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How Near is Perfection?
David Jones, Isle of Wight : United Kingdom. Purchased from Projector Shop 24
Before spending a thousand bucks, one tends to be a little careful about what he buys, especially on somebody else's say-so. Is he giving me a line? How much of his euphoria is genuine?
I told Projector Shop 24 what I needed for our video club and they suggested this model. There's always a chance that you can be quite wrong about something, but having read other people's reviews, I took the plunge.
The set-up was easy, but I found the CONTRAST set to maximum and the picture's high spots actually hurt my eyes ... yes, it was that bright. However, once the picture was set with the BRILLIANCE and CONTRAST near to centre, it produced a beautiful picture ... I couldn't fault it.
It was clean, clear ... oh so clear ... and with an astounding contrast ratio. Unlike a T/V, when the DoP (Director of Photography) used a main spot, you could tell. When daylight streamed through a window and lit the room, the window light was near to dazzling and could cause that 'milkiness' of vision, when the light is in your eyes.
I don't quite know how or what Optoma's backroom boys have done, but my God, they've certainly got something right. The picture is radiant, and 'lives'. There is absolutely nothing about it that distracts ... no rainbow effects, no patterning, no judder on pans.
On one report, I read that it had a yellow hue, but why? You have the means to get rid of it! Had he been fiddling and got it wrong? Probably.
Whoever set my projector up, did a fine job and I haven't had to touch a thing except focus, zoom, contrast and brightness. I didn't have to set keystoning, as the screen was probably near to Optoma's test conditions.
This projectors optimum distance is probably in the region of 10 ft - 15 ft (5 metres) from the screen where the picture can be quite large.
If you watch a film in a darkened room, with little or no light pollution, you will doubtless see any flaws ... if it had any. The only one I could detect, and you had to look quite hard for it, was a very tiny coloured overshoot as the signal level went from the black voltage level to a highlight white level. On a screen 10 ft wide (3.3 metres) it was about 2mm wide ... how's that for nit-picking? You won't see it unless you look for it, and then you need 20/20 vision at that.
I've gone from being a plain, ordinary Optoma owner, to a 'proud owner' with this purchase, and I can't thank Projector Shop 24 enough for recommending it.
Okay, it isn't cheap, as projectors go, but I can assure you of two things. 1) You won't be disappointed and 2) It is worth every buck or penny.
If you nurse it, and look after it, keep its air filters clean and the lens protected when not in use, I'm sure it will serve you for many a year.
The built is quite substantial, but you must remember that this is an optical instrument after all, so won't take a lot of rough treatment without complaining expensively.
You may download the specifications. It lives up to them. You may read other reviews, which aren't necessarily accurate throughout, or so I've found, but you must remember, if you set this Optoma 151X up with care, it will definitely produce the goods, without question.
For me, this is as near perfection as one can get, and knocks my television's picture into a cocked hat. The sound is clearer than that of my T/V, which is bass biased and boomy. The Optoma's speakers tend to cut the bass, due to their smaller size, but they give truly clear speech ... and it has audio output sockets, so it isn't the end of the world.
In the winter, you can turn off the central heating and the Optoma will keep the room comfortably warm. It's fan is near to silent when on Eco Lamp Power, but tends to be noisier when running the lamp at full power ... I think the full power setting is for the sight impaired! Turning up the Brilliance and Contrast will give you an enormous boost in picture illumination. My screen is with glass beads of infinitesimal size, and reflects 98% of the light striking it ... maybe that's why, but it is 40 years old (car boot sale).
I don't normally write reviews, but this instrument is really something to shout home about. Whilst perfection is not attainable, the Optoma 151X comes damn close to it.
Very attractive and aesthetically appealing produc
Trevor Trower, Bristol. Purchased from Richer Sounds
Can't do a comprehensive review at present as I need to further evaluate the product. So far though, it appears to be a really great projector in the sub £1000 range. I like features like the HDMI passing sound to the internal speaker when connected to my Blu-ray player. The only cables I need therefore are the HDMI cable and power cable to fully connect my projector to my system. It has a great throw range and I'm able to get a pleasant 90 inch image from a distance of 12 feet. I'm projecting a 90 inch image due to my room restrictions but it certainly is capable of producing a much bigger image at this distance. There's a multitude of connection options which makes it very versatile. So far I have not detected any rainbow artefacts in the image which is certainly a big plus for a single chip DLP projector. So far I highly recommend this product.
ease of mind
Clarence VAN HELDEN, Leicester, UK. Purchased from costco
The HD151X full 3D 1080P projector. Easy to setup, the image is sharp, clear, vibrant and can see the image clearly in the day light, unlike my old one which is all blur. And when I use it with wireless HDMI - WHD200, it works wonder, no more extreme long cables after long cables. My life is much simpler and happier.
Great First Projector
Carlo Ferrara, London. Purchased from RicherSounds
This is my first projector, and I am very impressed.
I have 12feet high window as exterior walls, so my main concern would be the visibility. To my surprise, it's brilliant, I can get such colour detail, and wonderful contrast level in bright daylight.
The being and even better performance for the optoma.
I had done a lot of research and took a gamble on this projector, as there were hardly any reviews.
I hope this will help potential buyers.
Very pleased first time buyer of a projector
Good starter projector HD151X
Ketan Khagram, London, UK. Purchased from Costco UK
The HD151x is a good entry point if this is your first projector. The colours and image are really high quality in HD and the price is very reasonable. The wireless adapter is really good and allows the use of less wires which is always a hassle. The only criticism I would have is there is now horizontal lens shift. This makes things a problem if you want to keep the projector off-centre. Otherwise an excellent projector.