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4.0 out of 5 stars Initial impressions, very pleased, August 21, 2009
This review is from: Optoma HD20, HD (1080p), 1700 ANSI Lumens, Home Theater Projector (Old Version) (Electronics)
This was an upgrade for me from a 720p, DLP projector (Mitsubishi HD1000u). Initial impressions are very positive, based on about 10 hours of viewing & tweaking. Very quiet, and plenty bright running in low power mode. The high resolution (1920 X 1080) approaches that for a typical 2k digital cinema, so my 145" diagonal screen, viewed from about 15 feet distance, provides a very pleasing movie experience. That said, the increase in resolution from 720p is an incremental step, so it is not the be all and end all of image quality in projectors. More specifically the source material you feed it is what really brings out the quality. Many HD feed materials (from cable or satellite) don't ever approach the inherent resolution of the projector, so at this point only blu-ray source material will really give the utmost in high resolution detail (and not even all disks, depending on the original mastering, etc.). Black levels are similar to my previous DLP projector, so if you are obsessed with having pitch black star fields, you should opt for a pricier DLP or LCD projector, which may more closely approach jet black in those situations. I don't worry too much about this aspect, reminding myself that even film projectors don't provide jet black when the screen goes blank, so the HD20 actually matches the real cinema experience more closely (how's that for rationalizing why a cheaper projector is better!) . At this price level (<$1000) it is hard to imagine a bigger bang for the buck in terms of image quality. Finally, I highly recommend you check out [...] , where there is an extensive discussion thread about this and competing projectors.
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Initial post: Jan 2, 2010 11:33:20 PM PST
Sam Gipson says:
I have the Mitsubishi hd1000 projector with 92in screen. I would like to know what are the difference you see in picture quality on blu-ray movies between the 720p hd1000 and the 1080p Optoma HD20.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2010 4:00:13 AM PST
Tustinfarm says:
There is definitely an improvement, but most obvious when viewed from just a few feet away. So with a 92 inch screen (which seems small compared to what I am used to) it should be very subtle. One thing worth noting with the HD20 is that the sync. for HDMI takes a lot longer than for the HD1000u, taking a few seconds every time the player switches between 60p (menus) and 24p (film) frame rates. I am still very happy with the HD20.

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 8:34:33 AM PST
Just a question - do you know if this features color correction so that it can be displayed on surfaces other than a white screen? thx.

Posted on Mar 20, 2010 9:37:19 PM PDT
Hi, being this a very delicate product, did you have any trouble having it sent by mail? do you know what happens if it arrives broken? Does Amazon replace it?


In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2010 5:52:28 PM PDT
Amazon is great about packaging (almost excessive) like you mention being a delicate product, retail packaging is generous and amazon adds a second very large amazon branded box with lots of padding besides their return/refund policies are very accommodating (almost excessive)... if your product arrives defective in any way they will ship a replacement immediately and provide pre-paid ups labels and plenty of time to return the defective item.

If I could I would buy everything from amazon...

(and yes I ordered my Optoma HD20 from amazon)

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 9:00:49 AM PDT
It looks like you've had this projector for well over a year now. Any updates?

Posted on Jun 4, 2011 7:12:51 PM PDT
Anybody know where to get the lamps? What is the exact "sku" I should be looking for?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2011 5:59:04 AM PST
Tustinfarm says:
I ended up selling it and buying Mitsubishi HC4000 projector, a slight improvement in contrast over the Optoma, but overall was very happy with the Optoma.
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