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Optoma Debuts Its True 1080p Home Theater Projector Featuring a New Sleek Design, Studio-Quality Resolution and Image Processing

Press Release  |  Jun 7, 2006
ORLANDO (June 7, 2006) – Optoma, one of the leading manufacturers of digital projection and display devices, introduces the Optoma HD81 home theater projector, its newest high performance digital projector. The HD81 home theater projector is a true 1080p (1920 x 1080) projector that features Texas Instruments' BrilliantColor™ color technology, DarkChip3 ™ DMD chipset, studio-grade resolution and best all-around high-quality display experience for home theater enthusiasts.

The Optoma HD81 has the same resolution of modern digital movies, offering an amazing home theater experience. If the home does not have a true 1080p source, with the HD81's studio-grade professional video/color enhancement processor, the motion adaptive HD de-interlacer will flawlessly convert the content to 1080p.

The HD81 highlights Texas Instruments' BrilliantColor color processing technology to deliver higher brightness and provide truer, more vibrant colors to the projected picture. With 10-bit color per channel color processing, a 7-segment color wheel and its amazing 6000:1(full on/off) contrast ratio, the Optoma HD81 DLP® home theater projector delivers great color saturation and subtle color details for the best image quality.

With its new industrial design, the HD81 lowers the noise level usually associated with other typical home theater projectors. The patent pending tunnel cooling system is designed for near-silent operation with minimal light leakage.

Display Technology: Single 0.95-inch DarkChip3™ DLP® technology

Brightness (typical): 1400 lumens with a 300W lamp

Resolution: 1080p native, with 1080i HD de-interlacing and color management

Image scaler: Gennum VXP solutions

Color Management: 10-step Gamma enhancement, RGBCYM 6-color, 15-region adjustment

Video Compatibility: NTSC, PAL, SECAM, HDTV (720p, 1080i), EDTV (480p), SDTV (480i), 576i/p

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 native, 4:3 compatible

I/O Connectors: 3x HDMI™ + 1x External HDMI expansion, 2x RBGHV/component (BNC), 2x RCAcomponent, 3x S-Video, 3x Composite, 1x VGA (RGB/YPbPr/SCART), 2x RS232, 2x 12V Trigger, 1x IR port extension

CEDIA certification: ISF ccc certification

The HD81's video/color enhancement processing system delivers an advanced three-stage process flow (decoding, image enhancement, color reproduction enhancement) that offers impressive, personalized adjustment setting at each stage.

Optoma's innovative cable management system makes wire-filled installations a thing of the past. Optoma developed this easy-to-install cabling solution to deliver a loss- and interference-free signal from the video/color enhancement box to the HD81 1080p projector. This fully digital source-to-display link is connected through a high-speed digital cable signal; and then transmits data to more than 100 feet.

The two-piece design of the HD81 eliminates the need for multiple cables; all that is needed for the projector to be connected is a single HDMI video cable and a single control cable. With the image enhancement box's extensive inputs, there are more than enough connections to up-convert sources to 1080p for optimal viewing.

The Optoma HD81 home theater projector will be available in late summer for an estimated street price of $5,999 through authorized Optoma dealers.

About Optoma Technology, Inc.
Optoma Technology, Inc. is an award-winning developer of projection and digital display products for business and home. The company manufactures multimedia projectors for mobile users, fixed installations and home theaters, HDTVs, LCD flat panel monitors and plasma displays. Optoma products combine superior image processing technologies with exceptional engineering and innovation to deliver images that are bright, crystal clear, and finely tuned for tone and color. Optoma products are sold through the company's global network of pro AV dealers, major consumer electronics retailers and Internet resellers. Optoma's worldwide headquarters is located in Milpitas, California. For more information, visit

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