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Optoma UHZ65 Laser Projector Produces 4K with HDR for Lower Price Point

The new Optoma UHZ65 UltraHD 4K HDR projector utilizes a laser-based light engine to offer up to 3,000 lumens and 20,000 hours of operational life.

Optoma UHZ65 Laser Projector Produces 4K with HDR for Lower Price Point
Delivering 8.3 million pixels of resolution, the Optoma UHZ65 4K laser projector carries an MSRP of $4,500.

Robert Archer · October 13, 2017

Over in the commercial market, the use of laser-based projectors has risen exponentially thanks to its low-maintenance requirements, color fidelity and brightness levels. Optoma is bringing laser technologies to a new price point in the residential market with its new UHZ65 laser 4K projector.  

"The Optoma UHZ65 is the culmination of years of design iterations, engineering and testing to bring the highest quality home cinema projector to market for a price that consumers can afford," says Brian Soto, head of product management, Optoma Technology. "With 4K content now readily available, and entertainment options always expanding, we are delivering on our goal to provide an entertainment experience that can truly envelop a room and an audience at home."

The company says its latest UltraHD projector is able to produce 4K images as large as 140 inches from as far as 11 feet away. 

Utilizing a laser-phosphor light engine, along with Texas Instruments' (TI) 4K DLP UHD chipset that includes XPR video processing to display 8.3 million pixels, the projector offers PureEngine's PureMotion imaging processing technology that is said to eliminate noise, motion blur and judder in fast-motion video to enable clear images. 

Through the UHZ65's laser-light engine, the projector produces up to 3,000 lumens of brightness and contrast levels as high as 2,000,000:1 with Dynamic Black enabled. 

Optoma states the UHZ65 is compatible with the HDR10 high dynamic range (HDR) format, as well as the Rec. 709, DCI-P3 and REC.2020 color gamuts, and because it employs a laser-phosphor light engine it provides integrators a low-maintenance projection solution that eliminates the need to change bulbs, while providing up to 20,000 of operational life. 

Some of the UHZ65's other dealer-friendly features include vertical lens shift, 1.6x zoom, and RS-232 for control. 

In addition, the UHZ65 laser 4K projector offers a choice of HDMI 2.0 (with HDCP 2.2, MHL 2.1 and full 18Gbps compatibility), HDMI 1.4, VGA, audio in (3.5mm), audio out SPDIF Out (optical/2 channel only), USB for service, USB-A Power, and RJ45 inputs.

The Optoma UHZ65 4K laser projector carries an MSRP of $4,500. 



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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at [email protected]

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Comments

Posted by John Nemesh on October 20, 2017

Well, it arrived today, and I quickly unboxed it, and hooked it up to a Samsung UHD blu-ray player, set the projector on a table and got it up and running.

This thing is AMAZING!  It has plenty of “pop” with it’s 3000 lumens of light, the contrast is good…not quite as good as the top end JVCs, but more than enough to satisfy most people…deep blacks, and loads of detail in the shadows.  Color is good as well…while the spec claims “only” 84% of DCI-P3, color on “Planet Earth II” was outstanding.  Detail is exceptional as well.  You would never know this is NOT a “Native” 4k projector unless someone told you!

The thing even has speakers.  While most people will never, ever, under any circumstances, use these…they would come in handy if you wanted to drag the projector out to the backyard for an outdoor movie night!  Or any other situation where you need basic sound in a pinch.

You can see where the limitations come into play right from the specs…no motorized zoom or lens memory presets, no horizontal lens shift at all…and limited vertical shift.  That being said, when the projector is properly placed, it delivers a picture that would make the most jaded videophile sit up and take notice!  Of course, these limitations also keep the price at a VERY consumer friendly $4500 retail!

Overall, my first impressions, just having spent a couple hours with the projector, are extremely positive.  I think everyone reading this should go out and find one to get their eyes on!  This is an extremely competitive projector, and brings laser projection to a mainstream price point.  Optoma is going to sell a metric ton (or more!) of these!

Posted by Julie Jacobson on October 20, 2017

Please keep us posted. John.

Posted by Robert Archer on October 20, 2017

Good luck with your purchase John. It’s exciting to see the cost of 4K laser becoming approachable so quickly. I feel the same way about laser and hopefully I will be able to buy something sooner than expected.

Posted by John Nemesh on October 20, 2017

I told myself I would buy the 1st laser based 4k projector under $5000.  Well, it happened a few years sooner than expected!  I pulled the trigger and my UHZ65 is expected to arrive today!  While I wont get it installed at home for a while (I have to do some modifications to a closet…I want to completely hide my projector!)  I will be playing with it in the office today…I will let you know my impressions when it arrives!

Posted by John Nemesh on October 20, 2017

I told myself I would buy the 1st laser based 4k projector under $5000.  Well, it happened a few years sooner than expected!  I pulled the trigger and my UHZ65 is expected to arrive today!  While I wont get it installed at home for a while (I have to do some modifications to a closet…I want to completely hide my projector!)  I will be playing with it in the office today…I will let you know my impressions when it arrives!

Posted by Robert Archer on October 20, 2017

Good luck with your purchase John. It’s exciting to see the cost of 4K laser becoming approachable so quickly. I feel the same way about laser and hopefully I will be able to buy something sooner than expected.

Posted by Julie Jacobson on October 20, 2017

Please keep us posted. John.

Posted by John Nemesh on October 20, 2017

Well, it arrived today, and I quickly unboxed it, and hooked it up to a Samsung UHD blu-ray player, set the projector on a table and got it up and running.

This thing is AMAZING!  It has plenty of “pop” with it’s 3000 lumens of light, the contrast is good…not quite as good as the top end JVCs, but more than enough to satisfy most people…deep blacks, and loads of detail in the shadows.  Color is good as well…while the spec claims “only” 84% of DCI-P3, color on “Planet Earth II” was outstanding.  Detail is exceptional as well.  You would never know this is NOT a “Native” 4k projector unless someone told you!

The thing even has speakers.  While most people will never, ever, under any circumstances, use these…they would come in handy if you wanted to drag the projector out to the backyard for an outdoor movie night!  Or any other situation where you need basic sound in a pinch.

You can see where the limitations come into play right from the specs…no motorized zoom or lens memory presets, no horizontal lens shift at all…and limited vertical shift.  That being said, when the projector is properly placed, it delivers a picture that would make the most jaded videophile sit up and take notice!  Of course, these limitations also keep the price at a VERY consumer friendly $4500 retail!

Overall, my first impressions, just having spent a couple hours with the projector, are extremely positive.  I think everyone reading this should go out and find one to get their eyes on!  This is an extremely competitive projector, and brings laser projection to a mainstream price point.  Optoma is going to sell a metric ton (or more!) of these!