After updating the CinemaX P1’s firmware and putting in Netflix, Prime Video and some different apps, I used to be able to go. I additionally related my 4K cable field to the again HDMI 2.zero connection and an Amazon Hearth Stick 4K on the aspect port.
The laser projector covers 87 % of the DCI-P3 shade gamut, in comparison with 95 % for BenQ’s HT3550, which has the identical DLP chip. Meaning colours will not be fairly as correct, however just for essentially the most demanding HDR content material.
I used the “cinema” image mode for normal SD content material and noticed vivid, color-accurate photos. My viewing distance was restricted to about 15 ft, which is a bit too shut for a 100-inch display. Nevertheless, even at that shut distance, the decision and 4K content material seemed very sharp. Due to the dynamic iris, distinction is as punchy as marketed, too.
This projector is de facto designed for HDR10 content material, nonetheless. (It would not work with Dolby Imaginative and prescient or Samsung’s HDR10+ as a result of many sorts residence projectors nonetheless do not assist that tech). With HDR enabled and HDR10 content material streaming by means of Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, the picture high quality improved dramatically. The picture was considerably brighter and punchier, colours extra saturated and I might see extra particulars in shadows and highlights.
With different projectors I’ve examined, just like the aforementioned HT3550, HDR high quality is not dramatically higher than SDR. Nevertheless, the CinemaX P1 has 1,000 nits extra gentle and sits proper subsequent to the display to maximise that brightness. That distinction will get a lift from the ALR101 display, albeit at the price of some brightness as I discussed.
With all that brightness and the ALR display, I used to be ready to make use of this projector with the lights on and shutters open. Content material is definitely extra watchable below these circumstances than with an everyday projector, although the picture nonetheless seemed far more washed out and desaturated than a 4K TV. Nonetheless, that is about pretty much as good as you may get in ambient gentle with a projector.
Many long-throw projectors have an issue with the “rainbow impact,” the place people see prism-like colours after they look away from the display. Nevertheless, the eight-segment shade wheel (in comparison with six segments on most projectors) actually reduces that impact. The truth is, I by no means seen the rainbow impact as soon as, and I am pretty delicate to it.
The NuForce sound is much, far above what you’d count on on a projector with built-in audio system. Dialogue was as clear as promised and high-end sounds had been crystal sharp. The bass was good, however not fairly as wealthy and immersive as you’d count on with a bigger sound bar or residence theater system.
Whereas it really works with Dolby Digital 2.zero sound, there isn’t any 5.1 or Dolby Atmos assist. Total, although, the built-in sound is great and notably handy if house is at a premium.
Projector noise might be a problem — as I discovered with BenQ’s HT2550. Nevertheless, noise ranges on this mannequin weren’t bothersome and properly beneath 30 decibels, in response to my measurements. That is beneath the noise flooring of a typical room, particularly one in a loud metropolis like mine.
The Alexa/Google Assistant assist is useful, particularly for music or normal information. Nevertheless, the built-in streaming is known as a weak level with this projector. The Netflix and Amazon Prime Video apps weirdly do not assist 4K HDR, so your decision is proscribed to 1080p, and the P1 cannot even upscale them. When you’re spending this sort of cash, although, there is a easy repair: Simply get a 4K streaming field, dongle, console or Blu-ray participant and overlook concerning the apps.
Projectors cannot examine with mid-range or high-end TVs in terms of pure picture high quality. Nevertheless, with the Optoma CinemaX P1, you do not have to compromise as a lot, notably in terms of brightness. For a fraction the value of a 100-inch TV, and even lower than most 75-inch units, you get all some great benefits of a projector and fewer of the drawbacks.
Optoma is understood for constructing reasonably priced projectors, so the $three,700 CinemaX P1 won’t appear that low-cost. Nevertheless, it prices almost half of LG’s $6,000 CineBeam projector and is brighter, in addition, emitting three,000 ANSI lumens of brightness in comparison with the two,700 of its rival. On the cheaper aspect is Xiaomi’s Mi Laser Projector at $1,470, which emits almost half the sunshine (1,600 ANSI lumens).
So the value is truthful subsequent to the competitors, notably contemplating the characteristic set. And whereas this projector would not ship the image high quality of extra expensive native 4K long-throw projectors from JVC and Sony, it is brighter than a lot of these fashions.
Sure, the streaming apps are horrible, however a $70 Chromecast or $40 Amazon Hearth Stick solves that drawback. When you’re like me and suppose that dimension trumps all different elements, then the Optoma CinemaX P1 delivers among the best and brightest photos you will get at this value, with the added bonus of wonderful sound.