Optoma Unveils 1080p Projector Pair For AVAD

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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.

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.

Optoma’s HD8600

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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