Meet Optoma’s Newest 4K & HD Home Theater Projectors, The UHZ65 And HD39Darbee
Stephan Jukic – October 18, 2017
Optoma has expanded its line of home theater projectors by adding two new high-end models with some very nice features, these are the UHZ65 and the HD39Darbee.
The UHZ65 4K projector by Optoma is the priciest of the two and with good reason. It uses a laser phosphor light source that is capable of delivering pixel-switched 4K UHD (3840×2160) resolution, showing images of 140+ inches using its built-in XPR video processing technology with fast switching, delivering up to 8.3 million distinct pixels in total. Thus this isn’t quite a true native 4K projector such as Sony’s VPL models. Optoma’s projector is furthermore compatible with HDR10, to produce striking, life-like colors. For brightness the UHZ65 can reach up to 3000 lumens and claims an impressive contrast of 2,000,000:1 with Dynamic Black enabled. Real native contrast is less than this though.
This particular model stands out for the long-term duration of its lamp. According to the company it offers a remarkable 20000 hours of illumination, eliminating the need to replace the light source throughout the life of the projector, and according to Optoma, “the unit provides the best price-per-inch home entertainment experience.”
The UHZ65 has vertical lens shift and a generous amount of zoom (1.6X), making it suitable for installations on most places. 4K UHD content can be projected using HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2. In addition, this Optoma 4K model features PureMotion technology to enhance games, movies, and sports by reducing noise, motion blur, and judder in fast motion video.
The other new Optoma release, at a much friendlier price, is the HD39Darbee DLP Home Theater Projector. As its name states, Optoma’s HD39Darbee is enhanced with award winning Darbee Visual Presence technology, which has made its way into a number of products, including Blu-ray players, video scalers, and projectors. DarbeeVision image enhancement technology supposedly utilizes “neuro-biologic algorithms” to improve the sense of depth and clarity in the image, providing superior results.
The HD39Darbee is however not a 4K or upscaled 4K projector. Instead it offers 1080p resolution and compatibility for 3D videos. The DarbeeVision system can be activated from the menu of the projector giving the feeling of being before a computer monitor with greater number of pixels. It offers 3,500 lumens of brightness, although the contrast is reduced to only 32,000: 1, with support for the color space REC.709. In other words, an SDR projector. The lamp’s lifetime is estimated to be around 15,000 hours. Just like the UHZ65, this projector has great installation flexibility, with vertical lens shift and 1.6x optical zoom.
Both projectors are already for sale. The Optoma UHZ65 is available for purchase at a suggested price of $4,499 (although is not yet available in major stores) and the HD39Darbee can already be purchased at Amazon for a far more accessible $910.
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