An ultra short throw projector is a style of projector that is made for well-lit rooms. They are designed to be used as a big screen television replacement in living rooms and dens where you want to watch content with the lights on. These laser TVs are placed directly underneath the movie screen instead of the other side of the room like a home theater projector.

There are a good number of them out there to choose from, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The question is, what is the best ultra short throw projector for you?

We'll answer this question and more as part of our ultra short throw projector shootout series where we compare two laser TVs against each other. For today's matchup we've got the LG HU715Q and the XGIMI Aura.

The LG HU715Q is the single laser younger sibling of the LG HU915QE and LG HU915QB. LG wanted to expand their offerings with a lower priced UST and they did just that with the LG HU715Q CineBeam ultra short throw projector. With 2500 lumens, this single laser unit offers the fantastic 4K image of its predecessors but at a much lower price.

Much like the highly praised Formovie Theater, XGIMI is a new brand to the USA, but not new to the global projection market. The XGIMI Aura is their first ultra short throw projector. This 2400 lumen laser TV is a very strong single laser UST. It offers a sleek, high quality image perfect for anyone who loves watching TV and movies.

So which is better the XGIMI Aura or the LG HU715Q?

Check out our expert comparison of these two fantastic single laser ultra short throw projectors and find out which is better.

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XGIMI Aura

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LG HU715Q

Our Thoughts:

Brightness

2400

2500

With 100 more lumens, the LG get the edge.

Throw Ratio

0.23:1

0.25:1

The XGIMI 4K UST sits a bit closer to the screen than the LG unit.

Chipset

.47" DLP

.47" DLP

Both projectors use the smaller .47 DLP chip.

Light Source

ALPD® 3.0 single laser

Single laser

Both UST projectors use a single blue laser projectors. But the XGIMI Aura gets the edge thanks to its ALPD® 3.0 technology.

Color

80% DCI-P3

86% DCI-P3

The XGIMI Aura has great colors but the HU715Q CineBeam has a wider color gamut and the vibrancy really shows when you watch content.

Sequential Contrast Ratio

2,225:1

1,700:1

The contrast on the LG HU715Q is good but The XGIMI's is better.

Image Size

80 to 150 inches

80 to 120 inches

The XGIMI Aura is capable of producing a much larger screen size.

Input Lag

43.1 ms

53.9 ms

Neither UST is amazing at gaming but both are decent.

Audio

4X 15W Harman/Kardon speakers

20W+20W Stereo

While LG's speakers are very good, the XGIMI Aura delivered some of the best audio we’ve heard from an ultra short throw projector.

Price

$2,349.00$2,349.00

$2,999.00$1,996.00

When it comes to price, the XGIMI Aura is around $600 less expensive.

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Pros And Cons Of Each UST Projector

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XGIMI Aura

The Pros

  • Deep dark black levels
  • Produces a sharp image with good contrast and HDR handling
  • 2nd best built in speakers on a UST
  • Fan noise is nearly silent
  • Supports 3D
  • Can make an image size up to 150 inches
  • Has 3 HDMI ports

The Cons

  • Colors are a bit oversaturated
  • Limited amount of calibration controls
  • No accurate preset Movie mode
  • No eARC
  • No input button on remote, so you have to go into menus to do this
  • Netflix app is not included
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LG HU715Q

The Pros

  • Realistic and vibrant looking colors
  • Very Sharp Image
  • Gives you lots of picture and sound setting options
  • Supports HGIG for HDR gaming
  • Includes built-in Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Amazon Prime and more

The Cons

  • Only comes in white
  • Remote is overly complex
  • Only comes with a 1 year limited warranty
  • Doesn't support 3D

So Which Is Better, The XGIMI Aura Or The LG HU715Q Laser TV?

Both of these are low priced affordable single laser UST projectors. Whether you're thinking abou buying the XGIMI or the LG HU715Q laser TV, you'll get a great image quality from either. But as with all competitions a winner needs to be picked from amongst the competitors. So between the LG CineBeam HU715Q and XGIMI Aura, the winner of this ultra short throw projector shootout is the………

LG HU715Q

Why Buy The LG HU715Q?

In the battle of single laser ultra short throw projectors the LG HU715Q has a significant advantage over the XGIMI Aura in one specific area: color. With a wider color gamut and much more vibrant colors, the LG HU715Q CineBeam visually delights in a way that when you put them side by side makes the the image from the XGIMI Aura feel flat and dull. The bit of extra brightness on the LG also helps give it a slight edge.

LG's single laser ultra short throw projector gives you a plethora of options and picture modes to customize your experience to your liking.

On top of that, LG is one of the world's most well known brands for producing high quality electronics. Additionally with LG's webOS you get an award winning operating system that unlike the XGIMI UST, includes Netflix.

Why Buy The XGIMI Aura?

While the LG HU715Q beats the XGIMI Aura as far as performance goes, there are still several reason to choose it for your home.

Possibly the biggest advantage the XGIMI has is the price. If you're looking for a budget 4K ultra short throw projector, the XGIMI Aura should be at the top of your list.

The XGIMI Aura has fantastic contrast and deep black levels that show both with lights off and lights on viewing. This helps it achieve a really great picture.

If you're not looking to connect your projector to an external sound system then the XGIMI Aura should definitely be the projector to go with thanks to its high performance built-in sound bar. The slightly closer throw ratio also help give this XGIMI 4K UST an edge.

We'll be breaking down the comparison between the LG HU715Q and XGIMI Aura even further in our Ultra Short Throw shootout series on YouTube. So make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you can get notified when our shootout goes live plus other great content in our pipeline. You can also see our other projector comparisons here.

Which projector do you think is better? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below.

If you have any questions on these UST projectors or anything else projection related don’t hesitate to hit us up at ProjectorScreen.com. Thanks for reading and keep on projecting!

LG HU715Q Vs XGIMI Aura

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$1,996.00

Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
LG
Product Status:
Leaves Warehouse within 3-5 Business Days
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Lumens:
2500
Chipset:
DLP
Contrast Ratio:
2,000,000:1
Light Source:
Laser
Resolution Type:
Shift
Throw Type:
Ultra Short Throw
Warranty:
1 Year
Lens Shift:
No
Standard Lens Focus:
Fixed
Digital Inputs:
HDMI

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$2,349.00

Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
XGIMI
Product Status:
In Stock
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Lumens:
2400
Chipset:
DMD
Light Source:
Laser
Resolution Type:
Shift
Throw Type:
Ultra Short Throw
Warranty:
1 Year
Digital Inputs:
HDMI

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