Price drop on the LG CF181D, plus free lamp promo

LG CF181D

We just dropped the price on the LG CF181D, one of our most popular home theater projectors. Now, you can get your paws on one for just $2,299. Plus, get a free replacement lamp, a $299 value, with your purchase.

Back in May, one of our Projector Experts took the LG CF181D projector home for a test spin. His “homework” (cue the violins) was to watch Blu-ray movies and test the LG CF181D and its LCoS display in action. Here’s a re-post of his review.

The LG CF181D was set up in his living room on a Da-Lite Model B pull down screen. The pictures below were snapped on a Canon T1i 15 megapixel DSLR camera.

“I brought home the new LG CF181D projector and I have to say it’s now one of my top choices. The LG CF181D has dead-on color. It’s easy for projectors to handle saturated images like animation and sports. The hard part is the very subtle shades of color like on HBO’s “The Pacific” (below). Sharpness is outstanding on this LCoS projector, rivaling the Epson HC8500 and Panasonic AE4000.”

The LG CF181D delivers nuanced color. Check out all the shades in the background.



“After some tweaks to the image, like lowering the lamp mode and brightness, I got black levels that looked very good to me.”

The LG CF181D handles black and shades of gray extremely well.



“We watched Avatar the Friday after it came out. I had a dozen friends and neighbors over and we were all amazed. The image was jaw dropping!”

Rich said this scene looks even better in person.



“If Management said, ‘Rich, you can go to the warehouse and take any projector you want’ (highly unlikely, but a man can dream!), this is the one I would bring home.”





LG CF181D Quick Specs

Here are the manufacturer’s specifications for the LG CF181D.

  • Resolution: HD (1920 x 1080)
  • Display Type: LCOS; 0.61″ SXRD (120hz)
  • Brightness: 1800 lumens
  • Contrast: 35000:1
  • Weight: 21.6 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Lamp Life: 3000 hours


“Also worth noting – this is a very quiet and slick looking projector.”



Want Your Own LG CF181D?

We sure do! Check out the LG CF181D here for more information, including how to get your paws on one!

Shootout: Panasonic PT-AE4000U, LG CF181D and InFocus SP8602

This morning we had an impromptu shootout of our top offerings in each display category. We compared the Panasonic PT-AE4000U (LCD, 1600 lumens, 100,000:1 contrast ratio), LG CF181D (LCoS, 1800 lumens 35,000:1 contrast ratio) and the InFocus SP8602 (DLP, 1300 lumens 30,000:1 contrast ratio).

In the video below, the Panasonic is on top, the InFocus on the bottom left and the LG on the bottom right. Please note, this was a very impromptu shootout. We happened to have three awesome 1080p projectors in the same room and couldn’t resist the opportunity to compare LCoS, LCD and DLP displays. You’ll notice at times the screen is leaning against the wall, which causes a keystone effect and naturally softens the focus of the Panasonic projector.



Our initial impressions:

  • We were really amazed with the brightness and contrast of the LG CF181D. It was so bright, in fact, it may appear blown-out on the video.
  • We had to play with the LG‘s color settings to match the Panasonic and InFocus. The “warm” mode delivered the most life-like colors.
  • At 120 hz, the InFocus delivered amazing motion. However, our overly-sensitive eyes picked up a few rainbows during certain action scenes.

What do you see?

Call 1-888-248-0675 to talk to a Projector Expert about the shootout.

P.S. – From 1:43 on, the shootout was filmed with the new Cisco Flip Ultra HD camera. Want one? Call a Projector Expert.

The LG CF181D Projector and LCoS in Action!

One of our Projector Experts recently took the new LG CF181D projector home for a test spin. His “homework” (cue the violins) was to watch Blu-ray movies and test the LG CF181D and its LCoS display in action.

The LG CF181D was set up in his living room on a Da-Lite Model B pull down screen. The pictures below were snapped on a Canon T1i 15 megapixel DSLR camera.

Without further ado, here is Rich’s Review of the LG CF181D projector!

“I brought home the new LG CF181D projector and I have to say it’s now one of my top choices. The LG CF181D has dead-on color. It’s easy for projectors to handle saturated images like animation and sports. The hard part is the very subtle shades of color like on HBO’s “The Pacific” (below). Sharpness is outstanding on this LCoS projector, rivaling the Epson HC8500 and Panasonic AE4000.”

The LG CF181D delivers nuanced color. Check out all the shades in the background.



“After some tweaks to the image, like lowering the lamp mode and brightness, I got black levels that looked very good to me.”

The LG CF181D handles black and shades of gray extremely well.



“We watched Avatar the Friday after it came out. I had a dozen friends and neighbors over and we were all amazed. The image was jaw dropping!”

Rich said this scene looks even better in person.



Check out even more photos of the LG CF181D projector in action at our Flickr page.





“If Management said, ‘Rich, you can go to the warehouse and take any projector you want’ (highly unlikely, but a man can dream!), this is the one I would bring home.”





LG CF181D Quick Specs

Here are the manufacturer’s specifications for the LG CF181D. Click here for more information.

  • Resolution: HD (1920 x 1080)
  • Display Type: LCOS; 0.61″ SXRD (120hz)
  • Brightness: 1800 lumens
  • Contrast: 35000:1
  • Weight: 21.6 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Lamp Life: 3000 hours


    “Also worth noting – this is a very quiet and slick looking projector.”



    Want Your Own LG CF181D?

    We sure do! Check out the LG CF181D here for more information, including how to get your paws on one!

Affordable LCoS for Home Theater – the LG CF181D is here!

The LG CF181D is “hands down, the brightest home theater projector we’ve ever seen…”

~ ProjectorCentral.com

LCoS

Here at ProjectorPeople.com, we have been eagerly awaiting the LG CF181D release. The projector features LCoS display, an established Business and high-end Home Theater technology. At $2,499, the LG CF181D is now one of the most affordable LCoS 1080p projectors on the market. We’re not expecting this baby to hang out on the shelves for long.

As always, we’ve got the rundown.

LCoS?

‘LCoS’ stands for ‘liquid crystal on a silicon wafer’ (mmmm, wafers.) The newest player in the display game, think of LCoS as a combination of the best of LCD and DLP technologies. As you astute ProjectorPeople.com readers know, LCD is a transmissive technology whereas DLP is reflective. LCoS, in very simple terms, is a combination of the two – an LCD panel on a mirror.

LCoS

The amount of pixels is less restricted than LCD or DLP because the electronics can be placed under the pixel rather than next to it. This high pixel density means high resolution. (In fact, most of today’s LCoS projectors start at SXGA resolution.) The high pixel density also means no flickering, no “screen door” effect, no “rainbows,” and an overall higher picture quality on moving images. Because of this, many viewers say LCoS projects the most film-like image.

Check out the three technologies head-to-head below. From left to right: LCoS (LG Electronics CF181D), LCD (Panasonic PT-AE4000U), and DLP (BenQ W6000).



Brightness

At 1,800 ANSI Lumens and an incredible contrast of 35,000:1, brightness is where the LG CF181D really shines (pun intended). In its review of the LG CF181D, ProjectorCentral.com wrote that the projector was “hands down, the brightest home theater projector we’ve ever seen when calibrated for optimal video performance.”

Popular LCoS Projectors’ Brightness, Resolution and Cost
Projector Brightness Contrast MSRP Price
LG CD181D 1800 lumens 35000:1 $2,499
JVC DLA-RS15 1000 lumens 32000:1 $5,495
Sony VPL-HW15 1000 lumens 60000:1 $2,999

Color

After calibration, the LG CF181D delivers amazing color quality. Skin tones are exceptionally natural. The image is sharp, and picture depth is exceptional, especially with Blu-ray movies.

However, both ProjectorCentral.com and ProjectorReviews.com said the blackest blacks were really good, but not really great.

From ProjectorCentral.com: “When the screen goes to black or rolling credits on a black background … the CF181D has the weaker black level than any 1080p model in its price class. Since this is not the typical scene that one views, it is usually not an issue of consequence.”

The weaker black level is especially evident in low contrast ratio images, more so than on comparable LCD 1080p projectors. Lower contrast may make for less pop in some scenes. But because the LCoS projector is so good at gray levels, the fine details are not lost with lower contrast.

The projector is equipped with a Color Management System for tweakers, and an Auto Iris to help boost contrast. ProjectorCentral.com said Auto Iris 3 yielded the least deep blacks, but a nicely balanced picture. ProjectorReviews.com liked Auto 1, which was the least bright, (but still bright enough,) and the blackest blacks of the three settings.

The LG CF181D is also ISF® Certified, a feature formerly reserved for higher-level Home Theater projectors. Users can tweak the image to match the highest video image calibration standards.

Connectivity

HDMI

Another bonus with the LG CF181D is its multiple connectivity options. Two HDMI inputs and one USB port are on hand for connecting the LG CF181D to a computer, the most advanced DVD and Blu-Ray players, DTV decoders and many other video devices.

The fine print?

ProjectorReviews.com was not fond of the LG CF181D’s Creative Frame Interpolation feature. “There is a jerkiness that occurs, when watching movies, that is basically unacceptable.”

The Epson Home Cinema 6500 UB had similar issues when it first came out. These were fixed just a few weeks after the first shipment, with upgrades available for current owners. We don’t know yet if LG will do the same.

No worries, CFI is optional. And if you’re curious what it looks like, check out the projector’s TruMotion Demo which lets users see the CFI in action on only one side of the screen for comparison.

Conclusion

Was the LG CF181D worth the wait? Of course. LCoS technology has long been a favorite of photographers who fret over image quality. Now, we’re confident that the affordable price point will revolutionize Home Theater.

AVSForum members and new CF181D owners are already posting positive feedback. Read the thread here.

As always, if you have any questions about the LG CF181D – or any of our projectors – call a Projector Expert at 1-888-248-0647.