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Old 04-29-07, 07:29 PM
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Optoma DV10 Discussion

Continuing the conversation started here ...

Initial impression is that this will be a portable and outdoor projector for me. It throws a great picture and gives you myriad options. The bulb may be expensive, but this is for 3,000 hours! There is a menu that lets you know how many hours you've used...pretty neat! It'll take me quite a while to burn through this first bulb and with the extended warranty, it remains completely cost effective to me. I never really bought it to replace what I have in my home theater now.

It does have to be placed pretty low or angled down (is there a way to correct this?), since it wants to throw the picture up pretty high. Internal speakers were impressive even at it's loudest setting. I'm planning on either a blow up screen or constructing 2 for different aspect ratios for outside viewing. The screen that comes with the rebate is worth about $200 alone.

Remote control takes some getting used to and I might need to contact their customer service for futher instructions on questions I have.

It's advertised in today's Circuit City newspaper flyer....

More to follow...planning an outdoor feature tonight with a good ol' fashioned bedsheet!....

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Old 04-29-07, 07:47 PM
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reposting the deal:

I just purchased this thing today, and so far cannot be more thrilled!



http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Optom...oductDetail.do

$999.00 listed price
-$400 (this sale ends Saturday May 5th)
-$100 after MIR
-free 92" screen by mail after MIR
-free subwoofer by mail after MIR
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$499.00!! price after MIR

recommend that you pay the extra $125 bucks for the 4 year service contract (bulbs replacements included).

pros:
built in standard dvd player, internal speakers, quiet, hookups for external DVD players or home stereo, remote, carrying case, free screen as mentioned, free subwoofer as mentioned, HDTV compatible, 4000:1 contrast ratio (!), optical audio output

cons:
mild plastic burny smell (reports say it goes away after about 50 hrs of bulb use) but it really is minimal, 3000 hour bulb life and pricey $300+ for each replacement bulbs, but pay for the extended warrantee and don't worry about it for 4 whole years, only 1000 lumens, so obviously does better in darker rooms, but I have to say, in my brightly renovated room with white curtains and daylight it still looked pretty damned good... we'll see how it looks tonight when it's dark out!

This will satisfy me until plasma screens and lcd's come down in price... I mean, you can't beat a 90+" viewing surface! Don't just believe me, read the reviews...



the photo doesn't do it justice, plus it is still light outside... amazing clarity in real life, and THAT is projected on a tan wall!

...and for a sense of the size of the space/image:

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Old 04-29-07, 08:43 PM
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How big of an image is that? Comparible to a 100" television or thereabouts? And the comparison to an actual LCD or plasma television? Just curious because I may go with something like this in a few years for a portable theater.
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Old 04-29-07, 09:23 PM
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My CC is sold out. Is the price in the store the same as the web site and is it only good for this week? And when does the rebate expire. I've seen 4/30 and 6/30 listed.

And, no need for a screen, just paint one on the wall.

http://www.goosystemsusa.com/
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Old 04-30-07, 06:37 AM
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I would gather that image is about 80-90 inches??... the projector is about 6-7 feet away... I would say the image is not as good as a plasma, but dare I say better than an LCD??, but with a 4000:1 contrast ratio, it's pretty damned good. Obviously I could pull the thing back and fill more of the wall... since the screen is via mail after rebate, I just shot the image on that tanish colored wall.. so, you'd likely get an even better image on an actual screen or a white wall.

I was told that the $400 off sale portion goes until next Saturday, and the rebates are indeed good until 6/30.
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Anyone try this with an Xbox 360? I'm wondering if the HD-DVD drive or games would work with this.
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Old 04-30-07, 08:09 AM
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Anyone try this with an Xbox 360? I'm wondering if the HD-DVD drive or games would work with this.
I've read some reviews and it does work. You can use the vga cable or component cables using the provided adapter. Granted, the image is down converted to 480p.
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Old 04-30-07, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by edstein
Granted, the image is down converted to 480p.
Oh, ok thanks. I don't know why, but I thought this was capable of showing High Definition content. I thought I read it could display 720p in the official specs? Does "HD Compatable" just mean it is able to down convert HD video?

My HD LCD is on the fritz (see my other thread) and I was thinking about just using a standard tv for my basic cable and then getting something like this for movies, games and HD-DVD (I had hoped). Seems like it would be cheaper than getting a replacement LCD or Plasma, plus I have a large, bare white wall that I thought would be great for "big screen" viewing.

EDIT: I do see now: "Resolution 480p (854 x 480) Native"

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Old 04-30-07, 09:24 AM
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...it is only 480p, but I'm tellin' you.. the absolute size, and the 4000:1 contrast ratio makes up for it... if you want to scrutinize the wrinkles on someones face, then this ain't for you.. but if you want to emulate a theatre experience this is a way to do it for cheap.
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Old 04-30-07, 09:45 AM
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Too windy out last night, so we stayed inside and watched "Dumbo" on the wall. Gotta wait for perfect weather...

Did I mention that this thing is region free and does PAL? Nice!
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Old 04-30-07, 08:32 PM
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Here are some photos:



same photo that I brightened up with photoshop so you can get a sense for the size in relation to whats in the room:




up close image... my lousy digital camera with its low-light capturing doesn't do the image justice, but you get somewhat of an idea:

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Old 04-30-07, 08:53 PM
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So the sale ends on May 5th? I am very strongly leaning and would like to know the for sure date. Granted my wall isn't really fit for the size of this and it will maybe look a little awkward because of it being closer to the floor than it should be but I am enamored.
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Old 05-01-07, 04:20 AM
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The $100 MIR, 92" screen, and subwoofer rebates are good until June, but I was told by the employee that the initial $400 off sale price from CC is good only until this coming Saturday the 5th.
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Old 05-01-07, 04:21 AM
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Specifications. 1000 ANSI lumens, 4000:1 contrast, native 16:9 widescreen format, 854x480 resolution DLP chip with a 4x speed, seven-segment color wheel.

Compatibility. HDTV 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i, and computer resolutions up to SXGA+ (1400x1050). Full NTSC / PAL / SECAM.
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Old 05-01-07, 06:15 AM
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I'm so tempted to buy this, but I absolutely don't need it, and dont really have a spot for it either.
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this may have been covered previously, but is there a way to hook up digital cable to this bad boy? I wouldn't necessarily watch it all the time but for those "special" occassions it sure would be nice to watch it on this thing.

Seriously leaning towards it. It would definitely get its fair share of viewing in the summer outside. Floating around in the pool, cool drink in one had, remote in the other and 'Pulp Fiction' on the biiiiiiiiiig screen.

Curious as to what it looks like playing on a flat sheet and the best way to set that up?

This is now my favorite thread
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Old 05-01-07, 10:16 AM
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Here is a picture of your input choices.



It also comes with a VGA to Component video adapter for HD sources. Anyone know what the USB connection is for?
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Did anyone else notice that in the CC add there is another screen free with projector purchase? The DV10 comes with a rebate for the 92" screen but it shows an 84" screen as well. Does that mean you can get two screens?
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Of course, the deal posted in this thread could make it an even better deal!

Why do these always come out after I've gone shopping??????
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Got myself a similar spec Optoma projector but without the built in DVD player and I can easily say that 720p (via HTPC) looks incredible, even though the screen is a lower res. It's clearly the smarter buy if you have budget constraints, compared to so many people buying lcd and plasma only to sit so far away they can't see the detail.
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sale ends tomorrow!
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How does this deal compare to the following two?

Optoma - HD70 w/1yr GE Warranty & 2yr Lamp Warranty!
w/FREE 92" Screen MIR $895

Optoma - HD70 w/ Free Toshiba Up-Converting DVD Player
Part No. TOSSDK860RE
w/FREE 92" Screen MIR $913
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Originally Posted by abintra
How does this deal compare to the following two?

Optoma - HD70 w/1yr GE Warranty & 2yr Lamp Warranty!
w/FREE 92" Screen MIR $895

Optoma - HD70 w/ Free Toshiba Up-Converting DVD Player
Part No. TOSSDK860RE
w/FREE 92" Screen MIR $913

No conest. Go for the one with the lamp warranty. You never know when a lamp could blow just out of the 90 day/500 hour warranty.

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That warranty doesn't cover replacement due to the bulb life expiring due to normal use would it (meaning around the 3000 hour limit they are not going to give you a new one)?
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Old 05-04-07, 09:07 PM
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you are wrong. the optima extended warrantee DOES cover bulbs.
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