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Optoma HD20, HD (1080p), 1700 ANSI Lumens, Home Theater Projector (Old Version)

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  • True High Def 1080p Resolution
  • 1700 Lumens Brightness
  • 4000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Up to 300-Inch Screen size
  • HDI Component, Composite, Video, and VGA Connections
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Technical Details

  • HD Compatible
  • Is HD-Ready

Product Description

Product Description

The Optoma HD20 brings a new level of flexibility to your High-Definition home theater/multi-media experience. With true 1080p resolution, the HD20 delivers excellent color saturation and subtle details for superior image quality. With its sleek design and weight of 6.4 lbs, the Optoma HD20 is perfect for sharing big-screen movies, sporting events and concerts or for taking your video gaming to the next level by connecting the HD20 to your favorite game console.What’s in the box: Optoma Technology HD20 1700 ANSI Lumens 16:9 Projector, HD20 Projector, Lens Cap, Power Cord, Remote Control With Batteries (AAA x 2), User's Manual, Quick Start Card, Warranty Card and 1-Year Parts and Labor Warranty, 90 Days on Lamp.

From the Manufacturer

Optoma HD20 High Definition 1080p DLP Home Theater Projector

The Optoma HD20 redefines the high-definition home theater/multi-media experience with a new level of flexibility and quality. With true 1080p resolution, the HD20 delivers excellent color saturation and subtle details for excellent images. With its sleek design and diminutive size, the Optoma HD20 is perfect for sharing big-screen movies, sporting events and concerts with friends or taking video gaming to the next level.

At a Glance: Home Theater at its Best

  • Superior image and video quality (1080p resolution)
  • Vibrant life-like images and videos (1700 lumens)
  • Sharp, clean text even in bright rooms (4000:1 contrast ratio, 1700 lumens)
  • Designed for large group viewing (Up to 300" screen size)
  • Readily portable (6.4 pounds)

Delivering High-Definition Performance for Under $1,000

The Optoma HD20 delivers ultimate flexibility and performance to create a high-quality home theater experience without the high-end price tag. Sleek and stylish, the HD20 is readily portable to allow you to share content at parties, family gatherings or any get together. A favorite of gamers, the projector allows users to play video games big at home and with friends.

Bright & Versatile

The HD20, a DLP projector, sets the performance bar with high marks for crisp sharp images and video, delivering excellent color saturation and subtle details for superior image quality. With 1700 ANSI lumens of brightness, the HD20 will fill your home theater room with bright, vivid, lifelike images as large as 300 diagonal inches with high contrast ratio. The projector features a native 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), while it also is compatible with most computer formats (UXGA, WXGA, SXGA+, SXGA, XGA, SVGA, VGA resized, VESA, PC and Macintosh). The unit can also accept common global video inputs and video formats up to 1080p (HDTV, EDTV, SDTV, NTSC, PAL and SECAM).

Lower Cost of Ownership

The projection lamp is rated to last up to 4000 hours in standard mode or 3000 hours in bright mode to provide long-lasting performance. The HD20 also incorporates a rapid shutdown feature that further reduces ownership costs.

Leading the DLP Market in the Americas

#1 DLP in the Americas

Optoma's product line offers products designed to meet the needs of any kind of user, from mobile professionals, gamers and home theaters to much larger theater installations. Designed and built to deliver reliability, usability and image quality, Optoma projectors help users get the most out of their digital content, encourage collaboration and communicate clearly and effectively. Optoma projectors are designed to provide the features that you need today and a path to grow into other capabilities as you need them.

State of the Art DLP Technology
State of the Art DLP Technology

Optoma Technology is the leading manufacturer of Texas Instrument's DLP projectors in North and South America. Texas Instrument's DLP with BrilliantColor technology supports multi-color processing to produce stunning, vibrant colors on the screen. Unlike other technologies, which use only the three primary colors (red/green/blue) to produce the image, DLP Technology with BrilliantColor projectors use up to six separate colors for superior color quality.

Green by Design

As an Optoma ProJect Green projector, the HD20 has been designed and manufactured for eco-friendliness, to:

Optoma's ProJect Green
  • Use less than one-watt power consumption in standby mode—: up to 75 percent savings compared to regular standby mode.
  • Are designed to limit energy use, with automatic shut down and remote management and control.
  • Employ long-life materials and components.
  • Designed for large group viewing (up to 300" screen size).
  • Use components that are lead-free on all printed circuit boards.
  • Use no polystyrene foam in the packing materials.
  • Comply with RoHS standards to phase out the use of hazardous materials.

What's in the Box:

The HD20 Projector and your standard accessories: AC Power Cord, Composite Video Cable, Remote Control, Batteries for Remote, Lens Cap, User's Manual & Quick Start Card.

Which Optoma Home Theater Projector is Right for You?

Native 1080p
Native 720p
Native 1080p
Home Theater & Multimedia
Home Theater & Gaming
Home Theater & Gaming
Image Size/Quality
300"/4000:1 contrast
300"/4000:1 contrast
301"/ 4000:1 contrast
Product Dimension/Weight
12.76" x 3.82" x 9.21" / 6.4 pounds
11.28" x 3.98" x 7.6" / 5.1 pounds
14.17" x 4.52" x 12.24" / 10 pounds
Inputs & Outputs
Two HDMI, VGA-In, Component Video, Composite Video & +12V Trigger
HDMI, VGA-In, S-Video, Composite Video, Stereo Audio-In & RS-232
Two HDMI v1. 4a, VGA-in, Component, Composite, RS-232, +12V trigger, VESA 3D

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Replacement P-VIP 230-Watt Lamp

Mounting Kit (Ceiling Mount) for Projector

Manual Pull-Down 16:9 Aspect Ratio for Home Theater or Professional Screen (White) with Speed Control

Manual Pull-Up Screen (Matte White) 16:9 Aspect Ratio for Home Theater or Professional Use

Durable & Lightweight Case to Protect Your Projector

How Big a Room Do You Need to Get Big Screen Images?

Projection Distance (Feet) Maximum Diagonal (Inches) Minimum Diagonal (Inches)

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By Christopher Pike on October 21, 2009
I first wrote this review on another site, and now that I've had more time with this projector I have added and changed a few things and am reposting the review on Amazon. I think more people will look to Amazon when purchasing this projector, especially since the other site is not stocking it anymore. Hopefully this review helps those of you who are on the edge about purchasing this projector.

Pros: Good looking, gloss-white finish. Low-noise fan on normal-bulb mode. 4000 hours lamp life on econo is greater then most projectors! Good enough to use in bright mode to use with lights turned on in the room. In the dark, it looks simply amazing!

1080p content looks very good. Blu-rays played from a PS3 (or other blu-ray player) look awesome. I watched Kung-Fu Panda and was "wowed" by what you can notice on a much larger screen. I just watched Transformers : Revenge of the Fallen on it last night and I was amazed at the details and I noticed things I didn't even notice when I saw it in IMAX. This might have been because in IMAX you have such an insanely huge screen that you miss some things you might not have noticed before since you have to actually turn your head to look at the entire screen. Still, blu-ray content is amazing to see with this projector. I find it very hard to believe you can buy this for under $1000.

Video games look awesome. It works well with PS3 and 360 consoles. You get a huge advantage over other players when you can see them off in the distance before they could actually see you on a normal HDTV. This of course all depends on the size of the screen you use. I'm using a 92" diagonal white screen by EliteScreens. Not the greatest of screens but will get me by for a year or two until I get the funds for a good, fixed screen.
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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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ok ladies and gents, now i'm not going to go into full detail on the specs/features on the optoma hd20 because there is a lot of great reviews with people that cover all that in full detail. what i want to focus on is one issue that i see that keep seeing in all these reviews making some people give this product (hd20) a "bad review".

first, a little history about myself. i first bought the optoma hd20 in feb. 2010. UPS dropped it off at my house, i fired it up and no problems whatsoever. infact, i loved it so much that i got ridiculous and come jan. 2011, 11 months later, i bought the same exact model and set up another one in my bedroom. so now i have 1 in my bedroom and 1 in my living room. yes i know, that's projector gluttony, right? whatever. we're getting off track here.

one thing that i want to stress to ANYONE that's buying a projector of ANY kind is "dust". dust is NOT a friend of a projector. in a recent study in india, unorthodox researchers show that dust goes hunting for projectors. ending the life of projectors prematurely. so how dusty does the room you plan to mount or place this projector get? also keep in mind, the more electronic components you have near the projector, the dustier it's gonna be. because as you should already pretty much know that electronics always get extremely dusty

so with the dust issue in mind (which is exactly why i decided to right this review), i want to ell you what happened to my one HD20 projectors. a year ago, this month, it had around 2300 hrs on it when it started doing this weird flicker where it would change colors during the flicker. it drove me nuts. it was pretty much unwatchable. i googled and googled a solution and all i could find were people saying that "it's defective.
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