Select Hisense 2021 TVs will add WiSA wireless speaker support for the first time, according to an announcement Thursday by Summit Wireless Technologies, developer of the WiSA standard.

At the same time, Hisense announced its 120-inch L5 Ultra-Short-Throw 4K laser projector is now shipping to retail. This model won’t support WiSA compatibility, however.

The WiSA deal was revealed as “a global collaboration” in which Hisense’s premier 2021 TV models will be “WiSA Ready” certified.

This will enable purchasers of these TV sets to connect WiSA-certified wireless speakers and WiSA USB transmitters available from various supporting third party companies.

Users will be able to assemble surround sound speaker set-ups without the need of connecting speaker wires or AV receivers or home theater amplifier components.

Hisense joins a growing list of consumer electronics TV and audio brands supporting WiSA technology. Among them are: LG, Skyworth, Bang & Olufsen and others.

“Hisense is proud to be pushing the performance envelopes of video and audio with the launch of our 2021 North America TV models,” stated David Gold, Hisense America president. “WiSA continues to lead the emerging wireless audio category and we are proud to achieve WiSA Ready Certification and deliver solutions that will provide amazing, convenient, and immersive entertainment experiences for millions of consumers.”

Meanwhile, Hisense said its latest L5 Laser Cinema 4K ultra short throw DLP projector model 120L5 ($4,999.99), including a 120-inch UST ambient-light-rejecting projection screen, is now shipping to authorized retailers. The L5 projector features built-in speakers with dbx-tv cinematic sound and a built-in Android TV platform.

The Android TV OS will bring access to more than 5,000 apps supporting movies, music and games including Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Prime Video, Disney+, HBO Max and others. Android TV also comes with built-in Google Assistant offers voice remote control.

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The L5 series Laser Engine uses a blue laser light source that is said to avert unwanted light dispersion to provide a more natural viewing experience.

The DLP micromirror display chip technology uses Texas Instruments’ version of 4K pixel shifting to present from a native full-HD microdisplay chip, 4K pixel resolution visible to the human eye on the screen at the same time.

Other features in the Hisense 120L5 include the following:

• X-FUSION Laser Light Source has rated life expectancy of more than 25,000 hours without the need to replace a bulb, can reach nearly 2,700 lumens of peak brightness and present nearly a billion colors.
• The included 120-inch ambient light-rejecting screen allows positioning the projector only 13.8 inches from the wall to produce a highly bright and detailed image in a wide range of ambient room lighting conditions.
• The L5 color gamut exceeds the SDR Rec. 709 standard color gamut, to reach 83% of DCI-P3 wide color gamut.
• The L5 supports High Dynamic Range (HDR10 and HLG decoding profiles) for more vibrant colors and a greater range of contrast and brightness.
• Hisense said the DLP Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) reacts faster to movement than LED or OLED panels, for more fluid motion. The company uses MEMC Technology to assist with motion enhancement.
• The built-in speakers and dbx-TV sound system are support by 30W audio performance.

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By Greg Tarr

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