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Optoma Launches CinemaX P1
Ultra-Short Throw Entertainment System

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In what is surely its most anticipated product introduction of the year, Optoma is set to begin shipping its CinemaX P1 Smart 4K UHD Laser Cinema Projector.

Priced at $3,299 and available by mid-month, the P1 is an all-in-one entertainment system that combines a space-saving ultra-short throw projector, a premium soundbar designed by Optoma's sister audio company NuForce, and an integrated smart TV platform that facilitates both internet streaming and smarthome control.

By delivering a striking UHD image of up to 120 inches diagonal size and robust sound quality from the same easy-to-install projector, Optoma is hoping to convince TV purchasers to skip the 75-inch flat-panel in favor of a more cinematic, bigscreen experience. The company is one of several manufacturers embracing the nascent UST home theater market this year with new models designed to specifically address the performance requirements of consumer displays.

Measuring in at just 22 inches wide and rated for a bright 3,000 ANSI lumens from its lamp-free laser light engine and DLP XPR chip, the compact P1 is spec'd for image sizes from 85- to 120-inch diagonal. Its 0.25:1 fixed glass lens can throw a 120-inch image from approximately 26 inches away from the screen, or a 100-inch image from about 22 inches. Although the steep angle of projection can make initial setup challenging with any UST projector, Optoma has addressed this with a clever SmartFIT phone app that allows the phone's camera to identify the borders of the screen and then automatically snaps the image into place. The projector is compatible with the latest UHD-resolution HDR content and offers wide color gamut.

Optoma has also incorporated its latest Smart+ operating sytem in the P1, which facilitates Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for projector voice control and smart home device control, as well as support of device and services automation through the IFTTT platform. Voice commands allow powering the projector up or down, control of volume and transport functions of streamed content, and more. Popular streaming services supported include Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.

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The integrated, 40-watt soundbar features a pair of full-range aluminum stereo drivers, as well as two supporting woofers, and uses isolated speaker enclosures to optimize the audio performance. Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital+ decoding is on board, and there's a dedicated subwoofer output to add extra bass support to the system.

The CinemaX P1 was first shown in January at CES 2019, then at InfoComm in June, where ProjectorCentral awarded it with our Best of Show honors. Here's a full list of features:

  • Resolution: 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160)
  • Lumens: 3,000 ANSI lumens
  • Contrast: Up to 1,500,000 with Dynamic Black enabled
  • Color: REC.2020, DCI-P3 wide color gamut, HDR10 compatible
  • Throw Ratio: 0.25:1
  • Image size: 85"- 120"
  • Audio: NuForce 40W Dolby Digital 2.0 soundbar with 2 full range drivers, 2 woofers and isolated and ported chambers
  • Integrated 4K Media Player with robust codec and container support - including MKV, MP4, Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus
  • Video Streaming: Available Optoma Marketplace with access to YouTube 4K, Netflix (480p), Hulu (480p), Amazon Prime Video (480p), CNBC, TED TV, NBA TV, CNBC, BBC and more
  • Smart+ Technology: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT integration
  • SmartFIT app: Auto geometry correction system for iOS and Android; Optional 81 point manual adjustment
  • OS: Android 8.0 / Oreo
  • Remote Control: Bluetooth smart home remote with air mouse
  • HDMI-ARC for streamlined setups and reduced cable clutter with popular 5.1 soundbars
  • Connections: 1x HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 2.2), 1x HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 2.2, HDMI-ARC), 1x HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 2.2, side), 1x USB 2.0 (4K media player), USB 2.0 power (side), USB (service), optical S/PDIF out, audio out (3.5mm, subwoofer compatible), RJ45

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Comments (25) Post a Comment
Brian Gluck Posted Sep 7, 2019 5:42 AM PST
I've had a chance to play around with a pre-production unit of the P1 a couple times and was very impressed. This unit is a tremendous value at $3,299 and I expect it to be one of the hottest selling units this holiday season. While many may bypass the integrated audio speakers for their own dedicated sound system, those that plan on using it will be very pleasantly surprised by how well the audio sounds, especially in comparison to other 4k USTs at the higher price points. Looking forward to reading your review Rob!
Ronald Posted Sep 7, 2019 6:39 AM PST
When can we expect to read your review on this projector? I've been hearing about it for so long and am looking forward to reading your thoughts.
Phil W Posted Sep 7, 2019 8:27 AM PST
Hopefully there will be a comparison between LG Cinems beam UST and this Optoma P1.
Mike Posted Sep 7, 2019 8:39 AM PST
It does seem like a bargain to me, even though you have to buy a screen. Compared to the HiSense offering it will come in at less than half
David Rivera Posted Sep 7, 2019 2:47 PM PST
Rob, one very important feature on the P1 is that it will play 3D blu-rays. LG's own HU85LA does not play 3D. Unforgivable in my opinion at almost twice the price of the P1. I am eagerly awaiting your review of the P1.
Mike Posted Sep 7, 2019 8:47 PM PST
Did it lose HLG support? Not listed in the latest specs though it is on the Optoma website.
Jason Posted Sep 8, 2019 5:31 AM PST
good news is the price is affordable but the bad news are 1) the chip is .47 not .66 2) single laser + 8 color wheel not dual laser...
Aldo Texirt Posted Sep 8, 2019 1:54 PM PST
Please, inform us about the latency specially if a gaming mode exist. A low latency (<2 frames) is required not only for gaming but also for simulation quality (simulator sickness). Aldo
Wayne Posted Sep 8, 2019 6:48 PM PST
There is a gaming mode and I believe I read it was 55ms not very good sadly
Qaz Posted Sep 9, 2019 12:12 PM PST
This is looking great, sadly as we are nearing the end of 2019 there STILL isn't a true 4k chip out there at this price point for projectors when all other TVs manage true 4K for a fraction of the price. Pretty confusing at this point, projectors are really lagging behind.
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 9, 2019 12:27 PM PST
A few comments here in response:

- Point well taken regarding 3D here on the P1 but not on the LG. This is a bit of a missing on the otherwise very good LG (which we are evaluating now) and is perhaps an outgrowth of the company's primary experience and focus on flatpanels (where all TV makers have pretty much dropped 3D)and lack of familiarity with the projection market where there is still some demand. I'll mention it to LG's projector team when I see them at CEDIA this week -- maybe it's something they can add with firmware.

- Regarding HLG, it is indeed a feature of the P1.

- We will be testing both 4K and 1080p lag times for both the LG and P1 and will report these.

- Qaz, regarding your comments on lack of a lower-cost native 4K chip, I can't say what the issue is technically that's preventing this from happening, but I'll urge all readers, yet again, to not fixate on the fact that pixel-shifting is used to deliver all or even just some of the pixels in a UHD signal to the screen. Pixel shifting works -- it works in the XPR chips as well as with 1080p chips combined with enhancement circuitry, and anyone who denies themselves a UHD-compliant projector at this point because they can't get full native 4K cheaply enough clearly hasn't actually seen what pixel-shifting looks like on a decent projector with a good lens.
Steve Posted Sep 9, 2019 1:15 PM PST
We need a review of the 3 4K ust projectors.

LG HU85LA Optoma CinemaX P1 VAVA 4K UST
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 9, 2019 1:21 PM PST
All in the works, Steve. LG review will be out shortly, and Optoma P1 sample is said to be coming soon. VAVA is here, but I don't plan on issuing a review till a bit later in the fall when the product becomes available for immediate purchase and is officially out of its crowd-funding phase.
UST Posted Sep 9, 2019 7:08 PM PST
It would be great if you didn't wait on the VAVA review, since it could help people decide whether to get the LG or Optoma or wait for the VAVA. Especially since the VAVA claims to be able to project a considerably larger image.
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 9, 2019 7:26 PM PST
My impression is that the VAVA is a different class of product with much less accurate color out of the box than you can expect with either of the other two, and there's been at least one early review online from a trusted source that calls it out for that. VAVA updated the firmware in August in part to address that, however, and it now requires a more serious evaluation. They expect to be shipping it fully in October, so we'll see where we are with them after getting through the LG and Optoma.
Solal Posted Sep 10, 2019 2:05 AM PST
Epson just announced a new UST at the IFA the EH-LS500B it will be available next month in Europe for 3000 Euros, it will certainly have a low input lag so it could interest gamers. Do you plan to review it also ?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 10, 2019 2:10 AM PST
We are aware of Epson's introduction and will obvioiusly review any version of this that may get released in the states.
Mike Posted Sep 10, 2019 2:49 AM PST
Rob, Thanks for the update! Hope you get to see some good stuff at CEDIA. I have been trying to find previews on projector screens that might showcase new tech for UST projectors, but haven’t seen anything more exciting than the lenticular screens currently on the market. Hope that something slipped past my searches and you guys find it.
Gord Posted Sep 11, 2019 11:46 AM PST
What does video streaming Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime (480p) mean? Is it a 480p image coming through and then upscaled to 1080p?
Ronald Posted Sep 11, 2019 3:01 PM PST
The Vava is vaporware junk. The specs are bloated and it will not do the advertised 150" without losing focus.
UST Posted Sep 14, 2019 10:01 PM PST
It would also be nice to compare with the DELL S718QL.
Andrew Posted Sep 16, 2019 11:04 AM PST
Hi when reviewing all these UST projectors, please consider physical placement requirements. All the marketing materials suggest a large projection in great proximity to the wall. In reality you need additional furniture as most of media consoles are ~ 20 inch in depth. Not enough for Optoma/Epson etc., especially if you want to project on 120 in screen.
Lina Andersson Posted Sep 19, 2019 5:45 AM PST
When is Optoma planning to launch this in the European market?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 19, 2019 7:33 AM PST
Lina, I will inquire about this and see if there are firm plans.
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 20, 2019 10:59 AM PST
Lina, Optoma says to expect this model's release in Europe in early no much longer now.

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