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Optoma HD25-LV Projector - Image Quality 4

Posted on October 29, 2013 by Art Feierman

Shadow Detail Performance

Optoma HD33:  Let's just say, win for the HD25, but then, in the line-up the HD25-LV could be considered the HD33's logical replacement.

Viewsonic Pro8200: Here's a sub-$1000 projector with similar dark shadow detail, although if memory serves, I'd probably have to give the Optoma the edge.  No contest though, the Optoma wins on blacks.  On the other hand, this Viewsonic is a good $500 less.

Panasonic PT-AR100U:  This is Panasonic's slightly less expensive mainstay family room projector. Shadow detail is comparable, but the HD25-LV projector has a distinct black level performance advantage.


Epson Home Cinema 8350 (a top selling projector, major competitor, in it's 3rd year, it has lens shift, sells for about $100 less, and can beat the Optoma in terms of shadow detail, but the Optoma HD25-LV should have a slight edge in blacks.  (This image is too dark, to show the very good dark shadow detail of the Epson). Epson Home Cinema 3020:  ($1599, 3D, really bright).    This Epson has great dark shadow detail, but isn't as good on blacks as the 8350, let alone the Optoma HD25-LV.  Still, it's definitely as good or better on blacks than most other lower cost projectors.

Black Level and Shadow Detail Performance: HD25-LV Projector - Bottom Line

Blacks are very good, great for a home entertainment projector.  Give the Optoma an "A"- considering its price.  Handling of dark shadow detail is very good, although not exceptional, really fairly average at the price point, and easily improved upon.  But do remember that it seems easier for projecors with mediocre blacks to do better on dark shadow detail.  All considered, the one/two combination is one of the best in the class.

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