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Optoma Bows Sub-$1,500 3D DLP Projector

8/16/2011 12:21:52 PM Eastern

Fremont, Calif. - Optoma introduced Tuesday what it is calling
"the most affordable" FullHD 1080p 3D DLP projector to date.

Optoma's HD33 FullHD 1080p 3D DLP projector is expected to see $1,400 street retails.

Model HD33 is
shipping now at a $1,500 suggested retail ($1,400 estimated street price) and
is available through both brick-and-mortar and online authorized Optoma
retailers.

"3D is best done
big, and you can't beat projection for big screen cinema," said Jon Grodem,
Optoma product and marketing senior director. "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."

The HD33 features
1800 ANSI lumens of brightness, a 4,000:1 contrast ratio and produces both 2D
and 3D FullHD 1080p images.

Optoma is adding
to the unit its new PureMotion3D frame interpolation processing, which is said
to reduce judder to create smoother video sequences in both 2D and 3D content.

Also added is
Optoma's PureDepth technology, which is described as new technology that
optimizes the projector's brightness and image configuration in both 2D and 3D.

A new color-processing
system is said to yield improved color accuracy, contrast, black levels and
shadow details in image sizes ranging from 35 inches to more than 300 inches.

The HD33 uses
active-shutter 3D-RF glasses technology, which use RF signals instead of the
customary IR, to like glasses with a 3D emitter.

Optoma said the
glasses technology was designed to maximize brightness and contrast while
eliminating the line of sight and synchronization issues commonly experienced
with systems using IR emitters.

The new glasses
are rechargeable and will be sold separately. However, the 3D emitter is
included with the projector.

Optoma said 3D
content can also be viewed with DLP Link-based 3D active shutter glasses when
used with a 3D-ready player.

The HD33 supports
all the HDMI 1.4a mandatory 3D formats, including both side-by-side and top-and-bottom.

Side-by-side and top-and-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, Optoma said.

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.