The new Optoma HD806 is a budget priced projector using Ti's .95 1080p chip. This model is similar to the HD81 HD81LV and HD80, but it's closer to the HD81LV. It uses a newer RGBCYM color wheel with brilliant color II to obtain it's high brightness. Also there is AI II and Uni-shape to increase the contrast. The projector has a 16 stepped Iris that can be used in auto mode or a static setting. It's rated at 2000 lumens and about 8000.1 CR.
My testing OTB showed 1600 lumens on my 106" diagonal screen using my light meter. After tuning to D65k it was 945 lumens. That's a very high brightness level for being tuned down for HT viewing. Highest I've seen so far. It can go closer to 2000 lumens by using the bright video choice but the color temp is very high in that setting far from the D65 setting for HT.
I did some CR testing with my light meter and colorfacts also. With the user options on for AI and Auto Iris I got 7000.1 using my light meter and 6000.1 using colorfacts. Turning off auto iris and AI I got 3000.1.http://www.cigarbest.com/sales/optomahd80616.jpg
Here's the colorfacts chart for CIE and grayscale after tuning. It's blue that's a little more saturated Red and Green are close to ref/spec.http://www.cigarbest.com/sales/hd806grayscaleD65k.jpg
The OTB grayscale showed Red and Green spot on across the 65k line, while blue was 20% higher and straight across the line. So warm was slightly towards cool. Alot of companies prefer the slight cooler image.
One test run with the light meter very close to the PJ I got and interesting reading of
0.07 low and 85.5 high which if I calculate right is 12144.1 with auto items enabled. Allot will choose not
to use the auto setup. There is brightness pumping but it's harder to see than the HD81 and LV I tested. Still
you'll be able to spot it at times.
Now on to some screenshots of some of my favorites. enjoy
(Joe Kane in the center back boozing it up) Looks pretty happy. http://www.cigarbest.com/sales/optomahd8066.jpg
(Excellent Blue Red & Yellow, green is slightly Lime typical of every DLP)http://www.cigarbest.com/sales/optomahd8067.jpg
(here you can see the grays look very good and res is tight seen clearly in the lettering)
Very nice super bright images with good color saturation. I've been viewing a 720p for so long I forgot how much better 1080p looks. Yes 720p looks good but 1080p looks so much better. The resolution difference is very obvious to me.
The projector availability was slow in coming but you should see it at some AVS sponsors now, also don't forget AVS where we love to hang is a Optoma dealer and will give you a competitive price. Pls check with AVS first, give back to the forum.
AVS can be contacted here. Hi Alan hope your link isn't against the rules. People were asking me where?http://www.avscience.com/contact.htm