dealsoptoma hd 1080p home theater projector for $649…

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Love the description, The cake is a LIE!

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This is like . . . the 4th time these have come up now. I still don't have the cash to get one, but it makes me wonder where these are all coming from.

On another note, at this price everyone should consider getting two and doing some DIY polarized 3D at home. Here's a good article on how to do it: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/3d-polarized-projector,2589.html

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I so want one. So hard to justify. Small apartment with big tv already and buying a fixer uppers house. resist, resist. But it could be now or never what with the rest of my money going to the house. what to do what to do...

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Casio XJ bulbless LED for same price, FTW!

20K hour/3 year warranty, brand new. I'm done with bulbs forever.

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This being the 4th time or so that this projector has been on here can people that have bought in the past weigh in on their experience with the refurb units here? Any issues? Was the consensus that between the 2 models the HD20 was the way to go and why was that if so? Thanky.

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I bought this projector as a x-mas gift for myself...It delivers as described. it's a fine 1080p picture and a great value for the price. My unit is a refurb but I haven't experienced any problems. I premiered the projector for my friends at the last SUperbowl and I got nothing but compliments. You won't find many trusted projectors at this resolution and this price. I'd definitely recommend.

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@spyder69696969: More info? What model and where for $650. I don't see anything that fits that description for that price.

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everytime you do this to me 3 days before payday

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great projector. worth every penny. i have the hd180.

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@spyder69696969: You are also done with 1080p because that projector is 720p native. The technology is exciting and I look forward to buying one that is similar but does 1080p.

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no difference between the two models?

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You guys are suckers!

Just to put this out for those who didn't make it through the entire description.
HD180 Contrast Ratio: 3500:1 (Full On/Full Off)
HD20 Contrast Ratio: 4000:1 (Full On/Full Off)

the 500:1 is a slight difference, but a difference nonetheless

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@chezteladog: If I had to guess, I'd say spyder[orgy] is in a state where Woot charges sales tax, and is rolling that into his price comparison. If not, I'd like to know about it, too.

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@bensonm: I have no info, but maybe spyder[orgy] is referring to the Casio XJ-A230 at Overstock:
http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/Casio-XJ-A230-DLP-Projector/5492098/product.html?cid=123620#none

I Googled and found the above, so spyder[orgy] may an a completely different Casio XJ in mind.

Also, it seems to be 1080P, according to Overstock specs.

JP

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I ordered a HD20 last go round...I have not built my screen yet (which will greatly improve my picture I'm sure) - but even projecting on an off white wall I am amazed....I have no complaints - and my bulb had only 4 hours on it...

my boys love it and I plan on using it outside at night for summer movies once I get my screen built...

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So far as I could tell, all the other projectors mentioned here were native 4:3 aspect ratio and most have a native resolution around 1280 X 1024 or less. Native aspect ratio on this Optoma is 16:9 and the NATIVE resolution is 1920 X 1080. While the others are good for your PowerPoint presentations in the office, this is a true home theater project with HD aspect ratio and resolutions being the native mode. The guys on HD Nation at Revision3.com tested it and liked it.

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I had the Optoma HD70, which was their entry-level HD projector a few years back, and it was great. I know it's not apples-to-apples, but I would easily buy one of these based on how the HD70 was (if I didn't have my plasma).

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Last time these came up, I bought an HD20. I couldn't be happier.

I was skeptical and worried about these being refurbs, but when my unit arrived, my bulb only had around 24 hours. Of course, the timer could've been reset at any point during the life of the bulb, so take that as you will.

The picture quality is great just projected onto a plain white wall. My friends were impressed with the picture quality and overall brightness when playing Fifa on the PS3. HD television shows look just like they do on a TV.

The unit isn't as loud as I thought it would be. Comparably, it's not even as loud as a small fan set on a low setting. It does generate a great deal of heat though near the front of the unit, but that's expected. Just make sure you have a lot of room for ventilation.

That's all I can think about for now, but it's a great deal. If I hadn't just scooped a Transformer I would def pick up another.

Oh, and no rainbow effect for me.

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I purchased the HD. Blueray is AMAZING. If you shop around you can get a 1,000 watt HTIB-Blueray, 120" pull down screen and for around $1,200-$1,400 bucks have a real HD theater in your home. No more movie tickets.

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great projector - had issues with first one i bought - customer service was good - replaced with new unit in a week - not issues since then. great picture - perfect entry level projector.

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Sorry, guys. I was tired last night and forgot to post the link to the Casio:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824124008&cm_re=xj-a235-_-24-124-008-_-Product

I bought this just last week for $709. It's a damn shame that it's now out of stock for the rest of you. :(

Sure, it's "only" 720p native, where this one is 1080p. However, only Blu-Ray is 1080p (no TV program, game, etc., is higher than 720p) and this is a refurb that also uses bulbs.

I've owned an HD70, HD65, SP7205, SP7210, and an IN82 in the recent past. Considering our projector is on 12-14 hours a day, I wasn't prepared to spend another $1000+ on lamps over the next 4 years...about how long the Casio's LEDs will last us at current usage.

If you're only going to use the pj to watch a movie once a week, this deal makes sense. If you want everything to be big and beautiful, the Casio is a FAR better buy. It will be back at that price. Keep your heads up and your ears open! :)

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@spyder69696969: The Casio contrast ratio spec looks a little low. I know, contrast ratio is the biggest BS spec in projectors, but I'm just sayin'.

The Casio's native resolution is 1280 x 800, so it isn't a true 1080p machine either.

I used to have an old TI theater projector from the early days of DLP that was spec'd at 1000:1 contrast and it was fantastic. Used it to throw ultrabright 12' image on the wall in my living room for a couple years.

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@tdurden: From projectorcentral, in regard to the HD20:

"Despite the projector's 4000:1 full on/off contast rating, the HD20 measured 456:1 ANSI contrast in our tests. This puts it on a level with several of the more impressive 1080p LCD projectors released last year, but below the more advanced 1080p DLP projectors. ANSI contrast doesn't tell the whole story, but it is a good indicator of the dynamic range that can appear in any one image."

456 versus 4,000??? BS, indeed! :D

P.S. As I said, 1080p is only a big deal for Blu-Ray AND if you sit close to the screen.

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@spyder69696969 - Games certainly do go up to 1080p. Not all, and many are even lower resolution, but there are definitely many games that play in full 1080p.

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I got one of these a few Woots back and I love it. Came with about 165 hours on the bulb. Very bright, very crisp, very quiet, and I'm very satisfied. One of the best purchases I've made on Woot. The only thing it lacks that my In-Focus had is auto-orientate. If you ever wanted a HD projector but didn't want to spend $1000, this is your best bet!

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Here's a side-by-side comparison of the two models. There's not much difference, but here it is nonetheless.

http://www.pureprojectors.com/compares/optoma_hd180_vs_optoma_hd20

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how much is it to replace the bulb?

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Bulbs are around $350. That's common for projectors in this class. Watching 4 movies a week should give you over 4 years of use. If you're going to watch regular TV, you're going to wear it out faster.

I set up a full home theater in December with the HD20 as the centerpiece. The 1080p picture is gorgeous and the upconvert from my player makes even old DVDs look fantastic on the big screen.

I'm projecting onto a 92" screen (elitech has good screens for cheap) and the projector is 11 feet from the wall. We sit under the projector and you can barely hear it, even during quiet scenes. The contrast ratio gives nice blacks, though with any projector they'll look better when the room is darker. Mid-day viewing with the blinds closed still gives a good image.

Highly recommended as a projector for those of us who can't afford Runco or other high-end. The WSJ recommended the HD20 in an article last year. Only hitch would be the "rainbow effect" but I rarely see it happen.

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The HD20 is not available, only the HD180. Is this still as good of a deal?

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The HD20 is gone. Should I just get the HD180 or wait till this comes around again? What are the chances I'll even be able to see the difference of the 500:1 contrast?

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I bought the Infocus IN72 from Woot back in 2006 and it has easily been the best electronics purchase I have ever made. The wow-factor of viewing a movie on a 100"+ screen in your own home is just so great.

But, my IN72 is nearing the end of its life, so I scooped up the HD180 from Woot today. I've never seen this projector in person, but from the reviews it seems to be a great performer in the under $1000 category, and I suspect I'll be just as happy with the Optoma as when I bought the Infocus 5 years ago.

The moral: for those fretting about the HD180 vs. HD20 vs. another projector, unless you are a a huge videophile, I wouldn't worry too much. For the price, this is great entry into the world of projectors, and you'll have a hard time ever watching a movie on a "tiny" 50" TV again.

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Agreed with nmwarren.

These are great units at a great price and the colors are vibrant and alive (and huge) on the wall. Get a good player that will upconvert your DVDs and a nice 5.1 receiver and you'll never want to have to sit next to some person munching on popcorn, talking, or texting in a theater ever again.

Some pics of the image from Amazon's site showing off the sharp image and color:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/product-gallery/B002G0CWSU/ref=cm_ciu_pdp_images_0?ie=UTF8&index=0
http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/product-gallery/B002G0CWSU/ref=cm_ciu_pdp_images_0?ie=UTF8&index=0
http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/product-gallery/B002G0CWSU/ref=cm_ciu_pdp_images_0?ie=UTF8&index=0

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I picked one of these up the first time they came around. I'm using it as my primary monitor right now, and loving it. I've got a 100 inch screen set up, and can use it day or night. The room it is in has translucent blinds and curtains that only cut down on the light a bit, and yet on low brightness, this projector is still quite usable.

Brightness, contrast and color look wonderful. I use mine to edit and preview 1080p video for film and TV, and it works wonders to help me visualize how that video might look in a theater.

No damage to the unit, looks and functions like new.

I recommend picking up a sheet of 'blackout cloth' at your local fabric store. Its very cheap, and works as good as many projector screens you could by for a lot more money.

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Can this project a mirror image for those with small rooms wanting to double their projection distance using a mirror, or will such users have to use mirrors in multiples of two (similar to some optometrists offices for eye tests)?

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@gjames: You'd be much better off just getting a short-throw projector. there aren't a ton of them out there, but they aren't that hard to find at a good price.

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@spyder69696969: It's not that I need the option (and I've already ordered), just curious if it is there. Otherwise one would need a separate electronic device to do the mirroring, which if dealing with an HDMI source, will have added expense for the HDCP compliance.

And if it can, then there's added options of concealability by disguising the projector as a recessed ceiling light aimed at a curious sculpture on a plinth with a 45-degree mirrored surface on top, for both the spouse acceptance factor and theft deterrence.

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@gjames - Both the HD20 and HD180 can rear project, so you should be able to use it in that mode and bounce it off a mirror to project correctly on the opposite wall. You can also flip the image upside down for ceiling mounts.

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@gjames: A 90" screen requires only a 12' room, and shouldn't need a bigger screen in that size room. How small are we talking?

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I have been trying to order one of these projectors and the revolving
wheel that says that my order is being processed but I donnt seem to get a confirmation. What should I do? I have gotten many Woot items and had never had this happened to me. Any ideas as to what I need to do to make sure I get the order in the system?

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@gjames: I just flipped through my menus and did not see a built in mirror option, but I'm positive there are software solutions that will let you set your computer up to display mirrored. Worst case, just get a second mirror, set it right in front of the projector at 45 degrees and turn the projector 90 degrees so that your second mirror further away will be flipping the image back around again.

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Shipping Update
Optoma HD 1080p Home Theater Projector has completely shipped via FEDEX Ground. All tracking has already been emailed out. You can also find your tracking number by following this link and use your ORDER NUMBER as the reference number.

https://www.fedex.com/AltRefTracking?cntry_code=us

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@aureltristen: You can flip the image any way you want. Even Ceiling mount rear projection. I just did it to mine to confirm.