Vivitek D950HD Video Projector Review
The Vivitek D950HD is one of a few 1080p home theater projectors out now that cost less than a grand.
Though the Optoma HD20 is slightly cheaper than the Vivitek D950HD (by about $70), but it's not a better value. The Vivitek D950HD is had superior performance in just about every testing category, and if you are going to make an investment for a home theater, the extra money will be worth it.
Blacks & Whites
The Optoma HD20 is one of the dimmer projectors we have reviewed recently. You won't get much versatility out of it as it will need to be kept in a dark room in your house, much like that horrible secret you promised never to speak of. The Vivitek D950HD has a much higher peak brightness which really drives the black and white performance on a projector.
The Vivitek D950HD produces more even color curves and a more accurate color gamut than the Optoma HD20.
The Optoma HD20 had trouble producing the kind of smooth and accurate motion to which our keen eyes have become accustomed. We would much rather watch moving objects on the Vivitek D950HD.
The Vivitek D950HD has an abysmal throw distance and must needs be set up far away from any screen. The Optoma HD20 is a bit better, allowing for a closer setup, which is nice because the peak brightness won't allow for much distance anyway.
The Optoma HD20 is a bit limited in its connectivity. It does have the two HDMI ports we find cardinal for a home theater, but it is lacking the audio connectivity you will want for a versatile surround setup.
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