What's this? Overall score is based primarily on picture quality; ease of use is also figured in. Overall scores are not directly comparable to those of other types of sets, since sound quality is not a factor. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
$699.00 - $1,051.45
Summary:A DLP-based projector from Optoma with 1080p resolution, 1 component-video input, and 2 HDMI inputs.
The Optoma HD20 is part of the TV
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, front projection TV
models like the HD20 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
HD picture quality:
HD picture quality indicates trained panelists' evaluation of clarity and color accuracy of an high-definition (1080i) signal, such as that from a Blu-ray player, digital-cable box or satellite receiver. A 110-inch (diagonal), 16:9 Da-Lite screen with a matte-white screen fabric was used to display the images. All signals were routed through a HDMI input. Picture-quality scores for HD and SD (standard-definition) aren't directly comparable, because each is capable of a different level of quality. Thus, a very good score for HD indicates a better picture than a very good score for SD.
SD picture quality:
For our "SD Picture quality" tests we recently modified our test procedure to use 480i signals, a more common standard definition format than 480p. Models that mention SD quality were tested with 480i.
Ease of use:
Ease of use is our assessment of the remote control, onscreen menus, labeling of inputs, and useful features.
About This Brand
Optoma is a leading brand in the front-projector market and offers a wide range of consumer and custom-install DLP-based home theater projectors. The company also offers a line of portable LED-based pico projectors and a wide range of projectors sold to the business and educational markets.
Features & Specs - Optoma HD20
HDMI inputs HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a relatively new form of digital audio/video connection found on TVs, monitors, Blu-ray players, DVD players, receivers, cameras and digital TV tuners. HDMI has become the preferred connection method instead of component, etc., as it carries audio and video signals on the same cable. HDMI supports a range of standard- and high-definition video formats, although it can vary for each product. HDMI supports up to eight channels of uncompressed, 24-bit/192kHz audio. HDMI version 1.3, doubled the bandwidth of its predecessor (HDMI 1.2), and added support for 30-, 36- and 48-bit color depth and a new "xvYCC" color standard, as well as the new Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master lossless audio formats (See "Dolby True HD" and "DTS-HD Master Audio") used in Blu-ray discs. HDMI version 1.4 added full support for 3D television, an audio return path, and ethernet network connection. Some Blu-ray discs, in order to be viewed in high-definition, will require that the Blu-ray player and the HDTV/display be connected using an HDMI cable as a copy-protection measure. HDMI allows content providers to limit the quality of the component video outputs, and your ability to record the content.
Component-video inputs The number of Component-video input connections. Component-video is a high quality analog video connection that can be used to transmit standard definition (480i), progressive-scan (480p), and upconverted and high definition (720p, 1080i, and 1080p) video signals. Component-video connections use three separate jacks that separate the video signal into three parts: two for color and one for luminance (the black and white signal). These connections are found on most video components that provide 480p through 1080p video.
Lens-shift mechanism Lens shift mechanism indicates whether the projector has built-in horizontal and/or vertical lens-shift adjustments.
Zoom factor The zoom control allows you to grow the image size. The zoom factor specification indicates how many times larger the image can grow. A "2x zoom factor" for example tells you the image can be made two times larger.
Distance to screen (ft) Distance to screen is our measurement (rounded to the nearest half foot) of how close to and far from the screen the projector can be placed to create a 110-inch image.
This projector was recommended to us by several friends. We purchased it just before Avatar was in theaters. When we saw Avatar in the theater, we decided it was not worth the price of tickets better in the theater than watching movies at home and we have not been to see a movie in theaters since. We project 130 inches on diagonal. Sharp vivid pictures. Fabulous in light controlled room. Good in dim light with lamp brightness on high. Easy to use and good features for correcting screen geometry. You can not beat the price for the quality of picture. <br /><br />I have problems with screen flicker on computer monitors and always have to use high refresh rates. Despite that I only see the rainbow effect if I am sitting within a couple of feet of the screen and look quickly from one side of the screen to the other. <br /><br />The only reason we are getting a new one is for 3D. The Optoma HD33 is essentially the same projector with 3D.<br /><br />We also had a great experience with customer service. About 9 months after we bought it, it would overheat and shut the lamp down. We were doing construction and using the projector under extremely dusty conditions for a few months. We sent it in under warranty and turns out we actually violated the warranty by operating under those conditions. Despite that they cleaned the construction dust out of the projector, sent it back within a week and a half and did not charge us or void the warranty.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Denver , CO
Received Defective and Poor Support
Overall picture quality
We received a product that was defective from the factory. We watched one movie and the project went out. I can't commment too much more on the quality of the picture and the performance ( when it's working) , but I can say the support from Optoma for warranty repair is horrible. we are over 2 weeks out since we sent it back and still no idea when they will return it.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Great Sub-$1000 projector
Easy to use controls/menus
Good connection options
Overall picture quality
Slight jagged motion
I've had this projector for almost a year and it has operated flawlessly. AS others have mentioned it does produce slight jagged edges when there is fast motion. Other than that, this has been a perfect buy.