Optoma CinemaX D2 Series NPA front 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.
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The Optoma CinemaX D2 Series projectors are available in both black and white.
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.

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.

Optoma CinemaX D2 Series NPA connections

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.

Optoma CinemaX D2 Series NPA OS
The Optoma CinemaX D2 Smart with Hako dongle.

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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Tony Posted Sep 27, 2022 9:28 AM PST
I'd buy one of these in an instant if they could match the dark room performance (black levels) of a front projector like the Epson 5050UB. Is that even possible? Please let us know when that happens
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 27, 2022 10:34 AM PST
I wouldn’t say we are quite there yet, but some newer models using the ALPD 4.0 Laser engine are achieving fairly good blacks for a DLP projector.
Nostrildumbass Posted Sep 27, 2022 1:30 PM PST
The black levels on the P2 are pretty impressive, and if I'm not mistaken, the P2 as well as new D2 are a little brighter than the 5050UB at 3,000 lumens.
Tony Posted Sep 29, 2022 12:48 PM PST
So in other words, wait just a bit longer.
Simon A Posted Oct 9, 2022 7:05 PM PST
I've been waiting to pull the trigger on a UST projector. This series looks really interesting and might be the one that gets me to make the move.
Prashant Posted Nov 8, 2022 5:43 AM PST
Hi Rob, Have been following your YouTube channel and website closely for long and this model seems to fit my budget and requirement finally. When will you be reviewing Cinemax D2?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Nov 9, 2022 7:22 AM PST
We have been promised a sample and are expecting it to come in shortly. Assuming it comes in I would anticipate a review post probably in early December, maybe late this month if we get it soon.
Steve Posted Nov 15, 2022 6:25 PM PST
Hopefully the OS would help. The current P1 OS and the market platform is not great. I also wonder why they downgrade the audio and HDMI (thought it was HDMI 2.2 or 2.1)
Jonathan Posted Dec 11, 2022 6:25 PM PST
Hello, I'm looking at three input lag on this projector for gaming. It is impressive stats for the posted input lag at 1080p /240hz and 4k/60hrz. But I'll be gaming on ps5 which does not support 240hz. How is the input lag for say 4k at 120 (if it can), 1080p at 120 and 60hz? Thank you.
William Posted Mar 22, 2023 7:31 PM PST
Oh my, I came within a whisker of buying a D2 to display my 3D work which I have done in side by side and sometimes top and bottom format. The P2 displays these 3D modes but so far as I can see from the D2's manual, it is a 3D lightweight, unable to display anything but frame sequential and frame packing. Am I correct?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Mar 23, 2023 9:24 AM PST
I don't know, William. Perhaps one of our readers who owns the projector has some insight on this.

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