Flagship Home Theater - Part 1: Anthem LTX-500 LCoS Projector and SI Black Diamond II Screen


The Projector Design

The LTX-500 is a very compact and efficient design.  The overall size and weight is a bit less than other LCoS models.  The lens is offset to the left as you look at the front of the projector and is protected by a motorized door.  The door opens and closes automatically on power on and power off.  The case is finished in a high-gloss black with just a hint of metal flake.  Ventilation is handled by a small intake in the front and an exhaust at the side.  There is a cleanable and replaceable filter on the left side.  The ventilation system has internal baffles which reduce fan noise to a whisper.  The LTX is among the quietest projectors I’ve ever encountered.  The red striping on the top and side adds a bit of flair that I found attractive.  Overall the design strikes a nice balance between style and function.

The LTX has four independently adjustable feet.  This makes it easy to get the geometry just right when shelf mounting as I did.  The projector weighs just under 25 pounds so you won’t need a particularly beefy ceiling mount if you choose to go that route.  There are controls on the top of the unit for Power, Input, Hide (image blanking) and menu navigation.  There are also three status lights for power, lamp and system warning.  The input jack panel is on the right side at the bottom.

Anthem LTX-500 LCoS Projector and SI Black Diamond II Screen

The remote is well-thought out and comfortable to use.  I had no problems bouncing IR commands off the screen to control the projector.  There is a backlight that can only be turned on with a large button at the bottom.  The remote features direct control of picture mode selection, aperture, aspect ratio, gamma, color temperature, color, tint, noise reduction, brightness, contrast and sharpness.  There are no discrete buttons for inputs, only a toggle.  This is rarely an issue as most users will use a single HDMI input switched by a receiver or other means.  In the center of the remote are the menu navigation buttons along with a button that selects a series of built-in test patterns.  There are color bars, a grayscale step pattern, steps for red, green and blue and a cross-hatch for setting geometry.

The last button is labeled lens and brings up the fully-motorized lens shift, focus and zoom functions.  It is so easy to dial in geometry when everything is motorized.  You can use the projectors built in patterns or your own if you wish.  It took me all of ten minutes to set the geometry and focus to perfection.

Anthem LTX-500 LCoS Projector and SI Black Diamond II Screen