2 is Better Than 1
When Optoma debuted their Cinemax P1 in the fall of 2019 it was received with an enthusiasm we've rarely seen in the home theater industry.
Turn the calendar a year forward in what has truly been the most home-bound year in modern times and this initial enthusiasm has understandably evolved into a full-fledged passion for what is being viewed as a formidable movie theater replacement.
That brings us to today where Optoma is upping the ante on their beloved CinemaX P1 by introducing the new and improved CinemaX P2. (click here for product details page)
Even better still, the new improved model makes it introduction at a price $500 less than the older model its replacing.
Less is More
What makes the P2 model better than the P1?
For starters, the P2 offers a dynamic contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1 versus the P1s 1,500,000:1. With the same 3,000 lumens output as it's predecessor, the increase in contrast means that the image maintains its brightness but with a 25% wider color spectrum.
One major change in design to the P2 is its color wheel. As both the P1 and and P2 use Digital Light Processing (DLP for short) to produce their image, they utilize a color wheel that spins rapidly to produce its final color display.
New technological developments have allowed Optoma to reduce the size of this color wheel from 8 segments to 6 segments. The new wheel omits the yellow section, and concentrates solely on red, green and blue. By reducing the size of the wheel by 25%, colors appear more vivid, natural and accurate. The P2 achieves this without any drop in brightness.
Another change in design is that the P2 is a white projector & soundbar, whereas the P1 was black. For those who still prefer black model, Optoma offers their flagship model – the CinemaX Pro. The P2's audio portion remains identical to the P1's exhibiting the acclaimed NuForce 40W Dolby Digital 2.0 soundbar with 2 full range speakers and 2 woofers.
When paired with the proper screen the P2 delivers a reference quality image up to 120 inches.
By "proper screen" we mean a screen that supports a true 4K image while also having built-in ultra-short-throw ambient light rejecting technology (USTALR for short). It is certainly our favorite ultra-short throw projector ever at its price!
Check out our guide to ultra short throw projectors.
See the new Optoma CinemaX P2 (left) compared to the CinemaX P1 (right).
Both units are using factory default settings running 4K UHD content.
Optoma CinemaX P2 Description:
Transform your living room into an incredible home cinema with the 3,000 lumens, ultra short throw Optoma CinemaX P2 Smart 4K UHD all-in-one home entertainment system. The laser light source, auto focus, high-performance glass lens and SmartFIT auto geometry correction system ensure hassle-free setup easily produces stunning 120-inch projection with rich HDR color.
An integrated Dolby Digital 2.0 soundbar with two full range speakers, two woofers, ported chambers and 40-watts of power, engineered by NuForce, delivers crisp details with superior dialogue clarity. Smart technology enable Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT support for easy integration into your smart home while the Android OS with smart TV apps and Optoma Marketplace deliver USB media playback compatibility, Internet streaming services and downloadable apps.
- Bright 3,000 lumens laser light source with 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio
- RGBRGB Color Wheel for Rich Cinematic Color and Stunning HDR
- NuForce 40W Dolby Digital 2.0 soundbar with 2 full range speakers and 2 woofers
- SmartFIT companion app with auto geometry correction system
- Smart+ technology with Alexa, Google Actions, IFTTT integration and InfoWall
- Dolby Digital Plus and DTS audio passthrough via HDMI ARC or S/PDIF
- TapCast mirroring and casting app for Android and iOS mobile devices
Use your mobile device with the TapCast companion app to easily cast images, documents and screen share from supported devices.
Ultra Short Throw
Easy place and play setup.
Auto geometry correction system ensures hassle free setup that produces incredible projections using a smartphone.
Premium Dolby Digital 2.0 soundbar
2x full range aluminum drivers, 2x woofers
Ported and isolated chambers
40 watts of total power
Texas Instruments 0.47" 4K UHD ECD DMD
6 segment RGBRGB
4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
Maximum Input Resolution
4K (4096 x 2160, 30Hz) 4K UHD (3840 x 2160, 60Hz)
3,000 ANSI lumens
2,000,000:1 (Dynamic Black enabled)
Support REC.709, DCI-P3, REC.2020
HDR (High Dynamic Range)
HDR10 compatible (REC.2020)
Normal, Bright, Detail, Film HDR SIM (simulate HDR effect with non-HDR content)
Upscales WXGA, 720p, 1080p, WUXGA, 1440p up to 4K UHD (3840 x 2160, 60Hz), PureMotion technology
67.6ms (4K UHD, 60 Hz) / 67.1ms (1080p, 60Hz) SmartFIT and PureMotion must be disabled for PC and console gaming.
3840 x 2160, 30Hz YUV 4:4:4 / 4:2:2 / 4:2:0 (8 /10 / 12 bit), 3840 x 2160, 60Hz YUV 4:4:4 / YUV 4:2:2 (8bit), YUV 4:2:0 (8 / 10 / 12bit)
Light Source Life*
Up to 30,000 hrs (Eco), 20,000 hrs (Normal)
Light Source Type*
Front, rear, ceiling mount and table top
+5/-10 vertical, ±5° horizontal
SmartFIT companion app (Android and iOS) with auto geometry correction system
16:9 (native), 4:3, auto compatible
8"- 16.5' (back of projector to projection surface)
85" – 120"
0.8 - 2.0x
NuForce 40W Dolby Digital 2.0 soundbar (2 full range drivers, 2 woofers with ported chambers). 4 Sound Effects (Movie, Music, Sport, Game, Night)
Bluetooth smart home remote and air mouse
41–104°F (5–40°C), 85% max humidity
AC input 100–240V, 50–60Hz, auto-switching
Bright: 410W max, 360W typical Eco: 255W max, 225W typical
Operating temperature at sea level up to 10,000 feet = 104° F (max); Must manually switch to high altitude mode from 5,000 feet and above (using OSD menu) to maintain optimal functionality.
USB Media Player Compatibility Videos
480p, 720p, 1080p, 1440p, 4K UHD, HDR10, HLG Files: MKV, MP4, M4V, AVI, H.264, HEVC, MOV, TS Audio: MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC 16/24-bit Images: JPEG, BMP, GIF
VGA, SVGA, HDTV(720P), WXGA, WXGA+, SXGA, SXGA+, UXGA, HDTV(1080p), WUXGA, 4K UHD (24/30/50/60Hz), 4K DCI
Video Input Compatibility
PAL, SECAM, 576i/p, NTSC, 480i/p, HDTV 720p/1080i/1080p, 4K UHD (24/30/50/60Hz)
Supports all HDMI 1.4a mandatory 3D formats (Frame pack, side-by-side, top-bottom) and up converts frame rate from 60Hz to 120Hz or 24Hz to 144Hz (i.e. 60 or 72 frames per eye). 3D glasses are needed and sold separately. Refer to user manual for details.
Vertical Scan Rate
50 ~ 85 Hz (120 Hz for 1080p 3D feature)
Horizontal Scan Rate
15.375 ~ 91.146 KHz
Graphic user interface and on-screen menu in 27 languages
I/O Connection Ports
2x HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 2.2, 18Gbps) (HDMI CEC & ARC compatible), 1x HDMI 1.4a (HDCP 1.4) (side), 2x USB 2.0 (rear, side for 4K USB media player), USB power (service)
Crestron Roomview, HDMI-CEC, Smart+ (Amazon Alexa, Google Actions, IFTTT compatible)
Android 8.0 with customizable launcher
Available Optoma Marketplace with access to YouTube 4K, Netflix (480p), CNBC, TED TV, NBA TV, CNBC, BBC & more
USB Image & Document Viewer
Office documents (Word, Excel & PowerPoint), PDFs and images Autoplay PDF/PPT: 3, 5, 10, 15 & 20s intervals
Smart Home Features
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant & IFTTT
iOS (App Store) & Android (Play Store & Amazon Appstore)
Amazon Alexa Smart Home
Skill Commands: power on/off, volume control (1-10), change input source, media player controls (play, stop, pause, next, previous, FF, REW, start over)
Amazon Alexa Custom Skill Commands: change display mode, HDR picture mode, PureMotion setting
Alexa AV Gear
Region Support United States - English, Canada
Google Assistant Actions Commands:
power on/off, volume control (1-10), change input source, media player controls (play, stop, pause, next, previous, FF, REW, start over), change display mode, HDR picture mode, PureMotion setting Google Assistant Region Support All regions - English only
802.11ac (dual-band, 2x2)
WEP, TKIP, AES, WPA, WPA2
19.0" x 6.9" x 15.2"
Kensington lock port, password (OSD)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
22.1" x 5.1" x 15"
Recommended furniture height
13" - 18" (124% offset)
2 Year parts and labor limited warranty on the projector with first year express advance replacement, 5-year or 12,000 hour light source warranty (whichever comes first)
What's in the Box
CinemaX P2 projector, distance cards, quick start user manual, Bluetooth smart home remote with Airmouse (rechargeable), power cable
Bluetooth smart home remote with Airmouse (replacement: BR-3074R CinemaX P2 distance cards (replacement): BD-25120 4K UHD Casting and mirroring adapter: UHDCast Pro