4k projectors are finally becoming easier to purchase. Optoma today announced the pricing for its first line of 4k projectors. The UHD60 is $1,999 and the UHD65 is $2,499, these models are avialable at the cheap expensive price.
This year at CES optoma unveiled this line of 4k projectors . These projectors use a new 4k UHD DLP chip from Texas Instruments. Video nerds will be quick to point out that this DLP chip uses a bit of fraud to display the 4k UHD picture. And they’re not wrong. This 0.67 DLP chip employs 4 million mirrors, yet displays 8 million pixels thanks to the mirror’s ability to create two distinct and unique pixels by switching over 9,000 times a second.
This system is different from other cheap-cost 4K-enhanced projectors. In projectors that use 3LCD technology a 4k resolution is achieved through taking a 1080p chip and displaying two 1080p images in fast succession, with the second slightly off-shifted to double the resolution. The result is not so great but its good
Early reports state that DLP’s new system produces impressive results. Apparently the eye cannot discriminate differences between this type of 4k image and a projector using a full resolution 4k system. saying “no native 4k projector can do better.” Projector Central goes as far as saying this DLP can produce a clean 1-pixel line test pattern.
This model will be sold through dedicated home theater dealers. The UHD60 sports a brightness of 3,000 lumens and a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. The Optoma UHD60 and UHD65 are similar but aimed at different markets. This model will cost $1,999 and be sold through consumer home cinema retailers like Amazon and Best Buy. The UHD65 has a brightness of 2,200 lumens and a contrast ratio of 1,200,000:1 and features an enhanced RGBRGB color wheel.
With the higher price both models were announced at CES
This is the first projector line that uses TI’s 0.67 DLP chip but it likely will not be the last. Like with 1080p projectors, more manufacturers will start to implement the technology will down the prices.