We just had a little time to play around with the P1 and were really impressed. We were able to test it out with a couple different screen surfaces and different lighting conditions.
It was clear that you absolutely got the best results with a UST ALR screen (SI Short Throw is what we used) regardless of the level of ambient light in the room.
On our Grandview UHD130 surface (4k 1.3 gain) it looked really good with <5 foot candles of light hitting the screen but still not on par with the 4x more expensive ST surface. The photo attached is on the UHD130 Grandview surface in the dark with all lights out.
We shot some video in our office, on an iphone, as our demo room is currently under renovation. We will be doing some more in depth photo video later this month with the P1 in that room once it is completed. We will also be testing it on some additional surfaces and in more lighting conditions.
The poor quality of our video does not do this unit justice.
Here is a video of us opening up the sealed box for our fist look:
Video of P1 with out of the box video settings projecting on a Grandview UHD130 white surface with a SI sample overlayed to show difference:
The audio was surprisingly impressive as well. It did lack any hookup for an external subwoofer though as it only had a 3.5mm audio out and an optical out. There may be plans for an optional wireless subwoofer or another way to get a sub hooked up to this but we were unable to get it to work. This is not a production release model so there may be still some enhancements/changes prior to release.
You could bypass the integrated audio entirely to run trough your AVR and surround sound.
The internal audio was clear and more than appropriate for TV viewing and dialogue, however it really lacked the "oomph" I would want for more cinematic content.
My colleague David is a real serious audiophile with a tremendous ear; here are his first impressions on the integrated audio (originally published @ https://www.projectorscreen.com/blog...st-impressions
In an era where the ultra-short throw projector is synonymous with the concept of “bigger & better TV replacement” in home theater, there are many aspects to what will make someone want one specific model over another. Of course, picture quality, brightness and price are all deciding factors as they always have been when deciding on a projector. Yet, in the era of the ultra-short throw setup we now have a new compelling category for which we will add to the way in which we judge a projector:
SOUND QUALITY! That’s right. Because of the way the UST projectors are designed, they now replace not only your TV with a larger image, but they also replace your soundbar as well.
Even before its official release, the P1 is becoming a trend setter. It’s priced affordably with a lot to offer. Of course, you will want to make sure you use the right kind of screen for it – meaning one designed specifically for UST projectors. But for the remainder of this review I will speaking specifically about its sound quality.
My colleagues and I, having worked in the home theater industry for years and years, know what it’s when you’re setting up the projector in your own house. We know that special feeling when the screen is finally mounted, you pop in your favorite Blu-ray or you hope right on to Netflix and go to a spectacular visual and finally get that first glimpse of a real movie theater in your home. But what is less familiar is setting up the projector and being blown away buy its ability to fill the room with crisp, clean *loud* sound all from within the projector itself. This is exactly what happened when we had the pleasure of using the P1 for the first time. The office has its share of audiophiles too, of which I am one. While it won’t replace your B&W free standing speakers, it will replace your average (and above-average) soundbars.
The P1 employs an integrated sound bar designed by Optoma’s sister company, NuForce. Inside the soundbar reside four full-range aluminum woofers capable of rendering distortion-free audio at a considerable volume level. The only qualm we had was that the projector did not include a way to integrate a subwoofer for those sub-bass frequencies that add impact to your cinematic experience. This may change in the future if a wireless subwoofer is offered for the unit.
We are sure that the P1 will be one of many offerings in the months and years to come which will offer substantial audio improvements over projectors of the past, but for now, we are happy to say it’s simply the best sounding projector we have yet to hear. At its price point, it’s a slam dunk of AV goodness on every front. Since Optoma and Nuforce are owned by the same company, the P1 is able to be offered at an extremely cost-effective price.