LG has just introduced a new flagship CineBeam Ultra Short Throw (UST) projector, model HU915QE. The 3-channel 4K laser projector projects a super-bright 3,700 ANSI lumens image that measures 100 inches when placed just 9.8 cm (3.9 inches) from a wall, thanks to an excellent throw ratio of 0.19.
Other UST projectors like the AWOL LTV-3500 require a distance of 24.9 cm (9.8 inches) to achieve the same 100-inch diagonal image size. And while that may not seem like a huge space, it can easily exceed the width of common dressers where the projector will live.
Better yet, you can place the new LG CineBeam 7.2 inches (18.3 cm) from an Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) screen for a giant 120-inch contrast-enhanced image (to take full advantage of the projector’s compatibility with HDR10, HLG, HGiG ) and vibrancy, even when daylight creeps into the room. Just be prepared to spend another $1,000 or so in the process.
The LG HU915QE runs webOS, which means easy access to all your favorite streaming services, including Netflix (which is still a challenge for Android TV projectors). It also has support for screen mirroring, Apple AirPlay 2, and a pair of USB 2.0 connectors for additional content source options. The projector has a built-in 40W 2.2ch speaker for use in a pinch, or a trio of HDMI eARC ports to get the most out of your home theater sound setup.
LG says the CineBeam HU915QE will be available in the first half of 2022, starting with “key markets in North America, Europe, and the Middle East, followed by markets in Latin America and Asia.” LG didn’t announce the price, but a quick check at B&H and elsewhere throws up a pre-order price of $5,996.99, which seems about right.