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Optoma HZ39HDR Laser home theater projector with HDR reviews

Optoma HZ39HDR Laser home theater projector with HDR reviews
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Optoma HZ39HDR with an incredible 4, 000 lumens of brightness, project in any room in the house, including family rooms, theater or game rooms. HDR10 & HLG technologies enable brighter whites and deeper black levels for an enhanced viewing experience of images and videos. Get details in Optoma HZ39HDR Laser home theater projector with HDR reviews.

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In the box

  • HZ39HDR projector
  • AC power cable,
  • remote control,
  • quick start guide

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Exceptionally bright at 4,000 ANSI lumens.
  • High contrast ratio
  • HDR10 and HLG color processing
  • Uses a DuraCore laser light engine.
  • Low input lag in Enhanced Gaming Mode.
  • Supports 3D and 120Hz refresh rate gaming (future firmware update).
  • 3x zoom and 30° vertical keystone correction
  • Excellent sRGB color reproduction and black levels.
  • Supports 4K input
  • Reliable lamp with long maximum lifespan
  • Bright enough to use in rooms with ambient light

Cons

  • Lacks horizontal keystone correction and lens shift.
  • 4K content will play in standard HD (1080p)
  • HDR performance is average.
  • Expensive as compared to Full HD lamp/LED projectors.
  • Built-in speakers are weak
  • Needs a lot of space to produce a big image

Specs – Optoma HZ39HDR Laser home theater projector with HDR

  • Contrast: 1,800:1 (full on/off)
  • Dynamic Contrast: 300,000:1
  • Brightness: 4,000 ANSI Lumens
  • Resolution: 1920×1080
  • Projector Size: 4.80″ x 13.26″ x 10.50″ (HxWxD)
  • Weight: 9.4 lbs
  • Audible Noise: 32 dB
  • 3D Modes: Full HD 3D
  • Lamp Type: Laser Phosphor
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (HD)
  • Throw Distance: 3.2′ – 26.4′ Calculate Throw Distance
  • Image Size: 27.71″ – 300.40″
  • Throw Ratio: 1.21:1 – 1.59:1 (D:W)
  • Display Type: 0.65″ DLP x 1
  • Color Wheel: 4 segments
  • Video Modes: 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 2160p/24, 2160p/60, 576i, 576p, 480p, 480i
  • Data Modes: MAX 4096×2160
  • Color Processing: 10-bit
  • Included Lens: 1.3x manual zoom , manual focus
  • Optional Lenses: No
  • Lens Shift: No
  • Projector Placement: For a 100″ diagonal screen, place the projector lens between 8′-9″ and 11′-7″ from the screen.
  • Digital Zoom: Yes
  • Input Lag: 16ms (min)
  • Lamp Life: 20,000 hours / 30,000 hours (Eco)
  • Digital Keystone: Vertical only
  • Internal Speakers: 10.0 Watts Mono
  • Power: 283 Watts 100V – 240V

Price

Designed both for gaming and for watching movies and TV, the $799 Optoma HD39HDR is one of a growing number of 1080p home projectors that can accept a 4K UHD (3,840-by-2,160-pixel) HDR signal and down-convert the resolution to 1080p.

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CategoryHome Theater, Laser, HDR & GamingHome Theater, HDR & GamingHome Theater, Laser, HDR & Gaming
HighlightsNext-generation home entertainment laser projector with HDR. Ideal for movies in bright, daytime viewing or low-light environments.HDR home entertainment ideal for movies & next gen console gaming. Ideal in bright light, daytime viewing or low-light environments. Engineered for gaming.Next-generation short-throw home entertainment laser projector with HDR for movies and gaming. Ideal in bright or daytime lighting in small rooms or constrained spaces.
Picture Quality1080p resolution, 300,000:1 contrast ratio, 4K UHD and 1080p HDR input compatible1080p resolution 50,000:1, contrast ratio1080p resolution, 300,000:1 contrast ratio, 4K UHD and 1080p HDR input compatible
ColorHigh Dynamic Range for brighter whites, deeper black levels & wider range of color detail.High Dynamic Range for brighter whites, deeper black levels & wider range of color detail.High Dynamic Range for brighter whites, deeper black levels & wider range of color detail.
BrightnessSuper-bright 4000 lumens, lights-on and daytime viewing.Super-bright 4000 lumens, lights-on and daytime viewing.Super-bright 4200 lumens, lights-on and daytime viewing
Throw DistanceStandard Throw: Project a 120″ image from approximately 10.5 feet away.Standard Throw: Project a 120″ image from approximately 9.5 feet away.Standard Throw: Project a 120″ image from approximately 4.3 feet away.
Lamp Life30,000 hours (Laser Light Source)15,000 hours (Lamp)30,000 hours (Laser Light Source)
Installation FlexibilityShort Throw Ratio for installation in small rooms/constrained space1.3x zoom, offers multiple placement optionsShort-throw ratio for installation in small rooms or constrained spaces
Connectivity4K & 1080 HDR Input. HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 2.2, MHL), HDMI 1.4, 1x VGA, Audio in (3.5mm), USB-A (power, 5V, 1.5A), micro USB (service)Supports 4K & 1080 HDR Input. HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4a, VGA, Audio in, USB-A, VGA out, Audio out, RS-232Supports 4K & 1080 HDR Input. HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 2.2, MHL), HDMI 1.4, VGA, Composite, 2x audio in (3.5mm), mic in, USB-A (power, 5V, 1.5A), VGA out, audio out, 12v trigger, 3D sync, mini USB

Optoma HZ39HDR Laser home theater projector with HDR reviews

Design

It is square shaped boxed type projector like other laser projectors in market. At 7.7 pounds and 4.5 by 12.4 by 9.5 inches (HWD), the body is easy to handle. Its DuraCore laser light source eliminates lamp and filter replacements for up to 30, 000 hours.

Ports

The projector has versatile connectivity options. It comes with an HDMI 2.0 port, another HDMI 1.4 port, a VGA port, 3.5mm audio jacks, and a USD type A port.

  • Audio In: Mini Jack
  • Audio Out: Mini Jack
  • HDMI (HDCP 2.2)HDMI (MHL)
  • Network: RJ-45RS232: DB-9pin
  • USB x 2
  • VGA In: Dsub-15pin

Display

You will need quite a bit of space to get a big image from this projector. For a 120” screen, you’ll need to put the projector between 10 and 13 feet away. 

It has a standard throw ratio range of 1.21-1.59:1. Users can project 28” to 300” imagery depending on how far they install the Optoma HZ39HDR projector from the screen or wall. The device also supports 3D video playback for viewers who want an immersive movie-watching experience. They will have to purchase DLP Link 3D glasses separately for the same. 

Resolution

The HD39HDR’s high brightness is thanks in part to its six-segment RYGCWB (Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, White, Blue) color wheel, paired with the single 1,920-by-1,080 DLP chip. The yellow panel helps it produce a brighter, more vibrant yellow than many DLP projectors offer, while the white panel lets it deliver a brighter image than it could without one. 

SDR & HDR

For HDR input, the HD39HDR automatically switches to, and only allows, its one HDR picture mode, which is well worth using. In my tests, the HDR versions of movies on disc delivered more-vibrant color and showed more shadow detail than the same movies in 1080p SDR format. 

Short of calibration, the preferred mode for SDR input will depend largely on the level of ambient light and the screen size you choose. The sRGB mode offered the best color accuracy with default settings in my tests, but Cinema was a close second and a little brighter, while the brighter-still HDR Sim delivered the best contrast for dark scenes. Game mode offered even better contrast, and it also brightened up dark areas, making details in those areas easier to see.

Brightness

4,000 lumens is bright enough for a 160-inch, 1.0-gain screen in moderately bright ambient light. However, the four modes with best picture quality—Cinema, sRGB, HDR Sim, and Game—are nowhere near as bright.

Adjustment

For image correction, it allows ±30° vertical keystone correction but lacks horizontal keystone correction and lens shift. It supports an optical zoom of 1.3x and a digital zoom from 0.8 – 2.0x. 

Good input lag for gaming

It has a dedicated Enhanced Gaming Mode that lowers the input lag to 16ms when gaming at 1080p 60Hz. The input lag is among the best for projectors. Optoma has revealed plans for a future firmware update that will allow gamers to play games at 1080p 120Hz with an input lag of 8ms. 

3D function

As for the 3D functionality, like most of its competition, the HD39HDR works with DLP-link glasses and offers only one 3D picture mode (unless you count the ISF mode that needs calibration before it becomes available). It also provides an unusually bright image for 3D, compared to its 2D modes.

Audio

The sound system, with an onboard 10-watt speaker, can also come in handy, thanks to robust-enough volume to fill a small family room. That said, the sound quality is marginal enough that you’ll likely want to plug an external sound system into the 3.5mm audio-out jack.

Optoma HZ39HDR Laser home theater projector with HDR Performance reviews

For games, it offers low lag to speed up your reaction time; Optoma rates it for up to 8.4 milliseconds (ms) at 1080p/120Hz, and I measured it by a Leo Bodnar meter at 16.4ms at 1080p/60Hz. For both games and home entertainment with the lights on, it delivers a bright picture, reflected in its rating of 4,000 ANSI lumens. 

The picture quality is fantastic and the quality stays consistent whether you are creating a 50 inch screen or a 17 ft in your yard. The 4000 lumens performs really good even with a fairly good amount of light coming from outside on a bright day. 

The settings that seem to be perfect are Display Mode Cinema, Gamma set to Film, Brilliant Color set to 5, Sharpness to 11, Color Temp to Cool, Brightness Mode to Constant Luminance to 85%, Wall Color Off as I have a built my screen with a nice painted very light grey. I used the same setting for gaming which are perfect. Watching football is like actually being at the game. Nothing beats great sound and an amazing picture. 

Optoma HZ39HDR Laser home theater projector with HDR customer reviews

Best laser projector

Love this projector. Very clear and crisp picture, projects on elite 120 screen. Better than color wheel and bulb projector. Pretty quite, syncs with my logitec remote, Denon amp and Sony blue ray player. The noise level is very low compared to bulb projector that i had owned by the same manufacturer. Plays 3D movies, watch live TV, comes with two HDMI Input and external trigger. I love the signal power feature which was very helpful before i added logitec Harmony 665 remote. Very happy with the purchase.

By Vnavin at Best Buy

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