LG, which kickstarted the Ultra Short Throw (UST) laser projector craze with the original CineBeam, has just unveiled a new high-end model. The CineBeam HU915QE can continue to project a 120-inch image from just 7-inches away, but now it does so with a scorching 3,700 ANSI lumens of brightness – far beyond rivals like the Optoma CinemaX P2. That should be enough for good daytime picture quality with the blinds up, so it could replace a TV while offering a much larger screen size.
It would also deliver a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1, although I’d take that number with a huge grain of salt, as it depends on the type of screen, room brightness and more. You also get 4K HDR video via the three-channel laser (probably with a TI DLP chip) which should eliminate any rainbow effect. Since LG doesn’t mention Dolby Vision or HDR10+, we can safely assume it’s limited to HDR10.
It automatically adjusts brightness based on ambient light and uses HDR dynamic tone mapping to change brightness per frame. Another feature, adaptive contrast, supposedly delivers the optimal contrast for each individual scene.
It is equipped with LG’s webOS which outperforms other smart platforms used by other brands like Optoma. It allows you to stream Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, YouTube and Apple TV without the need for a Chromecast or other device. LG also promises stylish looks thanks to the 45 percent recycled wool texture from the Danish textile company Kvadrat.
The HU915QE CineBeam 4K Laser UST Projector will arrive in the first half of 2022, meaning in less than 40 days or so. LG hasn’t mentioned the price, but it’s up for pre-order from B&H Photo Video for about $6,000.
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