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Friday, 01 July 2005
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Optoma H79 DLP Video Projector
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The Downside
The scaler, while more than competent and possibly better than many in its class, has some room for improvement. This will be especially relevant if you are going to watch a lot of 480i television. Considering the brightness and contrast advantages of the projector, this might warrant an external scaler if you think 480i sources are going to make up most of what you will watch during the ownership of this projector. The H79 does have native mode "pixel-by-pixel" mapping to make it match up to any external video scaler according to Optoma however I believe this may possibly result in a smaller picture. Personally, I think there will be more HDTV channels coming in the next six to 12 months and this projector looks great for HDTV.

The Optoma H79 is an excellent projector in its price range for those seeking a projector with superior picture quality. In terms of value, the Optoma H79 costs less than many of the competitive projectors from the likes of Yamaha, Sharp, Marantz and Sim2.

I developed a fondness for the H79’s remote control, with its ease of use and backlit buttons. Set-up was a breeze and picture control was at the top of its class allowing you to make detailed adjustments to optimize the picture. I personally recommend that projectors in this price range be set up by a pro to get 100 percent from the projector’s capabilities.

If you have a modest-sized screen, let’s say 100 inches, and relatively controlled ambient light, the Optoma has more than enough brightness for your needs. Brightness aside, nearly every aspect of the Optoma’s picture quality is adjustable to suit the viewer’s tastes. The Optoma H79 is a solid value and a projector that will bring you loads of joy for years to come.

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