6 Ultra-Short Throw Projectors That Deliver Big Pictures in Small Spaces

Some of the most recognized brands in electronics such as Sony, LG and Epson offer users ultra-short throw projectors that produce big-screen images in a range of environments.

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One of the trendiest categories in the world of video is ultra-short throw projectors

Over the years the primary application of short-throw projectors has primarily been in the commercial AV market and industries such as education and corporate. Recently, a new wave of ultra-short throw projectors has been developed for residential environments. 

The development of ultra-short throw projectors in the consumer market supports a bigger, more impactful consumer video market trend in which the size of TV screens has consistently increased over the past several years. 

The convergence of these trends brings the market to where it is now. Projection systems generally provide more value to homeowners interested in a true, big-screen system. Integrators can scale big-screen projection systems to meet a variety of price points, and they can incorporate a range of technologies that at the highest levels include 8K resolutions using products that include short throw projectors. 

Traditionally the problem with projection systems is that projectors need a clear line of sight and realistically some level of ambient light control in order to maximize image quality. Today’s new ultra-short throw products solve both those issues to provide big-screen home entertainment. 

Ultra-Short Throw Projectors Solve Traditional Projection Problems

Ultra-short throw projectors are positioned close to the screen to eliminate 10-, 12-, 15-foot image throws.  

Solving the ambient light problem, today’s generation of ultra-short throw products are also engineered to produce higher levels of light output to combat this problem through technologies like laser light engines. 

Through the use of these new light engine technologies, manufacturers have enabled integrators the ability to install ultra-short throw projectors into a wider range of room environments, which is why these products are becoming increasingly popular. 

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Sweetening the attractiveness of these products, some manufacturers are bundling their products with companion projection screens and even integrated audio systems. 

The idea behind these bundles is to provide integrators with turnkey solutions that streamline system choices for homeowners. 

It should also be pointed out that just like traditional projectors, ultra-short throw projectors also support UHD 4K resolutions and compatibility with high dynamic range formats (HDR) such as HDR10

Take a look at the slideshow at the top of the page to see six ultra-short throw projectors from some of today’s most popular video manufacturers.

About the Author

Robert Archer
Robert Archer:

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob has also served as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In his personal time beyond his family, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


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