A review of the Christie D4K3560 high frame rate 3-chip DLP 4K projector
Christie is a company that’s all about more professional level business and enterprise solutions and when it comes to 4K projectors, the same applies in a big way. This is why the Christie D4K3560 is definitely not your average 4K UHD video projector, even within the highly rarified world of 4K projectors, of which there really are quite few.
The D4K3560 in particular, is one of two Christie 4K projectors that are the first in the company line to offer users 4k resolution at a smooth 60Hz of refresh power. Furthermore, these aren’t your “average” 4K ultra HD projectors because their resolution isn’t 4K UHD. Instead it’s True 4K of the kind used in cinema production and a small few 4K TVs, of 4096 x 2160 pixels.
For the kind of quality, brightness and image clarity found in commercial video projection shows, amusement park attractions and theater exhibitions of certain types. The Christie D4K3560 is the perfect machine, and while it’s very expensive, this device promises visuals that go well beyond any normal home theater experience.
For starters, the Christie D4K3560 offers what could arguably be called the best medium space video projection experience available today. Sony makes several models of 4K video projectors but none of them really compare to the D4K3560 in terms of overall specs and sheer quality of build. If you’re serious about corporate video display work or commercial entertainment in the best resolution on the market, or possibly even some very serious home theater power, the Christie is one heck of a choice.
Second, this model offers projection under the best circumstances possible. You first get the power of true cinematic 4K resolution at 4096 x 2160 pixels and then you get to enjoy all those pixels as video that flows at a very smooth 60 frames per second (60Hz). Furthermore, the video itself is not only much smoother to view and in its transitions, it’s also powerfully bright and thus vibrant. This is partly thanks to the 3-chip DLP technology of the D4K3560, which offers a stunning 35,000 center lumens of luminance. More than enough to render a spectacularly clear, vibrant image on a surface even in much less than dark lighting conditions.
Finally, Christie invested in connectivity for the D4K3560. The projector offers a wide range of options which include 3G SDI, DisplayPort 1.2 and DVI/Dual Link DVI inputs. Thus, the options are there and robust.
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For a projector of this caliber, little could be called “bad”. However, there are a few minor points about the Christie D4K3560 which are worth mentioning. First of all, this is not your average consumer 4K entertainment projector for personal use. While even these kinds of projectors are definitely not cheap. (The Sony models come to mind here), they are much more affordable than the Christie D4K3560. So if you’re looking for that kind of projection package, for the sake of setting it up as an entertainment system in your living room or den, then the Christie is probably not your best option due to its complexity and design parameters.
Secondly, the Christie is very expensive. It costs as much as a small house in certain parts of the country and this rules it out for all but the most serious, professionally minded buyers in most cases.
Finally, and though this isn’t necessarily bad, given the specs of the D4K3560, this projector is insanely heavy. Its body weighs 251 lbs. and if you add in the ballast, which weighs another 89 lbs, the total weight goes up to a whopping 340 lbs.
For what it’s designed for, the Christie D4K3560 is the best and practically only projector on sale today with these kinds of specs. This makes it both unique and very important for certain types of buyers. Quality is built into every aspect of this model so if you want it for professional needs extreme high detail professional needs, this is your ideal device. However, if you’re looking for entertainment projection, you could probably go with one of Sony’s 4K projector model and get many of the same display features for a small fraction of the price of the D4K3560.
Weight: 340 pounds
• Projection Size: variable but covers at least 200” inches in excellent detail
• Contrast Ratio: 2,000:1 Dynamic Contrast
• Signals: 2x Dual 3G HD-SDI input card, 2x Twin display port input card
• Brightness: 35,000 Lumens
• Video Compatibility: 480/60i, 576/50i, 480/60p, 576/50p,720/60p, 720/50p, 1080/60i, 1080/50i The following items are available for HDMI input only: 1080/60p, 1080/50p, 1080/24p,3840 x 2160/24p, 3840 x 2160/25p, 3840 x 2160/30p, 3840 x 2160/60p, 4096 x 2160/24p, 4096 x 2160/60p
• Signal inputs: 4 x DisplayPort 1.1ª, 2 x DisplayPort 1.1a, 4 x HD SDI, 4 x DVI, 2 x DVI (Dual Link)
• Resolution: True 4K (4096 x 2160)
• Connectivity Ports: Dual 3G HD-SDI input card, twin DisplayPort input card, Ethernet (10/100) RJ45 with ChristieNETTM connectivity, RS-232
• Focus/Power Zoom:
1.13-1.31:1 (Offset: Vertical: ± 56% Horizontal: 19%)
1.31-1.63:1 (Offset: Vertical: ± 13% Horizontal: 4%)
1.63-2.17:1 (Offset: Vertical: ± 13% Horizontal: 4%)
1.98-2.71:1 (Offset: Vertical: ± 13% Horizontal: 4%)
2.71-3.89:1 (Offset: Vertical: ± 13% Horizontal: 4%)
3.89-5.43:1 (Offset: Vertical: ± 13% Horizontal: 4%)
5.43:1-7.69:1 (Offset: Vertical: ± 56% Horizontal: 19%)
• Accessories: Detachable LCD control module, AC line cord for projector head, Detached 7kW low-ripple switch mode lamp ballast (required to operate projector), CDXL-60 lamp
There are several key features of the Christie D4K3560 projector and they combine together to create a truly spectacular, massive and almost unsurpassed level of brightness in professional visually engaging projection display scenarios.
First, there is the True 4K resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels. This results in genuinely cinematic 4K resolution that is capable of incorporating video filmed with professional cinema cameras without doing any downsizing to more conventional 4K ultra HD resolution. True 4K offers several hundred thousand more pixels than conventional 4K UHD but those extra pixels definitely make a certain difference, especially at the display sizes the Christie D4K3560 offers.
However, the D4K3560 can also take 4K UHD (or Quad HD signals, as Christie calls them) and resize them to fit the native True 4K screen for an ultra-realistic, extraordinarily detailed visual impact that’s magnified by seeing all those 8.2 to 8.7 million pixels projected with 35,000 lumens of brightness.
This brings us to the next major feature of the D4K3560. This is the sheer massive power of brightness it offers to the user. In this regard, Christie D4K3560 is virtually unbeatable and goes light years beyond anything Sony’s consumer grade VPL projectors can manage. 35,000 center lumens of brightness is simply enormous, good enough for perfectly bright, celaer projection even in well-lit rooms at a distance. To give you an idea of how the D4K3560’s brightness compares to anything else in the consumer market, the Sony Sony VPL-VW1100ES, Sony’s premier consumer market 4K projector delivers a mere 2,000 lumens. And the JVC DLA-X500R D-ILA Projector, also for both consumer and some pro uses, manages to do only 1,300 lumens. So as you can see, we’re talking about some very serious, massive brightness here.
Next, the D4K3560 also gives users the power of 4K inputs at a very smooth 60Hz. This means delivery of video and other mobile graphic presentations at a very smooth 60 frames per second. Interactive corporate video presentations will have never looked so smooth at such an enormous size. The above-mentioned Sony VPL consumer 4K projector also manages 4K at 60Hz but the potential size of the projections, or brightness simply don’t compare here.
This high frame rate in the D4K3560 is mainly possible because of the machines extremely flexible input options, which range between several DisplayPort 1.1a connections, several HD SDI connections and a number of DVI and DVI (Dual Link) ports. We cover the breakdown of their frame rates and delivery ratios in the connectivity section below.
Finally, the projector is truly ideal for massive corporate visual design needs. To name one example, AGCO agricultural machinery corporation had the Christie D4K3560 installed at their engineering facilities in California so that the projector could be used to display massive multi-color computer generated 3D visuals of machine design projects onto a 8 foot by 16 foot glass screen. Using 3D software integrated with the D4K3560 the engineers were able to put on glasses and manipulate machine parts as they floated in the air before them in nearly perfect, smooth True 4K clarity. The video below shows this particular use of the D4K3560 in some very impressive action.
The visual specs of the Christie D4K3560 are both pretty straightforward and powerful. The Projector offers a True 4K resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels and is capable of accepting 4K ultra HD inputs of 3840 x 2160 pixels and scaling them to True 4K levels. This 4K could involve video, photos, interactive presentations rendered on computing software or game development sequences, just to name a few potential options. More importantly still, all 4K videos or photos shown with the Christie D4K3560 are delivered at a brightness of a whopping 35,000 center lumens and at 60 frames per second for maximal smoothness in video refresh and transition.
In terms of connectivity, the Christie D4K3560 projector delivers a wide range of options for different needs and scenarios. There is its basic internet connectivity via 10/100 Ethernet, there is an RS-232 input and then, for projecting video in the 4K resolutions we’ve described, the D4K3560 comes with 6 DisplayPort 1.1a ports, 4 HD SDI ports, 4 DVI ports and 2 DVI Dual Link ports. All of these ports suppoer True 4K at refresh rates of between 24 and 60Hz with different color bit levels. The DisplayPort connections support True 4K color between 8 and 12.bit levels at 60Hz while the HD SDI ports can manage True 4K in 10 to 12-bit color but at 24 to 30Hz only.
The Christie D4K3560 also comes with a Dual 3G HD-SDI input card and twin DisplayPort input card for its signal outputs.
The retail price of the Christie D4K3560 True 4K projector is $109,995. And this is a decrease in price from a release-date high of more than $140,000. Yes, like we said, the Christie D4K3560 is one bloody expensive piece of technology.
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The Christie D4K3560 is extremely expensive, and weighs more than 340 lbs. While neither of these are bad aspects of it in an objective sense, they are both serious reasons for buying a much smaller albeit weaker Sony 4K projector for any entertainment or corporate use, unless you have truly major professional projection requirements.
• Exquisite Color projection
• Enormous 35,000 lumen brightness
• Huge display space
• True 4K at 60 frames per second
• Brutally expensive
• Extremely heavy piece of machinery at 340 lbs