Optoma Announces the 3D Ready HD66 Projector 
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Written by Dick Ward   
Thursday, 03 December 2009

The Optoma HD66 is a 3D ready projector that's priced at a very comfortable $699. It's not a powerhouse, but it's one of the cheapest ways to get a high definition 3D picture in the house. Optoma's 3D projector is a strong offering for those looking to try out the new 3D offerings, but it does present a few limitations that, while acceptable for the price, are pretty disappointing. 

While the HD66 can handle two dimensional content at up to a 1080p resolution, it downscales the picture down to the native resolution of 720p. While projecting 3D content, the Optoma HD66 can handle 720p resolution, as well as XGA (1024x768) and VGA (800x600).

Regardless of the dimensionality, the HD66 has a brightness rating of 2500 ANSI lumens which helps to garner the projector a 4,000:1 contrast ratio.  Optoma's 3D projector sports Texas Instruments' .65 DMD DLP chip and can handle NTSC, PAL, and SECAM as well as SD and HDTV formats.

The projector offers a single HDMI input, and one stereo audio output for those that want to take advantage of external speakers rather than relying on the built in 2-watt speaker. A release date has not yet been announced for this projector, but it's expected in early 2010.  Active shutter glasses will be required (and sold separately) to view 3D content.

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