Optoma HD33 User Reviews
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I bought the Optoma HD33 approx 6 years ago. Good quality picture at a reasonable price. The 3D worked ok but I never really use it. Main use was general TV, Movies and games. All performed well.
Any Problems: After 4yrs use the color wheel started to make a buzzing sound. After some investigatibg I found the "cheap" alloy lamp and color wheel housing has cracked in many places due to the constant heat and cool cycles. The metal housing would slightly touch the color wheel causing it to buzz. I used a small dremel grinder on the housing then it was ok. The lamp exploded yesterday so it's time to replace the projector. I'm looking at the View Sonic px727 4k projector. Hopefully it's as good as it's reviews.
Initially I had the Epson Powerlite 5010. I had a lemon and tried to contact Epson for exchange. They gave me a lot of trouble because I bought from Ebay. They said it is considered a 3rd party and will not honor it. So I return it and after reading the excellent review of this Optoma HD33 I ordered it. Wow I was aesthetic with the quality for half the price of the Epson 5010. The DLP image seems sharper and very bright(standard). I don't need to use the higher power light to get super black and contrast. I was really blown away. my friends said movies projected seems better then movie theater's. I am so pleased. I would recommend the HD3300 s it comes with 3 years warranty including the build. This model only 1 year warranty but $300 cheaper. I highly recommend this. You will not regret.
Any Problems: None so far!
An amazing projector for the money. Brighter than the Sanyo PLV-Z2000 it replaces and plenty bright for great 3D. I purchased DLP-Link glasses on eBay for half the cost of the Optoma RF glasses. Another reviewer commented on the 3D setup being hard to figure out. With DLP-Link glasses, at least, it's really simple. Set the 3D Mode to DLP-Link on the Display menu, turn on your glasses, then start the movie. Be sure to power on the project after the Blu-ray player and AV receiver or 3D may not work. At this price, it's really not fair to criticize, but if it had lens shift and a auto-sliding lens cover like the Sanyo, that would be nice.
Just got HD33 from Costco.ca to replace HD72. The HD33 is a fantastic projector for the price. Everything works very well - easy to set up.
Any Problems: 3D mode a bit hard to figure out.
This is my 4th projector, I upgraded from a benq 720p, but did have an optoma 720p and sharp in the past. This is miles ahead of any of those. It was very easy to set up, the picture is amazing, however, the 3d was hard to set up> After much investigation, i found out that it was the PS3 settings that were screwed up and it had nothing to do with the hd-33. The 3d is awesome. I am using regular dlp glasses and it is great. I have not tried the rf glasses.This projector is a great bargain for the money> i know that my previous optoma was a good performer, so i did'nt hestitate with purchasing this one. The only thing i did'nt like was the placement, my previous projector was 22 feet back and the picture was 140"> This projector placed 22 feet back will give me a 160" screen> I was thinking of purchasing the HD-20 a few months ago, but im glad i waited, cause now i have the next generation 3-d projector for a couple of hundred dollars more. I was thinking of getting the epson 3d projector cause on paper it has some better specs, but all the reviews say the 3d is choppy and not as good as the HD-33. For me, if im entertaining, im probabely going to show off the 3d in my home theatre, i really wanted a good picture, so that was a deal breaker for me and the epson. I am very happy< knock on wood.
Any Problems: placement issues.
I bought the projector after being a loyal Optoma customer. I owned the Optoma H31, HD72, and now just upgraded to the H33 after much research and I am not disappointed. The image quality is amazing, and the 3D image is just as spectacular. I do a lot of gaming as well with the PS3, and the 3D gaming is out of this world. I recommend the Optoma BG-3DRFGLASSES 3D RF Rechargeable Glasses as they use the same red flash sync frequency as the projector. I first bought the True Depth 3D DLP-LINK rechargeable 3D glasses and they use a white flash that does not sync with the projector consistently. Overall, this is the best projector I've ever owned, the picture quality is spot on, and it is plenty bright, even with ambient lighting. I was worried after reading the reviews that it was going to be dimmer than I expected, but it is definitely bright enough. I highly recommend this projector to anyone on the fence about buying it!
Any Problems: If there are any problems with the projector, all I can say that changing between 480, 720, and 1080 channels, it takes a little time to convert before showing the picture. This is a minor inconvenience when you look at all the positives of this projector.