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The Optoma UHD35 and UHD38 pack a punch with incredible color, brightness, and processing performance

by Kam Valentine

Optoma has taken the wraps off two of their new 4K UHD home entertainment and gaming projectors. I introduce to you the UHD35 and UHD38 ultra-speedy, low latency 4K UHD projectors. According to the large-screen experts at PMA Research, Optoma’s popular UHD30 model was the top-selling 4K UHD and 4K Support Home Entertainment Projector in January 2021. The UHD35 and UHD38 were developed as an advancement of the UHD30 model.

The UHD35 model is listed at 3,600 lumens of brightness and the UHD38 is listed at 4,000 ANSI lumens of brightness. The UHD35 and UHD38 should fit nicely into Optoma’s top-rated 4K UHD home entertainment projector line-up, right above their UHD30 projector, which has 3,400 lumens of brightness.

The UHD35 and UHD38 projectors are aimed squarely at the gaming crowd; however, eagle-eyed gamers and home cinema connoisseurs alike should appreciate the input responses of the UHD35 and UHD38 models with their capability to attain an input lag of 4.2ms which gets established on a resolution of 1080p @ a 240hz refresh rate. The projectors can also support 4K UHD @ 60Hz: 16.7ms, 1080P @ 60Hz: 16.7ms, and 1080P @ 120Hz: 8.9ms. However, the 4.2ms should provide the visual fluidity surpassing high-performance gaming monitors and TVs that the gaming crowd is after.

“As the #1 brand worldwide in 4K UHD projection technology, we are committed to bringing products to market that are innovative, accessible, and easy to use. The UHD35 and UHD38 projectors elevate our level of performance with an industry-leading 4.2ms low latency, delivering fast-moving experiences perfect for a competitive gaming advantage,” said Maria Repole, Head of Marketing Communications, Optoma USA. “As consumers continue to seek at-home entertainment experiences that rival professional audio-visual systems, our new projector line-up delivers in spades with amazing clarity, color, brightness, and precision.”

Optoma stated their new UHD35 and UHD38 DLP projectors provide CTA (Consumer Technology Association) certified True 4K UHD resolution, capable of projecting 8.3 million on-screen pixels. That is four times more detail than 1080p and doubles an LCD 4K Pro UHD with 4.1 million pixels.

The new projectors are loaded with technology and features. The UHD35 and UHD38 have Optoma’s 8-segment RGBWRGBW color wheel that Optoma says will produce “the truest and most accurate colors.”

Optoma states their UHD home entertainment and gaming projectors can reproduce the Rec.709 color gamut, the international HDTV standard, to guarantee precise reproduction of cinematic color exactly as the director intended. The projectors have High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) compatibility, Blu-Ray 3D support, 10W built-in speakers, and dual HDMI 2.0 ports. Lastly, the projector’s light source life is up to 15,000 hours of operation in Dynamic Black mode.

The Optoma UHD35 will be available for purchase through Optoma authorized dealers for an estimated street price of $1,299.  
The Optoma UHD38 will be available for purchase through Optoma authorized dealers for an estimated street price of $1,399.  

This spring there are several exciting new promotions and company announcements happening at Kaleidescape, the industry leader in designing and manufacturing home movie servers and players that power the finest home cinema experience.

To start with, Kaleidescape is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Kaleidescape was founded with the goal of delivering the ultimate home cinema experience with a passion for movies and a deep respect for experiencing them as the filmmakers intended. Founded in February 2001, Michael Malcolm, one of the founders said “I started Kaleidescape, with cofounders Cheena Srinivasan and Dan Collens ... I had just built my first home theater at a time when the only practical movie source was a DVD disc. But DVDs were inconvenient to purchase, store, find, and play. We imagined and created new products and a cloud infrastructure that would deliver high-fidelity movies through the Internet, store them digitally in the home, automatically organize them, and make them easy to play in any room.”

“I’d like to congratulate Kaleidescape for 20 years of providing a fantastic, secure, super high-quality source for true home cinema,” says Barry Sonnenfeld, whose award-winning credits include his cinematography on Miller's CrossingRaising ArizonaBig, and When Harry Met Sally as well as his directorial work, including Get ShortyThe Addams Family, and the Men in Black franchise. Directors and other digital content creators love it when their products are presented in high quality and the way they intended it to be viewed. Not only that, they also enjoy working with Kaleidescape on distribution because of their stringent Copyright protection.

Kaleidescape + Sony Projector Promotion

In addition to this exciting milestone, Kaleidescape also announced this week a promotion along with Sony Electronics where they will offer a $3,000 discount to customers purchasing a Kaleidescape system alongside one of four Sony projectors: VPL-GTZ380, VPL-VW5000ES, VPL-VW995ES, or VPL-VW915ES (links to the Sony Projector Reviews below).  

Sony VPL-GTZ380

“This joint promotion with Kaleidescape underscores our unwavering commitment to provide the finest in 4K HDR entertainment,” said Jeff Goldstein, head of custom integrator channel sales at Sony Electronics. “Besides being an incredible deal, this incentive ensures that our customers will get the very best from their premium Sony projector.”  

Both Kaleidescape and Sony are dedicated to providing the ultimate 4K HDR experience. Kaleidescape delivers reference-quality 4K HDR movies at the source, optimizing for the highest resolution, dynamic range, and contrast capabilities of Sony’s high-end projectors. With over 12,000 movies and shows to choose from, Kaleidescape employs proprietary metadata to seamlessly adjust Sony’s projectors to display every movie in native aspect ratio.  

“Sony is synonymous with 4K innovation and shares Kaleidescape’s vision for delivering the finest picture and sound quality,” said Tayloe Stansbury, Kaleidescape’s chief executive officer. “When you combine Sony’s finest projectors with Kaleidescape’s exceptional products, like the newly released Terra movie server with 48 TB storage, the result is a 4K HDR experience you can’t take your eyes off.”  

Kaleidescape Strato S

Together, Kaleidescape and Sony highlight the benefits of a premium projector paired with the best-in-class movie playback source. A streaming device cannot maximize a high-end projector’s innovative capabilities and stops short of delivering the best possible viewing experience. In contrast, a Kaleidescape system is designed to play 4K HDR movies with a video bitrate four times higher while reproducing lossless audio at up to ten times higher than any streaming device. Visually, this results in a profound difference in clarity and detail when displayed on a Sony projector.  

Priscilla Morgan Joining the Board of Directors

Lastly, Kaleidescape announced earlier this month, that Priscilla Morgan has joined its board of directors. “Priscilla’s experience in finance, operations, and go-to-market strategies for leading companies like Dolby and Oracle, will help Kaleidescape take a customer-first approach in scaling the organization,” said Tayloe Stansbury, CEO, Kaleidescape. “In addition, her customer-centric focus will continue to strengthen our client relationships to meet their objectives.” 

Priscilla Morgan

We at Projector Reviews are proud to partner with Kaleidescape and use their Strato S for our reference content for reviews and shoot-outs. It provides the best content available and provides for a consistent demo experience which then allows us to focus on the differences in the projectors. Congratulation to Kaleidescape for all of the exciting new offerings and accomplishments.

About Kaleidescape 

Kaleidescape is the only online provider of films with full-fidelity audio and video for luxury home cinema. The company’s internet-delivered movies include proprietary metadata that enables its award-winning movie players to produce a truly astonishing home cinema experience. Kaleidescape systems are installed worldwide in the best homes and yachts. Founded in 2001, and headquartered in California, Kaleidescape sells its products exclusively through custom integrators. 

See our latest article sponsored by Kaleidescape to learn more.

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