LG OLED97G2: how to choose between a very large TV and a video projector

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The LG OLED97G2 television is not yet available but it is already making a lot of noise. It must be said that no one is indifferent to its 97″, almost 2.5m (246cm), OLED panel. Only time will tell if it is a simply an experiment or if it will find its audience. But besides the technological feat, the increasing sizes of TVs offered by various manufacturers raise questions. 75” televisions, which used to seem gigantic, are now superseded by behemoths of 80” and more. What is the point of such sizes? Does it make sense to invest in a TV rather than a 4K UHD projector or an ultra short-throw projector? What are the differences between TV picture and “cinema” picture?

LG OLED G2 TV
In the second half of 2022, the LG OLED G2 TV range will feature a new and important member: the LG OLED97G2, which will have a 4K UHD OLED display measuring 246cm across.

LG OLED97G2: the superlative OLED TV

The champion of integration among 2022 OLED TVs, the LG OLED G2 TV range has four references. It is therefore available from 55” (1.4m) to 83” (2.1m) across, which is already very large. However, the manufacturer plans to add a fifth 97” (2.46m) model, announced for the second half of 2022. It’s not just the size of this LG OLED97G2 that is exceptional. Its release price of €25,000 is also pretty astonishing.

LG OLED G2 TV range

This range of LG OLED G2 TVs is specifically intended to be wall-mounted thanks to the supplied wall bracket. LG OLED G2 TVs are sold without a stand. The LG OLED G2 adopt a new OLED Evo 4K UHD panel unveiled by LG Display at CES 2022 under the name OLED EX. The latter benefits from a 30% increase in brightness compared to the previous generation of conventional OLED panels. This is ideal for optimizing the display of HDR content, thanks in particular to exclusive Dolby Vision IQ Precision Detail technology.

What’s the point of having a very large screen such as the LG OLED97G2?

With a diagonal measuring 2.5 meters, the LG OLED97G2 TV is like a window looking out onto the world. It displays life-size images! For movies, documentaries, series and even for video games, it guarantees total immersion. Viewers are literally plunged into the heart of the image.

But such a screen size requires a lot of space. First to make room for it on the wall. Then to have enough space to enjoy it. A 4K UHD TV of almost 2.5m requires that you are seated at least 3.5m to 4m away from the screen for TV use. It can be a little less to get a more immersive cinematic effect with movies.

How far away should you sit from the screen?

Why not choose a projector?

Confronted with a TV screen ranging from 75″ (189 cm) to 97″ (246 cm) in the case of the LG OLED97G2, one is entitled to wonder. Moreover, in most cases the amount required to purchase a very large television (75″ and more) is enough to buy a high-performance projector with a high-quality projection screen and, therefore, enjoy a much larger image.

Recent progress in the field of projection (high brightness, HDR, extended color space) pleads in favor of video projectors. But to achieve a large, bright and contrasted image in projection, the room needs to be at least partially dark (if not completely dark). In the middle of the day, in a bright room, it’s pretty much impossible. Very large TVs show their superiority here.

Ultra short throw projector in a living room
An ultra short throw projector is a suitable alternative to very large televisions to obtain a very large image covering almost the entire wall.

Some will say that an ultra short throw projector allows you to achieve a very large 4K HDR image, without the constraints of an XXL TV. Lighter, more compact, and more discreet, they are very easily forgotten once turned off. Whereas a very large TV is visually imposing even when turned off.

Ultra short throw projector + fixed screen
Once an ultra short throw projector is turned off, the projection screen takes up as much space on the wall as a TV…

Finally, even with a technical screen, the contrast and color saturation are lower with an ultra short throw projector during the day. This is due to the difference in intensity between direct light (TV) and reflected light (projection).

Direct light and reflected light

You have probably already noticed that the image on a television always seems more intense and brighter than the image obtained with a projector, which is often softer. This is due to the way the light that makes up the image reaches the viewer’s eyes. With a TV, the diffusion is frontal. The TV generates the light of the image which reaches the eyes of the spectators directly. The colors are therefore more vivid and saturated, the dynamic range is higher, and the contrast greater. This is even truer with OLED technology, which displays total black, and therefore exceptional contrast.

With a video projector, the light from the image is reflected by the screen before reaching the retina. The light is therefore partially absorbed by the screen. The image loses a bit of intensity and takes on a duller appearance. It seems softer, more delicate. This is what projection enthusiasts appreciate and what gives cinema-like images their charm. But if the room is not dark, the screen reflects not only the light from the projector (the projected image), but also the ambient lighting. The projected image then seems very dull (see the article: What is light pollution and how can it be eliminated? ).

In a living room, to watch daily TV programs but also for movies and video games, a very large TV is therefore preferable to a video projector. However, the latter remains unequaled in the eyes of moviegoers in a private home theater.

Very large TV or video projector?

There’s nothing like a very large screen to enjoy an unparalleled feeling of immersion in front of a film or a video game. This is true whether you choose a 4K XXL TV, an ultra short throw projector plus a fixed projection screen or a 4K projector and an electric screen.

Two parameters must be taken into account to choose between one or the other. Firstly, that of the environment in which the image is displayed, and secondly that of the desired result.

In a very bright living room or in a TV room with untreated light pollution, an XXL TV is a must. The same applies if you mainly watch TV during the day.

SONY XR85Z9J TV in a large bright room
The very large Sony XR-85Z9J television is particularly suitable for large and bright living rooms.

An ultra short throw projector with an ALR screen is a very interesting alternative. Especially if you can darken the room a little with curtains. For the same image size, this solution can also be less expensive.

In a room that can easily be made dark, and particularly in a dedicated room, the projector is the best solution for obtaining a cinematic image.

SONY VPL-VW290ES projector in a living room
A classic video projector can find its place in a large living room, provided that it can easily be darkened to optimize the contrast and colorimetry of the images.

There remains the question of the appearance of the desired image. This is a rather subjective issue that can lead to fiery debates! Some consider that nothing beats the brightness and color saturation achieved with 4K HDR TVs. This is an argument that holds true when trying to achieve a bright and ultra-realistic image. Others prefer the softness of a cinematographic image. They consider it less aggressive and more conducive to becoming immersed in the movie or series.

Ultimately, it is above all a matter of personal taste. Because what really counts, whether you’re a fan of XXL TVs or projectors, is getting the most out of your favorite movies, TV shows and video games.


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