This article was updated with additional information on 10/19/2020

Samsung, a brand long absent from the home theater projector scene, has announced its re-entry with The Premiere, a 4K UST laser projector intended to compete for your living-room space with bigscreen TVs and similar projectors from LG, Epson, Optoma, VAVA, and others.

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Samsung says two dedicated projector models with different specs are available. The LSP9T flagship, priced at $6,499, projects images up to 130-inches diagonal, while the LSP7T, $3,499, maxes out at 120 inches. The Premiere models join other products in Samsung's design-centric Lifestyle TV series and are shipping now. Neither model ships with a UST ALR screen.

As its price implies, the LSP9T (rated at 2,800 lumens) utilizes the larger 0.66-inch DLP XPR chip to achieve its 4K resolution and, critically, is based on a three-laser discrete RGB design. This allows Samsung to claim coverage of 147% of the DCI-P3 space used today for the mastering of 4K content, and even 106% of the full Rec.2020 gamut that remains a distant target for most consumer displays today. It should also reduce or eliminate the usual single-chip DLP rainbow artifacts. Contrast is rated at 2,000,000:1 full on/off (peak), and 1,500:1 ANSI.

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Perhaps not surprisingly, the LSP9T is specifically cited as the first projector fully compatible with HDR10+ high dynamic range content. Samsung was instrumental in developing HDR10+, a more advanced form of HDR10 that offers dynamic metadata (similar to Dolby Vision) to assure a better result than is usually found with the static metadata found on regular HDR10 titles.

It's also the first projector to support the UHD Alliance's Filmmaker Mode, which recognizes metadata in compatible content to automatically or manually engage an image preset mode that optimizes color, frame rate, and other parameters according to the creator's intent so it can be viewed without the alterations typically imparted by the default picture modes on consumer displays. Several TV makers have announced support.

Furthermore, the LSP9T's optics offer a very short 0.19:1 throw ratio, allowing it to throw a 100-inch image with the back of the projector just 4.5 inches off the screen wall, or its maximum 130-inch image from 9.4 inches away. This should prevent many users from having to move their credenza or TV stand back from the screen in order to acheive a large 120- or 130-inch image. The projector has an integrated 40-watt, 4.2-channel sound system that utilizes Samsung's Acoustic Beam steering technology to provide a more enveloping image.

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4K Large Venue Laser Projector
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4K Large Venue Projector

By comparison, the LSP7T, rated at 2,200 lumens, features the smaller 0.47-inch DLP XPR 4K-resolution chipset, and a single blue-laser with yellow phosphor wheel to acheive the three primary colors. Consequently, gamut is claimed at 83% DCI-P3, which is in keeping with competitively priced single-laser UST projectors. It's slightly longer throw ratio, at 0.25:1, throws a 100-inch image with the rear of the 13.5-inch deep projector about 12 inches from the screen wall.

Both the LSP9T and LSP7T will feature Samsung's well-developed smart TV operating system and streaming platform, which should be a notable advantage given the tepid platforms offered by most UST projector makers to date, with LG's HU85LA entry being the exception. Both manufacturers have obviously honed their technology across years of smart TV development for their panel television lines and built solid relationships with the key streaming providers.

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Comments (18) Post a Comment
Joe Posted Sep 15, 2020 7:18 PM PST
is this Projector better than Optoma X2
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 15, 2020 7:45 PM PST
We would have no idea without more definitive specs and the opportunity to view it, Joe. But based on the description I expect it will have a more advanced laser engine like the LG does.
Mike Posted Sep 16, 2020 4:38 AM PST
Any info on the contrast ratio as of yet? Does this come with a screen? If so, is it a lenticular ALR screen or some other technology? Any idea when more info will be available?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 16, 2020 4:40 AM PST
Sorry, Mike. Everything we know about this is in the article. Samsung issued a vague press release that doesn't even make clear if the 100 inch and 130 inch models are the same projector with a different screen or actually two projectors with different optics, though a good guess is that it's the same unit being mated with one of two screens. They did say they'll be rolling the product out globally "later this year," so if they stick to that we should hear more info and perhaps even get a review sample in the late fall. This is the kind of product I assume they'd want to launch before the holidays. But experience says you can't count on manufacturers meeting their timetable on a product category they are entering for the first time.
Intruder Posted Sep 16, 2020 6:26 AM PST
LG isn't 3 Lasers 🤷‍♂️ No RGB
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 16, 2020 6:27 AM PST
Intruder, I see what you mean here but LG's is a three laser system that uses a red laser and blue laser for those primaries, and another blue laser that is used to generate the green primary through some other mechanism. So while there is no dedicated green laser, it has essentially behaves like it has one. What's key is that each primary does have its own uninterrupted light source and there is no need to deliver any primary color sequentially to the imaging device.
Intruder Posted Sep 16, 2020 6:34 AM PST
Two Samsung models: one has a single laser, the other three, the brightness is different between the two products. How many errors in a site that deals only with video projectors ...
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 16, 2020 6:35 AM PST
Intruder, thanks for this info. I'm working entirely off their issued press materials which does not go into this detail but trying to acquire more information from Samsung.
Tom Posted Sep 16, 2020 11:12 PM PST
@intruder instead of bragging about how smart you are, perhaps you might try sharing your sources. You weren’t 100% correct about the lg 😱🤔
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 17, 2020 6:50 AM PST
I do appreciate when readers flag potential inaccuracies for us or question our results, though I admit I never understood the need some folks have to issue snarky troll-like comments denigrating the work we do. We are living in a world right now where trade shows and press conferences are held virtually with no chance to visit a booth and get answers to questions that are inevitiably left out of product announcements. The release for this projector or projectors -- I am still not sure which -- is exceptionally vague, and Samsung just got back to my long series of questions saying that they have nothing further to add at this time. So I'll update our announcement when new details become available from a reliable source.
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 17, 2020 10:02 AM PST
Samsung was at least just able to confirm that there are two separate projectors with different specs to accommodate the two different max images sizes, and that there are other differences as well they won't delineate at this point. I have updated the article accordingly.
Ilias Posted Sep 17, 2020 1:33 PM PST
I'm curious about why companies tend to give the exact projectable image as a spec. For example in this article, "available in 130-inch and 120-inch versions". I do get that if I eg. projected from an UST projector at an enourmous wall, say 200inch, contrast would be degraded, brightness would be lower, pixels would be very distinguishable, and quality overall would be extremely degraded.

But producing two differenent models that one caps at 120' and the other at 130'... that I do not undestand. What would be so degraded if I used the 120' model to project an 130' image?

PS. Any ETA on the Optoma P2 review? Thanks!
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 17, 2020 1:55 PM PST
These UST lenses have a very narrow range of screen size before you start to get distortion and lack of focus at the top corners of the screen. You push them past the spec at your own risk, though some appear to to have a bit more wiggle room from their specs than others.
IPD Posted Sep 30, 2020 5:51 PM PST
@Joe

The ANSI lumen rating alone between the LSP7T and the Cinemax P2 is quite substantial--and an order of magnitude lower than the Epson LS500UST (which includes a screen). The only thing consumers may find more compelling about Samsung's offerings are the smart features.

Keep in mind that we do not yet have specs on the chip size (presumably .47 on the LSP7T, possibly .66 on the LSP9T?). We also don't have data on input lag. Audio is listed as 40 watts on the P1 and the LSP9T, but is 30 watts on the LSP7T.

All of which adds up to my tentative recommendation that from a value perspective the Cinemax P1 is still king of the hill. Prices on it will come down over time as newer and newer offerings keep popping into the market, but there is nothing--yet--that offers the same dynamite package you can get with the P1. If the LSP7T has better quality sound, lower input lag, and more ANSI lumens (and possibly a .66 chip)--all at the same price point, THEN we'd likely have a new winner. But the Cinemax P1 can probably be found for close to it's ORIGINAL MSRP of ~$3200 right now (P2 is listed at $3300)...making it still $300 cheaper than the LSP7T that is brand new to the market.

I have a P1. I'm 100% certain I made the right choice. Brightness is sufficient for a lit room. Onboard audio effectively transforming a 2.1 into a 3.1is just icing on the cake.

p.s. I HIGHLY recommend an ALR UST screen.
Brian Posted Sep 30, 2020 10:08 PM PST
See AVSForum for a review: T"he higher-end of two models, the LSP9T ($6499.99) which is equipped with a three-laser light source and 0.66” DMD (DLP chip) that’s spec’d at 2800 lumens output, along 4K support and HDR10+ compatibility. ...Gamut coverage is spec’d at 146% of DCI/P3, which is what’s used to master Ultra HD Blu-rays. It’s also spec’d at 105% of rec.2020, which is the widest color gamut currently in use and covers practically every color the human eye can see." The the LSP7T, however, only has 83% of DCI-P3 due to limit to one laser and also has lower brightness at 2,200 ANSI lumens .
Kevin Posted Oct 6, 2020 1:03 PM PST
Any idea's on setup distance from bottom of screen piece is what I am really interested in. No manuals out yet for some reason.. and trying to justify the step up between the 7 vs. 9...
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Oct 7, 2020 8:06 AM PST
Nothing to share on this right now, Kevin, though the information should really be out at this point.
Mike Posted Oct 7, 2020 9:06 AM PST
@Kevin AVS has a review of the projector and also has a matrix showing the vertical offset for the LSP9T in the comments section on page 5. Essentially, for a 120" image, the vertical offset from the surface of the stand that the projector is sitting on is 15.8" and for 130" image, it is 16.8".

For reference, the LG is 15.5" for 120" image, so they are pretty similar. I wonder if the unit to unit variance is as great as the CinamaX P1 or if they have better control.

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