theater system
- the fantastic HU85LA
ultra-short-throw and now
the AU810PB - underscore
the benefits of going a step
or two above entry level.
Of course, another benefit
of taking that step up with
an LG product is the company's
experience and evolution
of its intelligent webOS
platform and interface
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that bolsters the AU810PB
with the type of streaming
services accessibility and
navigation of a smart TV plus
other functionalities.
Features & Setup
This projector is a solidly
constructed product, you
can feel its heft at just over
24 pounds, and with its
sharp lines has an aesthetic
that works well in a blend of
interiors. It is rectangular but
compact and not nearly as
deep as the ViewSonic X1004K
LED projector it replaced
in my review queue; it was
also smaller than a BenQ
model I tested out.
It fit much better in my
setup, but LG provides for
installation flexibility with
plenty of vertical (+/-60%)
and horizontal (+/-24%) lens
shift capabilities. Also, the
LG projector emanated much
less fan and other noise.
I was able to easily align
the projector image with
my 92-inch Elite Screens
2.35:1 motorized screen. The
manual adjustments for lens
shift, zoom and focus made
things relatively easy for me
to zoom and fill my screen
when I wanted to go from
16:9 to 2.35:1 depending on
content.
Like others, the projector
offers many preprogrammed
video settings with preset
levels of brightness, contrast,
sharpness, color, tint,
color temperature; plus LG
provides many advanced
controls and extra settings/
options. In LG's case, HDR
picture modes include Standard
(user), Vivid, Cinema
Home, Cinema, Game, Filmmaker
Mode and Brightest.
I stuck with the Standard,
where I found the defaults
almost exactly to my liking
with some slight adjustments
to lower the brightness and
up the sharpness.
LG understands that
integrators are putting projectors
into more home environments,
and incorporated
its Brightness Optimizer
technology that enables you
to further account for bright/
dark room conditions. You
can choose between bright/
medium/dark iris mode settings
and high/medium/low
adaptive contrast, which LG
says adds more depth to the
image by adjusting the laser
output to boost contrast.
Beyond that, integrators
can dig deep into the
AU810PB's picture settings
to calibrate more precisely.
The Picture Options menu
allows you to set levels of
Noise Reduction, MPEG
Noise Reduction, Smooth
Gradation, Black Level, Real
Cinema and TruMotion processing.
I typically turn these
things off or to low for more
natural presentation and
that remained the case in
my experience here; I always
turn off motion processing
at my first sight of weirdly
sped-up-looking images.
Meanwhile, the Advanced
Controls menu lets installers
do the same level adjusting
for areas of Dynamic Contrast,
Dynamic Tone Mapping,
Dynamic Color, Color
Gamut, Super Resolution
(which LG says helps clear
up blurry images) and Gamma.
I kept these features
mainly on low and the Color
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