LG launches Laser Display in Australia

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Nic Healey can usually be found on a couch muttering about aspect ratios and 7.1 channel sound - which is helpful given that he's the home entertainment guy at CNET.

We first saw LG's Laser Display back at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013, where it managed to really stand out from the crowd of regular TV screens.

LG's Laser Display.
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It's a laser light short-throw projector — and we mean short throw: the projector itself sits just 56cm in front of the screen. The screen itself is 100 inches, and made from specially designed anti-reflective material. This helps reduce glare from light sources above the screen and ambient light in general, meaning that you can get great contrast images even in a brightly lit environment.

Because of the short-throw design, the Laser Display has a surprisingly small footprint for a 100-inch screen, as well as ensuring that nothing can block the projection when you're watching. It also manages to keep the operating noise to just 22dB — very quiet, indeed.

The Laser Display as seen at CES.
(Credit: Nic Healey/CNET Australia)

The use of lasers for the projection also improves the lifespan. LG claims that the laser diodes in the display can run for 25,000 hours — or five hours every day for 13 years.

In Australia, the Laser Display will ship with a 1TB Twin HD Tuner PVR and Blu-ray player combination (LG's HR938T model to be exact) and a specially designed stand is available as well.

LG has made the Laser Display exclusive to Harvey Norman at the aforementioned AU$8999 price tag, which will include free installation. You'll find it in retail from mid-July.

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