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Optoma Unveils 1080p Projector Pair For AVAD

9/21/2009 02:00:00 AM Eastern

Optoma unveiled at CEDIA Expo a 1080p DLP projector using the company’s exclusive PureMotion Technology and a second-gen Pico projector.

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

The 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 pick up “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 by installers, Grodem said.

Standard from AVAD on the home-theater projectors is a three-year warranty with express replacement, and one-year lamp replacement.

The company also showed off its tiny Gen 2 DLP-based Pico projector, model PK102, which ships this month at a $249 suggested retail. Although targeted at a different distribution channel, the battery-powered unit can connect to a composite video source like a digital camera or camera phone, to a computer’s VGA port or to any component video source.

It can also read an assortment of image and movie files from USB memory keys or from its 4GB of internal memory, which will hold up to 6,000 pictures or eight hours of video, the company said. Battery life is 60 to 90 minutes.

The unit measures 0.6 by 2 by 4 inches (HWD) and weighs 4.4 ounces. Resolution is listed at 420 by 320 pixels, and the LED light source emits a brightness level of 11 lumens.

With the introduction of the new model, Optoma reduced the price of the first-generation model PK101 to $229.