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Optoma Unveils 1080p Projector Pair For AVAD

9/10/2009 03:43:27 PM Eastern

CEDIA 2009 Atlanta - Optoma is unveiling
at its CEDIA Expo booth (No. 1565) this week a 1080p DLP projector using the company's exclusive
PureMotion Technology.

Optoma is billing the model HD8600 ($7,499 suggested retail) as
its ultimate high-end 1080p DLP projector for the home installation market.

Optoma’s HD8600The single-chip DLP unit includes a full lens shift system for greater
installation flexibility, and will have three lens options (standard, wide and
long-throw). The lenses are said to provide some of the finest optics that
Optoma has ever produced.

The projector includes ISFccc Day and Night modes, a native 1080p
DarkChip3 DLP (.65 chip) from Texas Instruments, a backlit remote with discrete
IR codes and secondary convenience remote, and 30,000:1 contrast ratio/650:1
ANSI contrast.

Optoma has added a new full-color-management system and has tuned
the projector to pickup "120 percent of the full color gamut," said Jon Grodem,
Optoma product marketing director.

The Pure Motion engine is said to provide judder-free images of fast-motion
sequences.

The projector measures 17 inches by 6 inches by 13.5-inches and
weighs 19 pounds. It is designed for shelf-mounting, ceiling installations or
even "hush-box" placement, Grodem said.

Inputs include HDMI 1.3 with Deep Color support.

Lamp life is rated at 3,000 to 4,000 hours.

Optoma continues to use AVAD as its exclusive distributor for the
CEDIA channel. The HD8600 will be positioned at the top of the AVAD line, above
the HD8200 ($4,199), which started shipping last month, and the new-at-CEDIA
HD2200 ($1,599). Both the HD8600 and HD2200 will start shipping in time for
this week's show.

The HD2200 is said to be an enhanced version of Optoma's recently
introduced $999 HD20 1080p DLP projector for mass retail distribution. The
HD2200 adds to the HD20 package ISFccc adjustment, plus other firmware and
calibration capabilities sought after by installers, Grodem said.

Standard through AVAD on all the projectors is a three-year
warranty with express replacement, and one-year lamp replacement.

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