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I can't believe that CostCo still has this promotion going, it seems like a no brainer...........The PJ itself sells online w/other vendors for the same price Costco charges, but u get the greywolf thrown in. How can u go wrong? Even if the screen blows, sounds like alot of peeps painted over the screen with another shade or whatever. I figure I'll get this sucker and in a few months or more they're bound to start carrying the HD70, then i'll just go in an return the 27 and upgrade to the 70. I'm still amazed at the ss that i've seen of the 27, incredible.

I already own the OPPO 971 w/DVI so I should be good 2 go!!
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I just bought this projector after reading these posts thinking the throw angle wouldn't be a problem, but it is.

I have to have the projector less than 6 inches off the ground so an 80 inch image doesn't touch the ceiling.

What is a good small component rack that has a bottom shelf really close to the ground for cheap?
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I found one at walmart for 20 dollars don't bother looking.
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I bought an optoma H27 from costco a few months ago, based on what I saw here, however optoma lists this as being hd compatible but I have read on other sites that the h27 is not true hd.

if I buy an HD DVD player and hook it up with an hdmi to dvi to my projector , will I get HD? or just and enhanced picture?

so far I have been incredibly happy with the h27, but if the difference in a 480p and a 720p native is large , I might try to return it.

can anyone clear this up for me I am a little confused.
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I bought an optoma H27 from costco a few months ago, based on what I saw here, however optoma lists this as being hd compatible but I have read on other sites that the h27 is not true hd.

if I buy an HD DVD player and hook it up with an hdmi to dvi to my projector , will I get HD? or just and enhanced picture?

so far I have been incredibly happy with the h27, but if the difference in a 480p and a 720p native is large , I might try to return it.

can anyone clear this up for me I am a little confused.

I have the same questions for a quite while. So the answers to myself are: 1. H27 does play movies from HD DVD player but it is downgraded to 480p resolution, same quality as from a regular DVD player. 2. I don't think it is proper to return the projector after 30 days though
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here are two items from optomas website:

describing optoma h27:
High Definition clarity with HDTV compatibility at 720p/1080i through DVI-I w/HDCP or HDMI

and in the faq:

Q20: Can my projector display HDTV?
A20: Yes, Optoma projectors are able to accept HDTV (720p or 1080i) via the component (RGB) connection or DVI only. Check to make sure the projector has HDCP available on the DVI port.

but reviews I have read say that is not the case, and other people have said it is not "true" hd (whatever that means)
so does being a native 480p mean it cannot go to 720p? is it just another form of upscaling?
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Got myself a new DVD player. Its a Denon 1920. Currently still using the component connection. Cant wait to use. Though, images quality is superb with the new progressive scan Denon. Some screenshots :-









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Does the up-convertible DVD player give better picture quality for those native 480 line projectors eg H27 ?

I'm using the Oppo 971 hooked up to the H27 via a 32' Blue Jeans DVI cable and couldn't be happier with the results. Screen is a 92" GWII.

At 720P, images are crisp with vibrant colors and great blacks. That Faroudja chip does an excellent job of providing a highly detailed image on the screen. The 971 also plays all the PAL DVD's I have with no problems. The shift between layers on dual layer disks is very quick as well.

Anyone who claims that 480P is no better than upconverted 720P must have a problem with connections, settings or their eyes. The difference is quite simply, remarkable!

For the money, I'd be hard-pressed to find a better combination than this one to tide me over until the BluRay/HD-DVD mess is straightened out.

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Hi,

Looking at the HD hype and move, still would like to know how many of you are still enjoying this little beast.

The H27 is still delivering pure class for me. I have just completed 750 hrs on the original bulb. Going great guns.

Keep the therad alive...
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Some screenshots to cheerup.







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I'm believer that souce material makes a bigger difference than the resolution of the tv or projector. HD from Time Warner looks awesome on my 'lowly' little optoma. The PJ still looks great to my eyes and brings me tons of happiness. I know i will replace it with a 720 or maybe even a 1080 depending on the price point in 2 years when my bulb starts to go. Absolutely no regrets in my purchase. I got to spend the extra cash on cool stuff like a Wii and modding an xbox to run xbmc so that i can stream all of my media to my HT..

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I'm believer that souce material makes a bigger difference than the resolution of the tv or projector. HD from Time Warner looks awesome on my 'lowly' little optoma. The PJ still looks great to my eyes and brings me tons of happiness. I know i will replace it with a 720 or maybe even a 1080 depending on the price point in 2 years when my bulb starts to go. Absolutely no regrets in my purchase. I got to spend the extra cash on cool stuff like a Wii and modding an xbox to run xbmc so that i can stream all of my media to my HT..

Completely agree with you. When i fed the WMV HD demos to the PJ using a basic VGA cable it looked awesome.
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How bright is this projector? Can it handle moderate ambient light? I am going to use the projector in my living room, I want to keep the kitchen light on (room next to living room). Will that work? Also, how does this projector hold up on standard definition television? I plan on using a 92" screen.
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Here are some newer screenshots

DVD - Denon 1920 / Component / 480p. Upgrading to HDMI @ upconversion soon.








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Anirbana...u screenshots look great...mind sharing the set-up or your projector?
R U using the digital connection @ HDMI/DVI? Thanks dude....
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Could anybody recommend me a graphics card for use with this baby?? :-)

I have now a Matrox Parhelia 128Mb AGP card which I use with it and I really like it! But I am upgrading my computer and therefore I'm looking for a PCI Express x16 Card. I has to be dual DVI and preferably under 200$. I will not use it for gaming -so only the dvd playback of the card is important for me...

Anybody could give me a tip?
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Comparison

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There's definitely more reds in Anirbana's screenshots as compared to mine. What do u guys think? Should i boost up the reds? Again...Anirbana...whats ur setting?
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Hi pawarujie,

Great to see that you have taken the same screen shots. I think your settings are fine. The reds you see in my picture a a bit more as my wife likes punchy colours.

You can change the degamma to Movie1 or Movie II as they are best for good contrast.

What a nice little projector. Isn't it?

I will post my settings once i go back home. Good to see other users posting their images.

For internal shots i like this shot i took from shall we dance. Very punchy and the cameara was not able to pick up all the good.

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Forgot to mention. I am using a $50 Philips DVD3005 player and using the component cable that came with the projector. So very basic stuff. I have a profigold comp cable which is better but the length is short so that is packed up.

But I know that it is capable of deliovering better if i use the right source and cables.

Some more screenshots to enjoy......

These are at my new place. The wall colour is yellow and i have not caliberated the colours yet.











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Nice -from a yellow wall
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While househunting, my first priority was to see if there is a room with at least 12ft throw and min 80inch diagonal light coloured wall.
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I found a site online that has it for cheap
"CLOSEOUT! Optoma H27 Projector With FREE 92" Manual Screen and $100 Rebate! Only $569 after rebate for Projector and Screen!"

I'm seriously thinking about this combo. It will be used in my best friend's basement.
Any second thoughts or suggestions on a better budget projector. I'm not really worried about hd content since it will only be hooked up to a dvd player (possibly an Oppo).

Both me and my best friend have read all the reviews on it and it looks like the best budget one for him to order.
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Go for it! :-) I'm not a projector professor but this little projector just does a very nice job for a very reasonable amount of money. Since I got it I havn't been concerned with finding something better -which I often do with almost all my hardware of different sorts. For me that's something -although it's almost boring to be so content

One big thing for me also is the low noise-level. A BIG thing I think.
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WOW, you guys are making me think I should have saved $700+ and bought the 27 instead of the HD6800 - looks like a nice pic. May have use the costco return policy. hmm
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WOW, you guys are making me think I should have saved $700+ and bought the 27 instead of the HD6800 - looks like a nice pic. May have use the costco return policy. hmm

You can get the Infocus IN72 for about $400, if you look hard enough.
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You can get the Infocus IN72 for about $400, if you look hard enough.

I was tempted to do just that, but between my experiences with their previous 480p model and their second class consideration for ceiling mount users, I chose the more expensive Optoma. A few months later, I am still happy with my choice.
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I was tempted to do just that, but between my experiences with their previous 480p model and their second class consideration for ceiling mount users, I chose the more expensive Optoma. A few months later, I am still happy with my choice.


Which model did you have? Second class consideration for ceiling mount users, how so? I got my mount for under $20 from Monoprice. I'm not sure if that's what you were referring to. The Optoma was my 2nd choice, I didn't like the picture as much on the Optoma.
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hi all
this is my first posting....
I'm from indonesia

I already set a low budget theater room, and now come to rather split decisision for LCd projector between Optoma H27 and H70

H27 is a discontinued product and H70 is rather new here in indonesia. the different is 480 vs 720 , which is for me not too visible .
but price is $ 983 versus $1803 full package ( incl 100 inch matt white screen , 10 m component cable and braket )

Need senior sharing here on this option... primarily on price matters..

regards
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Do you have HD source? If you do then IMO you should not consider 480p for a new purchase.

But ... The price on the HD70 package seems high. I know you probably need to pay more in Indonesia, but I think the HD70 package should be within $500 of the H27 package.

Another consideration is that the HD70 contains a white segment on the colour wheel to boost its brightness. This makes it harder to dial in the colours accurately. If you are not a hard core purist this is probably not a big deal. On the other hand if you don't have 100% ambient light control in your HT the HD70 might be a better choice.

I have owned a H27 for 18 months mainly for DVD viewing in a bat cave. This thing gives a beautiful picture. I haven't upgraded to one of the budget 720p DLPs yet mainly because of the white segment concern.

In short to make a decision you should consider the following.
- Price
- HD sources
- HT environment
- White segment might be a concern to some but not to others
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