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4K Projectors go under $1500!

CES 2018 opens in Las Vegas this week and it ushers in several new 4K home theater projectors priced under $1500

ViewSonic releases the PX727-4K

Viewsonic has announced the PX727-4K, their first 4K UHD home entertainment projector. It uses the new 0.47” 4K UHD chipset and XPR technology to put a 3840x2160, 8.3 million pixel image on the screen.

Rated at 2200 lumens, the PX727-4K is HDR (High Dynamic Range)-compatible with open standard HDR. It offers both Rec. 709 and Rec. 2020 compatibility and DCI-P3 wide color gamut. Color reproduction is enhanced with an exclusive SuperColor™ six-segment RGBRGB color wheel that produces a broad color spectrum with bright and deep color saturation.

Other features of the PX727-4K include a 1.2x optical zoom lens, HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 support, a 12V trigger, and an onboard 10-watt speaker. The projector has and an energy-saving SuperEco™ function that reduces power consumption and extends the lamp life to up to 15,000 hours.

The ViewSonic PX727-4K begins shipping this month for a street price of $1499 including a 3-year warranty.

Optoma adds Alexa Voice Command to 4K

Optoma has announced two new 4K home theater projectors, the UHD51A and the UHD50. Featuring the new 0.47” 4K UHD DLP chipset that delivers 3840x2160 pixels, these models are rated at 2400 lumens and 500,000:1 contrast. They both offer an RGBRGB color wheel and HDR10 with Rec.2020 / DCI-P3 Wide Color Gamut along with a pair of HDMI 2.0 inputs with HDCP 2.2 support to ensure compatibility with the latest 4K UHD video playback devices and game consoles with HDR at 60 Hz refresh rates.

The Optoma UHD51A is priced at $1699, and the UHD50 is at $1499. What is the difference you ask? They are basically the same projector, but you pay a bit extra for the UHD51A in order to get its innovative, industry first voice command capability, incorporating Amazon Alexa Smart Home and Custom Skills, as well as a built-in 4K UHD media player and Android OS.

The Optoma UHD51A and UHD50 both come with a one-year warranty and will be available in late March through Amazon, and Fry’s Electronics.

BenQ announces CineHome HT2550

BenQ has announced a new entry level 4K home theater projector with its release of the CineHome HT2550, which also uses the new 0.47" 4K UHD DLP chip that puts 8.3 million pixels on screen. The HT2550 is rated at 2200 lumens and delivers 96% coverage of the Rec. 709 color gamut. It uses BenQ CinematicColor™ technology and an RGBRGB color wheel.

The CineHome HT2550 offers HDR10 and HDMI 2.0 w/ HDCP 2.2, along with motion-adaptive edge pixel enhancement, sophisticated color algorithms, and other proprietary processing. The HT2550 also includes a 1.2x zoom lens, auto keystone correction, a 5-watt speaker, and the ability to connect an HDMI dongle to activate streaming from sources like Google Chromecast, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV Stick.

The BenQ HT2550 retails for $1499 with a 3-year warranty and begins shipping this month. It is available in North America for pre-order exclusively via Amazon until Jan. 14 and at BenQ Direct. Additional availability starts Jan. 15 from Best Buy U.S. and Best Buy Canada ($1,999 CAD).

Evan Powell

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Bradley Allen Posted Jan 8, 2018 9:15 AM PST
HI Evan,

Have you seen any of these projectors at the show this week, and if so, what are your initial impressions? Im in the market for 4k and i am intrigued by true 4k at this price point.
toby Posted Jan 8, 2018 9:20 AM PST
Are any of these capable of 3D?
Evan Powell, Editor Posted Jan 8, 2018 9:21 AM PST
Bradley, the show has not yet opened. I think Optoma and ViewSonic will be showing demos, but it is always difficult to say much about a projector based on a trade show demo since we can't see them with video material we are familiar with. BenQ is not at the show to my knowledge. We will have to get these units in for a look before we can say much about them. But the price is exciting.

Toby, the vendors have not all published full specs, so we will have to check on the 3D question.
Tom Floading Posted Jan 8, 2018 9:43 AM PST
I am really trying to get a new projector, but I have a hard time figuring out if it's worth going to a much more expensive 4k model. Sony $5000, and Optoma UHZ model at about $4500. How do these models that are ONE THIRD the price stack up.
Alan Posted Jan 8, 2018 9:54 AM PST
Interesting that these are all the smaller 0.47" DMD device, I wonder how it compares to the 0.66" device released last year? Is it time to by a projector with the larger chip before they are no available?
Evan Powell, Editor Posted Jan 8, 2018 10:17 AM PST
Alan, no the larger chip is not being discontinued.
Bradley Allen Posted Jan 8, 2018 3:35 PM PST
I agree with you Tom. Without seeing these projectors side by side in my set up, would I notice a difference? We'll have to wait for Evan's reviews!
Don Posted Jan 8, 2018 4:08 PM PST
These sound great. 3D capability and input lag specs please. I'm sure all the rest of the specs will be great/indistinguishable anyway.
Dave Grace Posted Jan 8, 2018 4:57 PM PST
Evan - the last time I had a DLP machine was 15 years ago and had a lot of issues with rainbow artifacts. Is that still a common thing with these newer models?
JasonD Posted Jan 9, 2018 5:47 AM PST
My bet is none of them will have 3d support due to 4k DLP only supporting PC 30hz 3d. You can goto the Viewsonic website and see that the PX727-4K does not list 3d support. So my guess is we won't see 3d support from any of the new DLP projectors.
Nico Posted Jan 9, 2018 6:11 AM PST
I bought a Panasonic PT-AE2000 10 years ago based on the review on this site and it's still going strong :) Great news to see these new 1500 UHD 4k ones, hopefully that's 1500 euro with tax. Planning to upgrade to 4k, gonna wait out the reviews first of course. Thanks for reviewing all this time.
Simon Posted Jan 9, 2018 6:55 AM PST
I wonder if any DLP's will get the variable refresh rate next year (as part of HDMI 2.1 spec). My thought is that it will not happen due to the moving mirrors and the double work they do already (4 million mirrors vs 8mil visible pixels).
Dionisios Pagoulatos Posted Jan 9, 2018 9:26 AM PST
I've never been a fan of DLP projectors because of the rainbow effect, but to be fair I have not seen a DLP home projector in action in 10 years. Are these newer units any better? They don't appear to be; I still see a color wheel, so the tech doesn't seem to have changed in that respect.
Alan Buck Posted Jan 9, 2018 9:41 AM PST
Alan, If you go to TI's site you'll see these $1,500 projectors are using a 1080p chipset....DLP470NE DMD 1080p (1920x1080) not sure how they are calling them 4k. The chipset DLP660TE DMD is 4K UHD (3840x2160)and is the one used in Optoma's UHD60 & UHD65
Bob Posted Jan 9, 2018 10:36 AM PST
The BenQ specs page mentions 3D in a couple of sections. (3D resolution limited to 1080P, and 3D glasses optional). The BenQ also seems to be a more compact size also. Too good to be true?
Evan Powell, Editor Posted Jan 9, 2018 10:56 AM PST
Dave and Dionisios, regarding your concerns about DLP rainbow artifacts -- over the years the tendency for DLP projectors to produce rainbow artifacts has been reduced. On some DLP projectors rainbows are virtually non-existent. On many others they are less frequent and less visible than they used to be. The tendency for any given projector to produce rainbows depends primarily on the refresh rates and color filter configuration of the color wheel, and both of these things vary from projector to projector. So it is difficult to know from the specs which units are going to be essentially rainbow free and which are not. In general, DLP projectors made for home theater will have higher refresh rates than projectors made for business presentation. They will often have an RGBRGB color wheel which business projectors do not. These things contribute to an incidence of rainbows that is low enough that most users do not find them noticeable or distracting, as is evident from the high popularity of these products.
Evan Powell, Editor Posted Jan 9, 2018 11:12 AM PST
To Alan Buck, a clarification if I may. The Optoma UHD60 and UHD65 do indeed use the 660 chipset, but it is not native 3840x2160 as far as mirrors on the device are concerned; it is 2716x1528, or 1/2 4K UHD. The 470 chipset used in these newly announced 4K projector does have 1920x1080 mirrors on the device. However, both of these chipsets are able to deliver a full 4K UHD 3840x2160 addressable pixels to the screen, which is why they are called 4K. The difference is that the 660 does it in two phases of shift whereas the 470 does it in four. Either way, the industry's imaging technology has evolved past the point where there is any correlation between the number of physical elements on the imaging device and the actual picture resolution on the screen.
Fastman Posted Jan 11, 2018 8:32 PM PST
Are any of these lower end 4k projectors "true" 4k? They still seem to be performing various tricks.
Evan Powell, Editor Posted Jan 12, 2018 10:08 AM PST
Fastman, these new products are true 4K in the sense that they deliver 8.3 million discrete addressable pixels to the screen. They do it using chips that are not native 4K. However, with the latest technologies there is no longer any correlation between the picture resolution you see on screen and the number of physical elements on the chips.
Gregor Samsa Posted Jan 12, 2018 2:06 PM PST
Any chance we can, at some point in future, get a Mega 4k Shoot out with all the newer 4k projectors? Now that there are so many offerings in the sub 4k 4k market it'd be neat to see how they all stack up
Evan Powell, Editor Posted Jan 12, 2018 2:09 PM PST
Yes George, we are working on it. The new $1500 4K projectors should all be arriving in the next week or two.
Pete Ramberg Posted Jan 12, 2018 2:42 PM PST
Evan - any news on Epson stepping up to the plate with a true 4k LCD unit?? Or anybody doing true 4k with LCD??

Evan Powell, Editor Posted Jan 12, 2018 3:19 PM PST
Pete, no, there have been no announcements from any 3LCD maker regarding pending native 4K products as of this CES show.
dan Posted Jan 15, 2018 10:16 AM PST
Have been hoping for an announcement at CES from Epsom re: new Laser projector with TRUE 4k for domestic theaters. Anyone heard anything ?

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