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Optoma Launches Industry’s First HD-2 DLP™ Home Theater Projector Under $6000 at InfoComm 2003Company’s Widescreen H76 Stands to Outperform Big-Ticket Competitors for Thousands of Dollars Less
Milpitas, Calif. and Orlando, Fla. (June 02, 2003) - Proving that high performance, design ingenuity, and competitive pricing can go hand-in-hand, Optoma Technology, Inc. will unveil the industry's first widescreen home theater projector to be priced under $6000. Beginning tomorrow, the Optoma H76™ 720p native resolution home theater projector, which features HD-2 Digital Light Processing™ technology from Texas Instruments, will be the top attraction at the Optoma home theater exhibit at InfoComm 2003 in Orlando, Fla. Optoma is an award-winning developer of projection and digital display products for business and home.
The H76 combines HD-2 DLP™ technology, also known as "the Mustang Chip," with a five-speed, six-segment color wheel, and uses the advanced scaling capabilities of the Pixelworks 465 scaler. This combination of advanced technologies results in native 720p resolution, rich dark levels, breathtakingly vivid colors, and a native 16:9 aspect ratio-perfect for viewing widescreen materials in their natural state. Similarly featured products typically sell for $9,000 and up.
"For ages, people have been waiting for an affordable 720p projector that is built on a true home theater platform and doesn't compromise in quality," explained AJ Abrams, general manager of Optoma. "The H76 gives them all of this and more, and stands to surpass its big ticket competitors not only in price, but in performance."
The H76's markedly lower price is in surprising contrast to its roster of premium features. It has 1000 lumens for exceptional brightness, provides a 2000:1 contrast ratio-twice the contrast of a typical, professional film-based movie theater, and comes with a 250-watt lamp with a 2000-hour life expectancy. The projector includes an "economy" mode to increase its lamp life-up to 3000-hours by reducing the lamp wattage to 200 watts-and to reduce sound from a virtually undetectable 28 dB to a silent 25 dB.
The H76's built-in advanced video processing technologies ensure unsurpassed image quality, using a state-of-the-art deinterlacer to deliver the cleanest, smoothest images possible without artifacts, in addition to having both 3:2 and 2:2 pulldown detection for exceptional film reproduction. The projector is compatible with every digital and analog source and has S-Video, DVI-I, component (480i/p, 720p, and 1080i), and BNC inputs. Moreover, the projector's High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) compliancy ensures future accessibility to protected, high-bandwidth digital content.
Ideal for just about any home theater size or configuration, the versatile H76 is lightweight for its class at 16.5-pounds, and includes both a wide range throw ratio and a lens shift function to ensure perfect image alignment, regardless of room size or projector placement. It also provides other high-end adjustments including electronic zoom and focus and four-way digital keystone correction. The H76 also comes equipped with dual +12 volt relays and an RS232 input-for total projector control-to accommodate the needs of installers.
Considered Optoma's premier home theater projector, the MSRP for the Optoma H76 is $5999.
Optoma Technology is exhibiting its award-winning line of digital projectors and high definition televisions at InfoComm 2003 in Booth #2563 from June 3 through June 6, 2003. The exhibit features a luxurious 287 square foot home theater starring the H76 as its main attraction. Optoma will also introduce its newest digital data projectors, including the ultra-lightweight EzPro 725™ and the budget-friendly EzPro 731™. For more information about InfoComm 2003 please visit http://infocomm03.expoexchange.com/ . For additional Optoma information and to view product photos, please visit http://www.optomausa.com/press.
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