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Optoma HD803 Projector

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Summary

  • Product Name: HD803 Projector
  • Manufacturer: Optoma
  • Review Date: January 08, 2008 16:10
  • MSRP: $2,599
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool
  • Buy Now
  •  Native 1080p (1920x1080) resolution with 1080p DLP chipset by Texas Instruments 
  • 1200 lumens with a 8000:1 contrast ratio (in ImageAI-II mode) 
  • Advanced three-stage video processing system offers powerful and personalized adjustment options at each stage: decoding, image enhancement and color reproduction enhancement 
  • Latest advanced color processing technologies for enhanced picture quality and contrast  
  • Extensive connectivity options including Dual HDMI v1.3, component, VGA, composite, s-video, +12V trigger and USB

Executive Overview

Optoma, announced a new addition to its 1080p home theater projector lineup at CES today with the HD803. The Optoma HD803 offers native 1080p resolution, exceptional functionality and features. It has a 1080p DLP DMD chipset from Texas Instruments and an 8,000:1 contrast ratio with Optoma’s ImageAI-II technology, which lets the HD803 deliver excellent color saturation and subtle details for superior image quality. The Optoma HD803 features studio-grade resolution for the high-quality, HD experience that enthusiasts crave.

With the latest color processing technologies and 1200 lumens of brightness, the Optoma HD803 delivers an advanced three-stage process flow that offers personalized adjustment settings at each stage, including decoding, image enhancement and color reproduction enhancement.

The Optoma HD803 home theater projector will have an estimated street price of $2,599 and is now available through authorized Optoma dealers and retailers.

For more information go to http://www.optomausa.com/

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Tony is our resident expert for lifestyle and wireless products including soundbars. He does most of the reviews for wireless and streaming loudspeakers and often compares soundbars in round ups and helps us cover the trade shows.

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Recent Forum Posts:

AVRat posts on January 20, 2008 14:20
I guess announcements on upgraded pre/pros was skimpy/non-existent since nothing was reported, eh?
The Chukker posts on January 16, 2008 00:28
Tom Andry, post: 358149
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony.
Yikes. It would be interesting if someone used the average price points for LCD or Plasma tv's (from say 27“ to 60+”) and then applied that sliding scale model to OLED tv's to give a “rough” idea of what the larger panels would cost in comparison. I know this logic is inherently flawed but geez, $2500 for an 11" tv? pfffff.
Do you get the feeling these guys are just showing off for it's own sake?
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 11:10
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony. I'd love to see this tech mature but I have a feeling that no one is going to want to invest in it enough to get the infrastructure to the point were they can be produced cheaply. With the majority of the public rolling their eyes at me when I tell them that there is a difference between SD and HD, I can't believe that we're going to convince them that a high contrast ratio is reason enough to spend 5x on an OLED display.
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 09:43
The Chukker, post: 357718
So what kind of price differential are we talking about here? Did Samsung actually have an MSRP for the 31" model? If mass production were to indeed start in 2010 of mid to large sized models, what price point is Samsung shooting for and what was the maximum size they were touting?

Sony just released their first 11" OLED at $1800
Toshiba isn't going to release any at all based on manufacturing costs
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Samsung didn't talk price (heck, they didn't have a price tag on a single item in their booth) but many times these tech showcases are just stuff they are exploring.
The Chukker posts on January 14, 2008 18:44
“there is ample evidence that OLED will never come down in price enough to be a serious contender against LCDs.”
So what kind of price differential are we talking about here? Did Samsung actually have an MSRP for the 31" model? If mass production were to indeed start in 2010 of mid to large sized models, what price point is Samsung shooting for and what was the maximum size they were touting?
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