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Optoma HD66 is Another 720p 3D Ready Home Theater Projector

December 3rd, 2009 · 20 Comments · General 3D News

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It seems that Acer won’t be the only company offering an affordable 720p projector with 3D support, as Optoma has just announced their own 720p 3D Ready home theater projector. Optoma HD66 offers a wide aspect 16:9 ratio and native resolution of 1280×720 pixels, the maximum brightness is 2500 ANSI lumens and the maximum contrast ratio is 4000:1. The new projector weights just about 2,3 kilograms (5 pounds). The projector can be used for either front or rear projection, it can be ceiling or tabletop mounted and will project images from 23″ to 300″ diagonal. There is a built-in two-watt speaker for audio playback, but you’d probably prefer to use something with better sound quality and power when playing games or watching movies.


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The HD66 is using Texas Instruments’ 0.65 DMD DLP chipset and has HDMI, DSUB15 (Analogue VGA), S-Video and Composite Video inputs, but as with the Acer there is no clarification what input you can use with 120Hz for Stereoscopic 3D mode. Optoma HD66 can project in stereoscopic 3D in 720p HD (1280×720), XGA (1024×768) and SVGA (800×600) resolution according to the manufacturer and of course requires you to use active shutter glasses, but is not yet officially supported by 3D Vision! Optoma HD66 has an a recommended end user price of $699. Now lets see who will be the first one with a Full HD 1080p 3D-capable projector… ;)

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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 David // Jan 9, 2010 at 12:34

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  • 2 Eric // Jan 15, 2010 at 08:31

    I would love to buy this to play my ps3 and xbox. Specially Avatar the game in 3D. My only question is. Where would I connect the transmitter for the 3D shutter glasses? Thanks for taking the time to answer this question guys!

  • 3 Bloody // Jan 15, 2010 at 11:12

    The 3D Vision transmitter is connected to the PC, not the projector.

  • 4 vesper8 // Mar 2, 2010 at 22:22

    Are they going to be making 3D projectors for the home theater markets that don’t require shutter glasses? that can use regular RealD glasses instead?

  • 5 Bloody // Mar 2, 2010 at 22:45

    Passive polarization technology is still quite expensive for end users and has a bit more specific requirements, like for example having two different projectors with different polarizing filters and an expensive silverscreen to project on. The polarized glasses are the only thing you get cheap, but the other components of the setup compensate for their low price…

  • 6 Philip Heggie // Mar 10, 2010 at 14:19

    Can anyone confirm this hd66 working with 3d vision?

  • 7 Bloody // Mar 10, 2010 at 20:09

    Still not officially supported by the 3D Vision drivers…

  • 8 Chris Lowe // May 11, 2010 at 18:34

    Would the shutterglasses emmitter plug into the rs232 port, as they have the same port (3 pin DIN)?
    I have the e-dimensional glasses for my DLP Samsung, would they serve the same purpose on this projector?

  • 9 Bloody // May 11, 2010 at 19:12

    No, you should not try doing that… the RS232 port on the projector is for different purposes. You can try the E-D glasses with the iZ3D driver, they might work, but I’m not sure as I haven’t tried that myself.

  • 10 Coppershark // May 27, 2010 at 00:44

    Hello, for anyone that has bought the HD66 and wants to get their 3D on! Then here is a link I found which will help. http://forums.nvidia.com/lofiversion/index.php?t164029.html
    I have bought the hd67 hoping it would be 3D Vision ready, but it isn’t. I will try the above hack to see if it works with the hd67 and report back here very soon with the result. Fingers crossed!!

  • 11 Coppershark // May 28, 2010 at 02:21

    Hello again,

    I can confirm that the above hack does indeed work with the HD67 also. I can only get 1024×768 and 800×600 to work with 120hz though. I am sure a bit more tinkering will result in 128×720 120hz working though. I found that the VGA cable needed to be the only cable attached to my xfx 275 to work properly though as ‘vga out of sync’ would appear with another cable attached to the graphic card. I contacted Optoma and nVidia to ask what was going on with support and the emails and response are found on this thread here:

    http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?s=c789a1d8839de57f34f64810c151b829&showtopic=164029&st=0

    Page 3 onward shows my emails and the very short and cryptic response. I do hope that nVidia and Optoma sort it out as the Optoma projectors are so superior to the Acer H5360 !

  • 12 Coppershark // Jun 2, 2010 at 01:33

    OK ! Have just found another hack for the HD67 which works much much better AND uses HDMI. Just force these drivers http://mymediasystem.net/wp/2010/03/Acer_H5360.inf
    to your HD67 using the ‘browse – have disk’ method and bingo, your HD67 now thinks it is an Acer!!! Brilliant.

  • 13 ace // Sep 1, 2010 at 05:57

    im thinking of trading this guy for one of these for my 40″lcd sony bravia tv should i do it

  • 14 eric // Sep 9, 2010 at 04:00

    Ace,

    Absolutely. While I haven’t tried the 3d aspects of mine, everything else about this projector is more than I could dream of.

  • 15 Pavel // Nov 12, 2010 at 19:01

    Hello, We have a trouble with 3D function between 3D blu-ray player Samsung BD-C6900 and 3D projector Optoma HD66 (we use 3D glasses Optoma) At the process of connection between the projector and the player we receive the message: 1920×2205 24Hz , At that moment we could see a lot of noise, there is no any image, only sound. Could you tell us if this problem is in outlet HDMI version 1.4 and the projector 1.3?

  • 16 Bloody // Nov 13, 2010 at 12:09

    You will not be able to make it work, because the projectors accepts only frame sequential video for 3D content and the Blu-ray 3D player sends HDMI 1.4(a) compatible frame packed video and the projector cannot understand and display that. Optoma should release their 3D XL adapter early next year that will allow the projector to also work with HDMi 1.4(a) stereo 3D input from Blu-ray 3D players etc.

  • 17 juan ette // Dec 10, 2010 at 09:17

    3D is not really 3D then since most content on 3D comes from bluray and ps3. This should not call itself 3D DLP then as it is advertised on amazon. It’s a scam.
    I’ve got 3D glasses 3D player(ps3) 3D content (bluray 3d movie) and this sucker projector and no 3D this is a real waste!!!

  • 18 Bloody // Dec 10, 2010 at 11:11

    It is 3D, it just uses a different format, you can get the upcoming Optoma 3D-XL adapter to make the projector compatible with HDMI 1.4(a) stereo 3D sources such as the PS3 or Blu-ray 3D players.

  • 19 mnk // Dec 14, 2010 at 23:00

    hey guys just wanna ask if any one knw i just buy this projector and i tried to play call of duty in 3d and it didnt work do any one knw if it work with playstation game or just movies ??
    thank u :)

  • 20 NeXus // Dec 27, 2010 at 10:16

    Coppershark’s hack also works beautifully for the Optoma pro350w. Using nvidia gts250, vista x64, and nvidia 2.60 drivers. Used the acer inf file and now 3d vision thinks it too is a compatible acer!! I get weird colors in resolutions other than 1280×720@120hz though…

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