FedEx delivered my ZH403 at 2PM today and I took my time unboxing it. The first thing I noticed was there was no projector lens cover. I’ll call my salesman about that tomorrow. Optoma lived up to their reputation of worthless remote controllers; small, white and no backlight. You have to have a flashlight to use it. And things only got worse when I started using it. It was the same with my UHD51ALV. The third negative thing, I knew about before ordering the ZH403, was the lack of a second 2.2 HDMI port. I try to plug my gaming consuls directly into the projector to cut down on lag and connect the audio through my AVR. If I want to connect my AVR to the projector to watch movies, TV, or whatever, you need a second 2.2 compliant HDMI port. I’ll have to make use of the 1.4 HDMI port or go with a switch, and those never work well.
Things improved from there. I spent an hour watching Skull Island and learning the system. sRGB mode was the best out of the box for color, contrast and blacks and Cinema was the second. As the Road Test stated the other modes were not useful, but that included the Presentation mode which the Road Test was positive on. DynamicBlack, when used with the sRGB mode made little noticeable difference. It’s one of three brightness modes and the same results could be had by setting brightness to 80%. I may notice better results later and if I do I’ll update.
The ZH403 compared much better to the HT3050 than I expected. I used an Oppo BP103 and “Jumani: Welcome to the Jungle” BluRay 1080p disc for the comparison. The ZH403 was slightly sharper than the HT3050 and the HT3050 had only a very slight edge in color, which surprised me, because my HT3050 has excellent color.
The real surprise came when I compared the ZH403 to the HT3550. I loaded the Jumanji 1080p disk into a Panny UHD 820 which fed the HT3550 and I loaded the Jumanji 4k disc into an Oppo BDP 203 which fed the ZH403. The projectors are in separate but almost identical rooms. They project 90 degrees to each other and by looking through the connecting door I have a clear view of both screens and I can stand the same distance from each screen. I had to make adjustments to the ZH403, but it made good use of the HDR and the picture was as sharp and had almost as good of color as the 1080p upscaled to 4k picture of the HT3550. If I worked a little longer with the ZH403, I’m sure I could have matched the color quality of the HT3550.
If you’re looking for a plug and play projector, the HZ403 ain’t it. You have to make adjustments to get a good picture; however, the adjustments are easy to make despite the buggy remote, and they can be saved. I absolutely hate the remote.
I’ll evaluate gaming tomorrow.
Last edited by bjones8103; 01-08-2020 at 06:11 AM.