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LG’s flagship 4K ultra-short throw projector is getting closer

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LG just removed the wraps from a new flagship CineBeam ultra-short throw (UST) projector, model HU915QE† The 4K three-channel laser projector shoots a super-bright 3,700 ANSI lumen image that measures 100 inches when placed just 9.8 cm (3.9 inches) from a wall, thanks to an excellent projection ratio of 0.19.

Other UST projectors, such as the AWOL LTV-3500, require a distance of 24.9 cm (9.8 inches) to achieve the same diagonal image size of 100 inches. And while that may not sound like a big span, it can easily exceed the width of regular dressers where the projector will live.

Better yet, you can place the new LG CineBeam 18.3cm (7.2in) from an Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) display for a massive 120-inch image with enhanced contrast (to make the most of its support for the projector for HDR 10, HLG, HGiG) and vibrancy. Just be prepared to spend another $1,000 or so in the process.

Requires 18.3 cm (7.2 in) for a giant 120-inch photo.
Image: LG

The LG HU915QE runs webOS, meaning you can easily access all your favorite streaming services, including Netflix (which is still a challenge for Android TV projectors). It also has support for screen mirroring, Apple’s AirPlay 2, and a pair of USB 2.0 connections for additional content sourcing options. The projector has an integrated 40W 2.2 channel speaker for instant 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 Latin America and Asia.” LG hasn’t announced pricing, but a quick check from B&H and elsewhere turns up a pre-order price of $5,996.99, which sounds about right.

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