LG has just unveiled a new flagship Ultra Short Throw (UST) CineBeam projector, the HU915QE model. The three-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 long reach, it can easily exceed the width of common sideboards where the projector will live.
Even better, you can place the new LG CineBeam 18.3cm (7.2in) from an ALR (Ambient Light Rejection) screen for a giant 120in picture with enhanced contrast (to get the most out of projector support for HDR10, HLG, HGiG) and vibrancy, even when daylight creeps into the room. Just be prepared to spend around $1,000 more in the process.
The LG HU915QE runs webOS, which means easy access to all your favorite streaming services, including Netflix (which remains a challenge for Android TV projectors). It also supports screen mirroring, Apple AirPlay 2 and a pair of USB 2.0 sockets for additional content source options. The projector has a built-in 40W 2.2-channel speaker for on-the-go use, or a trio of HDMI eARC ports to get the most out of your home theater sound setup .
LG says 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 hasn’t announced a price, but a quick check of B&H and elsewhere gives a pre-order price of $5,996.99, which seems about right.