Projector Reviews

Hisense Unveils the L9G Trichroma Laser TV

By Philip Boyle

Today at CEDIA, Hisense released the newest addition to their premium entertainment lineup, the L9G TriChroma Laser TV. Hisense has been producing ultra-short-throw premium home projection products since 2014 when they introduced their first Laser TV. The L9G appears to continue Hisense’s trend in groundbreaking, technologically cutting-edge Laser TV products for the home theater marketplace. I really can’t wait to get this product up on the test bench because it looks fantastic on paper.

Let me quickly give you the basics, and then I’ll get onto the innovative aspects of the L9G. This 4K ultra-short-throw (UST) projector is rated at 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness. The L9G features a 40 W Dolby Atmos sound, HDR10/HLG, and a dedicated Filmmaker mode that allows viewers to watch content as the filmmaker intended.

All right, that’s the basics. Now let me tell you what I’m really excited about on the Hisense L9G Laser TV.

COLOR

107% of the BT.2020 Color Space

Color performance is one of the best examples of how the Hisense L9G ultra-short-throw projector sets itself apart from other displays. Specifically, the TriChroma RGB 3 Laser light engine enables the L9G to achieve an astounding 107% of the BT.2020 color space resulting in images that are more realistic with improved color accuracy, depth, and brilliance. To be clear no existing flat panel television, either OLED or LCD is capable of displaying this much of the BT.2020 color gamut.

HDMI 2.1

Two of the Hisense L9G’s three HDMI inputs support HDMI 2.1’s higher bandwidth. Why is the HDMI 2.1 higher bandwidth so important and what its benefit? Put simply higher bandwidth leads directly to greater speeds. Let’s quickly review what this provides you.

The L9G includes two HDMI 2.1 inputs

HDMI 2.1 supports bandwidth up to 48 Gbps, almost three times faster than the HDMI 2.0b specification of up to 18 Gbps. Hisense doesn’t list the maximum bandwidth that their HDMI inputs but most current HDMI 2.1 enabled video displays support 40Gbps which would be more than enough to maximize the performance of the L9G. This increased bandwidth does not mean much in terms of video/movie content. There are still only a few releases, like Ang Lee’s Gemini Man, that offer frame rates higher than 24 fps.

Video streaming platforms offer a growing amount of 4K movies, even in HDR, just not at 60 fps or higher. The reality is that 24 fps is the standard for most movies despite some filmmakers like Peter Jackson and Ang Lee shooting content at frame rates higher than 24 fps.

Sports and nature content can benefit by being shown in higher resolutions and frame rates. YouTube™ has one of the largest libraries of high frame rate (HFR) 4K content available. What the future holds nobody knows. When and if more high frame rate content becomes available HDMI 2.1 offers the promise of displaying this content on projectors like the Hisense L9G.

One HDMI 2.1 benefit you should see right away is Quick Media Switching (QMS) which eliminates the annoying blackout when changing video modes. As long as the resolution remains the same and only the frame rate changes, QMS will smoothly switch between video modes.

NEXT LEVEL GAMING

Gaming at to a whole new extreme

Gaming should be the largest beneficiary of HDMI 2.1’s bandwidth and speed boost. Next-gen consoles like the PlayStation 5, X Box Series X, and high-end PC gaming rigs are already capable of taking advantage of high frame rate gaming but only at 1080p Full HD when connected to HDMI 2.0 inputs.

HDMI 2.1 changes this 1080p limitation allowing next-gen gaming platforms to display games in Ultra HD resolution at frame rates of 120fps and higher, providing the game supports it.

HDMI 2.1 supports Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). VRR means that gaming on a next-gen console or computer will result in a visible reduction or an elimination of lag, judder, and frame tearing.

Variable Frame Rate (VFR) leverages VRR. It allows game designers to code various frame rates at different game points because while high resolution and high frame rates are excellent during gameplay, cut scenes are just fine at 24 fps.

Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), or Game mode, lets gaming systems automatically switch to a low-latency, low-lag mode. When low latency is no longer needed, the source disables the signal, and the display reverts to its previous mode for watching content such as movies and TV shows.

HDMI Quick Frame Transport (QFT) reduces latency for smoother no-lag gaming and real-time, interactive, virtual reality. QFT transports each frame at a higher rate decreasing “display latency,” improving the responsiveness of games. One example is the lapse between pressing a button and observing the resultant action on the screen.

HDR

The HDMI 2.1 Specification supports multiple static and dynamic HDR to enhance video for deeper blacks and brighter whites, greater detail in both the dark and bright parts in the same image, and greater detail within an extended color space. Dynamic HDR support ensures that video is displayed at the ideal depth, detail, brightness, contrast, and wider color gamut.

AUDIO

40 Watt Dolby Atmos sound

HDMI 2.1 supports Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC).  Standard HDMI ARC supports multichannel audio, including Dolby Atmos, but it delivers a compressed audio signal due to bandwidth limitations. An example of this is Dolby® Digital Plus. eARC’s increased bandwidth capabilities allow the transfer of uncompressed audio like Dolby TrueHD for the highest sound quality.

The L9G is also WiSA ready. The WiSA (Wireless Speaker and Audio) is a hardware and software specification that allows wireless the transfer of up to eight (8) channels of uncompressed 24-bit, 96KHz audio. Extremely low 5.2ms of latency along with less than 1 microsecond of synchronization between speakers provides for a high-quality surround sound experience. It also supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X systems.

If you plug an optional third-party WiSA transmitter into one of the projector’s USB ports, the projector can wirelessly transmit 7.1-channel audio to a compatible set of speakers via the high-resolution WiSA. 

Also, removing the need for speaker wires eliminates one of the biggest hassles in installation hassles and can significantly reduce labor costs if you are having your system installed professionally.

Screen included as part of the $5.999.00 package

The Hisense L9G is available in three different options each paired with a Hisense Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) screen. For the 100” size, consumers can choose one of two screens that best fits their space and intended usage. The 100-inch packages, with the screen, are available now at $5,499.00 MSRP.

Option #1 features a fully assembled, ALR Daylight screen with a gain of 1.2. The ALR Daylight Screen looks a lot like a flat-panel TV with its sturdy design and hard screen surface. This screen is for those wanting to replace their main TV with the L9D Laser TV. This screen configuration offers increased brightness and ambient light rejection capabilities for viewing in brighter surroundings.

Option #2 is an ALR Cinema Screen. This screen offers a gain of 0.4 and a 150-degree viewing angle. The ALR Cinema Screen is best used in dedicated media rooms, man caves, and light-controlled spaces. The ALR Cinema Screen achieves exceptional color accuracy with wide viewing angles. This screen comes in a flat-packed design, so assembly is required.

The 120” option, which will be shipping a little later this year at $5,999.00, is only available with the ALR Cinema Screen.

The Hisense L9G Laser TV is available through authorized resellers found at Hisense-USA.com. More information can be found at www.hisense.com .