Hisense has declared a new 100-inch 4K laser TV (model 100L8D) that is currently available to buy. It’s similar to the 100H10D model announced in Jan at CES for $13,000, but a notable omission in today’s declared specification sheet is HDR support, which may or may not explain the cheaper value of $9,999. However, Digital Trends and twice each reported HDR10 support when the publications saw the 100L8D unveiled at the CEDIA show last month. buyers interested in the TV will need to confirm whether or not HDR is supported before dropping a pile of cash on it.
The super thin “TV” really utilizes a short-throw projector to project eight million pixels onto the 100-inch passive projection screen (made by Screen Innovations). The projector uses a proprietary laser-light source rated at 3,000 lumens that the company says is used in any lighting condition in any room — not just light-controlled home theaters, as an example. That light source has a life of 20,000 hours, therefore there is plenty of time to binge all your TV shows and still have years and years of viewing time leftover. The laser TV also includes wide color gamut support and therefore the promise of more realistic color.
As for sound, the TV comes with a 110 watt, 2.1 speaker system from Harman Kardon, including a wireless subwoofer and 2 speakers baked right into the projector box. there is also a inbuilt TV tuner and a smart TV interface with apps for YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Video, and Pandora, to name a few.
The $9,999 price tag isn’t too bad a deal when compared to Sony’s $25,000 short throw 4K projector, or Epson’s $3,000 model that only does 1080p. The Hisense 100-inch 4K laser TV is available currently from retailers across the country and through Hisense’s web site. The TV is expected to ship from Nov 24.