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.
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Summary:A 3D-ready DLP-based projector from Optoma with 1280x800 resolution, 1 HDMI input, and no dedicated component-video input.
The Optoma HD66 is part of the TV
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, front projection TV
models like the HD66 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 HD66
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.
Did my research before this purchase. This is my second Optoma projector and more satisfied than the last. The inputs are exactly what I needed. The 3-D Ready feature is perfect for when I do decide to add that capability. My screen size is 110 which is awesome for football, racing, and movies.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Folsom, CA
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Don't buy this
Hard to use controls/menus
Not enough connections
Chip went bad after 1 yr and 4 days. Optoma wouldn't honor warranty, service is lousy. I would never buy an Optoma product again. Inputs totally inadequate, can't control volume on external speaker from unit or cable box. Was originally advertised as a 3D projector, but requires a $300+ 3DXL box to get 3D.