Why stop at 85 inches when you can go even bigger with a projector and turn the Grand Final into a truly cinematic event?

Where traditional projectors are positioned at least four metres from a wall or screen, advanced laser tech has narrowed the distance down to just 30cm. Short throw laser projectors are a big screen buff’s dream come true – a compact, portable device that can beam a cinema-sized image of up to 130 inches onto the nearest wall or rollable screen – all in glorious 4K resolution and HDR. So, if you want to replicate the feeling of scoring a Level 1 seat on the MCG wing, a short-throw laser projector will totally immerse you in all the action and tempt you to take a speccy from your seat.

QUALIFYING FINALIST:

BENQ TK800M TRUE 4K HOME ENTERTAINMENT PROJECTOR WITH HDR
Australia’s No.1 4K projector brand, BenQ, is a winner for game day in both features and price. As well as taking the big game to a larger-than-life level, the TX800M features a Football Mode that optimises visual and audio performance, reproducing accurate player skin tones and the lush green grass on the field, while commentators come through loud and clear over the roar of the crowd. Boasting 8.3 million distinct pixels, full 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) and HDR10 for supported sports streaming apps, it’s the next best thing to being there.

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PREMIERSHIP CONTENDER:

SAMSUNG THE PREMIERE LASER 4K SMART PROJECTOR
Samsung’s stylish and compact The Premiere features precise colour accuracy and amazing brightness. And set-up is a cinch – simply position the unit a mere 24.7cm from a wall or projector screen and enjoy a mammoth screen size of up to 130 inches with full 4K resolution. It’s also the world’s first projector to feature Filmmaker Mode, which works just as well for footy, rendering a more natural looking picture. The Premiere also features a built-in tuner for free-to-air broadcasts, as well as smart functionality for streaming apps.

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GRAND FINALIST:

HISENSE 120” 4K HDR CINEMA PROJECTOR
Hisense’s Ultra-Short Throw Laser Engine beams perfect 4K pictures with HDR onto a huge 120-inch screen that’s included in the purchase price (via redemption through Hisense). The Ambient Light Rejecting screen is perfectly calibrated for use with this unit, reducing glare by 85 per cent, while X-Fusion technology ensures the picture is always bright and detailed, even in a brightly lit room. It also has all the perks of smart TV functionality and four HDMI ports for all your AV devices, including ARC connection for audio.

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Choice TVs for footy finals!

SURROUND LIGHTING
Make Friday Night Lights for real! Synchronise your smart lighting to react to a goal or saturate the room in your team colours with a Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box. Working in conjunction with Philips Hue Lightstrips and smart bulbs positioned behind your TV, the sync box hub detects and responds to onscreen colours, turning the rear wall into a customised lightshow for that real stadium atmosphere. A smartphone app lets you control and adjust colours, speed and brightness levels, and there’s connection for up to four HDMI enabled devices.