ProjectorCentral and ProjectorScreen.com have announced the results of their second annual Laser TV Showdown. The event took place on October 26 at ProjectorScreen.com’s New Jersey headquarters and faced off nine ultra-short throw projectors as a means to compare the rapidly growing laser TV market and guide consumers to the best-performing options to meet their needs. The contenders were all set up side-by-side and paired with nine identical projector screens. Rob Sabin, editor-in-chief at ProjectorCentral, acted as an independent editorial authority to plan and execute the evaluations with a team of expert judges recruited from the audio/video press.
Based on the judge’s observations, the top spot in the competition for the second consecutive year went to the Formovie Theater ($2999). In second place was a tie between the Epson LS800 ($3499) and Hisense PX2-Pro ($2997). In third place was the Leica Cine 1 ($8995).
In addition to the Laser TV Showdown, ProjectorCentral and ProjectorScreen.com also held a competition to determine the best lifestyle projector for 2023. This new category of compact smart projector offers all-in-one features, including built-in-speakers, streaming apps, and autofocus and auto-keystone technology to automatically align the projector with the projection surface. This separate competition ended with a tie for first place with both the Formovie X5 ($1499) and BenQ X3100i ($2399) taking that top spot.