Originally Posted by kraine
Nope I prefer now the HD161X
Very cool; looks like Optoma have delivered here! Solid review there, kraine.
The only minor niggle is that there's still chromatic aberration on what's marketed as a higher-end lens system; but truthfully, CA goes unnoticed in most regular viewing in any case so it doesn't really matter.
I've been considering a second projection setup in my house (and need a longer throw for that room than my current W1070 - which I'm still very happy with) and this Optoma looks like a very good option. I suspect the throw ratio will suit many others as well; and it's a smart move on Optoma's part since BenQ lacks similar-throw options in their new lineup. Even the older W1300/W1500 were pretty hard to get hold of in many regions.
I was actually pretty excited even back when the HD50 was first announced.
My only hold-off at the moment is price. Both BenQ's new HT1075 and this Optoma seem a bit expensive (depending on the region) at the moment. In the former case, it doesn't matter as much since the older W1070 is still available very cheap and in practice, is very similar to its successor. Amazon.fr for instance lists the W1070 at around €700; the HT1075 (W1070+) at around €800; and this Optoma at around €1100. That seems like quite a big difference: and since the HT1075 barely improves on it's predecessor, I'd basically be looking at spending an extra €400 (more than 50%) on the Optoma over the W1070...? Is this Optoma set to decrease in price in the near-future?
Could you also elaborate on some of the reasons why you're prefer it to the BenQ? Maybe the price difference is worth it! (Also I don't see it in that review: is there an Audio out jack anywhere on the HD161X for use with temporary speakers?)
Thanks for your awesome reviews, as always, kraine.