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.

optoma p2 projector

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.

Image being projected onto a 120" Grandview Dynamique UST ALR Screen

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


Display Technology 

Texas Instruments 0.47" 4K UHD ECD DMD

Color Wheel
6 segment RGBRGB

Native Resolution
4K UHD (3840 x 2160)

Maximum Input Resolution
4K (4096 x 2160, 30Hz) 4K UHD (3840 x 2160, 60Hz)

3,000 ANSI lumens

Contrast Ratio
2,000,000:1 (Dynamic Black enabled)

Color Gamut
Support REC.709, DCI-P3, REC.2020

HDR (High Dynamic Range)
HDR10 compatible (REC.2020)

Picture Modes
Normal, Bright, Detail, Film HDR SIM (simulate HDR effect with non-HDR content)

Video Processing
Upscales WXGA, 720p, 1080p, WUXGA, 1440p up to 4K UHD (3840 x 2160, 60Hz), PureMotion technology

Input Response
67.6ms (4K UHD, 60 Hz) / 67.1ms (1080p, 60Hz) SmartFIT and PureMotion must be disabled for PC and console gaming.

Color Depth
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)

Displayable Colors
1.07 billion

Light Source Life*
Up to 30,000 hrs (Eco), 20,000 hrs (Normal)

Light Source Type*
DuraCore laser

Projection Method
Front, rear, ceiling mount and table top

Keystone Correction
+5/-10 vertical, ±5° horizontal

SmartFIT companion app (Android and iOS) with auto geometry correction system


124% +6%/-2.5%

Aspect Ratio
16:9 (native), 4:3, auto compatible

Throw Ratio

Projection Distance
8"- 16.5' (back of projector to projection surface)

Image Size
85" – 120"

Projection Lens
F=2.04, f=525mm

Digital Zoom
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)

Noise Level

Remote Control
Bluetooth smart home remote and air mouse

Operating Temperature
41–104°F (5–40°C), 85% max humidity

Power Supply
AC input 100–240V, 50–60Hz, auto-switching

Power Consumption
Bright: 410W max, 360W typical Eco: 255W max, 225W typical

High Altitude
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

Computer Compatibility
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)

3D Compatibility
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

User Controls
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)


Operating System
Android 8.0 with customizable launcher

Video streaming
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)

Wi-Fi security

Bluetooth 4.0

19.0" x 6.9" x 15.2"


Kensington lock port, password (OSD)

24.25 lbs

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

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