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Optoma HD8300 Home Theater Projector Review

Posted on September 22, 2011 by Art Feierman
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.

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Optoma HD8300 Specs
Price 4499
Technology DLP
Native Resolution HD 1080p (1920x1080)
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 1500
Contrast 30000:1
Zoom Lens Ratio 1.50:1
Lens Shift No
Lamp Life 3000 hours at full power, 4000 hours in eco mode
Weight 18.5
Warranty 3 Year Parts and Labor (2 years. on lamp), with Express program

Optoma HD8300 Projector Highlights

  • 3D capable, includes supporting both 720 and 1080i/1080p 3D, including Blu-ray 3D and all DirecTV 3D we tested with
  • Medium sized, good looking projector
  • Two remote controls (no control panel)
  • Very good color controls - calibrates well
  • Black level performance typical of DLP projectors
  • ISF Certified
  • Very good lamp life - longer than most, up to 4000 hours
  • Excellent warranty!
  • Creative Frame Interpolation for smooth motion
  • Sold through authorized local dealers
  • Consider HD8300 as a very good 2D projector with 3D abilities

Optoma HD8300 Projector Overview

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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