Optoma has released its next iteration of CinemaX laser UST projectors with the CinemaX D2 and CinemaX D2 Smart. The CinemaX line was an early presence in the laser TV market with the release of the CinemaX P1 three years ago, and both the P1 and the CinemaX P2 were honored at the time of their review with ProjectorCentral Editor's Choice Awards. The new D2 models are built on the same platform and best described as updates to the P2 with advancements in some key areas.
As for the similarities, the new D2 and D2 Smart share the same form factor as the P2, measuring 5.12 x22.68 x15.08 inches (HWD)—although they've trimmed off some weight, coming in at 18.52 pounds. They also are 4K (3840x2160) DLP laser light source projectors using the 0.47-inch XPR chipset, and like the P2 they are rated for 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness. The laser, an Optoma DuraCore design that is IP5X-rated, will last 30,000 hours to half-life in Eco mode. The projectors have a throw ratio of 0.25:1 and can produce an image between 85- and 120-inch diagonal from a maximum of just over two feet from the screen; they require less than a foot of clearance from the back of the projector to the screen for a 100-inch diagonal picture.
Both projectors are HDR and HLG compatible, 3D ready, have ISF calibration modes and full color management system, and an advanced geometric correction system. Like the P2, the D series models top out with Rec.709 color gamut. A revised sound system in the D models features a pair of 10-watt speakers, would be a step down from the premium 40-watt (total) sound system that graced the Cinemax P1 and P2. However, for connection to an external sound sytem, Optoma has retained both 3.5mm analog and S/PDIF optical connections, and has updated the HDMI ARC connection to eARC to allow pass-through of Dolby Atmos signals.
A critical upgrade has been made in gaming capabilities. While the earlier CinemaX projectors struggled with input lag, the D2 Series comes with an Enhanced Gaming Mode to achieve a 16ms response time with 4K/60Hz signals, or as low as 4ms with 1080p/240Hz from a PC.
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The D2 Series streamlines the connections, putting them all on the back of the projector instead of splitting them between the back and side. All three HDMI are now 2.0. Outputs are the same, including the 3.5mm analog audio and digital optical mentioned above, complimented with a USB-A that can supply power.
The D2 Smart is the smart projector version that comes with a Hako dongle with Android TV, a vast improvement over the Aptoide OS used on the P2. Android TV has a built-in Google Assistant for voice search with the remote and access to apps through the Google Store for streaming shows.
The Optoma CinemaX D2 and D2 Smart are available now for $2,499 and $2,699, respectively, in both black and white. They come with a two-year warranty for projector parts and labor, and a 5-year or 12,000 hour warranty for the light source.
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