LG is gearing up to launch a new member of its 4K Laser TV ultra-short-throw projector lineup.
The upcoming HU915QE is the company’s brightest yet, producing a 120-inch image and 3,700 ANSI lumens when placed 7.2 inches from a wall-mounted screen, and a 90-inch image when placed 2.2 inches away. The projector’s astonishing light output makes it a compelling alternative to oversized 4K OLED and LED TVs, most of which top out at 88 inches before reaching astronomical price levels.
The three-channel laser engine for the HU915QE assigns a separate laser for each primary color (red, green, blue), ensuring a wide color gamut when displaying high dynamic range images. It also eliminates the need for a DLP color wheel, which can create “rainbow” artifacts in projectors such as the HU915QE with DLP projection technology. Like most other laser-based models, the new LG has a 20,000-hour lamp life, which should provide about 12-13 years of daily prime-time viewing.
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A key benefit the HU915QE brings is HDR Dynamic Tone Mapping, which analyzes video frame-by-frame to optimize shadow and highlight detail for content with high dynamic range. Additionally, Brightness Optimizer II processing automatically adjusts overall image brightness based on room lighting conditions, while Adaptive Contrast dynamically modifies the laser engine’s output to optimize individual movie scenes.
When used as a big-screen TV replacement, LG projectors like the HU915QE offer the same WebOS smart platform as the company’s TVs, offering onboard access to streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, YouTube, and Apple TV. The projector has a built-in 2.2-channel 40-watt audio system, and can also route audio tracks to external speaker systems via its HDMI eARC and optical digital ports or Bluetooth wireless link.
LG said the HU915QE will ship to North America, Europe and the Middle East in the “first half of 2022.” Markets in Latin America and Asia should follow later this year. Pricing hasn’t been officially announced, but online retailers in the US can currently pre-order the projector for $5,996.
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