Summary: The Optoma HD806 is a no-nonsense 1080p DLP projector that produces sharp and vivid images, which stop well short of the garish color exaggerations some projectors impose (though you’ll want to back color down a bit to achieve more accurate skin tones). We also applaud the fact that Optoma has worked out a good anamorphic lens option with Panamorph—an option that can make home theater experiences much more involving.
Conclusion: My opinion of the Optoma HD806 projector has evolved significantly since I first powered it up. My initial reaction was that this projector left much to be desired. It seemed to be a projector of so-so performance (other than brightness), that I would have a hard time liking, or recommending. Click to enlarge. SO close Over the week of using it extensively, however, my opinion of the HD806 improved by leaps and bounds.
Pros: Good color accuracy post calibration in best mode, Brightest “best mode” performance of any home theater projector near its price, Brighter than average performance in “brightest mode” (although no brighter than “best” mode), Dynamic image, with lots of “wow factor” in almost any mode, Two HDMI 1.3 inputs, full support for 24 fps, Deep Color, etc., plus a third digital input – a DVI with HDCP compatibility, Support for an anamorphic lens
Cons: Shadow detail performance is decent, but not up a number of other home theater projectors, which reveal more, Audible noise levels are on the high side (again, though, typical of most DLP projectors), While out of the box performance isn’t bad, in terms of color accuracy, a calibration definitely yields improvement, 2x color wheel means more folks will be susceptable to the rainbow effect, than most 1080p DLP home theater projectors (which have 4x or 5x wheels), Only ...