Optoma HD81 Home Theater Projector – Overview
Check out how the Optoma HD81 fared in our comparison report.
|Optoma HD81 Specs|
|Brightness (Manufacturer Claim)||Yes|
|Zoom Lens Ratio||1.20:1|
|Lamp Life||2000 hours full power, 3000 lumens eco-mode|
|View Full Specifications Here >>|
I’ve been looking forward to reviewing the HD81 since I had last seen it at CEDIA, doing Phantom of the Opera, in Optoma’s fully darkened theater room in their booth. They had the HD81 paired with an anamorphic lens (not yet available), to do Cinemascope 2.35:1 aspect ratio, without lettterboxing (black bars at the top and bottom).
The projected image was truly impressive at the show, leading me to expect an excellent projector to review. I was also curious to see what additional capabilities the HD81 home theater projector offered, by virtue of its using a Gennum outboard processor. I wasn’t dissapointed, plenty of gadgetry there, and overall a very nice solution.
Click to enlarge. SO close
In that light, I’m pleased to announce that the Optoma HD81 projector picks up our Hot Product Award. More on why the HD81 won our award, in the Summary section, although I’ll start here by saying that the HD81 not only offers more than just an extremely sharp image. It produces extremely good color accuracy, and enough control of the image processing to please even the most enthusiastic tweakers out there, let alone, satisfy the average consumer.
There are some individual issues with the Optoma HD81, that we will point out in the review, however, all considered, Optoma has produced what, in many ways, may be the best under $10,000 selling priced 1080p projector yet, despite heavy competition from BenQ’s W10000 (probably the closest contest), and Mitsubishi’s HC5000, both which sell for less.
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