Start saving those pennies... Optoma's new 4K laser projector could be the ultimate home cinema gadget
Optoma already have a reputation for creating top quality projectors, but they may have just smashed it out of the park with their brand new 4K laser projector which will bring as-near-as-dammit REAL LIFE CINEMA into your lounge.
The Optoma UHZ65 ticks pretty much all of the boxes that home cinema fans might have. With 8.3 million pixels to handle, and a claimed lifetime of 20,000 hours, the UHZ offers 3000 ANSI lumens and 2,000,000:1 contrast - meaning it'll look pretty damn good even with the lights ON!
UHZ65 key features
- Laser 4K UHD resolution and HDR compatible
- Amazing colour – True to life 80% DCI-P3 colour reproduction
- Lights on viewing – 3000 ANSI lumens and 2,000,000:1 contrast
- Fluid viewing - PureMotion frame interpolation processing
- Easy installation - vertical lens shift, 1.6x manual zoom
- Digital connectivity – 2x HDMI, MHL and HDCP 2.2 support
- USB power - to stream content via HDMI dongle
Even better, the UHZ65 also has an S/PDIF output meaning any HDMI dongles you have attached can also have their audio shunted out to your amp for true surround goodness.
Of course, all this amazing quality doesn't come cheap so expect to shell out £4999 when the projector hits retail later this month. We'll be sticking one on our wishlist if anyone fancies buying us an early Christmas present...
Here's the full press release.
Film-lovers can bring the cinema experience into their homes with Optoma’s new flagship 4K UHD laser projector. The new UHZ65 harnesses ground-breaking laser technology along with the same high-end specifications as the award-winning UHD65 - recently awarded 5 stars and ‘Best projector £2000-£4000’ at the What Hi-Fi Awards 2017.
With its sleek black casing and 3000 lumens, this model produces stand-out images for those looking for a dedicated home cinema.
Kishan Mistry, Senior Product Manager at Optoma EMEA, said: “Reviews for the UHD65 have been excellent so we’re excited to be unveiling the next evolution of 4K home cinema projection with the UHZ65. Ultra High Definition coupled with laser technology delivers a truly spectacular experience for film fanatics, and the addition of the UHZ65 to our home range offers the ultimate in home projection.”
Equipped with high-quality laser illumination, the UHZ65 provides increased efficiency to maintain consistent brightness, superior colour performance, instant on/off and an extraordinary life span of up to 20,000 hours.
Capitalising on the fast switching speed of the DLP chip with XPR technology and advanced image processing, 8.3 million pixels are delivered to the screen without alignment issues, especially critical at 4K, with four times as many pixels as 1080p. This brings ultimate clarity to home users.
With its full 8.3 million on-screen pixels, the new model meets the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) requirements for 4K UHD and complies with the CTA High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatible display standards. This guarantees razor sharp, vivid images capable of showing more details than standard HD.
The UHZ65 fully supports HDCP 2.2, the latest evolution of copy protection so users can enjoy the fast-growing choice of 4K content.
Featuring Optoma’s Amazing Colour technology, users have the freedom to select the best setting for the content. Each mode has been fine-tuned by Optoma’s expert colour team to ensure superior colour performance. Reference mode reproduces true to life 80% DCI-P3 colour reproduction – ensuring reproduction of cinematic colour - exactly as the director intended.
The UHZ65 also boasts sophisticated PureMotion frame-interpolation technology. This advanced processing eliminates motion blur or image judder, even in high-speed action films or fast-paced sports.
Packed with the latest features, the new model is whisper quiet and comes complete with integrated speakers that provide powerful 8W audio, with exceptional sound quality. S/PDIF audio output is also included, enabling connection to external sound systems.
Installation is simple with vertical lens shift, 1.6x zoom and a host of connection options such as two HDMI ports and Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) for compatible phones and tablets. In addition, the UHZ65 can be turned into a smart projector by connecting a HDMI dongle like the Google Chromecast™ or Amazon Fire TV to access popular media services and stream TV shows, films and video clips, play games and share photos on the big screen.
A full specification sheet for the UHZ65 is available from www.optoma.co.uk