Does it support modern Smart TV HDR10 feature? 12-bit analog-to-digital video processing for smooth tonal transitions helps eliminate banding, blocking and other compression artifacts from the final visual performance. It accepts 100 percent of the HDR source information to faithfully reproduce HDR content for an amazing visual performance, Plus hog support. Know details in LG HU70LA vs Epson 3800 comparison.
Pros & Cons – LG HU70LA vs Epson 3800
- Compact design
- Eight color presets for SDR; five for HDR
- Native 4K at a low price
- Long-life LED light engine
- LG WebOS is great
- Digital TV tuner and LG smart TV platform
- Google Assistant onboard
- No 3D support
- Speakers aren’t great
- No HLG support
- Mediocre contrast/black level for dark-room viewing of 1080p content
- Excellent out-of-box image quality
- 10 memory positions let you create multiple customizations of any or all color mode presets—for SDR, HDR, and 3D, for example, or for different lighting conditions
- Same preset color modes available for 2D and 3D content
- Excellent setup flexibility with 1.62x zoom and wide lens shift
- Frame Interpolation not available with 4K input or with 1080p if 4K Enhancement is on
Specs – LG HU70LA vs Epson 3800
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Lamp Type: LED
- Lamp Life: 30,000 hours
- Brightness: 15,000 ANSI Lumens
- Resolution: 3840×2160
- Digital Keystone: Vertical Only
- Video Modes: 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/30, 1080p/50, 2160p/24, 2160p/60, 576i, 576p, 480p, 480i
- Contrast: 150,000:1
- Display Type: DLP x 1
- Color Processing: 10-bit
- Throw Distance: 6.6′ – 12.3′
- Image Size: 60.00″ – 140.00″
- Throw Ratio: 1.22:1 – 1.53:1
- Projector Size: 3.70″ x 12.40″ x 8.30″ (Height x Width xDepth)
- Weight: 7.1 lbs
- Audible Noise: 30 dB / 25 dB (eco mode)
- Internal Speakers: 3.0 Watts (x 2)
- Input Lag: 40-50 ms
- Resolution 4K Ultra HD
- Contrast Ratio 100,000:1
- Throw Distance 6.2′ – 28.8′
- Screen size 40”-300”
- Input lag: 16-28ms
- TYPE: 3LCD 0.61” Poly-silicon active matrix TFT
- NATIVE RESOLUTION: 1920×1080, 3840×2160 w/PRO-UHD pixel-shift, 16:9 aspect ratio
- COLOR GAMUT: Rec.709, 10-bit
- HDR: HDR10, HLG
- 3D: Yes
- THROW RATIO: 1.32-2.15:1
- LENS SHIFT: 60% vertical, 24% horizontal
- LIGHT SOURCE: 250-watt UHE lamp
- LIGHT OUTPUT (MFR): 3000 ANSI lumens (color and white)
- LAMP SERVICE LIFE: 3500-5000 hours
LG recently launched one of the more affordable options in the form of the new LG HU70LA (HU70LS in the UK) CineBeam 4K projector, available for $1,799 (£1,650, around AU$2,900). That’s not exactly cheap, but compared to other native 4K projectors that cost three to five times as much, it’s a downright bargain.
The $1,699 Epson Home Cinema 3800 is the more expensive of two new and similar Epson projectors. The other is the $1,499 Epson Home Cinema 3200.
What are the key differences – LG HU70LA vs Epson 3800?
Its minimalistic design is reflected even in the buttons on the projector itself. The HU70LA’s unusually small size and weight for a 4K projector—3.7 x 8.3 x 12.4 inches (HWD) and just 7.1 pounds—helps make it easy to set up. It’s also easy to carry to the backyard for a movie night.
The included remote does most of the heavy lifting (including focusing!) so you won’t have to worry after you’ve mounted it to your ceiling. It uses 4 Channel LED with Wheel-less technology. The HU70LAB uses RGB separate primate colors, giving it a bright, vivid picture with no color loss.
Epson 3800 projector’s pixel shifting puts twice as many pixels on screen as are in the native 1080p chips. That’s fewer pixels than native 4K projectors or pixel-shifting DLP 4K projectors deliver. But combined with Epson’s 4K PRO-UHD technology—a collection of features designed to enhance detail—and Epson’s 12-element, high-quality glass lens, it delivers an actual ability to resolve detail that rivals, and in some cases surpasses, the detail in images with more pixels.
- Audio Out: Mini Jack
- HDMI (DHCP 2.2)
- HDMI 2.0
- Network: RJ-45 (ethernet)
- USB x 2
- Wireless Networking
Connections are expectedly on the back and consist of two HDMI 2.0 ports with HDCP 2.2 (one with ARC), two USB 2.0, one USB-C, optical out, 3.5mm audio out, Ethernet, and a standard SMA coaxial socket for the built-in digital tuner. In addition to the wired connections, the HU70LA also supports Bluetooth connectivity, wireless sharing with iOS and Android devices that have the LG TV Plus app installed, and screen sharing with Miracast.
For a 100-inch image, the throw distance ranges from roughly 8.75 to 11.0 feet. the HU70LA combine all the smart capabilities of flat panel TVs with the long life of a LED light engine and 4K resolution to create a true flat panel TV replacement.
The 3800 also offers excellent placement flexibility, especially for the price, starting with the 1.62x zoom lens. For a 120-inch screen, the throw distance ranges from 11.5 to 18.75 feet.
I measured it at 821 ANSI Lumens, which is bright enough to fill a 16:9, 130-inch diagonal, 1.0 gain screen in a dark room, or a 90-inch, 1.3 gain screen in moderate ambient light—even without taking the promised higher perceived brightness for LED projectors.
I measured Bright Cinema at roughly 2,270 lumens, which is enough to light up a 120-inch diagonal 1.0-gain screen in moderate ambient light.
Epson Home Cinema 3800 ANSI Lumens
The HU70LA offers eight preset color modes for SDR. Switching back and forth between them made it obvious that Standard, Sports, HDR Effect, and Game modes were blue shifted relative to Cinema and both the Expert (Bright Room) and Expert (Dark Room) modes. Except for the Vivid and Sports modes, however, which occasionally delivered oversaturated color in some scenes, none of the modes were far enough from accurate to move memory colors—like skin tones, blue skies, or green grass and leaves—out of a realistic-looking range.
The 3800 offers four preset modes: Dynamic, Bright Cinema, Natural, and Cinema. There is no User mode, but you can store up to 10 customized versions in memory, basing each customization on any of the preset modes. You can also customize names for each, so you can easily find the one you want.
The HU70LA has a 0.47-inch 4K DLP chip with XPR (Expanded Pixel Resolution) pixel-shifting technology. The chip, which has a native resolution of 1080p, is shifted four ways to quadruple the pixel count up to 2160p. The result is remarkably close to a true UHD image and at a normal viewing distance there’s little, if any, visible difference on real-world material. The projector accepts HDR10, but unfortunately is not compatible with Dolby Vision or HLG.
The 3800’s Frame Interpolation (FI) feature is almost pointless. It’s not available with 4K input or even with 1080p input if 4K Enhancement is on. With 4K Enhancement turned off you can activate FI with 1080p/24 Hz or 1080p/60 Hz sources.
What are similarities – LG HU70LA vs Epson 3800?
The projector comes with LG’s Magic Remote, and it’s generally pretty easy to use. You can use the remote to point at menu items if you want, or simply use the direction controls to make selections. The remote is around six inches long, and has controls for channel, volume, settings, and more. There’s also a microphone button for voice controls, and quick access buttons for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. The remote isn’t as simple as a Roku or Apple TV remote, but you’ll get used to it.
To be completely honest, the 3.0-watt speakers are lackluster at best. For the price point of this projector, you would expect sound comparable to television. That’s just not the case. They lack bass or reverb, making the sound quality flat from the get-go. You’ll want to invest in a soundbar at the very least to make up for it.
You can directly download LG webOS 4.5 Smart TV Platform for streaming apps to the projector, eliminating the need to purchase any other streaming devices like a Roku or Amazon Fire Stick. You can stream 4k movies over Wi-Fi. Additionally, you can also use wi-fi to mirror a device screen or play videos directly from your phone, tablet, or another device.
Alternate – LG HU70LA vs Epson 3800
Epson Home Cinema 4010
Type: LCDResolution: Full HD with ‘4K enhancement’Aspect ratio: 16:9Contrast ratio: 200,000:1Inputs: HDMI (x2), VGA, USB3D: YesLamp life: 5000 hours
REASONS TO BUY
+Punchy, dynamic picture+Rich, refined colors+Electronic lens shift
REASONS TO AVOID
-Not full 4K-3D glasses aren’t included
It might only have a Full HD chip, but the Epson Home Cinema 4010 still supports 4K and HDR content thanks to its clever ‘4K-enhancement’ tech. True, it’s not native 4K, so will look a little wanting compared to a ‘proper’ 4K model. But this model is a lot cheaper, and still delivers an exceptional picture for the money.
The image is pin sharp ad very colorful, while also popping with punch and dynamism. The Epson digs out plenty of detail in dark scenes too – useful if moody, moonlight-lit thrillers are your bag. Plus it’s a cinch to operate thanks to the motorised lens and handy remote control.
If you’re ready to take the step up from a big-screen TV, but don’t want a native 4K projector (which tend to be prohibitively expensive), this is a great middle ground. Invite people round for a movie night, and you won’t hear any complaints.
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