Leica just now revealed his first ultra-short-throw (UST) projector called the Cine 1 could emit an 80 or 100-inch image when parked just six inches from a wall. While it might seem a bit odd for a camera company to build a projector, the UST model requires the right optics to create a square image while emitting a beam straight up — and that’s true on the Leica.
The company says it uses Summicron lens technology with aspherical elements “manufactured according to Leica standards. It also uses a triple-RGB laser with a 25,000-hour lifetime (built in collaboration with HiSense, according to The Verge) and Texas Instruments DLP chips.
Leica has two versions of the Cine 1 designed for 80-inch and 100-inch screens, with the former positioned about six inches from the wall and the last about 12 inches. Leica recommends setting it exactly at that position and using the recommended screen size, as the optics are designed for that. To that end, it also sells 80 and 100-inch ambient light-rejecting (ALR) screens. They produce 2,100 and 2,500 lumens for the 80 and 100-inch models, respectively.
On the audio side, it offers built-in Dolby Atmos powered speakers for surround sound. It comes with a TV tuner for linear TVs and the VIDAA HiSense OS as a smart TV platform. You can also attach external storage, Blu-ray players, or consoles via HDMI and USB inputs.
Other key specifications are still missing, such as color space coverage and HDR support. However, they’re reportedly priced at $6,900 for the 80-inch model and $7,900 for the 100-inch model, so you expect all the bells and whistles possible. Currently, most advanced The UST projectors out there belong to Samsung LSP7T 4K with HDR10+ starting at $3,500, $3,000 Formovie Theater with Dolby Vision and HiSense L9G 3,000 lumen Laser TV projector with Dolby Vision price 5,000 with a 100-inch ALR display.
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