DLP 3D 1080p Home Theater Projector
The Optoma HD8300 is Optoma's newest 1080p full HD 3D projector. While the HD33, reviewed in August, covers the low-cost end of the spectrum, the HD8300 is a more refined product that caters to videophiles and dedicated theater enthusiasts. Maximum light output of 1500 lumens means you can power a very large screen, while 30,000:1 iris-assisted contrast creates the deep, dark blacks and nuanced shadows required for a satisfying home cinema experience. When it comes to 3D, the HD8300's image has almost zero crosstalk and plenty of brightness. Sold through custom installers and authorized resellers, the HD8300 is priced at $4,499.
We set up the HD8300 on a shelf in the back of a room with very little ambient light. The projector has lens shift, but the shift range is limited, so while a rear shelf mount is possible the shelf needs to be low. Thanks to the 1.5:1 zoom lens, it was easy to get the HD8300 adjusted to fit our screen. We stuck with the default Cinema mode, as it has the best default calibration, and left the HD8300 in its standard lamp mode. The alternative, Bright, is more appropriate for living room and entertainment use due to its very high light output. In a darkened theater, it can be overwhelming.
Taken as a whole, the picture from the HD8300 is film-like and engaging. We noticed a few things right away. First, the HD8300 has near-perfect color even before calibration, though saturation needs to be increased a couple of points. Second, the image is very bright in Cinema mode, and in a properly darkened room it can sometimes be too bright. We found ourselves wishing for a manual iris, though videophiles already know that one can use a neutral-density filter to accomplish the same thing. Three, while contrast is good, it's not as good as the old Optoma HD8600 from 2009, the company's flagship model. There's a noticeable difference in black level and dynamic range between the two, with the HD8600 having the advantage in both areas.
The HD8300's image is smooth and natural, though digital noise is more apparent than on the HD8600. PureMotion, the HD8300's frame interpolation system, is set to Low by default. In this setting, it subtly reduces judder in film content without adding any of the digital video effect sometimes seen with FI systems. We did not find it objectionable enough to disable, even for 24p film content.
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