XGIMI introduced this week its Horizon Ultra Dolby Vision-enabled 4K Long Throw Projector, driven by a new hybrid dual light engine technology (laser + LED).

Optimized for home theater and gaming applications, the XGIMI (.47″) DLP-based projector ($1,699 suggested retail) is capable of presenting low-latency gaming sources and adds built-in dual 12w Harmon Kardon speakers. and an eARC output.

It also features an built-in Android TV 11 OS smart platform to stream popular movie and TV show apps.

The Horizon Ultra is billed as “the world’s first and only long throw home projector with Dolby Vision.”

The compact projector is powered by a new hybrid laser and LED system capable of “hardware-level computing optics.. of luxury projectors that cost thousands of dollars,” the company said.

The unit will deliver “movie theater-like performance and output” with 4K UHD long throw home projector Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) quality, for more life-like color richness, brightness and contrast in projected images, the company said.

“Feedback from our global community of more than 4 million customers helped us develop Horizon Ultra to bring best-in-class immersive experiences, like Dolby Vision, to our latest line up of products without compromise,” stated Apollo Zhong, XGIMI founder and CEO. “This required significant innovation and we’re confident Horizon Ultra will elevate home entertainment to extraordinary levels.”

According to specs, the projector will also support the HDR10 and HLG HDR profiles and includes one HDMI input that supports eARC.

XGIMI said the Horizon Ultra’s Laser-LED Dual Light technology was developed to eliminate each of the individual light source type’s limitations. Combined, Laser and LED are said to “create a continuous natural spectrum with an ultra-wide color gamut, ultra-high brightness, ultra-accurate colormetry.”

The light engine is listed with 25000 hours of life expectancy.

Peak brightness is listed at “2300 ISO Lumens” with a 77% increase from the company’s Horizon Pro predecessor.

Its DCI-P3 color gamut coverage is over 95.5%, while Rec.709 color gamut coverage exceeds 99.9%, for natural appearing film colors.

A high color accuracy calibration platform, developed specifically for Horizon Ultra “provides an
average color accuracy of △E≈1,” the company said, adding this was certified by two major institutions – SGS in Switzerland and TÜV Süd.

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This is said to yield comfortable viewing of clear pictures without color fringing or speckles, and topping the performance of more traditional projectors of the same of higher price.

The Horizon Ultra includes Intelligent Screen Adaption technology 3.0 (ISA 3.0) bringing an upgraded software and hardware-level computing optics solution traditionally used in theaters and luxury high end home theater projector markets. This is said to take into account the bias lighting dynamic of the room, including lighting, walls, curtains and projector placement, to make dynamic adjustments in hardware and software for optimal results.

The ISA 3.0 hardware components include a Dynamic Iris controlling brightness and contrast, a Dynamic Color Adjustment Module, and an automatic optical zoom module for high-level screen scaling.

ISA 3.0 system then allows for dynamic adjustment of brightness and colors, automatically adjusting settings for both day and night conditions – increasing brightness during the day, and colors at night.

The new technology is said to build on the previous version of ISA with uninterrupted auto focus and keystone correction, to yield a continuously aligned and distortion-free image, without need of manual adjustments.

ISA 3.0 even includes a Wall Color Adaption feature that automatically adjusts brightness and colors
to optimize the screen for the wall color it’s being displayed on.

Also included is XGIMI’s enhanced eye protection, that automatically dims the screen when a moving object, like a child or infant, is detected in front of the projector to safeguard against eye strain.

Optimized for gaming, the XGIMI Horizon Ultra is listed with a “professional-level” 18ms low latency lag time and supports up to 4K resolution games at 60Hz frame rates, to maintain exceptionally fast refresh rates need by hardcore players.

The Horizon Ultra can also display up to 200-inch screen size for optimal visuals during highly competitive game play.

The Horizon Ultra can also display up to 200-inch screen size for optimal visuals during highly competitive game play. The throw ratio is 1.2-1.5:1.

Connectivity includes built-in WiFi 6 dual band, Bluetooth 5.2/BLE, 3.5mm headphone jack, optical audio out, 2 USB ports, 1 HDMI (eARC) port, and a LAN port.

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By Greg Tarr

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