Originally Posted by MrHifi
I did not meet the criteria of your statement mkerdman because after 4 projectors, asking me to open my wallet and throw good money after bad would have been a deal breaker. Would I select an Optoma HD81-LV over other units available today? I have not been shopping but based on my experiences with Optoma's reliability, the difficult installation process and the fact that I do not use the 2:35 external lens, the answer is probably no. If I were going to use an external lens, the answer would be yes based on Jeff's experiences. The many nice things that attracted me to the HD81 have become far less important in a year. The main reason i selected the 81 was the VXD3000 external switcher/scaler. The latest crop of processors like the Integra 9.8, have Reon scalers and lots of HDMI inputs. You would not need the external switcher scaler which would be part of the Pre/Pro.
Lastly but very importantly, getting a satisfying picture with all the interactive picture controls is very frustating. Not since the Kloss Videobeam have I run into any projector that requirs so much fiddling. To get acceptable Color saturation and acceptable hue, you must stop adjusting Brilliant Color and even the Edge Enhancement. Raising these have a not sublme effect on hue and color. Often, I wind up starting all over again after 20 minutes of fiddling. Also, forget trying to get a decent picture out of an S or video/analog ginput. WAY TOO MANY Variables to adjust.
No, I would not go through this again. The only positive side has been meeting some awfully nice guys like Jeff and Tom. Misery does love company. M., this has not been unlike the year we went through trying to get LG to fix the LST-3410A. I would not buy one or even 3 lie I have now if Ihad known that the guide would not work and that the machines would requir an unplug/replug cycle evry day or they freeze up and become useless. Nevertheless, like the 3410, you tend to love the 81 because once you get everything dialed in correctly, it is like good sex where the experience is so good that you can't wait for the next time. Enough.... My final words.
That was a very sincere post.
I too owned a Kloss porjector, but mine was the Advent Model 750 and after a few bad CRT's the unit proceeded to work for over 15 years without a problem.
From what I understand the LG LST-3410A still has fits and starts.
I moved and am using a Panasonic AE1000 as a "placehoolder" projector.
However, I previously owned an InFocus 7205 which delivered superb images and no problem over an extended period of time. I had to sell it with the house.
For that reason, and for the fact that the next 24 months will probably bring a torrent of new tech (LED, Laser etc.) at ever cheaper $/lumen/CR, I am now considering the InFocus IN82 or the HD81-Leither the HD81-LV.
I have no idea if IF is having the IN82 manufactured to the same standard or by the same subcontractor as the SP 7205 that served me so well.
The IN82 does not have Brilliant Color, the newer color wheel design or UShape tech from T.I., and yet it is reported to be very bright and fullfill my desire to have a Day/Sports as well as a Night/Movie projector in one device which might allow me to not have a flat screen LCD/Plasma in the room behind a motorized screen.
I plan to use the Panamorph UH380 and motorrized sled in a 16:9-2.35:1 with whichever projector I get next.
On paper the HD81-LV makes a tremendous amoujnt of sense, but, I do not want to go through even 10% of what you did with your Optoma projectors over the last year as mine is a ceiling mount install and I do not have the temprament for latent defects in expensive electronics that I used to.