Meet Optoma’s New UHD60 4K UHD Projector: for Just $1,999
Stephan Jukic – June 5, 2017
In the world of 4K home theater projectors, the word “affordable” had better take on one very elastic definition for most consumers if they want to get their hands on something with quality. Many of the most popular models from Sony, which is still considered the best brand out there for 4K home theater projectors, cost well over $7000 and some of the newer HDR—capable models retail for well above $10,000. Even excellent pseudo-4K models with integrated HDR, such as Epson’s 5040UB retail for a few thousand dollars. Given these prices, the arrival of Optoma’s new UHD60 might be an awesome development for consumers who want beyond-HD resolution at a price that’s comparable to what a decent-sized semi-premium 4K HDR TV goes for.
Now, as you can probably expect if you know anything about affordable “4K projectors”, the Optoma UHD60 isn’t a true 4K UHD model. All projectors we know of so far with genuine 4K sensors and projection capacity are still majorly expensive regardless of brand (virtually all of them are from Sony anyhow) but what the UHD60 does manage is a decent simulation of ultra HD resolution while delivering what the company promises to be a very cool, crisp level of picture quality.
What the Optoma UHD60 does offer is a much closer to genuine 4K UHD display resolution by using only a bit of trickery to get there. Most older pseudo-4K projectors delivered their claims to 4K status by supporting 4K inputs and really just rapidly displaying two 1080p images one after the other with the second image offset slightly from the first, thus resulting in even a faux-UHD resolution that was only something closer to 2K (1080p doubled) instead of an approximation of 4K. In the case of this new Optoma model, the pseudo-4K is delivered by one of Texas Instrument’s relatively new 0.67 DLP chipset systems, which use 4 million tiny mirrors to rapidly display 8 million pixels by switching between a first set of 4 million pixels and a second set of 4 million pixels. The result is not full, constant 4K resolution of the type you’d get with real 4K projectors like Sony’s VPL-VW models but it is something that at least simulates a full 8 million pixels (4K UHD resolution sits at 8.29 million pixels) instead of just maxing out at 4 million and claiming 4K status
From what we’ve heard so far about the UHD60 the visual results of this technology are quite impressive. The human eye is reportedly not even capable of distinguishing between this false 4K technology and the complete real deal and in any case, the new Optoma model offers more than anyone else has yet manage for a ridiculously low price like the one it’s now going for. Like we said, even all previous pseudo-4K projectors to-date sold for at least twice the price of this model.
Other features of the UHD60 include a robust peak brightness of 3000 lumens, a claimed contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 and specialized color technologies for maximum fidelity of rich RGB variations in movies and whatever other content you watch on the device. The UHD60 was first announced at CES 2017 with a slightly higher price tag attached to it. Optoma also unveiled a sister model called the UHD65 at the same event. This projector is nearly identical to the UHD60 but offers a slightly lower level of brightness at 2,200 lumens, an oddly higher level of contrast (200,000 higher) and an enhanced RGBRGB color wheel for more vibrant color performance. At $2,499, the UHD65 also costs more than the UHD60 and will only be sold through specialized home theater retailers.
The UHD60 on the other hand retails through conventional online and offline retailers such as Amazon.com and Best Buy. It is in fact already available through Amazon for its stated price of $1,999, though Amazon was strangely showing it as “out of stock” at the time of this writing.
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