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4000:1 Contrast Ratio
1000 Lumens
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Optoma MovieTime DV10Portable Home Entertainment System

Bill Livolsi, August 4, 2005

Optoma has released some impressive products this year, including the low-end H31 480p projector and the high-end DarkChip3 H79 720p projector. However, at CES in January, they announced their intention to bring something a little less conventional to market: a quality projector with a DVD player built-in. It's called the MovieTime DV10, and it eliminates the hassle of component set-up and cable runs, making the big-screen experience obtainable in minutes. The DV10 brings together a video source, a display device, and an audio system in one box.

Specifications. 1000 ANSI lumens, 4000:1 contrast, native 16:9 widescreen format, 854x480 resolution DLP chip with a 4x speed, seven-segment color wheel.

Compatibility. HDTV 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i, and computer resolutions up to SXGA+ (1400x1050). Full NTSC / PAL / SECAM.

Lens and Throw Distance. 1.11:1 manual zoom/focus lens. Throws a 100" diagonal image from 11.2 to 12.4 feet, depending on zoom.

Lamp Life. 2,000 hours in high-brightness mode, 3,000 hours in standard mode.

Connection Panel. One composite video port, one D-sub 15-pin VGA port (supports analog RGB/component/HDTV), one S-Video port, an RS-232 port, RCA Stereo audio in, Stereo audio out, Optical audio out.

Placement Options. Coffee table.

Warranty. Two years, 90 days for lamp; One year warranty on integrated DVD player.

Performance

Some people will understandably compare the DV10 to the Optoma H31, Optoma's popular 854x480 home theater projector. Image quality on these two units is nearly identical. However, the H31 is an excellent choice as a projector in a traditional multi-component home theater system, whereas the DV10 is intended to provide a complete home entertainment system in a stand-alone package.

The DV10 is somewhat brighter than the H31. While the H31 outputs between 300 and 350 ANSI lumens at levels optimized for video, the DV10 can pump out between 370 and 470 ANSI lumens when calibrated for video. For use with video games, the DV10 is capable of lumen levels in the neighborhood of 800 to 975 ANSI lumens without a significant loss in image quality. However, use of very high lumen levels during video use will decrease color saturation, so this high lumen mode is better suited to video games or data than video signals.

Optoma's new ImageAI(TM) technology analyzes the projected image to see if it is mostly dark or mostly light, and then adjusts lamp output to either reduce black level or boost lumen output, respectively. With this feature activated, Optoma claims an on/off contrast ratio of 4000:1. However, this feature would not affect ANSI contrast (the difference between black and white areas in the same image), as the whole image is raised or lowered in brightness simultaneously, just as it is with a dynamic iris. This means that you will never see both the DV10's brightest whites and deepest blacks in the same image. Nevertheless, the overall effect works quite well, as the DV10's high contrast image really pops on the screen.

Color accuracy is nearly spot-on right out of the box, just as it is with the H31. However, there are also color calibration adjustment controls that allow you to fine-tune the image according to your own preferences.

Onboard deinterlacing is very good; 480i material either from the integrated DVD player or external video sources is displayed with very few artifacts. Some very difficult scenes occasionally exhibited breakup, but these were few and far between. Scaling of HDTV signals is excellent, with 720p and 1080i sources downscaled cleanly. Like the H31, we were impressed by how good HD signals can look on a 480-line projector. Despite the lack of a DVI interface, the DV10 does an excellent job maintaining overall HDTV image integrity through the analog VGA port.

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