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Hisense L9H 4K UST TriChroma Laser TV Review

Posted on June 17, 2024 by Philip Boyle
Out-of-the-box, the Hisense L9H is one of the most impressive ultra short throw projectors available today.

The Hisense L9H is a 4K (3,840 x 2,160p) ultra-short throw (UST) Tricolor RGB laser projector featuring a manufacturer-rated 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, Dolby Vision HDR and a 40-watt Dolby Atmos onboard sound system. It is powered by a powerful Texas Instruments 0.47-inch digital light processing (DLP) imaging chip. It features the latest Google TV operating system, offering recommendations and search results across your favorite apps. The L9H offers a dynamic contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1 and low input lag, providing an excellent movie and gaming experience with features like Motion Estimation and Compensation (MEMC) for smooth video performance and a dedicated Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) that optimizes the projector to provide the best gameplay.

Hisense classifies the L9H as a Laser TV, which means it comes packaged with a matched screen to provide the best overall user experience. Laser TVs are designed to be viable replacements for flat-panel televisions, but to do this, they must be capable of being used day or night, delivering vibrant color regardless of ambient room light. They must have flat-panel TV features like a built-in tuner. The Hisense L9H does all this and more and is available to purchase now for an MSRP of $5,499 for the 100-inch package and a $6,499 MSRP for the 120-inch package.

The L9H is a follow-up to the highly regarded and award-winning L9G, which our technical editor, Philip Jones, reviewed in 2021. Click this link to read his full review. At the time, the L9G was a groundbreaking UST projector offering cutting-edge brightness and new features like Dolby Vision HDR. Three years later, in an industry with massive performance and feature gains, Hisense is introducing the newest L9 series model.

In this review, I will examine the L9H feature set, the company's choice of hardware, and overall performance to determine whether this projector is a revolutionary or evolutionary follow-up to the previous model and where it sits in the 2024 projector landscape.

Let's get into it.

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Hisense L9H Specs
Price$5,499 MSRP
Displayed Resolution4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160)
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim3000 ANSI Lumens
Light SourceTriChroma (RGB) Laser
Contrast3,000,000:1 (Dynamic)
Zoom Lens RatioFixed
Sound System 40 Watt Dolby Atmos
Dimensions(WxHxD) 24" x 6.1" x 13.6" inches
Weight24.7 lbs.



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Utilizing Ultra Short Throw Technology, the L9H Laser TV comes in 100 and 120 inch screen sizes.

The projector industry has greatly changed since Hisense introduced the last L9 series Laser TV system in 2021. The Hisense L9H is the flagship of the company's sixth-generation line of ultra-short throw projectors. Over the past year, I've had almost all of the company's different models on my test bench, including their first non-ultra-short throw model, the  C1 lifestyle projector. The L5H is the other laser TV projector in the current lineup. Both Laser Cinema models are the PX2-PRO and PL1. Click on each link to read my full reviews of these models. 

Except for the Hisense C1, the rest of Hisense's current Laser TV and Laser Cinema projectors are not breaking any new ground or pushing any performance envelopes. Please don't misunderstand me. They are all excellent and highly competitive projectors but offer only incremental improvements to their previous models. On paper, the hardware differences between the L9H and the previous L9G are even fewer than between the new models in the current Hisense lineup and their predecessors. The only differences would appear to be the manufacturer's claim of doubling the contrast (without changing any other laser specs) and the new Google TV OS. Out of the box, the L9H supports Dolby Vision compared to the L9G. However, Hisense offered support for Dolby Vision as a free upgrade for all L9G owners. 

On paper, the L9H appears to be a clone of the older L9G, only with an H replacing the G. Fortunately, appearances are deceiving. While there isn't a dramatic change in hardware, the L9H does represent a noticeable step forward in picture quality compared to the previous model. It may be the worthy successor I had been hoping for to what was already a fantastic flagship ultra-short throw projector.

Ultra-short throw (UST) projectors continue to elevate the home theater experience, combining a massive, cinema-like image with a projector that can be placed inches from your wall. Hisense has been at the forefront of this technology, and its latest release, the L9H, continues this trend.

Hisense Laser TV and Laser Cinema projectors are very similar, with the biggest difference being that Hisense Laser Cinema projectors don't come with a bundled projection screen. With Laser TV systems, you can be confident that the projector and screen are matched for each other. The only variables are a high-gain screen bundle for light-on viewing spaces and a wide-angle ALR offering more light-controlled spaces where off-axis viewing is common.

The Hisense PL1 uses a 0.47-inch Texas Instruments DMD to create a 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) pixel on screen image.

The Hisense L9H utilizes a Texas Instruments Digital Light Processor (DLP) (0.47″ DMD) chip to deliver 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160p) resolution. The 0.47″ DLP chip has 2.2 million pixels, or in this case, micromirrors used to display a native 4K image. The Hisense L9H's DLP system is sealed, keeping dust and dirt away from sensitive components and improving life expectancy.

The Hisense L9H can reproduce 107% of the BT.2020 color space.

The Hisense L9H features a TriChroma RGB laser light source that offers 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, allowing the projector to display content mastered for the BT.2020 color gamut. Hisense TriChroma laser light sources, with separate red, green, and blue lasers, can produce true-to-life colors with exceptional vibrancy and depth. This translates to more realistic skin tones, richer natural landscapes, and a more immersive cinematic experience. Movies and TV shows, mastered in the BT.2020 color space, display a wider array of colors and greater tonal detail, creating a realistic, immersive experience unavailable on projectors with narrower gamuts.

Laser light sources have a much longer lifespan than traditional lamps, ensuring consistent image quality. They can last about 25,000 hours at full light output. In perspective, that is equivalent to over ten thousand movies or over ten years of viewing if you watch for seven hours a day on average.

This projector delivers a clear, vibrant image even in rooms with a fair amount of ambient light, making it an excellent choice for watching with the lights on. It performs even better with the included 100-inch high-gain Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) screen. This combination allows for a more flexible, TV-like viewing experience where you don't need to draw the curtains to enjoy your favorite movies or games. The L9H's TriChroma laser's high brightness helps combat the washout effects that often affect traditional projectors in well-lit rooms.


Hisense looks to have the same input lag performance on the L9H as the older L9G. The L9H has a very good image processor, allowing fast-moving images to appear smooth and crisp in sports and movies.

The L9H offers the same gaming package, including the automatic GAME mode that kicks in when gaming on the latest consoles, such as the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

When GAME mode is activated, input lag is reduced to 30-35 ms for 4K 60 Hz gaming and supports 1080p gaming at 120 fps and theoretically 240 fps with input lag as low as 10 ms. Next-gen consoles can push high frame rates like 4K at 60 fps and 1440p at 120 fps, and gaming PCs can go up to 240 Hz at 1080p. While the L9H can handle 4K at 60 fps and 1080p at high refresh rates, it's not designed for 1440p at 120 fps or 4K at 120 fps. The L9H offers good gaming performance for casual gaming and many demanding titles but may need more for gamers who play at a level that demands a very fast response.

Other ultra short throw projectors from brands like Epson and AWOL Vision offer significantly lower input lag.

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The new Hisense L9H Laser TV projector takes a step forward by integrating the latest Google TV OS, a significant upgrade from Android TV. Google TV gives you the best features of Android TV with access to popular Android applications and various streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and YouTube.

Google TV gives users access to all the streaming, entertainment, and gaming content available on previous Android TV options but adds brand new control functions, letting users make the projector a control hub for other connected devices in the home. This new Google TV OS allows users to connect to the entire range of Google and Google-compliant smart devices available today. For instance, you can access home security cameras or a smart doorbell and view the feed on your big screen.

Google TV provides users with a unified platform for their favorite content. It organizes movies and shows from all your subscriptions, so you don't have to switch between apps to find something to watch. Google TV offers curated recommendations and uses Google's powerful search to find shows across over 10,000 apps and hundreds of free channels.

With Google TV OS, you also get the convenience of Google Assistant, enabling you to control many projector features with your voice while navigating its menus verbally. Moreover, the L9H can control various compatible smart home devices using voice commands through Google Assistant, making it a versatile addition to your home entertainment setup.

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HDR enhances picture quality and makes the projected image look more realistic, like what you see with your own eyes. Compared to SDR, HDR offers a broader range of colors and depth, contrasting lighter and darker shades.

Hisense has also upgraded the L9H with support for Dolby Vision, taking HDR performance to a new level. Dolby Vision is a proprietary HDR format that includes dynamic metadata. This information helps the projector adjust its tone mapping frame by frame to maximize the picture quality of HDR based on the display's brightness range. While the onscreen brightness of a flat panel is consistent regardless of the room environment, a projector's brightness can vary greatly based on the screen being utilized.

Since the L9H is bundled with a screen, the projection system's maximum brightness capabilities can be calculated. The L9H can use this info and the dynamic metadata found in Dolby Vision content to properly tone map the HDR content to look best in your environment. This ensures users see more detail in Dolby Vision-encoded HDR content.

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The Hisense L9H offers an excellent built-in 40-watt Dolby Atmos sound system, producing a big sound that seems to wrap around you. It creates better sound than many stand-alone flat-panel televisions and even some soundbars. In the PERFORMANCE section of this review, I'll talk more about how the system sounds and look for any changes or improvements from previous models.

The reality is that sound is just as important as the picture, so users will appreciate the high-speed HDMI port with eARC, which allows connection to a surround sound system to experience the full impact of high-quality movie and TV soundtracks. This is a big deal because, without eARC, you're limited to using the optical audio output, which can't handle the immersive surround sound formats found in many popular streaming apps like Netflix and Disney+.

Below is a feature and pricing comparison chart for other current Hisense Laser TV and Laser Cinema models. Remember, Laser TVs are packaged with screen options for a higher retail price and will sell at a range of prices depending on the size and type of screen in the package.

Hisense 2024 Laser TV Projectors
$3.999 MSRP$5,499 MSRP
100" Screen Package100" Screen Package
85% DCI-P3 color space107% BT.2020 color space
New Google TV OSNew Google TV OS
2700 ANSI Lumens3000 ANSI Lumens
X-Fusion Blue Laser Phosphor Light SourceTriChroma RGB Laser Light Source
HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG HDRHDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG HDR
2,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast3,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast
100" and 120" screen options100" and 120" screen options
40 Watt Dolby Atmos 40 Watt Dolby Atmos
(WxHxD) 22.3" x 4.8" x 12.6"(WxHxD) 24" x 6.1" x 13.6"
20.7 lbs.24.7 lbs.



  • Available with your choice of 100" or 120" ambient light rejecting (ALR) screen
  • RGB laser light source featuring Hisense TriChroma color technology
  • Ability to reproduce 107% of the BT.2020 (Rec. 2020) color space
  • 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness
  • 25,000+ hours of light source life
  • 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • 4K UHD (3840 x 2160p) displayed resolution
  • Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG Support
  • FILMMAKER mode is designed to display content the way the creators intended.
  • Upgraded ATSC 3.0 tuner
  • Built-in 40W Dolby Atmos® sound system
  • HDMI-enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) allows high-bitrate audio pass-thru
  • Fully integrated Google TV OS with a single remote control
  • WiSA (Wireless Speaker and Audio Association) ready for multichannel wireless surround sound system connectivity
  • 2-year parts and labor warranty



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The Hisense L9G chassis is made of a high-quality black plastic shell with rounded edges and a cloth grill covering the entire projector front. This makes the projector appear even more compact than the typical UST projector of its class. Hisense has used a matte finish that minimizes light reflection off the unit onto the screen. The L9H measures 24" x 6.1" x 13.6" (WxHxD) and weighs 24.7 lbs. The L9H design is identical to the previous L9G, right down to the color of the projector's exterior.

The Hisense L9H doesn't have a control panel on the chassis. All setting adjustments, except for the projector's Power button, must be made using the remote.

Because the lens is located on top of the chassis, the front of the L9H is very clean. A power light, IR sensor, and speaker grille stretch across the front of the projector. Behind the grille is the multi-speaker array of the 40-watt Dolby Atmos sound system.

The lens and eye protection sensors are on top of the projector. Air intake/exhaust vents are on the projector's rear, left, and right sides. All the inputs and connections are out of sight on the back of the chassis, facing the screen.

The 100" ALR Cinema screen included with the review sample requires assembly and weighs about 34.2 lbs in a (LxWxD) 93.7" x 20.3" x 5.8" box.

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The inputs and connections are all located on the rear of the L9H, except for a single USB-A input on the side of the projector. There are three HDMI inputs on the L9H. HDMI inputs 1 and 2 support HDMI 2.1, and the third input is HDMI 2.0.

Other available inputs include two USB ports, a LAN port, optical-digital and L/R analog audio outputs, and an RF antenna input for the unit's built-in ATSC tuner. This new model features an upgraded ATSC 3.0 tuner.

Two of the Hisense L9H's three HDMI inputs support HDMI 2.1 features, including ALLM and eARC. HDMI 2.1 also 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 like Dolby Digital Plus. eARC's increased bandwidth capabilities allow the transfer of uncompressed audio like Dolby TrueHD for the highest sound quality. The HDMI inputs theoretically support up to 48 Gbps bandwidth for 8K/60p playback and 4k/120p content. While this projector's DLP chip only supports up to 4K@60 Hz video playback, these types of HDMI inputs still offer a few notable benefits, including ALLM and eARC.

Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) automatically switches the L9H to a low-latency, low-lag GAME mode when game content is detected, ensuring an optimized gaming experience.

Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) supports multichannel audio, and its increased bandwidth capabilities allow the transfer of uncompressed audio like Dolby TrueHD for the highest sound quality. Standard HDMI ARC supports multichannel audio, including Dolby Atmos, but it delivers a compressed audio signal due to bandwidth limitations.

The L9H can also control connected devices like an A/V receiver via HDMI CEC (consumer electronics control). This means you can use your TV remote instead of reaching for a different remote to control each connected device.

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The included remote is slim, with a plastic shell sporting a brushed metal look. The built-in media player's power, dedicated service buttons, and major streaming services, including Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, Disney+, and Tubi, are all on the remote. Bluetooth pairing ensures the projector is controlled even when the remote is not in direct sight of the projector. The remote control includes Infrared (IR), which can work the projector or a third-party cable/satellite box. For custom integration, the L9H can also be controlled via RS232.

Located at the top center of the remote is a dedicated Google Assistant button for voice control of a wide range of smart features, including but not limited to voice search, compatible projector switching, hardware controls, and many IoT- (Internet of Things) compatible devices.

The remote is almost identical to the previous model. Unfortunately, this remote version does not offer shortcut buttons for preset picture modes found on the new L9H.


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Based on my testing, the lens used in the L9H is excellent, with excellent corner-to-corner focus and very little chromatic aberration. It would appear that Hisense is using the same high-quality Ricoh lens system they used on their previous L9 model, which is tailored for ultra short throw projectors.

Getting a uniform focus is challenging on an ultra short throw projector because UST lenses must project images at steep, extreme angles. While positioned inches from the screen, the L9H can distribute projected light evenly, resulting in excellent brightness uniformity across the image and with only minimal softening of focus at the extreme corners.

The L9H offers an excellent auto Geometric Correction feature and a manual option. The Auto Geometric Correction tool uses your mobile phone to assess your image-squaring progress. Simply take a picture and send it to Hisense; they'll use this data to automatically configure your projector's screen geometry for optimal image alignment.

Hisense matches focus at the factory for their Laser TV projectors, so the L9H does not have a Digital Lens Focusing feature like the one found on Hisense Laser Cinema UST projectors. DLF is a feature that should be on all ultra short throw projectors. Hisense includes other digital image adjustments, like digital keystone, to make the setup of the L9H easier, leaving the consumer to decide if the convenience of a quicker setup is worth the sacrifice of a little picture quality. Including a digital lens focus adjustment would allow the L9H to be more future-proofed and customers to upgrade screen size should they choose without softening the projected image.


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The Hisense L9H offers a first-class streaming experience with its new Google TV OS. This upgrade, found on all its new ultra short throw projectors sold in the US, provides users seamless access to premium streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, Max, Hulu, and many others. One of the standout features of Google TV is its ability to organize all your content in one place, showing both live TV and on-demand streaming options based on your subscriptions. This means you no longer have to switch between apps to find what you want to watch, making your viewing experience much more convenient and enjoyable.

The L9H's smart features are well integrated with its picture adjustments, including a comprehensive suite of picture calibration tools, such as multi-point White Balance and CMS controls. These tools allow you to fine-tune the image quality to match the exact conditions of your room. This level of customization ensures that you get the best possible picture tailored to your specific environment.



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I want to start talking about color with my out-of-the-box observations. This projector's fantastic color capabilities are a noticeable improvement over the already incredible L9G. The detailed measurements we took below bear this out. We focus primarily on out-of-the-box performance. I must mention that the L9H color performance can be improved even better with minimal calibration. The Hisense L9H color performance is incredibly impressive, the best my editor and I've seen on a projector this year.

Hisense TriChroma laser projectors, including the L9H, display an amazing range of colors and shades.

If I could steal an analogy from our technical editor, Philip Jones, it would be like Hisense purchasing the biggest box of crayons possible and putting them in the hands of incredibly skilled artists. The artists, in this case, are the Hisense color science team.

The Hisense L9H's award-winning TriChroma laser technology displays its wide range of REC.2020 colors. The colors look fantastic out of the box, so you don't need to fiddle with settings for hours.

The L9H has preset modes for all kinds of content, eight for SDR and seven for HDR. Even in busy scenes, colors stay true, and skin tones look real, which helps you get caught up in the movie.

The colors look great, whether you pick the punchy HDR VIVID or the softer CINEMA NIGHT mode. The projector has been set up well, so you don't have to mess with things if you don't want to.

Special modes for bright rooms, like VIVID, GAME, and SPORTS, make things pop. However, they might look a bit blue. Try THEATER DAY or THEATER NIGHT for the best colors in a dark room. They'll make the picture dimmer, but the colors will be spot-on.

The Hisense L9H offers improved out-of-the-box color performance and color accuracy over the L9G, which was already pretty impressive. Overall, the color reproduction on the L9H is very good, as with most Tri-laser projectors where bright colors are over-saturated. In addition, I could calibrate this projector's color performance to even tighter tolerances than the previous model, which is reflected in the attached measurements. Way to go, Hisense!

Overall, the L9H's color modes are good enough for most people. While you can fine-tune things if you're picky, the out-of-the-box picture is awesome enough to build a home theater you'll love.

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We used Portrait Displays Calman color calibration software to measure the color accuracy of the Hisense L9H before and after adjustment.

Since your room and screen material significantly impact the overall picture, we don't recommend using someone else's calibration adjustments. If your room is brighter/darker or your walls are a different color, your settings would probably be different.

Also, the color characteristics of different individual projectors can vary. Therefore, copying someone else's results can be detrimental to the picture quality rather than improving it. The charts below show my measurements before and after calibration.

Out-of-the-box color performance, the primary thing we focus on here at Projector Reviews, was excellent.

The most accurate picture modes were THEATER NIGHT and FILMMAKER. The THEATER DAY mode is a good option when viewing content under ambient lighting. Skin tones are good overall, but due to the reduced brightness, these modes work best in environments.

With the lights out and shades closed, the STANDARD preset picture mode was the best choice for everyday usage. It works well even with some lights on and my windows open.

The VIVID, GAME, and SPORTS modes are the brightest and are designed to fight through high ambient light. These more brilliant modes are bluer in tone, but not so much that it becomes a problem.

If you want to make quick BRIGHTNESS, CONTRAST, and SHARPNESS adjustments to improve the picture quality of your projector in your room, there are several free test patterns available on t the Murideo website and their YouTube channel. Murideo also has written instructions in the resource section of its website. Also, check out our YouTube video on utilizing several test patterns called Optimize The Image of a Projector or TV Using Free Murideo Test Patterns.

Pre-Calibration Color Tracking and Grayscale

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Out-of-the-box, the projector's THEATER and FILMMAKER MODES color tracks were good, and their grayscale (RGB Balance) was better than most Laser TVs that I have tested. When measured, the color temperature was just a few hundred degrees off my target of 6500K. The GAMMA measurement of 2.15 was close to my target of 2.2. 

The L9G average Rec. 709 color tracking out of the box was outstanding. Bright were slightly over-saturated with a slight color shift in Cyan with increasing warmth (reds) at higher IREs/brightness levels. These issues were quickly corrected using the projector's CMS adjustments.

  • Picture Mode: THEATER NIGHT
  • Color Temperature: 6151K
  • Average Grayscale dE: 3.1
  • Average Color dE: 1.57
  • Gamma: 2.15

Post-Calibration Color Tracking and Grayscale

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We adjusted the THEATER picture modes and switched the COLOR TEMP setting to WARM 1. The L9G offers both 2pt and 20pt grayscale adjustment, but during calibration, I only needed to use the 2pt to fine-tune the image. I reduced the BLUE GAIN slightly to produce very good grayscale (RGB Balance).

To achieve my gamma target of 2.2 on my ALR screen in my room, I left the GAMMA at the default of 2.2 and just reduced the BRIGHTNESS setting. While the out-of-the-box color tracking was outstanding, the L9G also offers CMS adjustments, which we utilized to further improve the projector's color tracking.

  • Picture Mode: THEATER NIGHT
  • Color Temperature: 6524K
  • Average Grayscale dE: 1
  • Average Color dE: 1.11
  • Gamma: 2.17

When evaluating color reproduction, a Delta E measurement of 3 or less is considered ‘Excellent’ and imperceptible by the human eye. Even before any adjustment, the average Grayscale Delta E was around 3, and the average Color Training Delta E was less than two, which is excellent. While the L9H also did a good job tracking colors, some brighter colors remained oversaturated even after adjustment.

Film buffs might want to tweak the settings to make things just how they like them, but for most users, the colors as they are will be high enough quality for most home entertainment applications. Compared to other Laser TVs at the same price point, the L9H SDR color reproduction is so accurate that for most people, there isn’t a need to color calibrate it more than Hisense did at the factory.


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Hisense has done a lot to improve the performance of the L9H over its previous model, providing impressive performance tweaks to mostly identical hardware. Undoubtedly, the overall performance boost offered by the L9H is impressive. However, I was disappointed when I read that the company had not improved the projector's brightness. I had hoped for the same 10% bump in brightness, if not even a little higher, the company provided in the recently released PX2-PRO. However, hopes and expectations do not reflect reality, and if you would like to have more brightness, consider the following: higher light output is different from higher accuracy. Once one of these super high bright RGB laser light sources is calibrated, actual ANSI lumen performance will typically decrease.

Also, Hisense is one of the best video projector manufacturers and one of the largest component suppliers in the projection industry, they also build a lot of projectors for other companies. When light source technology significantly improves, Hisense will likely be one of, if not the first, company to adopt it.

The L9H's 3,000 ANSI lumens peak brightness allows Hisense engineers to incrementally achieve a better black floor along with good highlight and dark area detail, especially when viewed in a light-controlled space.

To determine the L9H's brightness capabilities, I set the projector to SDR VIVID mode, the projector's brightest picture mode. Since we are primarily concerned about the customer's out-of-the-box experience, I did not adjust the projector contrast or light level beyond the projector's built-in preset modes. I then took three to four readings about 15-20% out from the center of the lens.

I expected to get roughly the same measurements as the L9G, but my space differs from Phil Jone's, who reviewed the L9G. The L9H measured 3,125 ANSI lumens in my space, 125 ANSI lumens brighter than Hisense's brightness claim. This variance is well within the accepted margins for error and can easily be attributed to the environmental difference in my space versus Phil's. And this still exceeds the manufacturer's rated brightness.

I also measured the brightness of several preset picture modes.


 Hisense L9H Preset Mode's Brightness

Picture ModesBrightness Measured (ANSI Lumens)
VIVID3125 ANSI Lumens
GAME3010 ANSI Lumens
SPORTS2975 ANSI Lumens



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Before I get to a detailed discussion about black level and shadow detail, I want to discuss contrast, a key component of this review section. Hisense claims they have doubled the dynamic contrast between the L9H and the previous L9G. We are understandably skeptical of this claim. Does that mean the contrast on L9H is not impressive compared to the previous model? No, it's remarkable! Hisense has most definitely improved contrast on the L9H I just don’t think it’s been doubled. Hisense has also enhanced the L9H black level while maintaining an impressive level of dark area detail. Yet another example of Hisense using their expertise to squeeze more performance, although not double, out of the same hardware, and again, I say excellent job!

The projector's black level was quite good and a visible improvement from the previous generation Laser Cinema modes, but while better, it is still closer to very dark gray than deep black. This was obvious when watching darker night clips on my matte white screen.

Projectors like the L9H are typically meant to be flat panel replacements, likely to be used in living rooms where lights-on viewing is more common. This increased amount of uncontrolled ambient light will impact displayed black levels. I recommend using the higher-gain 100-inch screen option to maximize brightness and black levels.

Projector calibration is highly recommended and works wonders for the already well-tuned images the L9H produces out-of-the-box.



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Most TV shows and live broadcasts will likely continue to be produced in HD for several years. This makes good 4K upscaling a critical feature for any modern projector. The L9H excels in this area. Everything looked fantastic whether I watched ESPN or 1080p Blu-ray content. This projector's upscaling capabilities ensure that even lower-resolution content appears sharp and vibrant on a 4K screen.

One of the standout features of the L9H is its FILMMAKER mode, designed specifically for movies shot in 24p. This mode eliminates the 3:2 pulldown, resulting in more cinematic motion. When viewing 30p or 60p material, the projector's CLEAR mode performed admirably, with minimal motion artifacts ensuring that the motion remains smooth and natural while watching a movie or a fast-paced TV show.

Another impressive feature is the Motion Estimation Motion Compensation (MEMC) technology in the L9H. MEMC uses an advanced algorithm to predict the position of each frame in the video content and inserts additional frames between the originals. This frame interpolation technology is particularly useful for reducing blur in fast-moving content, such as sports and video games. The result is a much clearer and smoother image, enhancing the viewing experience.

The L9H also offers six motion compensation presets: CUSTOM, FILM, CLEAR, STANDARD, SMOOTH, and OFF. The CUSTOM mode allows you to make manual adjustments, giving you full control over how motion is handled based on your preferences and the type of content you're watching. This flexibility ensures you can always achieve the best picture quality, regardless of the source material.

However, the Hisense L9H is not just about providing stunning 4K visuals; it also ensures that all content, regardless of its original resolution, looks its best whether you're watching movies, TV shows, sports, or video games.


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The L9H supports Dolby Vision HDR, a format that adjusts the picture for each scene, making the experience more immersive. It also supports HDR10 and HLG. I mostly watched HDR content in the projector's THEATER DAY mode, which is bright and accurate. It always looked great, no matter what HDR content I watched.

Dolby Vision HDR includes dynamic metadata about the content's color grading and brightness levels on a scene-by-scene basis. The L9H can use this metadata to adjust its picture settings in real time, optimizing the HDR viewing experience for each scene. Video games, UHD Blu-ray discs, and several popular streaming services, including Netflix, Apple TV, HBOMax, and Disney+, support Dolby Vision.

It's not always easy to see the difference between HDR and SDR, but with the L9H, that is only sometimes the case. While HDR on a projector isn't perfect, the L9H HDR performance is excellent for it class of projector. Even though most of the content you can watch is still in SDR, more and more content is coming out in HDR, so you'll be able to enjoy the L9H's great HDR performance more and more.

Hisense rates the L9H to display 107% of the BT.2020 color space, a key tool used in high-dynamic-range (HDR) content. In short, this means colors on the screen truly "pop" but don't look fake or too strong. As you can see in the slides above, the coral's detail and the deep blues look very impressive. Animation like Spider-Man Across the Spiderverse bursts with a wider range of colors, and even when watching this content from an SDR source like DVD, the color and contrast are incredibly nice.

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    The out-of-the-box HDR Grayscale (RGB Balance) was excellent.

Hisense claims that the L9H can display 107% of the BT.2020 color space, a crucial standard for high-dynamic-range (HDR) content. This translates to vivid, eye-catching colors on the screen that remain natural and not overly intense.

The TriChroma technology's extended color gamut enhances HDR content, adding more depth and realism, as illustrated in the accompanying slides. The L9H excels at rendering bright highlights and films like Aquaman with it heavy use of CG content benefit greatly from this wider color range, providing impressive visuals even when viewed from standard dynamic range (SDR) sources.

In terms of picture quality, static HDR content looked good, but Dolby Vision provided superior results. The L9H effectively showcased highlight details while maintaining consistent brightness across the screen.

Like with SDR, the most accurate HDR picture modes leaned towards a warmer tone. The HDR modes come with a dedicated 2-point white balance adjustment. In FILMMAKER mode, I reduced the RED GAIN and increased the BLUE GAIN to achieve a better RGB balance.

Thanks to its RGB laser light source, the L9H can cover over 100% of the BT.2020 color space, a claim supported by our measurements. Additionally, the L9H closely aligns with the DCI-P3 color space, commonly used for mastering HDR content, and can be further refined using the color management system (CMS).

The L9H’s tri-laser light source allows it to produce a vast range of colors without the need for a color filter, which can diminish light output. Maximizing light output is crucial for displaying HDR content as it reduces the necessity for tone mapping.


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The sound quality on the Hisense L9H is excellent. Hisense provides excellent sound performance, rivaling many sound bars.

Hisense has included six out-of-the-box presets: STANDARD, THEATER, SPORTS, MUSIC, SPEECH, and LATE NIGHT to accompany the projector picture preset modes.

I watched various content from Dolby Atmos, including demo content and new and old movies. I found surround sound modes very impressive. The L9H is one of the best-sounding projectors available today.

The front of the L9H cabinet holds a 40-watt multi-driver array, and Hisense makes good use of every watt. Regarding bass performance, the L9H sounds impressive, and as far as I could tell, the 40-watt Dolby Atmos sound system does so without adding significant audible distortion. Adding a sub-woofer would be icing on the cake, but the L9H sound is better than most competitive Laser TV, projector, or television I've ever heard.

The Hisense L9H is WiSA-ready to transmit high-resolution audio to WiSA-certified speakers when an optional third-party WiSA transmitter is plugged into any of the projector's USB ports. All WiSA-certified devices are designed to work seamlessly with each other. WiSA-ready devices offer an incredibly easy setup: All you need to do is plug in the AC and enjoy—no speaker wires or complicated setup. WiSA supports various audio formats, including stereo, Dolby 5.1, and 7.1 surround. WiSA also supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X systems.

The L9H is a very quiet projector. Even set to high light levels, I could barely hear the unit's fan from my sitting position during quiet scenes.


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The Hisense L9H displays excellent picture quality, including some of the best out-of-the-box colors I've seen in an ultra short throw of its class. The L9H's onboard CMS also allows color performance to be improved even further should you wish to fine-tune the projector, but I think most users will be more than satisfied with the factory tuning.

The L9H black levels are not the inky black of an LCoS projector but represent a visible improvement from the previous model. The L9H also displayed an above-average range of dark and highlight area details.

The L9H comes with a range of auto and manual feature adjustments designed to improve this projector's contrast and black-level performance and make it easier to square the projector's image to the packaged 100 or 120-inch screen options.

Based on the Hisense documentation, I entered this review expecting a projector performance similar to the L9G. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see an overall incremental improvement in all aspects of this new model's performance. This makes it clear that Hisense engineers worked hard to boost the projector's performance and introduce an upgraded ATSC 3.0 television tuner.

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With the L9H, Hisense offers the latest Google TV OS fully integrated into the projector. This new OS provides faster and better features, including improved search and recommendations across customers' most used applications. It also allows Google to make better content recommendations based on the user's watch preferences.

With the projector's 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, the L9H functions quite well in lights-on environments like the living room.

High-dynamic-range (HDR) content particularly benefits from increased brightness, as HDR hinges on accurately reproducing the stark contrast between the brightest whites and darkest blacks. Those intense highlights become even more striking with a brighter projector, producing a more dynamic and immersive viewing experience. Additionally, it's worth noting that our perception of brightness isn't linear; even a small increase in lumens can result in a surprisingly noticeable improvement in perceived brightness.

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The last two years have seen both technological advancements and more competitive pricing from a range of companies. Boutique brands like AWOL Vision are succeeding with an everything AND the kitchen sink approach to features along with a "we select only the best quality components in our projectors" message. Traditional brands like Epson, LG, and Samsung are upping their profile in the ultra short throw category. Crowdfunding brands like NOMVDIC, VAVA, and Formovie are also highly competitive. While Hisense is still a top-tier projection company in 2024, the competitive gap has shrunk. This narrowed ultra short throw projection landscape is changing fast. Incremental improvements may be enough to keep Hisense in the top tier of brands for now, but it must innovate to avoid being caught or passed by very motivated competitors.

The Hisense L9H ultra-short-throw projector may appear to be a modest update to its predecessor, but it packs some crucial improvements that enhance your viewing experience. These seemingly incremental upgrades make a substantial difference in this projector's home theater experience.



The AWOL Vision LTV-3500 Pro has an MSRP of $5,499 for only the projector. The brightness of these two systems is similar: the AWOL Vision offers 3,500 ANSI lumens compared to the L9H's 3,000 ANSI lumens.

The LTV-3500 Pro supports HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG, whereas the Hisense does not support HDR10+ content. Therefore, the Hissense displays HDR10+ content in standard HDR10 without the benefit of dynamic metadata. AWOL Vision lists the projector's contrast as 2,500:1 when using the company's Enhanced Adaptive Black Level setting. Both the LTV-3500 Pro and the L9H offer excellent black-level performance.

The LTV-3500 Pro features a big-sounding 36-watt sound system capable of very dynamic sound, offering performance similar to Hisense. The Hisense offers slightly better out-of-the-box sound.

AWOL Vision uses Amazon Fire TV OS as its streaming and application solution. The included Firestick 4K Max is an excellent performer, comparable to the Android TV operating system. However, the Hisense L9H's Google TV OS provides next-generation performance with exceptional control integration and a more curated search and content recommendation experience across all the major streaming applications.

The AWOL Vision LTV-3500 Pro is now seamlessly integrated with Control4 and other projector control and management solutions. This allows the projector to control features like power, volume, HDMI source switching, and more through platforms like PJLink, Control 4, SAVANT, and Crestron. The Hisense does not support this wide range of external control.

The Hisense L9H is overall a smaller projector than AWOL Vision's, which is three inches wider and about an inch longer than the Hisense. However, AWOL Vision supports 3D video formats, while Hisense does not.

Lastly, both projectors sell for $5,499, but the Hisense comes with a 100-inch high-grain screen at this price, while the AWOL Vision pricing is for the projector only. However, AWOL Vision has offered a free matte white screen between 100 and 150 inches as a special with every projection purchase and could conceivably do so again.


  • 3,000 ANSI Lumens of brightness provides excellent color and contrast even in rooms with lights-on viewing as the norm.
  • RGB laser light source capable of reproducing 107% of Rec. 2020 for stunning colors.
  • Out-of-the-box picture performance exceeds the previous model with almost identical hardware
  • Amazing 40-watt Dolby Atmos sound system rivals some soundbars
  • 25,000+ Hour Light Source Life means the light source will likely outlast your ownership.
  • 4K UHD Resolution shows movies and television shows in incredible detail.
  • 4K HDMI 2.1 Inputs (ALLM and eARC) for easy audio expansion and great sound.
  • Google TV smart Features provide the most applications, including native applications for the most popular streaming services like Netflix.
  • Voice Control (Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa)
  • USB 3.0 Type-A input allows users to load and play high-resolution content from various USB storage devices.
  • Excellent Sound System draws viewers into the movie experience.
  • Beautiful Design attractively blends into your living room.
  • A 2-year parts and labor warranty provides peace of mind.


  • No 3D support despite a good amount of this content still being available.
  • The remote backlight is not bright enough and does not stay lit long enough.
  • If this projector were a little brighter it could utilize less aggressive tone mapping which usually results in a better looking HDR image.


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Hisense L9H Full Specifications
Projector ModelL9H (100" Screen)
Price$5,499 MSRP
Imager TypeDLP (0.47" DMD)
Displayed Resolution3,840 x 2,160 pixels (4K UHD)
Native Resolution1,920 x 1,080
Brightness 3000 ANSI Lumens
Light Source TypeRGB TriChroma Laser
Light Source Life25,000+ hours (Normal)
Contrast Ratio2,000,000:1 (Dynamic)
Zoom Lens RatioFixed
Power Zoom/FocusNo
Lens ShiftNo
Interchangeable LensNo
Ultra-Short ThrowYes
Native Aspect Ratio16:9
Built-in Rechargeable BatteryNo
Blu-Ray 3DNo
Sound SystemDolby Atmos 40 watt sound system
Noise Level (-dB) 
Low Lag GamingYes
Smart FunctionalityYes
Special FeaturesDolby Vision, Dolby Atmos Sound, TriChroma Laser
Dimensions (HxWxD)24" x 6.1" x 13.6" (WxHxD)
Weight24.7 lbs.
WarrantyLimited Two (2) Year


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