Huge displays for entertainment and productivity are getting increasingly popular these days as prices are falling. Last year NVIDIA proposed a reference design for Big Format Gaming Displays: 65-inch monsters featuring a 120/144 Hz refresh rate along with the company’s G-Sync HDR technology. The initiative was supported by three companies: Acer, ASUS, and HP. But while all of them formally announced their BFGD products at CES 2018, only HP has started to sell one - the HP OMEN X Emperium.

Officially introduced at CES 2019, the HP OMEN X Emperium 65 display is based on a 64.5-inch 8-bit AMVA panel featuring a 3840×2160 resolution, 750-1000 nits brightness (typical/HDR), a 3200:1-4000:1 contrast ratio (minimum/typical), 178° viewing angles, a 120 - 144 Hz refresh rate (normal/overclocked), and a 4 ms GtG response time with overdrive enabled. Just like other G-Sync HDR monitors released to date, this one is equipped with a 384-zone full direct-array backlight to offer a finer-grained HDR experience, and enhanced with quantum dots to guarantee precise reproduction of 95% of the DCI-P3 color space. The ultra-large display can connect up to four devices using one DisplayPort 1.4 as well as three HDMI 2.0b ports.

To make the OMEN X Emperium 65 display more attractive both to gamers as well as those looking for other kinds of entertainment, HP outfitted its BFGD with a soundbar rated for 120 W of output power (with three stereo amps and Low Frequency Array technology) as well as a built-in SHIELD TV console that can be used as a media player to stream content from Amazon Video, Netflix, Hulu and other services.

Specifications of the OMEN X Emperium 65
Panel 64.5" AMVA
Native Resolution 3840 × 2160
Maximum Refresh Rate Normal: 120 Hz
Overclocked: 144 Hz
Response Time 4 ms with overdrive
Brightness Typical: 750 cd/m²
HDR: 1000 cd/m²
Contrast Minimum: 3200:1
Typical: 4000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Pixel Pitch 0.372 mm²
Pixel Density 68 ppi
Backlighting 384-zone full direct-array backlight
Color Gamut Support DCI-P3: 95%
Media Playback Capabilities Built-in NVIDIA SHIELD TV game console
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.4
3 × HDMI 2.0a
1x USB-B
HDCP 2.2
USB Hub 2-port USB 3.0
Audio Output power: 120W
Impedence: 4 Ohms
Frequency range: 40 - 20k Hz
Sensitivity: 91 dB @ 1K Hz at 1m full scale volume
Magnet Materials: Ferrite
Diaphragm: Aluminum

Line out: 1
S-PDIF out: 1
Power Idle 0.5 W
Typical ?
Peak ?
Launch Price $4,999

HP recently started to offer its OMEN X Emperium 65 online at a price of $4,999.99. As of press time, HP’s store stated that only nine units of the OMEN X Emperium were left in stock, so it is possible that there isn't many in the first batch.

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  • StevoLincolnite - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    5k is the price.
  • boozed - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    Must be putting all of his brain power into insults
  • aabeba - Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - link

    5K dollars, not pixels.
  • flyingpants265 - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    Wait.. The LG e-series is already 4k 120hz? That's awesome. But what's the latency?

    The perfect set for a desktop is a 36-40" 16:9. Once you get used to the size you can't really go back to a tiny 27" monitor. Either 4k, 1440p, or 1080p would be fine with me. The biggest issue is size and refresh rate. For $300 usd, I can get a BenQ 31.5" 144hz set right now, but it's curved, and i don't like the curve at all... Need one of these in 40".
  • guitarmassacre - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    What's the value of this over the 65" LG C8? The G-sync?
  • praktik - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    Its an interesting question - but on the spec sheet you are correct to note the gsync. Also the shield integration.

    What are we giving up is the question? LG and Sony and Samsung options in here have the benefit of TV engineering teams working on all the algorithms and secret sauces behind the scenes. Sony TVs are generally a little better at processing motion since their motion algorithms and display tech are better geared to this in movies. Will the HP design team have tuned their algorithms to same degree so Im not spending 5 grand but watching movies with inferior quality vs other options at this pricepoint? Do they have the local dimming process tight so we get the deepest blacks without crush and with good shadow detail in near black? I doubt it!

    So if i'm spending 5 grand at this level right - Im thinking about the best sony and samsung LCDs at this pricepoint - and with HDMI standards getting VRR and SAmsung already having it - im not sure what advantages will be there long term with something like the Omen - if the next iteration of all big brands are likely to have VRR through freesync almost standard.

    the issue THERE is that connecting an nvidia GPU to a TV like that over HDMI? Cant use freesync over HDMI with nvidia - so im picturing a few years from now when AMD cards are better @ 4k resolutions being the time when the OMen will no longer make sense.
  • FullmetalTitan - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    I guess. I HAVE a 65" LG C8 and a 1000W worth of audio (7.2.1 with rear speakers), for like 2/3 of this price. The Gsync isn't worth that much to me
  • edzieba - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    Variable refresh rate with HDR without issues.

    With OLED HDR you have the ABL limit: brightness already varies based on total illumination power, which combined with VRR's variable frame delivery times means even greater brightness variation as screen content changes. For FALD, ever other FALD driver available cannot handle VRR correctly: either just disabling local dimming and operating as SDR, or having a big disconnect between the image on the LCD panel and where the backlight is actually illuminating (due to the slow update rate of the FALD elements).

    Like with desktop-sized G-sync HDR, the cost goes into that one-of-a-kind controller and the massively overbuilt backlight driver circuitry.
  • Vitor - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    Make it Oled, 10 bit color with hdmi 2.1 that I would consider it.
  • Flunk - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    I hope you have $20,000 lying around then.

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