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5000:1 Contrast Ratio
1300 Lumens
Street Price: n/a
$1,999 MSRP

Optoma HD72 Home Theater Projector

Evan Powell, February 15, 2006

When the new crop of high contrast LCD 720p projectors appeared last fall we knew it would not take long for makers of DLP products to show an aggressive response. Out on the leading edge of this movement is the Optoma HD72, a newly released 1280x768 resolution DLP home theater projector that is rated at up to 5000:1 contrast and sells for low street prices near the magic $2,000 mark. Optoma has been building a brand in home theater that connotes high quality at consumer friendly prices. With the H31 at the low end, and the newly announced HD81 1080p at the high end, the HD72 fits into the middle range of a family of aggressively priced models that deliver a lot of home theater for the money.

Product Specifications

Contrast: 3500:1 without Image AI, and up to 5000:1 with Image AI activated.

ANSI lumens: 1300

Light engine: DLP DarkChip 2, 1280x768 native resolution, 7-segment color wheel (GRBWGRB), 4x rotation speed.

Connection panel: One HDMI port, one DVI-I (HDCP), one 3-RCA component video, one composite video, one S-video, one RS-232, one service port, one 12V relay. There is also a Kensington Microsaver lock port to provide added security if used in a public environment.

Compatibility: HDTV 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i; 480i NTSC/NTSC 4.43, 576i PAL/PAL-N/PAL-M/SECAM; computer SXGA+, SXGA, XGA, SVGA, VGA; dual resolution support for computer 1280x768 and native 1280x720 HDTV.

Zoom lens and throw distance: 1.2x manual zoom, 100" 16:9 image between 11.5 and 13.8 feet throw distance

Warranty: Two years.

Review Contents: Intro and Specs Overview Aspect Ratio Performance and Conclusion