Optoma MovieTime DV10 - Overview
Optoma MovieTime DV10 - All-in-One Home Theater Projector System
The Optoma MovieTime DV10 home theater projector system - which the refer to as a Home Cinema projector - started shipping last month, and has, according to Optoma, been selling like hot cakes.
It is one of the first "all-in-one" systems to hit the market. HP and RadioShack also have entries and I will comment a bit on them later. The MovieTime has a street price of $1499 as of this writing! An optional sub-woofer is an additional $199, to complete the system. All you need after that, is a DVD to play, a white wall (or screen) to show it on, and a long cable if you want to also attach it to your cable or satellite box to pump TV and HDTV to the projector!
This is one fun product. It's affordable, and produces a really fine looking image on both DVD and TV (and HDTV). It's not perfect, as this is one of those first generation attempts at an "all-in-one" home theater projector solution, but the weaknesses are minor compared to the overall functionality of the product, and how much enjoyment it should provide to those purchasing one.
What makes the MovieTime projector so special?
- Built in DVD player
- Built in speakers
- Optional subwoofer
- Can be set up, or taken down in seconds
- Real portability, move it from room to room, take it on vacation
- Affordable $1499 selling price makes the MovieTime projector competitive with any of the stand alone projectors and accessories.
- As of this writing (9/05), Optoma is offering a free 92" pull down screen (worth a couple hundred dollars) with the Movietime!
Of course performance is the key and we'll look at that in the Projector Performance section.
Want to watch more than DVD's - no problem, the MovieTime DV10 projector gives you options. And you won't be dissapointed.
Basic Specifications of Optoma's MovieTime DV10 Home Theater Projector System: DV10.
- Brightness: 1000 Lumens
- Resolution: WVGA (854x480)
- Technology: DLP Darkchip2
- Contrast: 4000:1 with AI enhancing circuitry
- Weight: 7.8 pounds
Let's start with a phyiscal tour of the MovieTime DV10 projector system.
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The lens is mounted off center on the MovieTime projector. The zoom contrrol for the lens is a slide lever, hidden behind the lens shield, on the inside. The zoom offers a 1.11:1 zoom range, about 10%. Since the projector is a portable, the idea is you can find a place on a table or the floor where it will fill your screen, and the adjustment range, just lets you fine tune, to exactly fill the screen. In the center is the front Infra-red sensor for the projector's remote control. At the bottom center, is a push release for the drop down front foot.
On the top, in the center is the DVD player, a simple push on the cover opens it, and it click shuts nicely. On the left are right side (in the projector's black trim ring) are a whole ton of buttons, but you have to expect that - its an all-in-one home cinema projector system. On the picture to the right, you can see the top of the two built in speakers they fire to the sides although slightly to the rear. I'll discuss the quality of the sound output in the Projector Performance - Other section of the review.
In the image directly below you can see all the buttons that are located on the left side (when looking from the rear of the Optoma MovieTime home theater projector. You can see the DVD's Play/Pause button, and also the the fast forward and reverse buttons. Note there is no chapter forward and back buttons like found on most DVD players, but those buttons are on the remote. The MovieTime projector, to make up for those missing buttons have multiple fast forward and reverse speeds, including a blazing 20 to one, which would let you zip past a 4 minute chapter in 12 seconds. Not bad.
Also found on the left side of the projector, are two small volume control buttons, and a DVD indicator button.
Moving to the other side of the MovieTime DV10 projector, from the left of the image, the projector's power button, Menu button, Enter, and the four arrow keys, for navigating the Optoma projector's menus. In addition there are two small indicator lights - one is a projector temperature warning, the other a projector lamp indicator.
The up and down arrow keys do double duty. When the projector's menus aren't in use, the up arrow is used for source selection, and the down arrow for auto sync (labeled "resync") which will look at the incoming source and make sure the signal is properly locked on to.
This being my first "all-in-one" home theater projector, the phyical tour sure is longer than other reviews, but we're getting near the end.
Let's look at the back panel, but first, underneath, there are two rear feet (no image), to complement the adjustable front foot. The back right foot is screw adjustable, the left one is fixed.
OK, time for the input section of the MovieTime projector. Let's start with a reminder that the DVD player is already on board and needs no input. The DVD player connects digitally to the projector, which is more than most can claim as few DVD players sold today have digital outputs (DVI or HDMI). Since DVD output, and this projector are both the same resolution, this makes a perfect match. OK, there are the usual composite video and S-video inputs, as well as stereo audio. If you want to use your MovieTime DV10 projector with an existing home theater audio system, you can output 5.1 surround sound through the optical port (on the right). You will also notice a small audio out port - which can be used to hook up a subwoofer, either the one Optoma offers, or any other brand o fpowered subwoofer. There is an RS-232 for external control, and a USB port.
That brings us, at last, to the computer input - labeled VGA-In. This is where the action is. You can feed the projector a traditional analog computer source, or through the same connector, a component video source from your cable/satellite box, or other high resolution source. On the left you can see the rear infra-red port for the DV10 projector's remote control. A close look at the remote will be found on the Projector Performance - Other page.
That takes care of the phyical tour of the the Optoma MovieTime Home Cinema projector system. You can obviously buy one of a half dozen stand alone projectors out there, that are price competitive with the MovieTime, but the MovieTime DV10 projector offers a huge advantage to many - the ability to set it up in seconds, and then put it away when done, or throw it into its padded soft case and take it on vacation, or wherever you want.
Time to look at image quality, afterall that's what it's all about!