Regarding General HDTV
Now, as mentioned, no “live” cable/satellite for my reviews until October when we move. For my sports photos I broke out a standard Blu-ray disc chronicling the games of the 2018 Superbowl champs (Patriots). One thing to note therefore. Normally I work with DirecTV, where sports are 1080i. This disc is 1080p. That will create a slightly sharper image, so don’t make judgements about the LG’s sharpness from the closeup image (which looks great, btw). I did watch streaming content from Netflix that is more TV programming than movies, IThat included watching a couple of concerts (Glastonbury, etc.) which I think of as very HDTV type content).
There’s no way for me to control room lighting where I am in the daytime from the glass windows, doors, and skylight. Late afternoon is worse than the rest of the day, but these images were all shot either early afternoon or late. (You can spot the differences – there’s some noticeable “washout” on the left side of the screen late in the day. (It would be very subtle on the others).
HU85LA Sports Viewing
Most of the day the picture looked great. I did most of my watching early in the day, using Eric’s calibrated Expert – Dark) mode or uncalibrated Cinema Home (a good choice), or when the ambient light got worse, Standard mode. Finally, at the worst part of the day (no coveriings on my windows), I did have to switch to Vivid.) Night time viewing some lights on – either Expert (Dark) or if I really want more pop, the Cinema Home.
At no point, despite a lot of ambient light late on, was my football or golf viewing overwhelmed by the ambient light. All daytime viewing has been done with lamp on full power (minimum energy savings).
Colors were appropriately rich, the calibrated Expert mode should please everyone for sports, unless you just want more pop, which the other modes can deliver!
HU85LA 1080p Movie Viewing
I did all of my movie viewing either using Expert Dark (calibrated) or Cinema Home. I avoided watching serious movies (like my sci-fi collection) in poorer lighting conditions.
I have watched parts of a number of Blu-ray movies, no real complaints, except, of course, the one area I usually complain about, and that is black level performance, which we’ll discuss next.
I will say, the HU85LA’s black level performance is not as entry level as the HU80KA’s. Despite putting almost 2000 lumens on a 100” diagonal screen, the blacks weren’t as noticeably medium grey as I feared. This is no JVC or Epson UB in terms of black levels, but I certainly feel they are fine for most non-hard core enthusiasts. And it certainly is just fine if you like to leave a little bit of light on in the room while watching movies (or don’t have a choice).
Hunger Games looked really good (1080p), but mostly I viewed 1080p movies that I don’t use for photo shoots.
Bottom Line: As a “living room” (or family, or bedroom…) type projector, not placed in a proper cave, the overall picture for movie viewing is really very good. Being a 4K UHD projector no sharpness issues on the lower res 1080p content. (Other than some minor corner sharpness issues – common to most UST projectors).