For the second year in a row, Chinese projector maker Formovie Theater has taken top honors at the Laser TV Showdown hosted by ProjectorCentral.com and ProjectorScreen.com.
The shootout pitted nine 4K ultra short throw (UST) laser projectors against each other in an intensive face-off judged by experts on technical image quality alone. All projectors used identical setups, including professional calibration on three picture modes by ISF technician Sammie Prescott Jr. They were paired with 100-inch ambient light rejecting screens from Spectra Projection. Sources included Murideo test generators, Kaleidescape media players and more.
The projectors were scrutinized side-by-side on criteria like color accuracy, contrast, motion resolution, processing and sharpness using static test patterns, clips and full movies and TV shows. Judges gave each projector scores in the categories and picked their top three favorites.
Held at ProjectorScreen.com headquarters, all projectors used identical setups including professional calibration and 100-inch ambient light rejecting screens from Spectra Projection. Content came from Murideo test generators, Kaleidescape media players and more.
According to editor-in-chief Rob Sabin, who planned the evaluations, the Formovie Theater again impressed judges with its color and contrast performance. It edged out runners-up like the Epson LS800, Hisense PX2-Pro, and Leica Cine 1. A separate Lifestyle projector competition ended in a tie between the Formovie X5 and BenQ X3100i as top picks in that emerging category.
With Formovie Theater repeating its win, it remains a leader in bringing the technology mainstream. But strong showings from Epson, Hisense and others demonstrate the accelerated development across the board. As more models release, projector enthusiasts await what next year’s shootout may bring.