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1080p goes under $1,000

The Vivitek H1080FD and the Optoma HD20, both just announced, are the first 1080p home theater projectors to come to market under $1,000.

Press releases for both of these models have been posted on the home page. Review samples of both are scheduled to arrive in the next few days. We will get reviews done as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, for those who want to spend a lot more money, two new and unique 1080p projectors have just begun to ship recently. The Samsung A900 ($12,999) is Samsung's latest home theater model, developed out of a continuing collaboration between Samsung and Joe Kane.

Also, the first LED-based 1080p projector to come to market is the Vivitek H9080HD ($14,999). Most LED projectors are quite dim, but this one is rated at 800 lumens. If it delivers anywhere near that much, that is more than ample for dark room home theater.

We currently have both the Samsung A900 and the Vivitek H9080HD in house for review. It will be fascinating to see how these two premium priced models stack up.

Evan Powell

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Justin Posted Aug 7, 2009 10:30 AM PST
Very interesting news. I look forward to the reviews.
Lauren Posted Aug 10, 2009 12:43 PM PST
I'm excited to read your reviews of the Vivitek projectors. Both are exciting for different reasons: dropping 1080p under $1000 and the first of the potentially game-changing LED-lit projectors.
Nabi Posted Aug 13, 2009 11:26 AM PST
I don't know why projectors weren't at this new (less than a thousand $) price point a year ago. I suspect prices are following the economy down. Let's hope the downward economy doesn't continue to outpace the downward speed of the prices and that there are enough of us self indulgent types still standing.
Dan W. Posted Aug 13, 2009 7:58 PM PST
LED is really the future, for the higher efficiency that will allow cooler and quieter operation in a ?more compact package, but I might have to wait to buy this technology as my second projector.? My first projector will probably be a 1080p DLP with an incandescent bulb.
Chris Posted Aug 14, 2009 9:08 AM PST
Are we all in such a rush to make everything cheaper? Am I the only one out there that would rather see the manufacturers improve quality? Why not leave 1080p projectors at $2k and up, but start building them to last 15-20 years?
Nuk Posted Aug 18, 2009 3:48 AM PST
What about the recently announced Acer H7530? Sounds similar from the specs, DLP full HD beamer for 999$.
Bryan Posted Oct 3, 2009 6:08 AM PST
l'm really looking forward to hearing a review comparing the new >$1K 1080p projectors between themselves and maybe more importantly against an industry respected 720p.
Courtney Posted May 26, 2010 11:36 PM PST
Well, this yr of 2010 can be different for them. At least this 1080p goes under 1k last year. Courtney of <a href="">Bratz Dressup</a>

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