Summary: The Optoma HD25-LV is my second ever projector. My previous projector was a Sharp SharpVision XV-Z12000 which was and still is a fantastic projector (for dark environments). Ultimately, my bulb broke and a replacement was going to be fairly expensive. So I opted to upgrade and look for a 1080i/p projector and something a little brighter (for daytime viewing). For the price, the Optoma produces nice imagery.
Summary: Personal Experience This is my first home theatre projector and I am very happy with it so far. 120" screen ""WOW"" with so much detail which you can not achieve with high end TV of nay size and any brand.
Excerpt: First off, the quality depends on how much ground work and extra $$$ you're willing to spend. I got my optoma few weeks ago. Got the LV model with 3200 lumens. I have a 65" Sony LED 3DTV and wanted something about 125" for good home theater and gaming experience including 3D. I took one star out, because Optoma support refused to help me with some good screen suggestions for this model.
Pros: Cost, Good Remote, Interfaces Well With TV, Intuitive Controls
Summary: I replaced a three year old Sony 720p projector with the Optima HD25-LV. The new projector is unbelievably bright and the picture quality with a 1080P image is excellent. The picture quality on lower resolution images is actually worse than my old Sony. You can really see the flaws on low resolution feeds. The case leaks a lot of light around the lense and the vents compared to the Sony that seemed to leak none.
Summary: Pro - can't imagine why one would spend more on expensive projectors. I project on 150 inch grey painted wall in my basement - special paint. Feels like theater even when it's not completely dark. Con - takes a while to detect signal - quite annoying.
Very good for price, little dimmer than I expected, shorter throw would have been nice
Dancing Feet, Amazon
22 October 2013
Summary: This was my first projector, so I don't have something to compare it to. I do enjoy watching the wall-filling picture rather than what now seems like a pitifully small TV screen. Positives: + Small size, very light weight, fan noise negligible + Good set of inputs (2 HDMI, 1 video composite, 1 video component/VGA) + Image is very good. No visible artifacts.
Summary: I'm at about 4000 hours now and its going strong, love it, sharp picture, awesome 3D, just make sure not too much light gets into the room you have it in, I will prob go for more ANSI Lumens on my next purchase.