The Hisense L9H and L5H Laser TVs (aka Ultra Short Throw Projectors) were first shown at the 2023 CES and they were also showcased again at the 2023 CEDIA Expo. Consumers have been waiting almost 9 months for these two high-performance Laser TVs to become available and we’ve been informed by Hisense that both are now on sale in time for the holidays.
In our CES 2023 preview article, we covered the basics of both products, but here is a follow-up summary of what these USTs have to offer.
Long-Life Laser-based Light Source: Up to 25,000 use hours.
ALR Screens: Booth projectors are packaged with new ambient light-rejecting (ALR) screens that enhance brightness for a sharper picture. Available in 100″ or 120″ screen sizes.
AI Real-Time Picture Optimization: Automatic adjustment of brightness, color, contrast, and more.
HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG
Tuner: Built-in ATSC 1.0 and NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0) tuners for reception of over-the-air TV broadcasts – just connect an antenna.
Smart TV: Google TV Smart OS for accessing streaming content from services such as Netflix, Disney+, MAX, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Sling TV, YouTube, Pandora, and lots more…
Video Control: Built-in Google Assistant
Game Mode: 60hz refresh rate with ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
Audio: Both models also include a 40-watt audio system. In addition. HDMI-ARC/eARC is also included for connection to compatible soundbars or home theater surround sound systems.
4K UHD Resolution via Pixel Shifting
On both the L9H and L5H, the laser light engine is combined with a .47-inch 1080p resolution DLP imaging chip (aka DMD – Digital Micromirror Device) from Texas Instruments. The chip contains 2.1 million pixels (very tiny mirrors).
The projectors are able to display 4K UHD resolution (8.3 million pixels) via shifting the pixels on the 1080p chip both vertically and horizontally at 240Hz (240 times per second). This process is so fast the image displayed on the screen is classified as a 4K UHD resolution image.
The core feature of the L9H is its TriChroma laser light source. This means that instead of a lamp, three lasers (R, G, B) are used to supply the light image projection.
Tip: The TriChroma triple-laser light engine can reach 107% of the BT.2020 (aka REC 2020) color space.
Image quality is further bolstered by Dolby Vision content, and with Dolby Atmos, the L9H can provide an immersive listening experience.
Tip: The L9H is also WiSA-Ready (compatible with WiSA-Certified wireless speakers)
If the L9H is a little out of your budget range, the step-down L5H provides most of the same features of the L9H but has a slightly less light output of 2700 ANSI lumens via its X-Fusion Laser Light Engine which combines a single Blue Laser with Color Phosophor color filter (85% DCI-P3).
However, just as with the L9H, Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio are included, so you can still get a great home theater viewing and listening experience.
If you are looking for a UST projector for use in a darker room, the L5H might be a good choice.
Tip: One thing to consider is that the price of the new Hisense 100-inch ULED TV is about twice the price of a Hisense Laser TV. Admittedly, the TV can display brighter images and deeper blacks, as well as more accurate HDR, but for the price difference – it is hard to pass up the large screen viewing experience that Hisense Laser TVs can provide.
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