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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."
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