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Optoma getting deep into 3D

Posted by: Dan at 8/16/2011 3:14 PM
The folks at Optoma have been pretty good to the gaming community and home theater enthusiasts lately by providing us with several affordable, yet high-quality projectors. Today, they announced three brand new projectors, with two of them under the elusive $2,000 barrier and all capable of 3D in full 1080P.

The gaming community will be most interested in the HD33, which will come in with a MSRP of $1,499. The unit has two HDMI 1.4a compliant inputs (supporting all formats), 1800 Lumens and 4,000:1 Contrast ration. It also allows for manual enabling of the Side-by-Side and Top & Bottom 3D to allow it to work with non-HDMI 1.4a compatible devices such as the Xbox 360. Optoma also has developed Radio Frequency (RF) Active Shutter glasses for the HD33, which will eliminates the issue of cutting off the signal in the line-of-site that infra-red glasses have. The HD33 should be available shortly at Optoma retailers, if it is not already available.

The other two 3D projector models (HD8300 & HD3300) are geared more toward custom Installation units and will be available for $4,499 and $19,99 respectively. These units also offer the same RF active-shutter glasses as the HD33 and the manual enabling of 3D for non HDMI 1.4a devices. Both of these will ship later this month.

The HD33 is the white unit in the images below, the HD3300 the smaller black unit and the HD8300 the largest black unit.

Previously, we have reviewed the Optoma GT720 Game Time projector and were very fond of it. We expect to have the aforementioned HD33 in sometime later this week, so expect us to give you a rundown on some 3D gaming on a very big screen.




OPTOMA BREAKS PRICE & PERFORMANCE BARRIERS AGAIN

WITH ALL-NEW FULL 1080p 3D HOME THEATER PROJECTOR

HD33 Packs New, Proprietary Technologies and Features;
Will Hit the Streets at $1,499



FREMONT, Calif. | August 16, 2011 | Bringing Hi-Def 3D projection to its most

affordable price point ever, Optoma, the best-selling DLP projector brand in the

Americas, has introduced the HD33, the first full 1080p 3D projector available for

less than $1,500. Incorporating several new proprietary technologies and design

features, the HD33, with an end-user price of $1,499, is available now through leading

brick & mortar and online retailers.


“3D is best done big, and you can’t beat projection for big screen cinema,” said

Jon Grodem, Optoma’s senior director of product and marketing, “The HD33 makes 3D

available to millions more consumers than ever before, and is a great example of why

Optoma has earned a reputation for delivering industry-leading innovation and outstanding

quality.”

According to Grodem, the 1800 ANSI lumen HD33 offers more than just full

compatibility with all 2D and 3D standards. It incorporates several new proprietary

technologies that deliver a truly dynamic cinematic experience. Optoma’s new

PureMotion3D frame interpolation processing reduces judder to create smoother video

sequences in both 2D and 3D content. PureDepth, a brand-new technology developed

by the company, optimizes the projector’s brightness and image configuration, ensuring

stunning image quality, again in both 2D and 3D. And a new color processing system

provides improved color accuracy, contrast, black levels and shadow details in image

sizes ranging from 35 inches to more than 300 inches.

The HD33 has also been developed in parallel with the company’s new 3D-RF

glasses, which use RF (radio frequency) technology and have been specifically

designed to maximize brightness & contrast while eliminating the line of sight and

synchronization issues commonly experienced with systems using infra-red (IR)

emitters. The new glasses are fully rechargeable; the emitter is included with the

projector, while the glasses will be sold separately.

The HD33 supports all the HDMI 1.4a mandatory 3D formats, including both

Side-by-Side and Top & Bottom formats, and more. To further enhance 3D

compatibility, Side-by-Side and Top & Bottom formats can be manually enabled to allow

other non-HDMI 1.4a compatible devices, such as older set top boxes, Xbox360, or

PCs, to display 3D via the VGA or HDMI ports. Accordingly, the HD33 offers two

HDMI 1.4a ports, one VGA port, as well as connections for component video, composite

video, RS-232, a +12V trigger, and a VESA 3D Port.

3D content can be viewed with RF glasses or DLP Link-based 3D active shutter

glasses when used with a 3D-ready player.

Additional Specifications




Brightness


1800 Lumens




Contrast Ratio


4000:1




Weight


10 lbs.




Dimensions


14.2”x4.5”x12.2”




oom


1.2




Available


August, 2011




Price


$1,499



OPTOMA UNVEILS TWO FULL 1080p 3D PROJECTORS
FOR THE CUSTOM INSTALLATION MARKET

FREMONT, Calif. | August 16, 2011 | Maintaining its position on the leading edge in

projection home theater, Optoma, the best-selling DLP projector brand in the Americas,

today introduced the HD8300 and the HD3300, the company’s first full 1080p 3D home

theater models designed for the custom installation market. Incorporating its newest

technologies and design features to deliver uncompromised performance, both the

HD8300 ($4,499) and the HD3300 ($1,999) will begin shipping later this month.



“These new projectors are shining examples of why Optoma has earned a

reputation for delivering industry-leading innovation and outstanding image quality,” said

Jon Grodem, Optoma’s senior director of product and marketing. “Both deliver

tremendous performance and will give installers options to meet their customer’s

needs.”

According to Grodem, the DLP technology in Optoma’s projectors is the same

as is being used in today’s professional digital cinemas, “Now anyone can have that

same professional quality in their home for everyday use.”

The HD8300 builds on the company’s award-winning HD8200 model and

represents its top-of-the-line 3D projector. Delivering a robust 1500 lumens, the

HD8300 employs the company’s latest generation frame-interpolation processing,

PureMotion4D, which allows the user to easily customize the level of processing

to suit the content. At its lowest setting, PureMotion4D maximizes the detail of

every frame while still retaining the “dream-like” quality of film. At its highest setting,

it virtually eliminates motion blur, making it ideal for fast-paced sports and non-stop

action films.

The HD8300 also incorporates Optoma’s proprietary PureColor technology

and a new color management system to optimize and fine tune primary and secondary

colors for calibration precision. PureColor provides unprecedented control over the

image and makes it possible to achieve vivid, balanced, and uniform color for vibrant

and natural looking 2D and 3D images that remain smooth and judder-free for greater

realism.

For increased placement flexibility, the HD8300 offers PureShift lens shift and

a wide 1.5x zoom ratio. And, ISFccc (Imaging Science Foundation Custom Calibration

Configuration) controls, with day and night modes, are available for adjustment by

certified installers.

The HD8300 has been developed to take advantage of the company’s new 3D-RF

glasses, which use RF (radio frequency) technology and have been specifically designed

to maximize brightness and contrast while eliminating the line of sight and synchronization

issues commonly experienced with systems using infra-red (IR) emitters. The new glasses

are fully rechargeable; the RF emitter is included with the projector, while the glasses will

be sold separately.

The HD8300 supports all the HDMI 1.4a mandatory 3D formats, including both

Side-by-Side and Top & Bottom formats, and more. To further enhance 3D compatibility,

Side-by-Side and Top & Bottom formats can be manually enabled to allow other

non-HDMI 1.4a compatible devices, such as older set top boxes, Xbox360, or PCs, to

display 3D via the VGA or HDMI ports. Accordingly, the HD8300 offers two HDMI 1.4a

ports, one VGA port, as well as connections for component video, composite video,

RS-232, two +12V triggers, and a VESA 3D port.

The HD8300 ships standard with a back-up remote in case the primary remote

is lost or damaged. The backup remote is magnetically held onto the unit for emergency

usage.

Optoma HD3300

For custom installation customers looking for a more budget-friendly alternative

but who still want a projector with full 3D compatibility, Optoma’s HD3300 is designed to

fit the bill.

Powered with 2000 lumens and delivering a contrast ratio of 5000:1, the HD3300

incorporates the company’s PureMotion3D and PureDepth technologies to deliver a truly

dynamic cinematic experience. PureMotion3D frame interpolation processing almost

eliminates judder to create smoother video sequences, and PureDepth optimizes the

projector’s brightness and image configuration, ensuring stunning image quality both in

2D and 3D modes. The HD3300 also uses Optoma’s new color processing system to

improve color accuracy, contrast, black levels and shadow details. Further image

customization is achieved through ISFccc controls.

The HD3300 also supports all the HDMI 1.4a mandatory 3D formats, including both

Side-by-Side and Top & Bottom formats, and more. To further enhance 3D compatibility,

Side-by-Side and Top & Bottom formats can be manually enabled to allow other

non-HDMI 1.4a compatible devices, such as older set top boxes, Xbox360, or PCs, to

display 3D via the VGA or HDMI ports. Accordingly, the HD3300 offers two

HDMI 1.4a ports, one VGA port, as well as connections for component video, composite

video, RS-232, a +12V trigger, and a VESA 3D port.

Like the HD8300, the HD3300 also employs the company’s new 3D-RF glasses.

The RF emitter is included with the projector, while the glasses will be sold separately.

Additional Specifications







HD8300


HD3300




Brightness (Lumens)


1500


2000




Contrast Ratio (Full on/Full off)


30,000:1


5000:1




Contrast Ratio (ANSI)


700:1


500:1




Weight (lbs.)


18.5


10




Dimensions


19.3”x7.6”x14.6”


14.2”x4.5”x12.2”




Zoom


1.5x


1.2x




Available


August 2011


August 2011




Price
$4,499
$1,999