Posted on July 10, 2013 By Art Feierman
This is the written review of the Optoma HD25-LV projector. WATCH THE VIDEOS HERE: the shorter Optoma HD25-LV “Projector Reviews TV” Video Overview and the longer full-length Video Summary (subscribers only).
The HD25-LV projector is a single chip DLP projector that’s a very nicely bright home entertainment projector. Consider it a step up from entry level, in terms of most performance areas.
At its very best, this HD25-LV can tackle most family rooms, living rooms etc. True, you can find projectors even brighter, but this projector has to be considered a “light canon”. Calibrated, with Brilliant Color engaged it’s about twice as bright as most home theater projectors once they are calibrated.
Still, if you are about turning it on and enjoying it, this is one of the better under $2000 projectors if you need a goodly amount of brightness.
Do not confuse this HD25-LV with the standard Optoma HD25. They are similar projectors but there’s a big difference in both price and power. The HD25-LV is rated over 50% brighter, and sells for about $300 more. The “LV” is your family room projector with the brightness to tackle such rooms.
I think in particular, this projector is going to be a very good choice for many first time projector owners, primarily the ones that just want the “big screen”, but don’t plan to be fiddling around with their projectors settings once set up. This projector could be a hard sell for those that do like to play around with settings. We’ll discuss that more in the Special Features and Tour areas, as it relates to menus and User savable settings, or in this case, the lack of them.
WATCH THE VIDEOS HERE: Optoma HD25-LV “Projector Reviews TV” Video Summary
Full video review is not working, can you please fix the link? I am really struggling on which projector to buy and that video would help immensely if it had samples and commentary.
Sorry for the confusion, but the full video is no longer available publicly after a change in our Optoma video contract. Only the shorter video overview is available on our website/YouTube. The longer video will be made available to paid subscribers in the near future. However, keep in mind that the video is really just a summary of this written review, so any information you’re looking for (including stills of the images so you see how the projector image looks) can be found here–in just longer form. We are also happy to answer questions. Sorry for the confusion.
I have actually paid for a subscription now and the video still does not work. Can you please fix?
FYI – I made sure I was logged in but keep getting that “Oops…” message telling me the video is unavailable so I assume it has been moved and the link wasn’t updated.
I managed to find the working video below but the link on the review page still doesn’t work.
Thank you for pointing this out. We will fix the broken link in the review. You said you found it, but just in case, here is the link:
All of our videos are listed on our video directory page (https://www.projectorreviews.com/projector-reviews-tv/), with subscriber-only videos at the bottom. We are also working on creating a page that lists all of our subscriber-only content in one convenient place. We will roll that out in the near future. Thanks!
Does this projector have the short throw feature? I have a GT700 and I absolutely love the picture but it could be brighter. I have mine currently about 6 feet away from the screen and I’m getting a 135ft picture. Any help would be appreciated.
No, it’s definitely not short throw, the front of the lens would have to be more than 13.5 feet back to fill your 135″ diagonal screen.
You might want to check out the BenQ W1080ST which as a very short throw lens… That should work for you. The BenQ is every bit as bright as the HD25-LV. -art
While the BenQ unit looks nice, the contrast level is still not as high as the HD25-LV. I also have experience with optoma and switching would make me worry a bit. What are your thoughts on the GT760? It has the same contrast as the 25 and short throw but I’m shopping around for opinions first.
Thank you for your time.
Hi, Does this projector needs to be in the centre of the room when mounted on the back wall or i can mount it on the right and tilt it to get a similar picture?
Hi Sagar, Most projectors, including this one are designed to work best when straight back from the screen, with the lens even with the center point left to right of the screen. Thanks to horizontal lens shift (this Optoma does not have that feature) or keystone correction, you can place the projector left or right of that center point, but generally not by a whole lot. Figure in most cases (you’d have to look up the range of adjustment of the HD25-LV’s keystone correction), the projector at least needs to be within the screen sides. That is somewhere straight back from a point between the left and right edge of the screen, so typically within about a 5-8 foot range left to right. It’s possible that the HD25-LV has more horizontal keystone correction than that, but not particularly likely. You can download the manual which will have that info, from the HD25-LV page on the Optoma website. Keystone correction surrenders the 1:1 pixel mapping (one piece of data, for each pixel of the image, so is generally considered undesirable, although the softness is minor. That’s why most more expensive projectors have both vertical and horizontal lens shift, which is less “destructive” to the image quality. Still, the average viewer isn’t likely to notice the difference. -art
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