The price of 1080p projection continues to fall. Big-screen specialist Optoma has announced a new budget-priced 1080p DLP projector. The HD80 (pictured), which utilises Texas Instruments’ 0.95-inch 1920×1080 Dark Chip2 and Brilliant Color chip technology, is will retail for just 1,995 pounds when it launches this summer.
The model promises a 10,000:1 contrast ratio and uses PixelWorks-video processing. Connections include HDMI v1.3, DVI-I with HDCP, S-video, component and RS-232.
Optoma says that its high-end HD81 projector, which retails for 5,000 pounds, was chosen by the HD DVD Promotional Group, to demonstrate the format to the film industry in Cannes. Eddie Cunningham, Chairman of the HD DVD Promotional Group Europe, says that projector makers play a key role in bringing the HD DVD experience to consumer’s homes. “We can create the greatest content in the world, but if there’s no way to see it as its best, then the consumer misses out. The HD-DVD European Promotion Group welcomes its relationships with HD projector manufacturers like Optoma because they are a critical component in home theatre solutions that really showcase the format.”