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10000:1 Contrast Ratio
1400 Lumens
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Optoma HD81
Home Theater Projector

Bill Livolsi, November 15, 2006

The new Optoma HD81 is one of several aggressively priced 1080p resolution home theater projectors to come to market this fall. It is the brightest of the new 1080p models and delivers a particularly sharp and detailed HD image. Other performance attributes include a solid black level, brilliant highlights, near flawless deinterlacing, and extensive connectivity via a separate video processor.

The HD81's most obvious limitations include a 1.2x zoom lens and no lens shift capability, which means placement options to illuminate any given screen size are limited. Fan noise is higher than average, so placing the projector as far from the seating area as possible is advised. Due to these installation restrictions, most users of the HD81 will be choosing to ceiling mounting it. But for those who can work within these limitations, the HD81 will deliver a magnificent high definition home theater experience.


Specifications

ANSI lumens: 1400

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

Light Engine: 1920x1080, native 16:9, 1.0" single-chip DLP with a 7-segment, 6x rotation speed color wheel and a 300W UHP lamp.

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

Connection Panel: Three HDMI, two YPbPr Component, two BNC component, one VGA port (front panel), three s-video, three composite, two 12V trigger, one wired remote port, one HDMI loop-through for A/V receiver.

Lens and Throw Distance: 1.2:1 manual zoom/focus lens. Throws a 100" diagonal 16:9 image from 13.5' to 16.1'

Lamp Life: 2000 hours.

Warranty: Three years.

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