Optoma P1 short-throw laser projector has 4K resolution and a built-in sound bar

The all-in-one system delivers a 100-inch image from just 10 inches away and costs $3,000.

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Looking for a huge home theater in a single box? Optoma's solution is this "smart-home-enabled all-in-one AV system" that integrates a sound bar into a short-throw 4K projector.

The Optoma P1 Smart 4K UHD Laser Cinema TV delivers a 100-inch image from just 10 inches away and is capable of 3,000-lumen brightness, which should be suitable for partly lit rooms. Its 4K resolution comes from a TI 0.47-inch DMD chip, which achieves a higher pixel count thanks to 1080p-worth of discrete pixels and some fancy mirror work.

The front-facing edge of the projector features an integrated sound bar designed by Optoma-owned audio brand NuForce. The sound bar includes aluminum full-range drivers, but there is no word on subwoofer-out capability. The P1 also works with Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant.

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The projector offers a number of specialized modes, including InfoWall for displaying customized information and DecorWall, which "creates the right ambience for the right occasion."

  • 3,000 ANSI lumens
  • 4K UHD 8.3M-pixel resolution
  • HDR10- and HLG-compatible 
  • Mercury-free DuraCore laser light technology with 20,000-hour lifetime
  • 100-inch image at 10 inches from the wall
  • Dolby Digital Plus compatibility
  • Optoma Connect App for iOS/Android
  • Remote controller features an air mouse function for faster channel selection
  • Google Assistant / Alexa voice assistant support

The Optoma P1 Smart 4K UHD Laser Cinema will be available in late Q2 for an expected street price of $2,999.

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