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Optoma Offers $999 1080p DLP Projector

8/06/2009 10:04:04 AM Eastern

Optoma HD20 1080p DLP projector

Milpitas, Calif.
- Optoma Technology introduced its first 1080p DLP projector to break the
$1,000 price threshold.

The Optoma HD20 ($999 suggested retail) is
listed as having 1,700 ANSI lumens of brightness and a 4,000:1 contrast ratio.

The video inputs
include two HDMI, a VGA, component and composite video.

The HD20 operates
at a native 1080p resolution (1920 by 1080 pixels), and will scale most other
video and computer formats including: UXGA, WXGA, SXGA+, SXGA, XGA, SVGA, VGA
resized, VESA, PC and Macintosh.

Lamp life is rated
to 4,000 hours in standard mode or 3,000 hours in bright mode, and the HD20
incorporates a rapid shutdown feature.

Included with
purchase is a one-year parts and labor warranty — 90 days for the lamp.

The HD20 weighs
6.4 pounds and is equipped with a remote control (with batteries) that has
backlit illumination, a composite video cable and other accessories.

The company said
retail accounts that have signed on to HD20 so far include: Adorama,
Amazon.com, Beach Camera, Best Buy, B&H Photo Video, CDW, Fry's
Electronics, J&R, Micro Center,
Nebraska Furniture Mart, PC
Richard, ProjectorPeople.com, Staples.com and Visual Apex.

"We're very
excited to be at the forefront of such a significant breakthrough in HD
projectors," stated Jon Grodem, Optoma product marketing director. "This new
low price opens up a whole new audience to the high-definition, large screen,
home theater projection experience. Viewers will love how the HD20 displays an
image more than 9 times larger than a 40-inch flat-screen television,
projecting a screen size image greater than 120 inches."