Optoma HD25-LV Projector – Image Quality 2

Black Level and Shadow Detail Performance

The Optoma HD25-LV projector’s black level performance is rather good at its price point.  I can’t think of better under $1500.

Oh, it’s still no match for excellent ultra high contrast projectors like the Epson Home Cinema 5020UB Panasonic PT-AE8000U, but it is close to the Acer H9500BD, which at $1599 has the best blacks (we’ve seen) for that price or less.

As an example, if comparing it with the BenQ W1080ST that I just previously reviewed, the Optoma HD25-LV was an easy winner.  Having said that, here’s our first image, a side by side with the HD25-LV on the left, the BenQ on the right.  Note that the W1080ST is a newer sibling of the BenQ W1070 which we also really liked.  Optoma on the left, BenQ on the right, the HD25-LV easily has blacker blacks:

Let’s start with a side by side image:  Optoma HD23 vs Optoma HD25-LV.

The BenQ is only slightly more overexposed – on a 0 to 255 scale white averages about 10 points higher on that scale.  In the dark area though, the BenQ’s measurments are between 2 and 3 times higher, so, white’s a touch brighter, blacks dramatically darker = Better black levels!

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Black Levels Comparison

Optoma HD25
Optoma HD23
Optoma HD33
Acer H9500BD
Panasonic PT-AR100U
Mitsubishi HC4000
Vivitek H1080FD



The HD25-LV projector claims an impressive 20,000:1 contrast ratio for such a low cost projector. Black level performance is great for the $1300 price, even if a home entertainment projector with tons of lumens isn’t heading for a room with ideal conditions.  Epson’s Home Cinema 8350 and their 3020 should be close in blacks but not as good, although we haven’t had either around here in more than 6 months. Panasonic’s PT-AR100U competition would trail the Optoma by even more difference on blacks.

What’s interesting is that Optoma has accomplished this without a dynamic iris.  For years, many Optoma’s have been using lamp dimming which they call Dynamic Black. This projector does it pretty smoothly.  In almost all previous Optoma reviews I had to recommend giving up the blacks because the dimming action was sufficiently annoying.

Current dealer prices for Optoma HD25-LV

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Projector People 
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Projector SuperStore 
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AZ 899.00 The Optoma HD25-LV delivers outstanding high-definition 1080p video and graphics with unsurpassed color accuracy, and incredibly sharp detail. And with 3,200 lumens of brightness it provides the brightness you need for your most demanding home theater ins
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