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The Optoma 3D DLP Projector Adapter 3D-XL is Coming in January

October 31st, 2010 · 23 Comments · General 3D News

It seems that Optoma is almost ready to to release the much hyped 3D DLP Projector Adapter 3D-XL that will add support for HDMI 1.4a input for stereo 3D content to 14 of the company’s 3D-capable DLP projectors as well as 3D DLP projectors from other brands. Optoma has officially announced more details about the adapter as well that the 3D-XL projector adapter will be available in January 2011 and although the official price is not yet announced, Amazon has already listed the 3D-XL adapter for pre-order with a price of $499 USD. It certainly won’t come cheap, but in the price there will be one pair of Optoma’s BG-ZD101 3D active shutter glasses sold for $99 USD and based on the DLP Link technology. And if you compare the price of a 3D DLP projector plus the 3D-XL adapter to a 3D HDTV or some of the high-end 3D-capable projectors that were already announced to feature HDMI 1.4(a) S3D support, you might still be saving quite a lot of money.

But why would you need to have HDMI 1.4a compatibility for stereoscopic 3D support, when your 3D DLP projector already can receive 3D data and display it? Well, actually you might not, unless you want to be able to lets say connect your PlayStation 3 console to the projector and play stereo 3D games on it, or connect a 3D-capable set-top-box, or a standalone Blu-ray 3D player. Of course that also includes other 3D-capable devices that support 3D video output over HDMI like the Fujifilm Real 3D W3 camera, Sony’s 3D Sweep Panorama-capable digital cameras and probably a lot other that are yet to come. If you need it or not is something for you to decide, but if you already have a 3D-capable DLP projector this adapter can prove to be a good way to ensure big-screen 3D viewing…

On the front side of the adapter there are just three buttons, one for turning on and off the adapter, one for switching between 2D and 3D mode and one for using one of the two available input ports. By activating the 2D mode you are practically doing a pass through of the signal to the projector and in this mode you can send 1080p data, but in 3D mode you are limited to 720p only. And considering the fact that there are still no 3D DLP projectors with native resolution of over 1080p this is actually not such a big problem, and when the first 1080p 3D-capable ones start hitting the market probably early next year they will most likely also come with built-in HDMI 1.4a support anyway.

You should be aware of the fact that your 3D DLP projector should have an HDMI input in order to work with this adapter as the output is only in the form of an HDMI. You can see that there are two independent inputs, meaning that you can connect two different 3D devices and switch between them without having to change cables. The adapter is designed to be used with DLP Link glasses, so there is no need for an external IR emitter, although the adapter has a 3-PIN mini DIN (VESA Sync) output available.

For more information about the Optoma 3D Projector Adapter 3D-XL…

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23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Peter // Nov 1, 2010 at 02:45

    If you use two of these you can split an HDMI 1.4 3D signal into two discrete L/R signals to feed a dual projector setup. This is what I am going to be doing.

  • 2 Max // Nov 1, 2010 at 14:49

    I use a cheaper htpc with dual output vga card..

  • 3 Thomas Kumlehn // Nov 1, 2010 at 17:07

    With a bigger group of viewers (on bigger screens) I’d prefer this baby – kind of a RealD-ish Home solution with cheap circular pol glasses :

  • 4 Max // Nov 2, 2010 at 13:18

    Do you have such item? Or have see it?
    I don’t find any people, who have used it.
    We need real usage experience, before buying..

  • 5 Bloody // Nov 2, 2010 at 13:27

    I’ve asked for pictures of the product and more detailed info about it from the creator who visits here, but still haven’t seen them, so I’m not sure that the product is actually available for sale yet.

    You can check the topic in the forum about it here: http://3dvision-blog.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=396

  • 6 joey // Nov 3, 2010 at 12:49

    I will wait for the army of Chinese cloners to build one for 100$. Till then i will convert 3D BluRays to an format i can use with my Acer.

  • 7 steve // Nov 3, 2010 at 20:27

    I have the HD66 3D ready projector. I’ll wait until this hits the market (supposedly early 2011) and wait further for other’s reviews and for the catalog of 3D Blu-Ray disks to “catch up”. Should be a nice addition to my system. So far very much enjoying the 2D picture on my 92″ screen. Football is spectacular on a 80″ wide picture – especially the close up replays. Movies are great too. Highly recommend a projector over a 50″-60″ flat panel if you have the room for it.

  • 8 HENRY // Nov 6, 2010 at 15:28

    I have a GT720 3D ready. cant waite for this add on to hit the streets. i have it cieling mounter on a 135″ screen (matt white). pic looks great. i just wish they would be more 3D games and movies out. i guess 2011 is gonna be the 3d year.

  • 9 Jazz // Nov 6, 2010 at 17:24

    I don’t see what the rush is. I think feb or march is a good time frame to let some reviews happen. I mean you still need to go buy a 3d br player and get 3d content, which is limited.

    Also I would think this is late to the game, as I would expect a slew of hdmi 1.4 projectors at CES and feb/ march.

    I am thinking of getting optoma hd 66 but if they come out with 1.4 projectors after ces might be worth waiting?

  • 10 Pavel // Nov 17, 2010 at 21:24

    After reading advertising of the device Optoma 3D-XL, I found that with this device in the set went 3D Glasses Optoma ZD201 DLP Link, but I already have 3D Glasses Optoma ZD101 DLP Link. In this regard, I have a question about whether the type of the glasses (which I already have) fits to the Optoma 3D-XL?
    If yes, then what’s the difference between the model ZD101 and ZD201?

  • 11 Bloody // Nov 17, 2010 at 21:35

    Both should be compatible as well as any other DLP Link glasses, as for any difference between the two… probably something minor.

  • 12 Pavel // Nov 17, 2010 at 23:57

    thank you very much!

  • 13 Bob // Nov 28, 2010 at 23:06

    You might not need two for a dual projector setup. If one of the projectors picks the left eye HDMI signal, all you would need would be one demux (feeding off a split 1.4 signal) to get the right eye signal assuming there is no frame delay through a single device. This will be most interesting but I would prefer the $100 model.

  • 14 jack park // Nov 30, 2010 at 21:02

    Will this adapter support directv 3d broadcasts?

  • 15 Pavel // Feb 4, 2011 at 13:16

    I wonder when it will sell?

  • 16 Dave // Feb 8, 2011 at 23:51

    Just spoke to Optoma and they assured me it is shipping this month.

  • 17 Pavel // Feb 13, 2011 at 14:35

    I very much hope…

  • 18 Chuck // Feb 13, 2011 at 21:16

    I wouldn’t hold my breath, they been telling us that for months now……………..

  • 19 ifejokwu samuel // Feb 21, 2011 at 13:31

    pls i need a complete setup of 3d capable projector & adaptor for multiple viewing up to 100 people for a school liesure time entertainment.
    Also what kind of 3d glasses are recommended?

    what other equipment do i need apart from pc & screen?

    How can i set it up and what price?

    I need the projector and adaptor from optoma.

    Thanks as am waiting to purchase.

  • 20 ifejokwu samuel // Feb 23, 2011 at 19:09

    i need a complete specification for multiple view up 100 people on a large scree up to 17 ft.

    Needed for school liesure time entertainment.

    what’s the price of 3d capable projector?,
    whats the price of 3d DLP Adapter(3D-XL)?
    What’s the discount price of shutter glasses.

    Pls help me out with a complete specification of the setup i need.

  • 21 Bloody // Feb 23, 2011 at 21:03

    You should contact Optoma for pricing in your region…

  • 22 Mart // Feb 28, 2011 at 03:31

    “Dave // Feb 8, 2011 at 23:51

    Just spoke to Optoma and they assured me it is shipping this month.”

    Actually it did, as I pick up my 3D XL tomorrow at the shop. It arrived there already 7 days ago BTW.

  • 23 Pavel // Mar 27, 2011 at 11:18

    I did not think that the company Optoma liars, but promised delivery in January, then February, then March, now promise in April …
    I am very disappointed…

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