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Optoma HD700X - DLP High Definition Home Cinema Projector - With HDMI

This is an excellent projector that has had great reviews. Why settle for a 40" or 50" screen when you can go for at least twice that. HD movies look superb also. Linked to a PS3 also makes gaming so much better.

Review:
http://www.projectorpoint.co.uk/projectors/Optoma_HD700X.html
Also same price at Projectorpoint, but they charge £10 delivery.
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#1
I have an Optoma HD65, and it was one of the best purchases I ever made. it will change your life...
i cant watch normal tv anymore...
I paid a similar price for mine about 3 months ago - I assume this is a better model so it seems like an excellent deal
#2
ohhh, i've gone all wibbly...

I was gonna get a cheap 32" LCD for a little xboxing, but now I may have to get one of these bad boys...
#3
I love my projector too!
Lost count of how many Goonies and Ferris Bueller showings i've had over the years. Although I struggled when six people decided they wanted to watch a Muse concert at deafening volumes, there was nowhere to sit them all :) I got a nice letter from the Council too for my 'antisocially loud' screening.
#4
Another projector bonus is the hideaway factor. My screen is 92" but it rolls up into the ceiling for ultimate spouse-friendliness :-D
#5
How long & how much are replacenent bulbs for this?
#6
Does the room have to be fairly dark for these to work?

Also what size picture would be the biggest/optimum (that still looks good) that this projector can supply.?
#7
I'm really tempted by this and the Toshiba EP-35 for a 2nd system in bedroom (although I am a PS3 and therefore, a defacto Blu Ray, fan) .

PJ - £400.
Already have a freeview box.
The Tosh - £120 and probably will fall.
Use blank wall (will do for now)
Get a £100 receiver with 5.1 input - slimline version if possible.
A discrete speaker set like Tannoy SFX for around £300.

There you go - high-def soudn and picture in your bedroom, as well as TV, for well under a ground. Who needs LCD nayway?!! :p
#9
A blank wall isn't as bad as some may think.
I have a dedicated screen but it's too small (72") as I now have my own living room and throw a 120" image at the wall. The difference in image quality is relatively minor (although having the black surround/screen edge improves overall presentation).

Some even suggest painting a grey rectangle on the wall to improve blacks - My landlord would love that!
#10
Lanse
How long & how much are replacenent bulbs for this?


Looking at Projector Point they're about £100 and last 2-3000 hours depending on conditions

http://www.projectorpoint.co.uk/projectorlamps/Optoma_HD700X_Projector_Lamp.html
banned#11
Apart from these don't look good in light rooms (don't bother in bright sunny rooms), in darkness and they look fantastic though. Couldn't sit and watch it in the dark for too long or it'll give massive headaches. Positioning the projector is another issue, cables, space, etc. Warm up/Cool down times can be a little annoying.

They aren't a direct replacement for LCD/plasma TVs, but are an alternative for some people. I used to have one but it was just too much hassle in the long run.
#12
dr_badbeats
I have an Optoma HD65, and it was one of the best purchases I ever made. it will change your life...
i cant watch normal tv anymore...
I paid a similar price for mine about 3 months ago - I assume this is a better model so it seems like an excellent deal


I think it's actually identical (disregarding colour) but with a different model number - the HD65 was a DSG only model as far as I know. (Dixons, PC World, Currys)

Appearance and spec seems identical.

Bought one myself, highly recommended.
banned#13
Oh, general bulb life is about 3000 hours, whereas an LCD = 60000 hours half life. Which is a lot of replacement bulbs.
#14
How does it compare to HD65?
#15
Anarchist
Oh, general bulb life is about 3000 hours, whereas an LCD = 60000 hours half life. Which is a lot of replacement bulbs.


Don't compare projectors to tellies, they're different animals.

Besides, if you watch a 2 hour film every night you'll potentially get 4 years out of a single bulb.

And as for watching films in the dark being a problem, I hear cinemas get tons of complaints about the headaches they cause ;-P
#16
I've been using a Sony HS60 for 6+ months now on a 10' wide screen. We never get headaches, although mines an LCD projector, but these are DLP. Some people see rainbows on DLP projectors which can give people headaches.

I brought a decent quality glass beaded screen to project on - but after comparing it to a white wall, i could barely notice the difference. I guess it depends on the paint used, etc.

(btw, decent HS60's come on ebay for around this price occaisionally - dont mistake it for the HS50)
#17
I run my projector through the pc with a tv card - great watching the rugby on the weekend with a 110" screen!

And if that doesn't sell it, consider this. . . . life. size. porn. :-D lol.
#18
Anarchist
Apart from these don't look good in light rooms (don't bother in bright sunny rooms), in darkness and they look fantastic though. Couldn't sit and watch it in the dark for too long or it'll give massive headaches. Positioning the projector is another issue, cables, space, etc. Warm up/Cool down times can be a little annoying.

They aren't a direct replacement for LCD/plasma TVs, but are an alternative for some people. I used to have one but it was just too much hassle in the long run.


I have found mine a direct replacement for my lcd, and as mentioned earlier it leaves more space in my room, so i would think it's less hassle.
I have a south facing, very bright living room and the 1500 lumens my hd65 outputs is just about enough - though a closer look at this one seems to show it only emits 1200.
I'm not sure about the headaches - never had any myself, and all I do is watch it! It also doesn't seem to heat up that much, I really have very few complaints.
#19
How intrusive is the fan noise etc on this model? I currently use an LCD projector and the fan noise can be distracting in quiet scenes.
#20
donttouchthehair
life. size. porn. :-D lol.


So i assume your screen has a glory hole? :p
#21
I have a projector and love it, I agree that its not really a replacement for a TV cause of the hassle with lighting and set-up, but massive Kudos when beaming a pro-evo tournament onto the wall at 9 foot!
#22
So if this is HD at what size does it stop being HD? As i assume you can t project in to 500" and still have the same quality? If that makes sense.
#23
jamhops
So if this is HD at what size does it stop being HD? As i assume you can t project in to 500" and still have the same quality? If that makes sense.


HD is regarding the number of horizontal lines, regardless of how far away from the wall it is.

SD is 540 horizontal lines, HD is 720 horizontal lines (as broadcast on SkyHD etc) and full HD is 1080 horizontal lines, as reproduced in HD DVD's and Blu-ray. Most xbox360 / ps3 games are still at 720p. The few that are at 1080p are (arguably) no better quality than 720p games.

Just the further away it is, the bigger them 'lines' will be. It'll still be better quality than a 540p projector :)
#24
Anarchist
Apart from these don't look good in light rooms (don't bother in bright sunny rooms), in darkness and they look fantastic though. Couldn't sit and watch it in the dark for too long or it'll give massive headaches. Positioning the projector is another issue, cables, space, etc. Warm up/Cool down times can be a little annoying.

They aren't a direct replacement for LCD/plasma TVs, but are an alternative for some people. I used to have one but it was just too much hassle in the long run.


Spot on.

I've rigged up a nice projector setup upstairs (as i had easy access to the attic for laying the cables). But for the living room, i wouldn't dream on using a projector. Even if i could get it setup nicely, the sunlight would be a killer.
A 42" 1080p Tv and PS3 are coming my way later in the year :D
#25
cdm22
How intrusive is the fan noise etc on this model? I currently use an LCD projector and the fan noise can be distracting in quiet scenes.


I have two projectors this is significantly quieter, than the non-HD one.

It's probably about as loud as a fridge...ish
#26
dr_badbeats
I have two projectors this is significantly quieter, than the non-HD one.

It's probably about as loud as a fridge...ish


Christ! That's one noisy PJ!!

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#27
SmallGiraffe
I have a projector and love it, I agree that its not really a replacement for a TV cause of the hassle with lighting and set-up, but massive Kudos when beaming a pro-evo tournament onto the wall at 9 foot!


yes this is why I want one, but I would have to get it as a replacement not an add on so potentially lots and lots of hours use and I don't see a £100 lamp a year going too well with the missus....

id love one though, Virtua Tennis 3 on a 7-9 ft wall :cool:
#28
I have built my own screen using curtain blackout cloth and a wooden frame. Very simple really and works a treat. You can also choose the size of the screen you want 100" for me. Here are a few tutorials I have found.

http://members.shaw.ca/danhanson/Theater/screen/screenproject.htm

http://www.engadget.com/2006/08/29/how-to-make-a-custom-projector-screen/
#30
8 months ago my OH decided we needed a HD TV for his xbox 360. After a couple of weeks of searching i went round to a friends house and witnessed his projector, within 3 days i had bought one!

We watch films, sports and obviously do a lot of gaming so the projector is on 2-6 hrs a night. I still have the normal TV in the corner of the room which we use for 'normal' tv occassionally but i would never look at getting a big tv now as the projector is excellent.

The bulbs can work out to be expensive in some models but a new lamp for mine is only £120.00 which i don't mind paying out every couple of yrs, most models have a low lamp feature now which helps the usage.

As for brightness, the one we have is only 1200 lumens and is still watchable with a light on but obviously its better in the dark.

As for a screen, i spent 30 quid at argos on a 6 foot blackout screen (white) and it works a treat, no need to spend big money on a 'proper' screen.

This is a good price for a HD projector well done OP heat and rep added.
#31
What sort of size picture would i get from a roughly 2-2.5m distance? or what sort of distance should i be looking at mounting this from the 'screen' area?

Nox
#32
jamhops;1739308
So if this is HD at what size does it stop being HD? As i assume you can t project in to 500" and still have the same quality? If that makes sense.


What shocks people the most when they see my setup is how damn good even 480p/576p DVD material looks blown up to 10ft. The 360 also looks exceptional at just 720p - Though I dream of owning a 1080p projector some day...

Connecting your laptop up is always fun too!
#33
There's a size calculator at Optoma's website for the HD65 (HD700x not listed anymore). The throw ratios are identical as far as I can tell. http://www.optomaeurope.com/distancecalc.aspx?PC=HD65

The manual zoom only has a factor of 1.1 x which is really low. My current projector (Toshiba MT-100 .. low def :( ) has a similar low manual zoom factor which means the size of your final image is much more closely tied to the distance from the projector to the screen. Compared to an Epson LCD projector I also have which has an amazing zoom ratio, it can be limiting. Use the distance calculator to get an idea of the screen size you can expect. Then buy the screen to fit, unless you're going to project onto a plain wall.
#34
nox_uk;1739600
What sort of size picture would i get from a roughly 2-2.5m distance? or what sort of distance should i be looking at mounting this from the 'screen' area?

Nox


It's a short throw projector with a 1.55-1.7 :1 ratio (which is remarkably similar to my Panasonic). I used to get a 72inch image at a distance similar to yours.
#35
Why is this expired?
#36
courtster
Why is this expired?


Don't know, still seems to be available on Amazon.
#37
Some **** heads expired it. Mods find out who did it and ban the ***********. Cheers.

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