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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Source: HP

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  • haukionkannel - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    This is Nvidia product... what do you Expect?
  • Dug - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    Yes, there is a reason. It's called development. You can't just throw parts off the shelf together and hope everything works. Otherwise you would be buying panels yourself. Why do you think it's taken so long to get a 4k screen above 60hz in the first place? How are you going to incorporate fald, connections, gsync, remotes, sound, correct color for pc and tv, write the firmware, design the frame, power supply, etc. Now pay all the people it took to develop, test, qa, manage project, and then get final approval. Then there's an entire manufacturing concept you haven't considered because they aren't going to sell millions of these, so you need to find someone that will do a short supply run. Then, pay for taxes, pictures, packaging, logistics, keeping the lights on, water, insurance, heat & ac, transportation, marketing. And have money left over so you can develop more things.
    And then add on this is a niche product that 99.8% of the population doesn't care about it.
  • Dug - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    Forgot to mention you need to add a warranty and support too, and expect returns that will burn into your 1000 piece run.
  • BenSkywalker - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    The C8 lists at $2700 for this size, the C9 is shipping with HDMI 2.1 but we don't have a price yet so we'll say that'll add another $100(probably will be less if history is an example), then add another $200 on for built in Shield hardware with a controller in the box, then we'll throw nVidia $500 for g sync tax and we end up at $3500. You could pair that with a 2080Ti and still be under what this is going for.
  • guidryp - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    LG, just add Display Port and to OLEDs and you already have a better product.
  • BenSkywalker - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    LG is shipping the 9 series OLED with HDMI 2.1- up to 10k 120Hz. Maybe I missed something, but I thought display port capped out at 8k 60Hz? Yes, I realize there is certain functionality dp has that HDMI doesn't, and vice versa, but *for* TVs HDMI 2.1 is just plain better. I guess having like a legacy hookup for obsolete hardware maybe?
  • godrilla - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    That soundbar could have gone to saving to the consumer! Their marketing team could not even put a pc together to run this thing. Isent HP a Computer company 1st and a accessory company 2nd. When i hear HP i never would think enthusiast anything.
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  • coburn_c - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    This would have been a good buy at $1000. As it is Samsung TV's have better specs, freesync, and 1440p/120 input for about $1000.
  • imaheadcase - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    Pixel Density 68 ppi

    That is why TV are not "gaming" displays people.

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