August 16, 2011
| by Grant Clauser
Optoma has a reputation for offering full-featured DLP home theater projectors at prices for the budget-conscious and DIY consumer. Though the company says these new products are focused on the custom installation market, the prices are probably going to make them appeal to a much wider audience.
The first is the HD8300 ($4,499), a 1500 lumens, 30,000: 1 contrast ratio projector with built-in frame-interpolation processing and a new color management system the company calls PureColor, designed to fine tune primary and secondary colors.
To make installing a little easier, the HD8300 includes lenshift and a 1.5x optical zoom. Also keeping with the videophile theme is the inclusion of ISFccc controls with day and night modes.
The projector with RF active shutter glasses, sold separately. The RF emitter is included with the projector and doesn’t require line of sight like IR glasses.
In addition to all the expected video ports, the HD8300 includes RS-232, two +12V triggers, and a VESA 3D port. You also get two remotes—one main remote, plus a smaller backup remote that attaches magnetically to the projector.
While the HD8300 sounds like a big deal, the game changer is the HD3300, the first $1,999 3D 1080p projector we’ve come across. Optoma says it puts out a whopping 2,000 lumens and a 5,000:1 contrast ratio.
For the $1,999 price you get a shorter zoom (1.2x), one less 12 volt trigger and no lens shift, which means you need to be a lot more precise before you start drilling holes for your ceiling mount. Other than that, the features appear to be pretty much the same.
Also shipping now is the HD33, a $1499, 3D projector with 1,800 lumens and 4,000:1 contrast ratio. EH will be checking out this one in person pretty soon, so stay tuned for the review.
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Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had audio training from Home Acoustics Alliance and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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