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post #11 of 66 Old 08-17-09, 07:12 PM
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Custard..I wouldn't worry too much about colour balance at this stage..
If the HD20 is anything like the HD65..you'll need to have at least 150hrs. on the lamp before it stabilises..

I found my original calibrations were way off after I had reached 170hrs.and after re-calibrating, I now have an excellent well balanced image..

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Re: Optoma HD20

thanks for the advice Prof.

i expect the calibration setting to change afair bit upto 150hrs as i have already noticed a change in readings between now and when i first had the projector.


i'll stick with what i have for now.
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Re: Optoma HD20

Just curious....since the price is close to equal (I think), what would be your take (either of you) on a comparison of the HD20 and the Epson HC720. I know some have had problems with bulb life in the Optomas in the past, but if I could go 1080p vs. 720p, would there be any downside?
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Well firstly you're looking at two totally different projectors..

The HD20 is a DLP..and the HC720 is an LCD..
That's your first consideration, as to what type of system you prefer..

I've heard very good reports about both units, particularly for entry level projectors..
The HC720 is the brighter of the two, so if you have any ambient light considerations, or planning on using a grey screen, then that's something to take into account..

Optoma's certainly don't have a good reputation for lamp life..

The difference between 1080p and 720p. is debatable..
Some say that you can see the difference quite clearly, others say that they can't see any difference..particularly at this level of projector..with both types having low contrast ratio's..

If you're not able to see both units in operation (and then they would have to be viewed in the same environment) all you can do is go on other peoples experience with each type..

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Re: Optoma HD20

Thanks for the reply, Prof. I agree with having to go on reviews/advice, since I don't have any place to demo them. Do you know if I buy the 720 in the Shack store (Amazon), if they include the extra bulb?
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The Shack store doesn't seem to have that model listed yet..

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Hello all,
Was contemplating purchasing the HD70 for a long time... mainly as a companion for my xbox360 because of rave reviews, pricing and well they look like a match made in heaven; then I stumble across this forum and to my delight Optoma have again brought true HD to the masses.
My problem is I live in New Zealand. We here are blessed with great people, great scenery but completely ridiculous pricing for technology (if they ever get here). For example the HD70 still retails for $NZ2699 (US$1850 ***).
Now by chance my girlfriend travels frequently through Alaska and Florida for her job on a cruise liner so my question is:
Would you recommend I get one of these from the States for the low low price of $US999 (or better) or do you foresee problems in my plan to save money?
Here in New Zealand we have PAL-B TV system (dunno if that matters) and run on 220V. I suppose I can get an inverter for power or possibly a replacement cord if the projector is able to be switched between operating voltages.
Warranty is not an issue as I will treat this like my baby.
Thank you all for your time and look forward to comments and advice.
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Hi kiwi guy and welcome to the Shack..

It won't be a problem purchasing a projector from the US..
The projector will automatically select the correct voltage and the TV system is not determined by the projector..There is no selection for PAL or NTSC..
This will be set by your TV or set top box..

I recently bought an HD65 from Canada, and all I had to change was the 3 pin plug!

I thought Australian prices were bad, but that's just plain ridiculous!!

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Thank you thank you thank you for the prompt reply
Looks llike xmas is gona come a early this year
Didn't notice you were in Oz... so just to confirm all i will need is a 3pin plug to suit NZ and I am away happy?
if so HD baby in all its glory coming to a home near me soon
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All I had to do was to unplug the power cord from my old projector (which had the Oz. 3 pin plug on it) and switch her on!.

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