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Optoma HD806 - Review Summary-2

Posted on December 15, 2008 by Art Feierman

Optoma HD806 Projector: Pros

  • Good color accuracy post calibration in best mode
  • Brightest "best mode" performance of any home theater projector near its price
  • Brighter than average performance in "brightest mode" (although no brighter than "best" mode)
  • Dynamic image, with lots of "wow factor" in almost any mode
  • Two HDMI 1.3 inputs, full support for 24 fps, Deep Color, etc., plus a third digital input - a DVI with HDCP compatibility
  • Support for an anamorphic lens

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  • Very sharp image
  • Good remote control
  • Excellent placement flexibility with 2:1 zoom and lens shift
  • Very good menus
  • Good documentation (with better explanations of features than most)
  • 12 volt screen trigger
  • Nicely styled projector
  • Lowest cost, very bright 1080p projector
  • Very good price/performance
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Optoma HD806 Projector: Cons

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  • Shadow detail performance is decent, but not up a number of other home theater projectors, which reveal more
  • Audible noise levels are on the high side (again, though, typical of most DLP projectors)
  • While out of the box performance isn't bad, in terms of color accuracy, a calibration definitely yields improvement
  • 2x color wheel means more folks will be susceptable to the rainbow effect, than most 1080p DLP home theater projectors (which have 4x or 5x wheels)
  • Only a one year warranty
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Optoma HD806 Projector: Typical Capabilities

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  • Black level performance is acceptable, but definitely "nothing to write home about"
  • Selection of inputs
  • Lamp life
  • Shadow detail performance
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