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Optoma HD25-LV Home Theater Projector Review

Posted on July 10, 2013 by Art Feierman

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Optoma HD25-LV Specs
Price 1299
Technology DLP
Native Resolution 1920x1080
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 3200
Contrast 4000:1
Zoom Lens Ratio 1.20:1
Lens Shift No
Lamp Life 3500 hours at full power, 5000 hours in eco mode - 6000 in it's "smart" eco-mode. $249 replacement cost
Weight 6.4 lbs.
Warranty One Year Parts and Labor (3 mo. on lamp)

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).

Optoma HD25-LV Projector Overview

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

Optoma HD25-LV Projector Highlights

  • Designed for brighter rooms, rather than home theaters
  • Claims high contrast for better black levels, resulting in better blacks than almost all competitors
  • Fully 3D capable, including Blu-ray 3D that's not supported on some competitors
  • Choice of DLP-Link for 3D, or better RF based glasses
  • Color performance is rather good for the price class
  • 3500/5000/6000 hour lamp life - Low cost of operation with better than average lamp life
  • Modest placement flexibility with limited lens offset (lower offset works in a wider variety of setups)
  • Reasonably attractive for when the lights are on
  • Very good value proposition

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