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