The diagonals of TVs are growing every year. However, it is still possible to assemble a home theater with a screen of more than 100 inches only based on a projector, for example, as the flagship model Samsung The Premiere with ultra-short focus, which can produce images with a diagonal of up to 130 inches from a distance of just a couple of tens of centimeters from the wall.
You will also find a remote control in the box with the projector, two AA batteries, a power cable, and a user manual.
Samsung The Premiere is a large stationary projector in a glossy white plastic case with rounded edges. However, by the standards of its class, it is still quite compact: dimensions 550x141x367 mm, weight 11.5 kg. The front of the case is covered with a light gray fabric – underneath, it hides the speaker system and the remote control sensor and LED indicator. Ventilation holes are located on the bottom of the projector and the side edges – here. They are covered with neat, slightly curved “ribs.”
As with all ultra-short throw models, the lens is located in the slot on the top panel closer to the front and is directed “back.”
All connectors are on the back facing the wall: here you can find three HDMI inputs (one of them with eARC support), an Ethernet port, a digital optical audio output, one USB 2.0 port, and, somewhat unexpectedly, two antenna jacks – yes, in This projector also has a built-in TV tuner. Also on the back is the power button, which, when turned on, can be used to bring up the OSD and navigate the menus.
To adjust the projector’s position on the table, align it horizontally and adjust the angle at which the image is projected onto the screen, use two screw feet on the bottom of the case.
Samsung The Premiere is equipped with a traditional smart remote control for the company: it is small and fits well in hand in a slightly curved body. There are not many buttons. They are all concentrated in the upper part, where you can easily reach them, almost without intercepting the remote control in your hand.
Above the navigation ring is the launch of the voice assistant, call the numeric keypad and additional “color” parameters of the current function, below it – the buttons “home” / “back” and Play, as well as the “rocker” for volume control and switching between channels – thin shiny buttons work not only to press but also to deviate up and down.
Samsung The Premiere uses DLP (Digital Light Processing) projection technology with a triple RGB laser light source with a claimed 20,000-hour lifecycle. The native resolution is 4K, supporting HDR (HDR10, HDR10 +, HLG standards). Luminous flux is 2800 ANSI lumens, with a maximum noise level in bright mode up to 32dB. The built-in acoustics is made according to scheme 4.2, consists of two tweeters and two low-frequency speakers. The total power is 40 watts.
As stated, Samsung The Premiere is an ultra-short focus projector. This means that it can be located almost close to the wall and at the same time form an image of impressive dimensions: for example, from a distance of only 11 cm, you can get a screen with a diagonal of 100 inches, from 24 cm – as much as 130 inches. So it does not need to be installed against the opposite wall of the room, behind the viewer, or suspended from the ceiling – Samsung The Premiere perfectly “gets along” on a regular TV stand, standing against the wall. At the same time, its front panel with acoustics hidden behind the fabric “upholstery” acts as a built-in soundbar. As a result, the initial setup turns out to be very simple – after installing the projector in front of the screen, it is enough to align it relative to the wall so that the picture “hits” the screen, and all that remains is to bring focus.
The projector turns on quickly enough, in 15 seconds, after which the Tizen-based Smart TV shell, familiar on the TVs of this company, appears on the screen. Its main menu is made in the form of a horizontal ribbon at the bottom of the screen, on top of the current content – here you can find installed applications, switch between signal sources, call the settings menu and launch the application store, from where you can download clients of popular streaming services. The built-in media player allows you to play content from the local network and external storage connected via USB, easily copes with any, the heaviest 4K video, supports HDR, H265 codec, decodes audio tracks Dolby Digital and DD + formats, can display external subtitles.
Like other DLP projectors, Samsung The Premiere has a “rainbow effect” – a kind of stroboscopic effect that manifests itself in the form of multi-colored trails behind white objects when you quickly transfer your gaze from one area of the screen to another. However, it is weakly expressed and much less felt than in DLP projectors with a color wheel.
In operation, Samsung The Premiere is quiet enough that its cooling system in complete silence is almost inaudible from a distance of 3-4 meters from the screen (while displaying SDR content, the projector is even slightly quieter than in HDR mode).
The speaker system produces very high-quality sound at the level of a separate good soundbar: it effectively fills the entire room and does not create the feeling of a point source. Dialogues sound natural, high and middle frequencies are well developed in musical compositions, the bass is also quiet enough for acoustic music. Sound effects in films sound very convincing: although explosions in action films lack the scale and depth of bass that a separate subwoofer can provide as part of full-fledged multichannel acoustics, the sound picture is rich and bright. At the same time, the “woofers” do not try to play lower than they are capable of so that no sound distortion at low frequencies is observed.
We used Samsung The Premiere in conjunction with a 100-inch screen made using ALR (Ambient Light Rejection) technology. It blocks side stray light and allows you to use the projector in complete darkness and moderate ambient light. Upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that its surface consists of an array of very small prismatic micro-mirrors that scatter sidelight. This allows the screen to appear dark gray even in a well-lit room when the projector is off, and this is the same shade that black areas of the picture will have if the lights are left on. Yes, compared to watching a movie in complete darkness, the picture will seem rather faded, but still, it is an order of magnitude richer and more realistic than in the case of a white or even a simple gray screen. In addition, even in complete darkness, the black color on such a screen looks noticeably darker than usual. Typically, bright areas of an image will “light up” the room in the background, from where it is reflected the screen – but ALR technology effectively eliminates this.
Samsung Projector: The Premiere Picture Quality
Compared to an ordinary white sheet of paper, the brightness of white on an ALR screen is lower and quite noticeable, but still more than sufficient, especially in a dark room – according to our measurements, the maximum brightness of the screen was 140 cd / m2. In contrast, like a sheet of paper, it was 210 cd / m². But the brightness of the black area in a bright image in a dark room of an ALR screen is only 0.5 cd / m², while a sheet of paper “gave out” 1.2 cd / m². When the light is turned on, the difference becomes simply radical: for example, in low light against a black background, the screen showed 1 cd / m², a sheet of paper – 15 cd / m², with a typical office light – 3 and 30 cd / m², respectively. The static contrast ratio is also very high: about 1500: 1, regardless of the type of surface on which the image is projected.
A triple RGB laser made it possible to achieve high brightness and an extensive color gamut: it is 147% DCI-P3. Perhaps this is the maximum coverage among the screens of all types of devices that we had in our editorial office. As a result, the image has vibrant, bright colors and the most natural color rendition. It is a pleasure to watch documentaries about wildlife on this projector.
In combination with the ALR-screen, the impression of watching a video on Samsung The Premiere is no different from a movie show on a high-quality 4K TV, except, of course, a huge diagonal, which is practically inaccessible for modern TVs. Although, however, there is one more difference: the projector’s picture on the screen looks equally bright and saturated, wherever the viewer is – right in front of the screen or from the side; the image does not fade or fade at all.
There are four video modes available in the menu: Dynamic, Standard, Cinema, and Filmmaker. The brightest and most saturated picture is obtained in the first case. It is convenient to use it to demonstrate the projector’s capabilities, especially in combination with special HDR trailers. In “Standard,” as in “Dynamic,” Samsung The Premiere gives the maximum color gamut, a slightly underestimated gamut, and a little cool tint – this mode will be optimal when connected to a PC projector.
Mode Filmmaker, developed by major electronics manufacturers in conjunction with the UHD Alliance, is designed to recreate the greatest possible “cinematic” effect and renders the image in the form in which the creators conceived it of the picture. In Cinema mode, the picture is minimally different from that obtained in Filmmaker – it has a pleasantly warm hue with a slightly dimmed brightness, the color gamut is narrowed down to the sRGB space, and the gamma matches BT.1886 as closely as possible for normal content, and BT.2020 for HDR … Color accuracy in this case also turns out to be more than decent for a projector – the average deltaE is less than three, which is considered a decent result even for desktop monitors.
High-quality bright image with rich colors; huge screen diagonal from a minimum distance to the wall; excellent sounding of the speaker system; full-fledged smart shell based on Tizen
Moderate “rainbow effect” inherent in DLP projectors; the cost of $3497.99
Conclusion: Should you buy Samsung projector: The Premiere?
Samsung The Premiere delivers an excellent picture from being close to the wall the screen is hanging from. The picture is bright and vibrant even in moderate ambient light (assuming an appropriate screen is used). The speaker system does its job perfectly, producing sound at the level of a good soundbar. A full-fledged Smart TV shell allows you to use all popular streaming services and watch videos from a local network or a USB drive without the need to purchase a separate media player.