The Optoma ProScene ZU660 is a WUXGA (1920 x 1200), DLP projector priced at $9,999 – but its street price hovers around $6,000. This projector has a laser light engine with a 20,000 hour claim and 6,500 lumens. When measured at mid-zoom (our typical way of measuring), the projector came in at 4,806 lumens. Figure another couple hundred at full wide angle, and, of course, the lens you choose will have some affect on lumens.
This one was a 1.60:1 zoom lens. That it has interchangeable lens options gives you greater placement flexibility, especially when combined with the HDBaseT input for running A/V signals across long distances. Speaking of inputs, this guy is loaded. There’s a port for the standard RJ-45 wired LAN connection, that HDBaseT input we talked about, two HDMIs, a DVI-D port, a VGA In connector that doubles for YPbPR, a port for wired remote control, 3D Sync In and Out connectors, the obligatory RS232 connector and a VGA Out. This projector doesn’t have any USB ports.
As for special features, the ZU660 has several of note. The first is having a motorized lens (score!) with powered zoom and focus, as well as motorized lens shift. That lens shift gives a lot more placement flexibility, with a generous +50% vertical lens shift. This Optoma has a feature called Image Stacking, which allows two projectors to be placed one on top of the other to create a doubly bright image. For the ZU660 – keeping in mind that it measured 4,806 at mid-zoom – that would up the brightness to 9,612 lumens, for a fraction of the cost of a 10,000 lumen laser projector. This is super useful in environments where there is less control over ambient light, such as in museums that are linked to higher education.
That Image Stacking, combined with the lens shift capabilities and another feature called Color Matching (HSG adjustment), make this projector one to consider if you’re looking to double the brightness of your ZU660 setup or in multi-projector setups for other uses. The projector also has Dynamic Black, which deals with the contrast, and gives more depth to the image. The Optoma ProScene ZU660 is 3D compatible, and has advanced networking features such as that HDBaseT and compatibility with Crestron RoomView.