I saw that someone was inquiring about whether or not to purchase the OptaVision HD-9500 HD LCD projector and I thought I'd put my "2 cents" in.
Someone I know purchased one and brought it to work to try it out. I must tell you up front that I am an Audiovisual tech. Well, he turned it on and aimed it at a 9'X12' front projection screen. And... :/
Well here goes. While the image projected was very sharp, it was not very bright. I dare say that the image was not bright at all! Trust me, you want a projector with a BRIGHT IMAGE. We had to turn the lights all the down to get a "halfway decent" image on the screen, AND IT STILL WASN'T BRIGHT ENOUGH FOR OUR TASTES!
Anyway, the writing on the side of the box said that the projector's brightness is 5,000 ANSI lumens. Well I'm here to tell you that it is NOT 5,000 lumens. The image is more like 1,000 lumens, Possibly LESS! We have 4 and 5k lumen LCD projectors on site that we use all the time, and the HD-9500 couldn't even come close to putting out an image as bright as our "smallest 3k lumen projector".
In order for you to get maximum enjoyment from this projector, I recommend that you buy the screen that goes with it and view whatever you're watching on it with ALL THE LIGHTS OFF!!!
The projector itself has:
a built in TV tuner that one can control with the included remote, most any video input that one could anticipate and one stereo audio output. Most of the standard image adjustment controls on the projector are of the manual "bare bones" control variety, which includes the focus, zoom, and keystone control (vertical only) which consists of a single knob about midway up towards the rear on the left side of the unit.
Upon closer examination, the unit feels more like a toy that you would buy for permanent installation in your children's room, and not a serious LCD projector that you as an adult could derive any pleasure from unless you do so as I instructed earlier.
On the side of the box, we noticed the label that said this unit has an MSRP retail value of $5,000.00. To be honest with you, I think its really worth about $150.00 to $200.00 MSRP.
If you want an honest opinion, if you haven't spent your money on this unit already, then I suggest that you DO NOT PURCHASE this projector unless you want to get a little something for your kids, and I definitely recommend that you NOT pay $5,000.00 for this one, because ITS SIMPLY NOT WORTH IT!
You can go and google a CHRISTIE LX400, buy that, and come out WAY BETTER!
Well, I hoped that this critique helped anyone who's in the market for an LCD projector.
Thank you for reading this and have a nice day.