It is undoubtably a series of compromises to get the machine on the market to blunt the Ruby freight train.
Steve, it is one thing to try to capture some sales that would otherwise go to the Ruby, but it is also quite another to alienate their already loyal following. Optoma customers are used to having lens shift. If they take that very important feature away by putting the new DMD into a presentation frame/light engine, they will probably sell some of these to their business customers, but they are leaving a bad taste in the mouths of the loyal home theater crowd. Sure, some people will be able to use the presentation offset, but many will be left out in the cold. At first I blamed TI for getting caught with their pants down, but the more I think about it, the more I have to agree with an earlier poster who mentioned that Optoma must have at least known the size of the DMD well in advance of its release. I have to believe that they have had at least a year to prepare some sort of light engine for the new DMD and not have to resort to using a presentation engine. Maybe I'm wrong. Where is Tzung?
I don't know how many people are in the same boat as I, but I was waiting to find out what showed up at CES before making my next purchase. I had high hopes for the HD81, and I would even consider waiting as long as March to buy one if I could possibly use it in my theater. Seeing that no one else seems to be releasing anything any sooner, it looks like I will be buying a Ruby, warts and all, simply because I don't have any other option other than waiting and hoping. If I buy a Ruby now, at least I can get a year or maybe more of 1080p enjoyment before the DLP people get settled with 1080p offerings. What I really long for is a 3 chip 1080p DLP, and based on how long it is taking just for the single chippers, I fear that affordable 3 chippers will be at least a year away, probably a lot longer. So do I wait a year or whatever for Optoma to release a lens shift version of the HD81 or do I buy a Ruby now?
Please don't take this as Optoma bashing and/or Ruby praising. I have no particular affection towards Sony and their products, but unless Optoma offers a lens shift version OR can at least drastically reduce the offset (if that could be done without a major redesign), I am FORCED to look elsewhere. I would prefer to buy an Optoma if they would offer one I could use!