DLP 3D 1080p Home Theater Projector
2D Picture Quality. The HD8300 makes 2D Blu-ray and broadcast content look its best through a combination of excellent color performance, good dynamic range, and a clear, detailed picture. Standard definition content also looks good, especially when using the HD8300's PureDetail feature. This control helps to resolve fine detail more clearly while avoiding the nasty ringing artifacts associated with edge enhancement.
3D Picture Quality. Optoma clearly has its act together regarding 3D. The HD33, reviewed last month, had some of the cleanest 3D available, with almost zero crosstalk. The HD8300 has that same clean quality. Most of the time, crosstalk was not visible at all. In very high contrast scenes when a bright highlight was directly adjacent to a shadowed area, mild crosstalk was occasionally visible, but it never became annoying or distracting. In addition, the HD8300's higher dynamic range and better black levels make it look miles better than the HD33, as one would hope when comparing two projectors at such widely disparate prices. The projector's natural three-dimensionality combined with its excellent 3D performance make the HD8300 one of the better projectors in its price range for 3D viewing.
PureEngine. Optoma's PureEngine encompasses all of the "enhancement" features often found on fully-featured projectors. Included are PureDetail, which increases fine detail without edge enhancement artifacts, PureMotion, which is a frame interpolation option, and PureColor, which selectively boosts color saturation. All of these options are enabled by default, though they are set to their lowest options. PureMotion in particular has been improved. The Low setting showed almost none of the digital video effect while reducing judder, the High setting completely eliminated judder while adding a fair amount of digital video effect, and the Medium setting struck a balance between the two. If you dislike the effect, you can also disable it completely.
Radio frequency 3D Glasses. Optoma's use of radio instead of infrared sync for 3D glasses ensures no loss of sync when you turn your head or look down at the remote, no interference with the remote control's infrared signal, and no crosstalk to speak of. While the glasses are sold separately, the HD8300 includes an emitter and the glasses themselves are available for less than $100 per pair.
Anamorphic triggering. When the HD8300 detects a 2.35:1 signal, it can be set to automatically engage the powered sled of an anamorphic lens via one of its 12V triggers. You could use the other to engage an electronic masking system, if desired. For those interested in 2.35:1 theater, this is a convenient feature.
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