Review Contents
Intro and Specifications
Editor's Choice
Performance
Features
Ease of Use
Value
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10000:1 Contrast Ratio
1300 Lumens
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Optoma HD80
Home Theater Projector

Evan Powell, July 31, 2007

The biggest story of the past two years in the projector industry has been the rapid collapse of 1080p pricing. Three years ago you had to ante up $30,000 for 1080p resolution; today you can get 1080p projectors for as little as $3,000. As expected, the price collapse has been led by manufacturers using LCD technology. But with the release of the Optoma HD80, DLP suddenly takes the price lead, and it does so in dramatic fashion. At an official street price of just $2,699, the HD80 sets a new price/performance standard in the world of 1080p projection.

As is typical of DLP projectors, the short 1.2x zoom lens range and lack of physical lens shift means that the HD80 does not offer the variety of installation options that are available with its LCD competitors. Most users will need to ceiling mount it. However, those who can live with its installation restrictions will be rewarded with outstanding image quality that is currently unbeatable for the money.

Specifications

ANSI lumens: 1300

Contrast (full on/off): 10,000:1

Light Engine: 1920x1080, native 16:9, single chip DLP with a 300W UHP lamp and a 6x speed, 7-segment color wheel.

Video Compatibility: HDTV 1080p/60, 1080p/50, 1080p/24, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i. NTSC/PAL/SECAM.

Connection Panel: Two HDMI inputs, one VGA input, one component YPbPr input, one S-Video input, one composite input, one RS-232C port.

Lens and Throw Distance: 1.2:1 manual zoom/focus lens. Throws a 100" diagonal 16:9 image from 13.5' to 16.2'

Lamp Life: 2000 hours standard, 3000 in low lamp mode.

Warranty: Two years.

Review Contents: Intro and Specifications Overview Performance and Conclusion

Reader Comments(31 comments)

Posted Mar 25, 2014 10:15:14 AM

By Jerry

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Regarding projector running for a bit, then shutting down. Replaced bulb and worked fine again

Posted Nov 29, 2011 3:25:31 PM

By Lasse

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Hey Keith, it might be your color wheel, try changing input refresh rate to 50hz, that solved it for me, now it's really silent!

Posted Oct 23, 2011 12:45:13 AM

By jeff

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My Optavision HDMI projector was has being on for over 100hrs now,but it losses its colour suddenly yesterday during the liverpool match.I removed it,cleaned the filter and the lens,but it still produce pictures almost without colour.Can any one save me as this is the only thing I have to operate my cinema.

Posted Sep 6, 2011 4:46:39 PM

By Rob

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I have an HD 80. The lamp kept going out after only about 1400 hours and didn't give any of the indication it was a bulb issue as described in the manual. The lamp indicator would go solid red indicating call your service rep. I called and the guy told me it was likely just the bulb needed to be replaced but I could send it in if I wished. Bought a new bulb and it's been perfect ever since. I also was experiencing excessive noise and took the thing completely apart and cleaned it and it got much quieter. Also noticed when I was in there that the color wheel had a heavy film residue on it. Cleaned it also and the picture got much sharper. I probably got about 3000 hours on it total now and it's been great. Very impressive 120" picture.

Posted Sep 3, 2011 6:43:47 AM

By Marc

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Jerry,

Open the factory system menu (per previous directions), if your board temp is still running hot 60's 70's then the ventalation is still blocked somewhere. I dissasembled the entire unit, including removing boards, to clear mine. There are many places the flow can be restricted. Moderator: I know this sight is for reviews but I have no way of getting an E-mail to just Jerry.

Posted Aug 30, 2011 5:49:54 PM

By Dave Johnson

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I find that my projector is having problems converting 480 resolution to a decent picture. 1080 looks great, but anything in 480 looks like junk. I have a brand new pioneer receiver, and I still have the problem. Is it the projector or the reveiver?

Posted Jul 17, 2011 12:45:33 PM

By jerry

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I have had my HD80 for nearly 3 years. We use it 3 to 6 hrs, 3 or 4 days a week. My projector is also over heating, I took it down cleaned vents and it worked 10 mins. and that is when I decided to go to this site. I looked through the manual under maintenance, service etc. I found nothing about cleaning vents, maybe this is general knowledge, but they should say it. This could save alot of bad comments and unhappy people. I paid $2500 and that is alot of money for this short amount of time. But it was nice while it lasted. If anyone has any input, please let me know. Otherwise I will take it to local shop next week.

Posted Dec 18, 2010 7:03:50 PM

By Marc

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I've owned this Projector for over 3 years now. Its my 3rd projector, been using them as my primary TV for 10 years now. As I read below, I have had most of these problems, and I can help with what I have learned. What is written below has saved me from buying a new projector twice.

Blotchy, flat, dark, wrong, etc color issues. Heres a key (secret) sequence for you to know: POWER -> LEFT -> LEFT -> UP. This is the key code to the factory system menu. Use the test templates provided to recalibrate your color wheel index (CWI) about every 6 months (mine was 30deg off when I discovered this gem). Also use the other features they don't want you messing with. By the way, theres more more menus than this...

Shutting off after 4 minutes, independent of the bulb life. Keep the intake filter clean (yes this means opening the cabinet), temp gets to high for the board, and the lamp driver shuts down. Shows up as a lamp problem not an overtemp because its the board not the bulb. Before I did this my vent was completely plugged and my board temp was running 74 (units I don't know). After its running 52. Another neat feature of the Factory System Menu

Posted Aug 1, 2010 7:53:52 PM

By Jim

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Love the HD80 but I now have a roblem with only 1200 hrs on the bulb, it shuts down and if you unlug it and replug it then it stays on about 3inutes and shuts down again. I have reviewed several post tat have the exact same problem. It has to be a design error for so any people to experience the same fault. Don't buy one of these without a written guarantee for this problem. optoma should not sell any more of these until this problem is corrected on existing units as well as the new ones.

Posted Jun 29, 2010 8:38:15 AM

By CHARLES

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SORRY GUYS, I'VE BEEN THERE MY PROBLEM STARTED AT AAOO HOURS WITH NO PROBLEMS BEFORE HAND. THE LAMP WOULD SHUT DOWN WITH THE RED LAMP LIGHT INDICATING A MALFUNCTION. MY PROJECTOR IS JUST UNDER 3 YEARS OLD, OUT OF WARRENTY WELL YOU CAN NOT FIX IT , I DISASSEMBLED IT 3 TIMES , THOUGHT MAYBE A FAN PROBLEM, AIRFLOW CAUSING OVERHEAT, ETC.DEADENDS.I CONTACTED THE SERVICE ARM OF OPTOMA TECH. SER. CORP. GOT AND RMA NUMBER AND SHIPPED IT, THEY REQUIRE 110 TO LOOK AT IT , THIS COVERS ALL RETURN SHIPPING AND LABOR, WHICH IS A BIG DEAL. THE REPAIR BILL STARTED AT 900 AND CHANGE, I TALKED TO A NICE SERVICE REP GLORIA AND TOLD HER ABOUT MY HEART ATTACK AND THE TALKED HER BOSS MARY, AND GOT THE PRICE DOWN TO 696.00 YOU ALSO HAVE TO E MAIL BACK AN AUTHERIZATION. THATS DONE. THEY REPLACED THE MOTHERBOARD, AND THE LAMP MODULE. THEY ARE NOW TESTING IT AND IT SHOULD BE SHIPPED BACK TODAY OR TOMMOROW. WHIS ME LUCK , I HOPE THAT THIS INFO . IS HELPFUL GOOD LUCK TO YOU , AND REMEMBER THIS IS LIKE MEDICAL CARE, YOU MUST BE NICE STAY ENGAGED AND DRIVE CARE.

Posted Jun 21, 2010 8:40:56 AM

By Robert Conley

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projector runs 30 seconds,red light appears over lamp and lamp shuts down What can be done?

Posted May 25, 2010 3:18:14 PM

By Deen

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Hey Chris, I'm also having the same problem now. My projector shuts down unexpectedly. and the lamp light goes on. my lamp is only at its 1228 hour. can you walk me through on how you reset your projector? re you still having problems? thanks!

Posted May 12, 2010 3:07:04 PM

By Chris

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I see a lot of random errors on this forum related to unexpected shutdowns. I had this same problem with mine after using it without problem for about a year and a half, no explanation. Customer support wasn't much help, but there is a 'reset' option in the menu, buried under a few levels (IIRC), that will reset the projector to factory default settings. This cleared up my unexpected shutdown problem without issues.

In my case, the projector would shut itself off every time my PS3 attempted to change screen resolution.

Posted Apr 10, 2010 10:59:29 PM

By dave stylous

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you must have bought a lemon, I've got mine for over a year..it works flawlessly..anyone that thinks a tv can even come close to a projection system delivering a picture measured in feet rather than inches are pure ignorant! this projector is compareable to ones costing ten times the price. I've seen them all and I am laughing my butt off at how amazing this projector is and how affordable it is...my reference Bluray is The Transformers revenge of the fallen, those Imax shots puts every single theatre to shame!...forget the tv!

Posted Mar 31, 2010 6:26:05 AM

By keith

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hi anyone getting excess fan noise ? the tone of the fan changes with the rise in noise. ive got 450 hrs on the lamp. any help

Posted Mar 18, 2010 11:13:58 AM

By jeremy

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I purchased an optoma hd80 about a year ago. nothing but a headache. shuts off all the time . loses signal with new hd cables and burns 4 lamps in a year! go buy a regular TV , cheaper and better.

Posted Dec 27, 2009 10:31:15 AM

By Dan

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I have a Optoma HD806. I'm starting to notice a purpleish,greenishand,and blueish background on my screen. The people skin looks tutone. I changed the bulb and it still does the same thing. I wanted to know if anyone else had the same problem.

Posted Dec 6, 2009 11:28:24 AM

By Al smith

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Getting a purple / green hue on games and blue ray films(using PS3) after a few minutes of crisp 1080 viewing, and now the OPTIMA HD80 is shutting itself down after 10-15mins. Tried changing HDMI cables, re-setting PS3 . Can anyone help ?????

Al

Posted Jun 5, 2009 7:23:26 PM

By Kevin

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Help!! I am experiencing the problem below. There is no further explanation as to what is going on.

When the “LAMP” indicator lights solid red, the projector will automatically shut itself down. Please contact your local reseller or service centre.

Posted Feb 7, 2009 3:20:46 PM

By Jon

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I also just brought one home from Best Buy - they are selling the demo units in the magnolia rooms I guess. The bulb has about 200 hours on it. I paid $1,400 which is cheaper than I've seen this going anywhere online or in a store. I can't believe the guy below says he got one for $600 - that's way below the used price. I think the price I paid was decided by some kid, though. The clerk asked an early twenties looking girl if it was ok to sell it for $1,400 when I was checking out. I guess discontinued demo products don't have corporate enforced price guidelines so you can get a great deal once in a while.

It replaces an Optoma hd70 that I've had for a couple years. It is definitely a big step up. The picture is brighter, higher resolution, and has higher contrast. I'm no videophile but I normally watch a couple of movies a week and like a big engaging picture. This picture is definitely good enough for me. I can't see upgrading again until something goes wrong. This is my third projector so I'm familiar with the progress that they've made over the past 7 years or so. From a consumer standpoint I think this technology is mature. I'm sure there are better projectors out there but I don't think that many people will care much beyond this point.

One irritation is that I'm going to have to move the ceiling mount back a couple of feet to fill the screen. I wouldn't have expected this since it's replacing another home theater projector of the same brand.

Posted Feb 7, 2009 8:27:29 AM

By Pierre

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I love your review of this projector, and I just went out to Best Buy and picked one up for 600$ even. I thought that was a steal. I could not agree more with the review, now I am running the projector right now on a table top settings and without a screen, and the picture is still great.

Posted Aug 19, 2007 12:45:47 PM

By Noli

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I think the 'Overscan' button on the remote is great. Overscan (or really the lack of it) is becoming more and more important in this more-and-more HD sophisticated world.

People a] want (at least the option) to see the entire frame, as the director intended etc b] want pixel perfect processing - scaling, even when done well, means some loss of image quality and c] this is important for games too when you can lose gaming information at the edge of the screen for example.

This button also allows you to turn it off instantly too, if for example the lack of overscan results in something unsightly (eg a single green line was observed with Sky HD's image when not overscanned due to the way they broadcast their hi def).

As such, this feature is a big draw for me. What I really want to know is if Projector Central (or anyone else) can confirm to me which of the batch of the new 1080p projectors (JVC DLA-RS1, Mitsubishi HC5000, Panasonic PT-AE1000U, BenQ W10000, Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 in particular) have this capability (to disable overscan) too - whether on the remote or otherwise.

Posted Aug 11, 2007 7:42:03 AM

By docgregt

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One thing that was not clear is whether this projector supports Deep Color. After searching the Optoma web site it would appear that it does not.

I think this is a significant difference between this projector and the Epson Home Cinema 1080.

Any thoughts on this feature and why your review did not mention it?

Posted Aug 9, 2007 2:40:03 PM

By Nuke

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Like TopQ above, I was all set to buy an Epson Home Cinema 1080, then the HD80 came out and made my decision a little tougher.

I realize that the placement options are a little bit more limited with the HD80, but other than that, which projector is the better value overall?

- Nuke

Posted Aug 9, 2007 8:51:59 AM

By MDahmad

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How does it campare with HD81? is it better than HD81

Posted Aug 7, 2007 9:53:41 AM

By Supineru

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The following are listed as standard accessories from Optoma's website: AC Power Cord, Composite Video Cable, RS-232 Cable, Remote Control, Batteries for Remote, Lens Cap, User’s Manual, Warranty Card and Quick Start Guide.

So looks like you will have to buy the DVI-to-VGA adaptor. The connector is a DVI-I so should be able to handle the VGA's analog signal.

Posted Aug 4, 2007 4:30:46 AM

By TopQ

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Hello I was going to get the Epson Home Cinema1080 but then this projector came along and is making my life more difficult ;-)

Any way since I will be using this projector with the XBOX360 with a VGA output, will it be compatible with it? I read that some projectors can't handle well the Xbox in VGA format. I really didnt see any VGA connector in this projector so I am assuming that the DVI (label as VGA) comes with some kind of adapter to accept VGA input? I also read that the Xbox wont output 1080P using component mode. Also will the image quality be that much better than the Epson?

Thanks for your help, TopQ

Posted Aug 2, 2007 2:06:55 PM

By peter-sr

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I'd like to echo the comment by W8ING4SED:

It would be nice to know how this unit's SD playback compares to the AE1000U.

Posted Aug 1, 2007 8:42:41 PM

By W8ING4SED

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A nice article, however it did not mention how the HD80 compares to the panasonic AE1000U for regular DVDs. I have a significant collection so standard DVD performance is very important to me.

Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Posted Aug 1, 2007 12:48:52 PM

By FFrrEEddRRiiKK

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Any comment on how the HD80 compares to the BenQ W9000?

/Fredrik

Posted Aug 1, 2007 6:44:15 AM

By ken

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Another excellent article. Thanks. Would love to know how the HD80 stacks up against the latest from JVC and Mitsu. JVC is a lot more $$, but the projector product roadmap is covered with frame-breakers that outperform much more expensive competitors.

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