Posted on September 22, 2011
Optoma’s HD8300 projector is Optoma’s flagship 3D capable, single chip DLP, 1080p resolution home theater projector. It is built on the HD8200 platform. The primary difference that matters is that the HD8300 is 3D capable as well as being foremost, a 2D projector.
The Optoma HD8300 is Optoma’s flagship 2D single chip DLP projector with 3D capabilities. A second version of the HD8300, which we have not seen, is the HD83, which seems to be the same projector marketed through a different channel.
Similar to the HD8200 previously reviewed, this is a solid single chip DLP projector with very good color capabilities and a host of features including CFI, dynamic color and dynamic sharpness features (Pure Engines). With a $4499 price, it comes in a bit lower pricewise, than a number of other higher end single chip DLP projectors and most of the LCoS projectors out there. It also will compete with the similarly priced Sharp XV-Z17000 (another single chip DLP with 3D abilities, which we’ve previously reviewed).
The HD8300 will also have to compete from a higher pricepoint with some new, bright, 3LCD based projectors that also offer 3D abilities but will be priced about $1000 lower.
All considered, I enjoy watching the HD8300 for both 2D, and with the usual caveat about brightness, it is a good choice for those wanting 3D as well.
Please consider the HD8300, as, first and foremost, a 2D projector. It is one with typical brightness and black level performance for projectors around its pricepoint. The HD8300 projector will particularly appeal to folks who really like that DLP “look and feel.”
Let’s take a closer look at the Optoma HD8300.
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