|Item Weight||7 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||13.6 x 9.7 x 3.7 inches|
|Item model number||HD72|
|Discontinued by manufacturer||Yes|
|Special Features||Screen Size compatibility: 28 - 304"|
|Frequency Response Curve||50/60 Hz|
Optoma HD72 720p DLP Home Theater Projector
|Price:||$995.00 & FREE Shipping|
- Device Type - DLP projector - High Definition
- Image Brightness - 1300 ANSI lumens
- Max Resolution - 1280 x 768
- Image Contrast Ratio - 5000:1
- 7.00 Lbs (WxLxH) 3.72" x 13.56" x 9.67"
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- 7 segment color wheel for detailed color reproduction
- Input connectors: DVI-I, HDMI, RCA component, Composite, S-Video
- Light shield design and ultra-quiet 27 dB operation
What's in the Box
Projector, composite video cable, S-video cable, remote control, batteries for remote control, lens cap, userÕs manual, Quick Start Guide, warranty card, power cord, printed operating instructions
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Top Customer Reviews
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This home theatre projector is going to make a lot of converts this year and turn the projector market on its ear. There is nothing out there (at present) with this quality of picture for this low a price.
The HD72 has seriously limited image geometry adjustment but if you can mount it to the ceiling on center with the screen at the correct distance (+/- 20%), then none of these limitations will matter a bit. If you can't you might want to consider remodeling - the picture is that good. Otherwise, knock off 2 stars and prepare to spend a lot more.
The HD72's 1300 lumens concerned me when I bought mine. My venerable InFocus LP350 was pretty dim at 1300 lumens but the HD72 seems to use them efficiently enough to allow low ambient light while projecting a very pleasing 80" image. If I owned a high-brite screen, it would likely be even better.
If this will be your first projector, remember to price lamps. They are expensive and need to be replaced every few thousand hours of viewing. They tend to lose brightness as they get older so you may not get the 3000 hours Optoma claims. Also, research screens; what you project on is as important as what your project with.
I will state right now that I do NOT have any other HD projectors (nor have I seen any other) and therefore I cannot comment on this unit's pros/cons over other units. My review is just a first-timers look at the projector, its PROs and CONS, and overall performance.
I purchased this unit because I had a problem brewing with my HD setup. I have a 50" Panasonic Plasma HDTV. After using the unit for 2-3 months I noticed that I was getting burn-in due to heavy video game usage. I didn't want to plop down another 2 grand for a new LCD HDTV (LCD units do not endure burn-in like Plasma) so I started snooping around online forums for alternatives.
I am now a true believer in HD Projectors. It looked OK thrown up on a wall, then it looked slightly better when thrown on a bedsheet...then I built my own screen out of blackout cloth and man does it shine! I went from a 50" Plasma display to a 90" display (both in HD) and the 90" display cost me far less. I will also note that since this is a HD Projector you truly do get incredible images when feeding the unit a HD signal (component or HDMI).
So overall I'm thrilled that I made my purchase. Now for the pros/cons, some of which are obvious but I'll list them anyways.Read more ›
This unit was rated #1 by Consumer Reports- that is how I found it (after settling on a new In-focus IN76). This unit, which had a net cost after rebates of $1450.00, is a joy to the eyes and the pocketbook.
Only minor drawback is lack of digital focus from the remote.
I did a general search on “best prices for Optoma HD72” and it leads me to a website called shopcart USA, a site similar to pricegrabber.com which is supposed to compare prices of various products online and direct you to the best buy. Broadway photo ultimately had the best price, and based on store reviews I thought I would take the risk and try a retailer that I am unfamiliar with. After placing my order, I received an e-mail that tells me that they need to verify my order and to call them. Once I make that call the person on the other in verifies my information and then proceeds to tell me that there are two different versions of this product (OPTOMA HD72), a US version and an international version. The US version does not come with a lighting unit and that is why it costs $[...] (-$[...]manufacturer rebate) whereas the international version costs ($[...]) the same or about the same as all of the reputable sites online such as Amazon or Tigerdirect. To tell you the truth I don't think there are two different versions and if there are this website is deceptive in their advertisement and trying to upsell once they have you on the phone. Buyer beware!!! I always try to document my experiences with retailers because that is the only way we can be an informed consumer. So if anybody else has had the same sort of experience with this retailer be sure to write in.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For the price you can get these used, this is an amazing projector. The main feature is the 720p NATIVE resolution. Read morePublished 15 months ago by CRA1
Do not buy this projector!!!
Had one at my house, only lasted about a year. There are problems with the temperature controller chip, causes the projector to turn off... Read more
Love the projector, it has a great picture, on our screen, it feels like we are at the movies! A+Published on March 6, 2013 by Deborah Zamany
I have owned the HD72 for over 2 years now. It gets used on a weekly basis and it's still going strong. Read morePublished on December 22, 2011 by Jin S A
I've had the Optoma HD72 for about 4 years now. The picture is beautiful and amazing. I have it set to 100 inches. Watching sports and playing video games is truly amazing. Read morePublished on October 17, 2011 by bill
I have had this projector for 4 years since 2007 and used about 1000 hours (300-400 movie titles). I spent 1000 US dollars on this HD 72 and a high-gain screen . Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by MJ XO
I bought my HD72 (actually the 6800 at Costco) back in December, 2006, and put around 750 hours of bulb use onto it. It was fabulous while it lasted. Read morePublished on March 22, 2011 by Marleen Lee
This projector was great in the begiining. awesome picture quality. I had it for 1.5 years now (less than 1000 hours on the lamp)... no problems. 6 month ago ... Read morePublished on January 5, 2009 by Dmitry Didovicher
i owned this projector for 1 month and it is everything i expected. with the combination of hd tv this is better than most plasma or lcd tvs that i have seen . Read morePublished on October 14, 2008 by Joseph Koval