Optoma HD131Xe - Full 3D 1080p Projector £649 @ Amazon
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Optoma HD131Xe - Full 3D 1080p Projector £649 @ Amazon

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Found 6th Oct 2013
I invested in a projector earlier in the year and it was a really good investment (at the time, I paid over £800 for it), however it seems to have been replaced by this one; the Optoma HD131Xe.

This looks like a really good price for what you are getting. Take a look at the specifications and see what you think.

Projector specifications (Source: http://www.projectorcentral.com/Optoma-HD131Xe.htm)

Brightness (Lumens) : 2500 ANSI
Contrast (Full On/Off) : 18000:1
Eco-Mode: 26.0 dB
Weight: 2.9 kg
Size (cm) (HxWxD) : 10 x 32 x 23
Manual Zoom: 1.20:1
Throw Dist (m) : 1.6 - 10.0
Image Size (cm) : 103 - 767
Digital Keystone: Vertical
Lens Shift: No

3D Projector: Full HD 3D
3D Glasses Type: Shutter
HDTV: 720p, 1080i, 1080p/24
EDTV/480p: Yes
SDTV/480i: Yes
Component Video: Yes
Video: Yes
Digital Input: HDMI 1.4a
Computers: Yes

Native: 1920x1080 Pixels
Maximum: 1920x1200 Pixels
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (HD)
Light Source:
190W (Bulb power consumption)
Life: 3500 hours
Eco-Mode Life: 6000 hours
Speakers: 10.0 W Mono
Max Power: 262W
Voltage: 100V - 240V
Special: RS232 Port
USB Port
Laser Pointer
Full HD 3D

58 Comments

I assume 1080/24 means console gaming is out the question on anything above 1080i? No idea, projector virgin here

If you read through the Amazon description, it gives you quite a decent detailed explanation of what everything does and means.

Cheaper than an 80" screen 1080p 3D TV. Hot!

Same as x131 but extra 500 lumens

Hot! Try Flubit, maybe around 15£ less...

This or the Benq W1070 at a similar price??.... I can't decide but looking to get a projector around this price for my birthday!

Looks like a good deal, how do you rate a projector compared to a LCD/Plasma for general living room viewing? Does it basically require a dark room or reasonable experience in daylight?

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fragster

Looks like a good deal, how do you rate a projector compared to a … Looks like a good deal, how do you rate a projector compared to a LCD/Plasma for general living room viewing? Does it basically require a dark room or reasonable experience in daylight?



You will get the most out of a projector in a darkened room! Since I watch mostly in the evenings, it suits me perfectly. The black colours are only really as good as the white screen is dark (if that makes sense). Investing in some blackout blinds to go behind your curtains may be a good idea.

I would not trade my 92'' setup for a 50 inch flatscreen.

Problem is the bulbs are as expensive if not more than the original cost, or at least they used to be?

I like projectors (I have one). But I would probably have replaced 'invested in' with 'splurged on'. Are you expecting it to appreciate in value or something?

Good deal.

Im very tempted by it though I might go for this one from Costco online for the sake of the 5 year guarantee.

costco.co.uk/vie…305

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Whats up with this projector may be slightly less on specs I reckon excellent value. £139 replacement bulb £39.99
Edited by moderator: "Oct 07, 2013 00:14" 7th Oct 2013

DarkBat1

Problem is the bulbs are as expensive if not more than the original cost, … Problem is the bulbs are as expensive if not more than the original cost, or at least they used to be?



Blubs cost around 200 and last up to 3000 hours. A non issue considering you have a cinema in your room.

Pjcity

This or the Benq W1070 at a similar price??.... I can't decide but … This or the Benq W1070 at a similar price??.... I can't decide but looking to get a projector around this price for my birthday!



Benq W1070 is highly rated and richer sounds are selling it for 650. I've been tempted for the last month but undecided about whether to go LCD of DLP(issue over rainbows)

WE're making home amendments and since the living room will be doubled in size, this seems like the way to go.

I bought the HD131X from Amazon and it is excellent! I can only assume the HD131Xe is better and brighter with the extra 500 lumens. Wish I could return and buy this but it has been slightly over a month :(. Voted hot!

By the way, 3D using RF glasses is absolutely awesome with this projector!
Edited by: "russellanam" 7th Oct 2013

Once you go projection, there's no going back.

I thought I'd chip in - I decided to hook up my old projector that's been collecting dust (it was removed when we redecorated and I never got around to refitting it). I did buy it with a tripod screen, however it was easier to just go out and buy a new screen than try to find where I stored it . I searched eBay - 120" can be had for around £75 UK delivered (glass beads and they are electrically operated!)
Seeing as my projector is a bit long in the tooth I decided not to bother spending too much on a replacement screen. I was going to use black out cloth (available from Dunelm Mill @ £4.99/M (54" drop)). However rather than struggle with the DIY of a frame I bought the 6' blackout blind, 5 minutes work to mount it and it rolls up out of the way of the kids and their Nutella. They watch their movies and play Wii games (Wireless IR bar for £4.50 delivered from CEX) and it's perfect for that - although I might have to invest in some more blackout curtains!

How silent are these ones btw? Compared to a laptop - can you hear the fans during a silent part of the movie for example? (one of the reasons we settled for a top of the range 32" back in the day rather than have it back in the livingroom as the main telly)

Forgot to mention that 6' blind has a 64" drop - allows for an 80~96" screen and with the blind you can change the aspect ratio from 4:3 to 16:9 as well. I guess though most people will balk at the idea of spending only £19.99 on a screen for a £650 projector...
The only fault with my setup is that of keystoning - the projector I'm using is so old (Hitachi CP-X955w - 1024x768) it doesn't have adjustments for that - I'm quite sure most if not all "modern" projectors have that feature...

Have used PJ's for a while now and thought I'd throw in my two cents.
This has been this price for a few days now and is the same model (in black) as the HD25e, which is a great machine. Apparently I believe this newer e model is ever-so-slightly inferior to the X, as I have a feeling it might give a way a little on contrast or blacks - I forget which now!
I'd advise making your own screen out of a piece of MDF and velcro edging, far better than a blind and not far off a basic bought screen. Also allows you to repaint it in grey etc. if white bounces off too much light.
The Benq W1070 is a great choice, but doesn't allow for an RF emitter I believe. It also doesn't do 720p SBS 3D if that makes any difference to anybody. All in all this is a lovely PJ

BENQ W1200 available at Richer Sounds at the moment in there open box promotion. Somewhere in the region of £629.
WhatHiFi winner!

I looked at this and the Benq W1070 and went with the Benq but they were essentially the same. I've since returned it and swapped for the Panasonic PT-AT6000 as the Benq sounded like an aircraft taking off but also because of the rainbow effect.

Very Good price but due to suffering bad with the rainbow effect on all dlp projectors I stick to LCD now
Cannot beat epson in my opinion
3 year warranty on unit and the bulb and great customer service if something goes wrong

great price for what it is, but wary of Optoma after my current one started getting dead pixels - and a lot of them. Seem to be more everytime i switch it on. Optoma want something like £60 just to take a look at it !

It is a big investment and I would definately try and get into a store to try one out before buying.

I have the older optoma 750GT and it is great for watching the football, movies and playing games, but I doubt i could use it as an everyday TV. To get the best out of it you need to watch it in the dark, it could be watched in the day but I think you would prefer to use your normal TV.

I got my screen from ebay for under a £100 and it is electronic. To put it up all you need is a screw at each end and it slides over the ends.

If you have a spare room then definately get a projector, but to use as an everyday tv i would probably give it a miss.

Would this PJ be better than the standard 131x due to the extra lumens this model provides?

Would this PJ be better than the standard 131x due to the extra lumens this model provides?

russellanam

I bought the HD131X from Amazon and it is excellent! I can only assume … I bought the HD131X from Amazon and it is excellent! I can only assume the HD131Xe is better and brighter with the extra 500 lumens. Wish I could return and buy this but it has been slightly over a month :(. Voted hot!By the way, 3D using RF glasses is absolutely awesome with this projector!


Higher lumens doesn't mean better.
Only if you use 3D
In normal conditions (dark room) 2500 lumens will be way too much and you will need to invest in HD2 filter or in linear polarising filter to make it nice.
I have Optoma HD600X-lv so bright model and it's too bright.
To watch movies in comfort way you need around 1500-1700 lumens...and no...changing settings in projector not gonna change anything.
There is superb screen DiamondBlack but costs around 2500 pounds for 100inch or you can use GlooScreen paint with high contrast and it will also look nice.
Also remember that Optoma porjectors are not really good for short throw and lens zoom option is marginal so from around 3.5m I have 110 inch picture. In Benq you have more options to regulate it.
But still I will stay with my Optoma cause lamps are only around 90 quid
Edited by: "slawekgem" 7th Oct 2013

Jon79

Benq W1070 is highly rated and richer sounds are selling it for 650. I've … Benq W1070 is highly rated and richer sounds are selling it for 650. I've been tempted for the last month but undecided about whether to go LCD of DLP(issue over rainbows)


Take DLP
LCD not gonna solve your rainbow effect problem. for example im my hause only I can see it and it's five of us watching movies. I have DLP from Optoma. Unfortunately it depends on you, your eyes and your brain.
I am quite lucky because for me effect is marginal.

Edited by: "slawekgem" 7th Oct 2013

Would this PJ be better than the standard 131x due to the extra lumens this model provides?

Does anyone know if this model would be better for 3D compared to the standard hd131x? Is the extra 500 lumens noticeable?

The hd131x is only £629 with a 5 year warranty so not sure which to get.... Would like to watch a lot of 3d though...

have recently over the last few months got projector.
Have changed my whole living room round got one of my walls plastered to be projected on. My central light removed and not to mention got the room decorated. as well as paying out for trunking to hide all the cables and a custom made shelf for the projector to sit on.
didn't want a projector screen in my living room. aka man cave.
Having done all this its a fantastic experience, I mostly watch in the evenings when its dark the projector I got worth every penny. moved my TV to another room.
As described above its just not the matter of buying a projector there is a lot of more costs to make it fit.

slawekgem

Take DLPLCD not gonna solve your rainbow effect problem. for example im … Take DLPLCD not gonna solve your rainbow effect problem. for example im my hause only I can see it and it's five of us watching movies. I have DLA from Optoma. Unfortunately it depends on you, your eyes and your brain. I am quite lucky because for me effect is marginal.



As far as I understood it LCD projectors do not exhibit the rainbow effect. DLP projectors have a colour wheel which causes red green and blue to be down at slightly different times, causing the effect for some people (I'm very sensitive to it, and can't bear it!). There is a different effect called solarization that can sometimes be apparent with LCDs, could be what you are experiencing?
Edited by: "conradish" 7th Oct 2013

just found this in the specs:

"3D Viewing Requires ZF2100 system - available separately"

is this a missprint?

conradish

As far as I understood it LCD projectors do not exhibit the rainbow … As far as I understood it LCD projectors do not exhibit the rainbow effect. DLP projectors have a colour wheel which causes red green and blue to be down at slightly different times, causing the effect for some people (I'm very sensitive to it, and can't bear it!). There is a different effect called solarization that can sometimes be apparent with LCDs, could be what you are experiencing?

I can see rainbow with quick moves on the screen.
It's very short effect.
It's good to get 3LCD projector but they are quite expensive.

you can get cheaper projectors on ebay, i have had a few bargains over the years you just have to bide your time for the right one to come up, i basically look for one with a native output of 1024 or over and a lumens of over 2000 and try and get the best contrast you can, the one i have only has 600 contrast so struggles with the blacks

the 1024 native resolution will allow you to watch in HD ready (good enough for playing Xbox etc)

Bulbs last a long long time if you look after them, run on low power and follow correct startup and shut down procedures. They do on Panasonic projectors anyway. I got 20k hours on my last bulb on low power setting and it was still working when I replaced it. They do loose brightness over time though. The Panasonic bulbs are around £300 probably less for these.

You do need a fully light controlled room, however bang for buck nothing can touch front projection. I have a 9ft screen with mine and I primarily use it for gaming these days.
Edited by: "alera" 7th Oct 2013

en3sge

I assume 1080/24 means console gaming is out the question on anything … I assume 1080/24 means console gaming is out the question on anything above 1080i? No idea, projector virgin here



Nope, it means it accepts 24Hz 1080p signals (from Blu-ray). Slight issue with all the optoma's I've used though is that they can be a bit temperamental with 60Hz 1080p signals (which the 360 outputs).

qwerta369

Cheaper than an 80" screen 1080p 3D TV. Hot!


This projector requires a replacement lamp after 3500 hours. It is unlikely it will work out better value than a large TV.

Been looking to upgrade my 720p non 3D projector for a while.. great deal! I have just ordered mine, should have it Wednesday 9th!

Just need to figure out what I need to play 3D from my PC now, do I need a 3D vision compatible GFX card?
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