While the MOVIE mode was the most accurate mode out of the box, it can't be fully adjusted. We used The CUSTOM Mode (with High Color Accuracy engaged) as the baseline for measurement and calibration. Out of the box, the white balance and color temperature were way off. Engaging the High Color Accuracy feature delivers a significant improvement in the picture.
After the setting was switched ON, the white balance was very good, and they delivered a color temperature close to our target of 6500K.
The projector’s projector gamma was around 2.0, which is brighter than my gamma target of 2.2. The XGIMI Horizon Ultra also did a very good job tracking colors.
I choose to calibrate the projector’s CUSTOM mode and when the High Color Accuracy feature was ON, the color temperature measured very close to our target of 6500K. When set to CUSTOM mode, the Horizon Ultra offers RGB grayscale balance adjustments, however, the grayscale was so good that making fine adjustments delivered minimal visual improvement.
The Horizon Ultra offers Gamma adjustments, but I left the setting at its default of 2.2. I reduced the unit’s BRIGHTNESS a few clicks to get the Gamma closer to my target of 2.2.
While the projector's RGB balance was near perfect, the unit's color tracking can be improved. The Horizon Ultra includes CMS adjustments, which I used to improve the unit's color tracking. The adjustments were very precise, and the result was outstanding. The Horizon Ultra offers Gamma adjustments, but I left the setting at its default of 2.2.
Regardless, of the projector mode the projector produced more than enough light to view SDR content on a 120" or HDR content on a 100" screen in a dark room. We measured the brightness of all seven SDR preset picture modes as well as their color temperature.
|Projector Model||Horizon Ultra|
|Imager Type||DLP (0.47” DMD) with XPR|
|Displayed Resolution||3840 x 2160 pixels (4K e-shift)|
|Native Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Brightness (Manufacturer Claim)||2300 ISO lumens|
|Light Source Type||Dual Light (RGBB LED + red laser)|
|Light Source Life||25,000 hours (ECO)|
|Contrast Ratio||not listed|
|Zoom Lens Ratio||1.25:1|
|Native Aspect Ratio||16x9|
|DVI or HDMI||Yes|
|Speakers||2 x 12 watts Harmon Kardon|
|Noise Level (-dB)||28 dB (Eco)|
|Low Lag Gaming||Yes|
|Special Features||Dolby Vision, Dynamic Iris, Auto keystone/focus|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||8.8” x 6.7” x 10.4” (265 x 224 x 170mm)|