BY Philip Boyle
Optoma, the world's number one brand of DLP and 4K UHD projectors worldwide, has launched two new additions to the award-winning CinemaX series of Ultra-Short-Throw (UHD) projectors. The Optoma CinemaX D2 ($2,499 MSRP) and the CinemaX D2 Smart ($2,699 MSRP) are Optoma's next-generation true 4K UHD home theater projectors. For a look at our complete reviews on both the CinemaX P1 and the CinemaX P2, please click on the links.
The CinemaX D2 and CinemaX D2 Smart share an almost identical design and feature set, except that the D2 Smart provides smart device and streaming features.
"Consumers are looking for a flexible and simple-to-use home entertainment TV replacement to enjoy all their content, movies, and TV programs in any space, especially in smaller rooms, or move from room to room. Since Optoma introduced its first ultra-short-throw model in 2019, we received valuable feedback from our customers and incorporated these enhancements in our new CinemaX D2 Series to continue to deliver the best true 4K UHD home cinematic experience at attractive price points", said Maria Repole, Head of Marketing Communications, Optoma.
The CinemaX D2 projectors are equipped with ENHANCED GAMING mode, enabling gaming enthusiasts to experience blur-free visuals and low lag gaming with a 16ms response time in 4K at 60Hz and 4ms in 1080p at 240Hz for a competitive gaming advantage. Gaming enthusiasts should be thrilled that in addition to very low input lag, Optoma's GAMING mode optimizes for maximum contrast and vivid colors for an immersive gaming experience.
Optoma lists these new CinemaX series projectors as offering True 4K resolution designed to deliver sharper, lifelike images and richer colors, allowing viewers to sit closer to the screen and enjoy a more immersive experience.
Optoma's DLP projectors provide CTA (Consumer Technology Association) approved True 4K UHD resolution, capable of projecting 8.3 million displayed pixels. That's four times more detail than Full HD and twice as much as some competing technology, which only delivers 4.1 million pixels.
The new CinemaX D2 series supports both HDR10 and HLG. Both projectors use a single Texas Instruments (TI) Digital Light Processing (DLP) chipset to deliver a 4K UHD (3,840×2,160 pixels) displayed resolution from less than 12-inches away from a screen measuring 100-inches diagonally.
The CinemaX D2 series has a rated brightness of 3,000 lumens, with an impressive 1,800,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, so content should look great on even the most massive screen, day or night.
The new CinemaX D2 series projectors can reproduce 97% DCI-P3 color gamut and include Optoma's Color Management System and ISF picture modes, allowing viewers to save calibrated DAY and NIGHT mode settings for the optimum viewing experience.
Many projector enthusiasts still have 3D libraries, and the CinemaX D2 series supports 3D, so you can still enjoy 3D Blu-ray movies and video games on a massive screen. The CinemaX D2 series also features three HDMI 2.0 inputs for connecting to the latest 4K UHD devices, RS232 connectivity, a S/PDIF, a USB-A power 1.5A, and a 3.5mm audio port.
Like previous CinemaX series projectors, the Optoma CinemaX D2 series projectors come with a built-in 20 W (10 watts x 2) sound system designed to provide soundbar quality performance just from the projector. If you desire more theatrical audio performance, the D2 series features eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) audio with support for Dolby Atmos pass-through.
The CinemaX D2 Smart projector allows users to simplify their entertainment experience with Android TV. Enjoy access to 400,000+ movies, TV shows, and live sports. Play music and games across streaming services, and customize your home screen to display your favorite apps. Queue the latest episode, pick up where you left off, or jump to a new show with their go-to app of choice in no time.
Pressing the Google Assistant button on the remote control allows users to do more on the projector with their voice. Users can ask Google to search for the latest blockbuster, stream shows, or open multimedia games. Have Google dim the lights, manage tasks and your calendar, or ask questions and see the answers on your projector. Control both the projector and streaming services from a single remote.
The Optoma CinemaX D2 and CinemaX D2 Smart are available for purchase in the United States for an estimated street price of $2,499 and $2,699, respectively. In Canada, they are available for an estimated street price of $3,349 and $3,599, respectively.
For more information about these new Optoma projectors, visit www.optoma.com. To get all the latest projector news and reviews, see us at www.projectorreviews.com. We will post a detailed projector breakdown and performance review as soon as we have our review sample.