For starters, I’d argue that no flat-panel television can give you the same experience that a high-quality projector, and even as large as they’ve gotten recently, no realistically affordable TV can match the sheer screen-size potential of a two-piece projection system. Granted, this is where microLED is forecast to take over, offering a modular and scalable solution that brings together the best of both worlds: massive image size and reference image quality.
But, for the foreseeable future, I have serious doubts about microLED replacing home theater projectors. At CEDIA this fall, Samsung showed off their 146-inch variant of The Wall, the company’s flagship microLED display. On paper, the specs are pretty impressive. It offers up to 1,600 nits of full-field peak image brightness, wide color gamut capabilities, and nearly infinite contrast. But, in practice, microLED still has some limitations that I don’t think work well for home theater-type installations. The most visible of these issues I witnessed firsthand at CEDIA.”