I previously purchased a JVC X990 from Brian of ProjectorScreen.com and loved it. Then I bought this Optoma UHZ65 laser projector from them.
I just ran it uncalibrated with some UHD material but still away with some a very positive imperssions.
1) Excellent value for Bulb-Free Longevity: laser light engine.
2) Bright: 3000 uncalibrated lumens, but I would expect calibration will bring those down some.
3) Outstanding Color: For HDR, the UHZ65 could not produce color as wide as what the JVC X990 can achieve with its color filter in place, but the color on the UHZ65 was superior in its lumenance; dark scenes that can at times appear muted black in shadowy areas on the JVC exploded off my screen with vibrant colors.
4) Appealing Dynamic Contrast: native contrast on most DLP projectors is typically not high; but visually, the UHZ65's contrast was quite excellent. And with the Dynamic Black feature set to level 2, it produced very convincing black levels. Dark scenes looked great. I certainly had no complaints and this is coming from someone used to the JVC X990.
5) Low Operational Noise: Operational noise was much lower than I expected at 100% laser power and even lower at 50%.
6) HDR sizzles with electrifying brightness.
7) Good Motion: Silky smooth motion with pure motion set to 1; native motion did not exhibit excessive blurring either.
8) Outstanding sharpness and clarity! The lens and processor do a pretty good job at resolving 4k/UHD source detail while the projector's tone-mapping and shadow detail capability proved excellent. Keep in mind that the literature states the UHZ65 has a native resolution that is higher than 1080p. It uses something called XPR to shift the pixels to display 8.3 million pixels. The total number of addressable pixels in this process is 2716x1528 and it's multiplied by 2 to get to 8.3 million. I"ll say the process is very effective. Mate that to the razor sharp, scalpelled image offered up by a single-chip DLP, and there you have one super sharp image in the UHZ65.
1) Does not have Native 4K chips (still bear in mind that a single-chip DLP projector doesn't have to deal with convergence errors found in three chip LCD/LCos projectors. The single chip used with a color wheel can offer up more precision than a native 4K chip projector).
2) I did see one rare occasion of posterization/color banding.
3) Using Dynamic Black at level 2 or level 3, I saw the dimming system tripped up once. I'm guessing the fast speed of the laser keeps this from happening often.
4) No motorized lens cover, zoom, or focus.
5) Very limited lens shift.
6) Some rainbow effect/white light defragmentation. This was few and far in between and even to a lesser extent when HDR mode was engaged on the projector.
Overall, the UHZ65, produced some of the most cinematic images I've ever had here. Its overall performance was so much to my liking that I enjoyed it even more than the JVC X990. It surprisingly knocked my socks off!
Thank you, Brian. You did it again!
-- Aztar35 (AVS Forum Member)