Hisense PX1-PRO TriChroma Laser Cinema Review - Notable Features

March 16, 2022 / By Project Reviews Staff

TRICHROMA LASER LIGHT SOURCE

The PX1-PRO features the Hisense TriChroma triple-laser light engine, allowing the projector to achieve 107% coverage of the BT.2020 color space because the triple laser light engine's RGB laser wavelengths are specifically chosen to optimize the primary colors of red, green, and blue.

All without the need for a color filter. Most projectors struggle to maximize the DCI-P3 color gamut used in most movies these days. There is often a need to apply color filters just to get to one hundred percent of DCI-P3.

As you can see in the chart below, displaying more extensive colors means you can make a more significant color volume. The bottom of the triangle shows that the gamut measures 107 percent. The graph's height is dictated by how much brightness you can generate. The more brightness you have combined with the color gamut, the more colors you can reproduce, and the PX1-PRO is rated at 2,200 lumens.

Multi-channel laser light engines create clean primary colors and typically produce a wider color gamut, making them perfect for consumers who require color accuracy in their displayed content.

DIGITAL LENS FOCUS

This is a new feature for Hisense UST projectors. The product's innovative Digital Lens Focus allows for ultra-fine focus tuning via menu controls to get a razor-sharp image in sizes from 90 to 130-inches. DLF is a welcome feature, effectively making any room capable of becoming a home theater. Placed just inches from the wall, the PX1-PRO casts an image as large as 130" with excellent brightness uniformity.

The projector does feature a very cool auto Geometric Correction feature, as well as a manual one. The Auto Geometric Correction tool makes use of your mobile phone to capture where you are in your image squaring process. All you have to do is take a picture and send it to Hisense. Using this data, Hisense can automatically configure your projector's screen geometry to provide the best-aligned image possible.

These tools, while helpful, come at a cost. They should only be used as a last resort. I strongly encourage you to get the projector squared to the screen manually because while keystone correction (manual or auto) is convenient, it does reduce your overall image quality.

4K LASER CINEMA

The PX1-PRO features 4K resolution, HDR10 support, and 2,200 lumens of brightness, offering stunning color and detail and unmatched picture clarity and focus uniformity.

Video streaming platforms offer a growing amount of 4K movies, even in HDR, just not at 60fps or higher. The reality is that 24fps is the standard despite some filmmakers like Peter Jackson and Ang Lee shooting content at frame rates higher than 24fps.

HDR/HDR10

Stunning Image Quality
Stunning Image Quality

HDR is found on most full HD and 4K TVs. Both full HD and 4K TVs offer great picture quality compared to traditional technologies. HDR is being introduced to enhance picture quality and make the projected image look more realistic, like what you see with your own eyes. HDR technology combines dimming and adjusting brightness levels to produce pictures at the highest Nit rating. A Nit is the measurement of brightness a TV screen can produce.

HDR 10 was first announced by the Consumer Technology Association, a US-based consumer electronic association. HDR 10 standard sends static metadata to the video stream. Metadata is encoded information on color calibration settings required to make a picture look real. 

High Dynamic Range expands color and contrast so you can enjoy a stunningly vibrant picture with incredible depth and detail. The Hisense PX1-PRO supports multiple HDR modes to enhance video for deeper blacks and brighter whites, greater detail in both the dark and bright parts in the same image, and greater detail within an extended color space. Dynamic HDR support ensures that video is displayed at the ideal depth, detail, brightness, contrast, and wider color gamuts for all kinds of content.

FILMMAKER MODE

See the movie the way the filmmaker intended it to be seen

Like many high-quality projectors, the Hisense PX1-PRO includes a Filmmaker mode. Filmmaker mode was created by collaborating filmmakers, Hollywood studios, consumer electronics companies, and the UHD Alliance. Hisense can offer Filmmaker mode on the PX1-PRO because they have agreed to abide by specific industry standards.

Filmmaker mode can be manually switched on from the projector's Settings menu. It can also be automatically activated by metadata embedded in the video bitstream. Filmmaker mode will automatically engage and disengage multiple picture settings, including:

  • Maintain source content frame rate & aspect ratio
  • Set White Point to D65
  • Switch Off Motion Smoothing/Interpolation
  • Switch Off Sharpening
  • Switch Off TV Noise Reduction
  • Switch Off any additional image "enhancement" processing

The goal of Filmmaker mode is to display SDR and HDR content exactly as the creator intended by switching off all post-processing for a more cinematic experience on a projector or flat-panel TV.

CINEMATIC SOUND SYSTEM

Dolby Atmos surrounds you
Dolby Atmos surrounds you

Premium features such as eARC for lossless audio and Dolby Atmos Sound provide a listening experience beyond the built-in sound system's performance capabilities for the true audiophile. Use eARC to pass through uncompressed audio to a multi-channel surround sound system.

If you do not use eARC, your only other option is to connect the optical audio output. Like most smart flat-panel televisions, the optical output cannot pass the latest immersive surround formats to an external sound system. Apps like Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, and Amazon Prime are loaded with multi-channel content. eARC is very important because the alternative, using the optical output, will only provide your external sound system stereo or Dolby Pro Logic information.

Alternatively, the built-in 30W Dolby Atmos sound should deliver spatial audio without the need for any extra equipment.

WiSA READY

WiSA Ready

The Hisense PX1-PRO includes a nice sound system, but for those interested in even higher performance, the projector is WiSA-ready. Products bearing the WiSA-ready logo are "ready" to transmit hi-resolution audio to WiSA-certified speakers when an optional third-party WiSA transmitter is plugged into one of the projector's USB ports. Because every WiSA-certified component is engineered to work together seamlessly, the setup couldn't be more straightforward. Unpack, plug-in power, and enjoy. Forget the speaker wires and confusing setup.

WISA-ready makes setting up a complete home entertainment solution much easier without tremendous effort, whether a simple stereo system or a robust 5.1, 7.1 surround. It also supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X systems.

GAMING MODE

Cinematic Gaming

Next-gen consoles such as the PlayStation 5, the Xbox Series X, and high-end PC gaming rigs with one exception are capable of both 4K high frame rate gaming. However, due to the DLP processor used in this projector, the PX1-PRO can only display 4K games at 60 frames per second, not at 4K 120 FPS.

With the PX1-PRO's microsecond-level processor response, you never miss a moment of action. Fast-moving images are buttery smooth and crystal clear, so whether it's sports, games, or action films, the PX1-PRO keeps pace.

When you turn on the PX1-PRO Game mode, input lag is reduced to about 30 Ms when playing at 60 fps. This is fast enough to make gaming on the PX1-PRO feel tight and responsive. The PX1-PRO can display HD content at frame rates up to 240 fps.

The PX1-PRO is equipped with ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode). The PX1-PRO's game mode is triggered automatically by a PS5 or Xbox Series X as soon as gaming content is detected.

ANDROID TV WITH GOOGLE ASSISTANT

Putting the smart in Smart TV

The PX1-PRO utilizes the Android TV operating system, and you can also access many other popular streaming services, including YouTube, Vudu, HBO Max, Hulu, Disney+, Fandango Now, and Amazon Prime Video. Additionally, you can download various additional apps and games from the Google Play store.

Hisense brings its integrated TV OS experience to the PX1-PRO and provides the same Android TV smart platform found in their newest flat-panel TVs. The projector's menus and Android TV are seamlessly integrated, providing a smooth and well-thought-out user experience. 

The PX1-PRO comes with a voice control remote equipped with a built-in microphone allowing the user to control a wide range of compatible smart devices via Google Assistant. You just press the Google Assistant button in the center of the remote control to activate the voice assistant on the PX1-PRO. In addition to the projector, Google Assistant also allows voice control for several third-party items such as a set-top box, lights, door locks, curtains, etc. Also, while the PX1-PRO uses an Android TV operating system for enhanced flexibility, it is compatible with Amazon Alexa.

The PX1-PRO also supports Chromecast. Just find a YouTube video or HBOMax show you want to check out and tap the Chromecast icon on your phone, select your TV, and send that video to your TV just like that.

The PX1-PRO has built-in wireless networking for users who want to move the projector from room to room while still accessing the unit's internal apps and services. The projector's media player can access files via USB to play all media types (videos, MP3, photos, etc.). You can also wirelessly stream videos, photos, and music from a compatible Android mobile device using Chromecast. The bottom line is if you're a frequent user of the Google Assistant on your phone, Android TV will feel very familiar to you.

 

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