Pros: Impeccable 3D, RF glasses,Dark Chip3, upgraded menus over previous models, much longer lamp life, internal speakers, and usb port.
Cons: No lens shift or trigger output, must be precisely mounted, factory settings not optimal, lamp cost, no glasses included.
This is my second projector, the first being the Optoma HD20. My comparisons therefore are only in relation to that venerable sub-$1000 projector. I am projecting on to a "96 Stewart screen at 1.5X in a room controlled Man Cave built in the basement of my home. Viewing distance is 9 feet with the projector mounted 3 feet above seating distance. To answer the first obvious question, yes the HD25 is a drop in replacement for the HD20. The clam-shell style housing is exactly the same, including mounting holes for ceiling mounts. With the throw distance to screen ratios identical and the exact offsets, this is a breeze for the upgrade path from the HD20.
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