Optoma Breaks Out Sub $3k 1080p DLP ProjectorS

Think owning a 1080p projector is out of your budget? Think again. Today Optoma is debuting its most affordable 1080p projector, the $2,999 HD80. That's right, 1080p for just shy of $3k. The new DLP-based HD80 one-ups the HD70 (720p) delivering 1,300 lumens with a 10,000:1 contrast ratio. And that's only the beginning. Here's how it fares against other low-priced 1080p projectors.

Optoma Breaks Out Sub $3k 1080p DLP ProjectorS

Optoma Breaks Out Sub $3k 1080p DLP ProjectorS

Optoma Breaks Out Sub $3k 1080p DLP ProjectorS

Optoma Breaks Out Sub $3k 1080p DLP ProjectorS

Optoma Breaks Out Sub $3k 1080p DLP ProjectorS

Optoma Breaks Out Sub $3k 1080p DLP ProjectorS

The HD80 has two 1.3 HDMI ports, DVI with HDCP, and both component and composite connections. It stands tall against the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080, another $3k 1080p projector we checked out a few weeks back. The Epson only gains an upper hand with a slightly brighter contrast ratio (12,000:1). Still, the HD80 delivers a lot of bang for your buck. It'll be out this July for $2,999.

Big spenders, on the other hand, can splurge on the HD81-LV. This projector almost doubles the HD80's brightness (2,500 lumens) and packs 3 HDMI ports along with Texas Instrument's DarkChip3, which keeps your picture crisp and bright even when there's light in your theater room. True ballers can pair the HD81 with an optional anamorphic lens to get a 2.35:1 widescreen image. The HD81 will debut in July for $7,999.

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Optoma Introduces its Definitive 1080p Home Theater Solution
The Latest in 1080p Projection Arrives with the Optoma HD81-LV Home Theater Projector

MILPITAS, CA (June 4, 2007) - Optoma, one of the leading manufacturers of digital projection and display devices, announced the shipping of the HD81-LV 1080p home theater projector. The latest native 1080p home theater projector in Optoma's award-winning projector line, the HD81-LV is the latest incarnation of the company's unique two-piece projection system that includes a native 1080p projector and studio-grade video processor.

The Optoma HD81-LV's brightness opens up new home theater environments. With its extensive connectivity options, personalized setting adjustments and a DarkChip3™ chipset from Texas Instruments, the HD81-LV is able to deliver rich and deep textures with astonishing image quality. The HD81-LV sports 2500 lumens and a 10,000:1 contrast ratio which makes it a unique system in non-light controlled environments.

And, like the HD81, Optoma's award-winning 1080p projection system, the HD81-LV and its two-piece design eliminates the need for multiple cables going from video sources to the projector.

Together with the optional Anamorphic Lens/Sled Kit from Optoma, the HD81-LV can create a true widescreen cinematic experience. When the anamorphic lens is installed together with the HD81-LV, it creates a 2.35:1 widescreen image, without the loss of color clarity, brightness or resolution.

Features
Native 1080p (1920x1080) resolution
2500 lumens with a 10,000:1 contrast ratio
1080p DarkChip3™ DLP® chipset by Texas Instruments
Video processor supports up-scaling to 1080p with de-interlacing
The Auto-IRIS and Auto235 functions automatically detect the aspect ratio, then formats the image for the anamorphic lens

Specifications
Display Technology: Single 0.95-inch DarkChip3™ DLP® chipset
Brightness (typical): 2500 lumens
Contrast Ratio: 10,000:1 (Full On/Full Off)
Resolution: 1080p native (1920 x 1080)
Video Compatibility: Full NTSC, PAL, SECAM, HDTV (720p, 1080i/p), SDTV (480i/p, 576i)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 native, full automatic 2.35:1 with Anamorphic Lens
I/O Connectors: HDMI, RS-232, USB (projector);
3x HDMI (+1 external HDMI expansion), 2x BNC Component YPbPr/RGBHV, 2x Component, 3x Composite Video, One VGA, RS-232, 2x 12V triggers, 1x IR port extension (video processor)
Image Processing: Motion Adaptive 480i, 576i and 1080i de-interlacing, 10-bit image processing, advanced 3D comb filter, 3x presets, 3x programmable display formats, advanced noise reduction and sharpening
Color Management: User definable gamma, RBGCYM 6-color 16 region adjustment, three user definable modes, ISFccc color settings
Weight: 10 pounds (projector); 9.2 pounds (video processor)
Warranty: 3 years limited parts and labor; 1 year on lamp (projector); 3 year Optoma Express replacement


The Optoma HD81-LV home theater projection system will be available in July 2007 for an estimated street price of $7,999 through authorized Optoma dealers and retailers.


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Optoma Introduces Sub-$3,000 DLP-Based 1080p Home Theater Projector
Optoma's New 1080p Projector Snaps Price Point in DLP Front Projection Category

MILPITAS, CA (June 4, 2007) - Optoma, one of the leading manufacturers of digital projection and display devices, introduced the HD80 1080p home theater projector. The HD80 is the company's new 1080p home theater projector that offers outstanding features, functionality and value.

The HD80 features the latest 1080p DLP® DMD chipset from Texas Instruments and a 10,000:1 contrast ratio with Optoma's proprietary ImageAI™ technology, which allows the HD80 to deliver extraordinary color saturation and subtle details for incredible image quality. The Optoma HD80 allows conscientious home theater enthusiasts to enjoy 1080p pictures without compromising performance.

With 1300 lumens and a native 16:9 aspect ratio, the HD80 also offers studio-grade resolution with its internal video/color enhancement processing system, which delivers an advanced three-stage process flow that offers personalized adjustment settings at each stage. The HD80 also boasts Texas Instruments' BrilliantColor™ color processing technology to deliver higher brightness and provide truer, more vibrant colors to the projected picture.


Features
1080p DLP® chipset and BrilliantColor™ technologies by Texas Instruments
Native 1080p (1920x1080) resolution
1300 lumens with a 10,000:1 contrast ratio (with ImageAI™)
Three-stage video processing system offers personalized adjustment options: decoding, image enhancement and color reproduction enhancement

Specifications
Display Technology: Single 0.95-inch 1080p DMD DLP® chipset
Brightness (typical): 1300 lumens
Contrast Ratio: 10,000:1 (with ImageAI™)
Resolution: 1080p native (1920 x 1080)
Video Compatibility: Full NTSC, PAL, SECAM, HDTV (720p, 1080i/p), SDTV (480i/p, 576i)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 native, full automatic 2.35:1 with Anamorphic Lens
I/O Connectors: 2x HDMI (1.3), DVI-I w/HDCP, S-Video, Component Video, Composite Video, RS-232, 12V trigger, External IR receiver port
Image Processing: Motion Adaptive 480i, 576i and 1080i de-interlacing, 10-bit image processing, advanced 3D comb filter, 3x presets, 3x programmable display formats, advanced noise reduction and sharpening
Color Management: User definable gamma, three user definable modes, ISFccc color settings
Weight: 10 pounds (projector)
Warranty: 2 years limited parts and labor; 1 year on lamp


The Optoma HD80 home theater projector will be available in July 2007 for an estimated street price of $2,999 through authorized Optoma dealers and retailers.

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