Originally Posted by Bertola
After viewing the Meridian MF1 at the Meridian Faroudja booth just before viewing the Optoma, I don't think anyone could say the HD-81 does not throw a spectacular image - the image was great. It was brighter, punchier, colors were more alive and the ANSI CR of any scene just had more pop to it. It was more involving and impressive.
So specs are nice, the lack of lens shift can be a problem for many, but if you can make it all work, man it just looks freaking great. Also I did not 'hear' the projector but After living with a near silent BenQ PE8720, I'd prefer a quieter fan than what specs show on the HD81...
I certainly agree about many of us getting hung up on specs. I saw the HD81 on a 150" wide screen after seeing some other 1080p display technologies and it was no contest for me. The image never ceases to amaze, the separate scaler with great connectivity was important as well as the anamorphic modes designed into the projector, not just vertical expansion scaling, but auto sensing
of 2:35 material and triggering of the Panamorph lens transport.
I have a HT that is only14'X13'5", 8' ceiling and it all fit great. A 100" wide 2:35
screen looks very big in that room, the vertical offset was 27%, not the 36% I
The HD81 has been hurt by lack of lens shift, long throw, early firmware issues and a price that is higher than SXRD and LCD 1080p models--but it is very competitive amongst DLP competitors and is the only one with a separate scaler.
The JVC RS1 looks to be a world beater, but I would still need to buy an outboard
scaler to use my Panamorph lens, and I can't imagine it resolving more detail or
There have been several reviews of the HD81; Perfect Vision, Sound & Vision,
Ultimate AV, Audioholics.com, Projector Reviews.com, Projector Central.com, all very favorable for the most part.
If somebody is interested in a 1080p DLP projector, the HD81 or HD81LS, Sharp
20K and BenQ10K are great options, IMO. They each have strengths and weaknesses, like all projectors and display technologies.
Unfortunately, my HD81, at almost 200 hours, is exhibiting banding/posterization
in shadow detail that was not present before, so I may have a problem with the
processor. I'm glad Optoma offers a three year warranty.