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Optoma HD8300 Projector - Performance 2

Posted on July 15, 2013 by Art Feierman

Optoma HD8300 Sharpness

Top left: Optoma HD8300, Top Center - Viewsonic Pro8200, Top Right Top right - Runco LS-5.

2nd row left: Panasonic PT-AE4000, center: Epson Home Cinema 8350, Right: JVC DLA-HD250

Optoma HD8300
Viewsonic Pro8200
Runco LS-5
Panasonic PT-AE4000
Epson Home Cinema 8350
JVC DLA-HD250

Optoma HD8300: Bottom Line Sharpness

Bottom line: There's nothing like a good single chip DLP projector for sharpness. With no panel convergence issues to deal with, a good optical path design, and a good lens, should yield a sharp clear image that lets you appreciate all that good full HD resolution content.

The Optoma HD8300 produces clean sharp images. It's a step up in sharpness from most 3 panel projectors, and some other single chip DLP's such as the Sharp Z17000, which we liked, but whose optics are a bit softer in the corners. The Sharp is about the same MSRP as the HD8300.

Light Leakage

No light leakage issues. Neither through the lens, nor through the side venting.

Image Noise

Audible Noise

Fan noise isn't particularly loud - a touch quieter than most other DLP projectors, however, there is a whine to the variable speed fan. I really don't notice it when watching content, but when getting ready to, as the projector is syncing with the source, I usually heard it a bit. I think some folks that are more noise adverse than me may have a problem with that fairly soft whine.

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