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Street Price: n/a
MSRP:$1,899
3D: Full HD 3D
Contrast:20,000:1
Lumens:2000
Weight: 6.4 lbs
Resolution:1920x1080
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Technology:DLP
Lens:1.2x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:3,500 Hrs
6,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$399.00
Warranty:1 year
Connectors:  Composite, RGB (x2), HDMI 1.4a (x2), USB, RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60

Optoma HD25 Home Theater Projector Review

Bill Livolsi, June 6, 2013

Shootout:
Optoma HD25 vs BenQ W1070

The HD25's nearest competitor in terms of both price and features is the BenQ W1070, a $1000 DLP 1080p projector with full HD 3D capabilities. Our BenQ W1070 review revealed its brilliant, sharp, well-balanced home theater image, making it an excellent match for the HD25.

The problem in comparing these two projectors is how similar they are. Given a sufficiently darkened room and good source material, the HD25 and W1070 appear to be mostly the same when it comes to picture quality. Both projectors produce natural, well-balanced images with plenty of color saturation and shadow detail. Given this similarity, most people will have to decide between the projectors based on feature set, not image quality.

Light output. In Cinema mode, the two projectors produce the same amount of light. The HD25 at 1146 lumens is roughly equal to the W1070 at 1220 lumens, as the human eye cannot detect minor brightness differences without a head to head comparison. The W1070 does have Dynamic mode, which at 1554 lumens is brighter than any of the HD25's image modes and particularly useful for living room use. However, even that lumen difference is fairly minor.

Contrast. The two projectors are exceptionally similar when it comes to contrast. Both have so-so black levels and very accurate default gamma curves, so shadow detail is maintained without any loss. The HD25 has DynamicBlack, but the contrast improvement granted by this feature is minimal when it is present at all. It is impossible to select between the two projectors on this basis alone.

Color. The HD25 has more accurate color out of the box; it measures 6400K across the grayscale to the W1070's 6800K. Both projectors can be calibrated to 6500K with very little effort on the part of the user, so final calibrated color is excellent on both models. However, the W1070 has full RGB gain/bias controls, something the HD25 lacks. Both projectors have full color management systems.

Sharpness. Both the HD25 and the W1070 are single-chip 1080p projectors without detail enhancement systems. Once sharpness is set correctly (which can be done easily without any special equipment), they appear identical.

Input lag. At 17ms of input lag, the HD25 is half a frame faster than the W1070 at 24ms.

3D. While both projectors offer full HD 3D, the HD25 has the option to use either DLP Link or RF-sync 3D glasses.

Placement flexibility. With a 1.3:1 zoom lens and a small amount of vertical lens shift, the W1070 is easier to install for most people than the HD25 (which has a 1.2:1 lens and no shift).

Lamp life. Both projectors' lamps are rated for 3,500 hours at full power or 6,000 hours in Eco mode.

Warranty. Both projectors have one-year limited warranties.

Sound. The HD25's speakers are 10W stereo (5W+5W, not 10W per channel) to the W1070's 10W mono. While the presence of sound at all is a bonus, stereo sound is useful for people who plan to make extensive use of the feature.

Conclusion

The Optoma HD25 is a great little projector. Its bright, sparkling HD image is perfect for home theater, and its bargain price of $949 makes it an exceptional value. While the HD25 has some flaws, those flaws are all related to usability, not image quality. The menu system can be complicated at times, and the lack of multiple User modes limits the HD25's calibration potential. Overall, though, the HD25 is a strong projector for entry-level home theater with potential for portable use as well.

Competition in the HD25's market segment is particularly fierce this year, with projectors like the BenQ W1070 providing stiff competition. The two projectors are more alike than they are different; however, the HD25 is a better projector for those users primarily concerned with 3D viewing (thanks to RF glasses), portable use (due to the HD25's better onboard speakers), or gaming (thanks to less input lag). On the other hand, the W1070's better placement flexibility will appeal to many potential buyers. Whichever projector you choose, the end result is a beautiful home theater image at a bargain price.

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Reader Comments(25 comments)

Posted May 25, 2014 1:16:23 PM

By Marcelo

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Hi there,

For what I have reviewed on both Optoma HD25 and HD25-LV I believe my best option for a closed dark room, with a screen size of 120' diagonal in 4:3 mode is the HD-25, am I right? Thanks for your replies in advance.

Posted Sep 12, 2013 1:31:45 PM

By Michal

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I m new to projectors, would like to buy one, but have one question. I live in old house with high ceiling 3,5meter. Can I mount this projector up on the ceiling and set up image to be 1,5 meter below the ceiling?

Posted Sep 11, 2013 12:42:09 AM

By 8sen

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What about the fan noise? It seems like the HD25 is the most quit projector. How is it in real life?

Posted Aug 25, 2013 7:00:40 AM

By Chris

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I have the HD25, I like it so far. My only concern lately is, watching a source as crisp as blu ray I still get extremely grainy pictures in dark scene's, like a faint analog signal used to look. Does that sound like a setting or is that typical from a projector? I just watched Olympus has Fallen and the newest Die Hard and it suffered horribly from dark scene graininess.. Any input would be appreciated, my first projector.

Posted Jul 3, 2013 6:42:31 AM

By Mike

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One more thing:

I read that if u use DLP-link for 3D-glasses, they work on 144 Hz frequency. On the other hand, RF 3D glasses work on 120 Hz. (please correct me if I am wrong)

Considering this, will DLP-link glasses give a better 3D experience because of 144 Hz? Will it be more pleasing to the eye? All in all, which type of 3D glasses is suggested?

One guy was saying that 3D when using DLP-link glasses was much more pleasing than RF glasses.

Posted Jul 1, 2013 7:02:56 AM

By Mike

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Hi, I had 2 questions:

1st: Can a 3D SBS movie on my tablet be watched in Optoma HD25? When I plug it to an 3DTV, side-by-side content is put on top of eachother and I can watch it with glasses. Is it the same with the 3D projectors?

I am confused because on Optoma web page it says: "Optoma 3D enabled projectors can only display 3D images when 3D content is delivered to the projector from a PC with software able to generate a 3D image and a graphics card that supports 3D display."

2nd question: Which glasses do you recommend and why? Optoma BG-ZD301 vs Optoma BG-ZF2100GLS vs OTHER BRAND?

Thanks alot!

Posted Jun 29, 2013 8:55:52 PM

By Eddie Whitaker

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For the Optomo HD25, will a filter be needed if projector is in a dark basement entertainment room with projector approximately 13 ft. from screen and screen size 95".

Posted Jun 27, 2013 12:15:19 PM

By Ras

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I'd also love to hear your thoughts on these (especially the Optoma HD25) vs the Epson 5020.

While the Epson should have deeper blacks, the lower input lag and great brightness of the Optoma makes it very enticing (especially at less than half the price of the 5020, or half the price for the LV).

Posted Jun 26, 2013 8:31:46 AM

By chachanyc

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How does this projector compare to the optoma hd33?5

Posted Jun 23, 2013 7:12:17 AM

By Windy

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How does Optima HD25 compare with Epson 5020?

Posted Jun 20, 2013 9:39:49 AM

By Miguel Guzman

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Hi Suphot. Go for the RF 100%. DLP link tends to make images look washed out because of the extra flashes on the screen to sync the glasses. RF glasses sync content through radio frequency eliminating the need to add extra frames to the content. This yields a better contrast and better color reproduction.

Posted Jun 16, 2013 10:05:42 PM

By Suphot

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I am wondering for 3D glasses on HD 25, the DLP link or RF 3D glasses, which one is better?

In tern of 3D picture brightness and 3D effect.

Thank,

Posted Jun 13, 2013 10:04:43 AM

By Sim's

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Approximately when would you be able to post an article on "HD25 compared to HD25-LV". I have to have decide the following week, running out time.

Posted Jun 11, 2013 2:56:57 PM

By Claude desaulniers

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Do you like the optima and the Ben q better than the Epsom 8350 ?

Posted Jun 10, 2013 11:28:34 AM

By Jose Morais

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I have an HD23 and I want to replace it for a 3D projector. I am sensitive to RBE and I see it sometimes while using the HD23. Does the HD25 will reduce the RBE when compared to the HD23? Also does the HD25 have the same placement distance as the HD23? It would be a plus to be able to use the same ceiling support and avoid breaking and painting the ceiling.

Thanks!

Posted Jun 8, 2013 8:13:35 AM

By Kami

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Interesting, and good to know! I actually want one of the new 144hz 3D systems because I feel it will be less prone to inducing eye strain and headaches. I'm wondering, do the compatible RF-glasses for the HD25 also run at 144hz, or is it just the DLP-link that runs at the faster speed?

Posted Jun 7, 2013 7:25:57 PM

By David K

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Also good to note is that the throw distance for the W1070 is considerably shorter with less offset than the HD25, making it a better choice for those with small rooms.

Posted Jun 7, 2013 10:21:00 AM

By JCHilty

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It is worthwhile to note that both the HD25 and W1070 require the newer 144hz DLP Link glasses if you plan on using DLP link for 3D. The older 120hz glasses wil not work.

Posted Jun 7, 2013 9:22:54 AM

By Bill Livolsi

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With regard to the color wheel: Optoma does not publish color wheel specifications but usually provide it upon our request. Unfortunately, the folks at Optoma are busy with the ramp-up to InfoComm 2013, and as such they have not had time to get back to us with their answer. We will update the review with information about the color wheel as soon as we obtain it.

Posted Jun 7, 2013 9:09:55 AM

By Bill Livolsi

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Folks,

We are planning to do another article covering the HD25-LV. That article will include a comparison with the HD25. We would have liked to include that information in this review, but we do not yet have the HD25-LV in-house.

Thanks for your patience.

Posted Jun 7, 2013 8:55:55 AM

By Chris

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It would have been nice to see something about the HD25-LV.

Posted Jun 6, 2013 10:18:35 PM

By Jean-Luc

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What about rainbow effect? I am particularly sensitive to this and it's a big concern fir me when envisaging buying a DLP projector.

Posted Jun 6, 2013 10:02:48 PM

By Kami

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Bill, thanks for the writeup, but there are a few things I've been wanting to know that weren't covered and I was hoping to find out... Specifically, how is the color wheel set up and speed on the HD25? What's the chance of rainbow effects for those who are prone to them? Also, the HD25-LV model at 3200 lumens for a couple hundred more bucks is the one that really interests me for large screen 3D use, but it isn't even mentioned. How is the HD25's image brightness in 3D mode? Any updates on this info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your hard work!

Posted Jun 6, 2013 7:46:42 PM

By Maher

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"On the other hand, displaying 3D on anything larger than a 100" diagonal screen makes for a relatively dim picture, since 3D viewing takes away so much of the projector's high light output."

Will the optomo hd25-lv solve the dim picture problem ?

Posted Jun 6, 2013 6:52:45 PM

By Robert

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How does 3D brightness compare to the BenQ W1070? Which one is brighter?

Thanks for the review.

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