Home Theater Projector
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.
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.