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Old 12-28-2004, 08:50 PM   #1  
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Anyone have any information about Optoma DLP rear projection sets?
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Old 12-28-2004, 10:07 PM   #2  
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I've seen good reviews and the price seems nice (costco $1,999). Lot's of inputs. I passed on it and got the Sony 50 LCD cuase costco's would have taken 3-4 weeks to get it in. I couldn't wait but it was a strong contender for the money. Optoma makes good stuff as I have seen thier projectors and they are nice.
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Old 12-29-2004, 04:42 PM   #3  
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Thanks for the info. Costco has the 65" for $2999. Can't beat that price but I would like to see one in person. Does anyone know where one can be seen?
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Old 12-29-2004, 06:05 PM   #4  
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Anyone have any information about Optoma DLP rear projection sets?
Our local Costco store had the Optoma RD50 model for a few weeks before Christmas for $1,999. The picture quality looked good and at that price I was tempted. I had looked on the internet and found out that the MSRP was around $3,500, but I did see other online stores selling the RD50 model for around $2,800. What few reviews I found were positive. It has the HD2 DLP chip and a 1500:1 contrast ratio. Usually a 1500:1 ratio or higher is associated with the newer HD3 and HD2+ DLP chips.

In mid December I had gone back to Costco to purchase a printer and noticed that all the Optoma TVs were gone except the display model, which was reduce to $1,500. Temptation got the better of me and I bought the display model and have been very pleased with the purchase so far. Currently, I only have SD, which looks great to me. I was afraid that SD on a 50" screen would be disappointing. The HD looked great when the set was in the store. It may be a while before I get HD at home.

I suspect the large price drop from MSRP may be due to the model being discontinued. Costco often deals in discontinued items. Optoma makes several models of front projects, but only a couple of rear projection TVs. They seem to cater to companies rather than the consumer. It would not surprise me if Optoma may exit the rear projection TV business, which may be a problem for future support.
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"Optoma may exit the rear projection TV business."

I doubt it for awhile anyway,They have a bunch of new models coming out in spring including RPJ DLP HD2+.

They make a great product ,the down side of the costco one is it`s not hdmi compliant (can be upgraded for about $400
00)so in the near future you might no be able to use the DVI input, The replacement bulb is about $300.00, and a bit hard to find.

http://www.optoma.com/
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Old 12-29-2004, 07:23 PM   #6  
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I forgot to mention The real deal breaker for me was finding one !

All my costco`s are out and it is a deleted item so no more comming in. jojo
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Old 12-30-2004, 01:04 AM   #7  
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"Optoma may exit the rear projection TV business."

I doubt it for awhile anyway,They have a bunch of new models coming out in spring including RPJ DLP HD2+.

They make a great product ,the down side of the costco one is it`s not hdmi compliant (can be upgraded for about $400
00)so in the near future you might no be able to use the DVI input, The replacement bulb is about $300.00, and a bit hard to find.

http://www.optoma.com/
Glad to hear Optoma has new models coming out in the spring. Maybe the large price reduction on the current models is just to clear inventory to make room for the newer models.

I did notice many new TVs have HDMI and DVI connectors, whereas the Optoma RD50 only has one DVI connector. I thought that the major difference between HDMI and DVI was that HDMI had both video and audio, but the DVI had just video. On http://www.optomatv.com/ website it describes DVI as follows:
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Digital Visual Interface (DVI) is the only format capable of accepting uncompressed digital data such as high-definition video, as well as signals from future digital devices. DVI connectivity ensures your OptomaTV won't become obsolete.
I am hoping that their description is true. I also noticed on the same website that the price for the lamp was $349 with an 8,000 hours of estimated life. Sure hope the price comes down before I need a new lamp. Does anyone know if there are alternate sources for the lamp or is it a special Optoma only lamp?

I did notice one website http://www.sedonline.com/default.asp...ptoma_1104.asp that still sells the Optoma RD50 for $1999 with free shipping.

Also while surfing the web I read that the rear projection TVs were made in the USA. Is that true and if so where in the USA? I believe the Optoma company is Tawian.
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They make a great product ,the down side of the costco one is it`s not hdmi compliant (can be upgraded for about $400) so in the near future you might no be able to use the DVI input.
Interesting point. The only difference between Optoma's RD50 and RD50H models seems to be that the RD50 has DVI and the RD50H has DVI-HDCP.

Here is a good article on the topic of DVI and HDMI connectors as well as HDCP. Getting on board with all the new technology is quite a challenge.
http://www.dtvprofessional.com/artic...e.jsp?id=27764
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