I purchased a DV10 for my Niece in September from Expansys and it is used in nearly every walk of life now.......We put the projector up against a blank wall and make the screen roughly 160". We have the DV10 hooked up to a Surround sound system and this makes films like a cinema! Much better than watching on a conventional TV!
I had never really got into gaming before, but now I am hooked on my nieces Xbox. When I play pro Evo the players are almost 3 foot tall so it is like you are in the screen!
Plus watching sport on the unit is the icing on the cake! I strongly suggest this product when you have friends over, it produces a fantastic atmosphere! This multi purpose unit comes in a carry bag so it is portable. Well done to Optoma for inventing this unit! Coupled with effective service from Expansys 5 out of 5 on this unit!
I wanted a large new TV but was unsure of the LCD/Plasma/Projector route. I thought plasma screens were too expensive, and was unsure of the technology - I only know people with ordinary CRT TVs.
Should I take the safe route of a 32" LCD or pay c£1000 for a projector?
After dithering for a year I decided on the DV-10 as it was relatively cheap, and was fully portable - it comes with integrated speakers and a DVD player.
I understand the theory of 1000 lumens, 4000:1 contrast, DLP, 854 x 480 etc etc, but I had no idea what that would actually mean when projected in a suburban home onto a magnolia wall in the evening. Would it be noisy, and would the whites be magnolia, the blacks grey and would I have to turn the lounge into a light-proof box?
Well, I took a gamble and I've been hugely impressed. This projector is better that I could have imagined.
Setup is easy - plug in, turn on and the unit scans for external input or an internal DVD.
I project a c100" diagonal onto a magnolia wall at a distance of about 8 feet. The unit lives under the coffee table, and projects from there. Vertical keystone correction is fine - evening out the floor-to-top-of-the-wall projection that I use. (There's no horizontal keystone correction but that's no hardship.)
Once you've found the source, set the focus and corrected the keystone effect you're ready to go. All the usual options are easy to tweak (brightness, colour, contrast etc) and there are lots of pre-set options as starting points. Each input (e.g. internal DVD or external source) has a user-defined set of settings. I did not find the pre-sets useful, but less than 5 minutes of fiddling got excellent results.
There's a very useful "Image AI" function that dynamically tweaks the options depending on what's being shown. Not quite sure what it does, but the picture is better with it on than off, so it must be good.
I find it very quiet. There is some fan noise, but this is easily ignored and is inaudible if you have the volume at a normal level. This is true of the internal speakers as well as putting the audio through external speakers.
Despite "only" being 1000 lumens the picture is very bright. On the magnolia wall the whites are white and the blacks are black. A 100" diagonal is bigger than you think I did not need to turn the living room into a light proof box. From about 7-30 onwards (in September in the north of Scotland) I can watch the picture without closing any curtains. Later on in the evening I quite happily have table lamps on - just as I would watching a CRT TV.
Lamp life is supposed to be c2,000 hours (2 years at three hours a night), and the unit tells you how many hours you've used. It also warns you 50 hours before the lamp will fail, but I've no idea how it knows this.
Connectivity is reasonable. There's no component input, but composite and SCART. I link the projector to my HDD/DVD/Freeview setup via SCART and don't use the internal DVD player unless I take the projector out of the living room.
I take audio from the HDD player to the stereo. There is connectivity on the projector to take audio out directly, but despite wiring as instructed this did not work at all for me - no sound.
I also tried three wireless units to avoid running SCART cables across the floor, but none of them worked.
Picture quality - despite the low resolution - is excellent. Best results are from DVDs, with poorer quality from the main analogue channels and the worst from Freeview. This is - I presume - due to the quality of the broadcast signals and not due to the projector.
One slight issue is the zoom, or lack of it. The picture size is about the same as the distance away from the wall the unit is. The "zoom" only changes this by about 10%. So if you need a 100" picture you need to be able to put the unit roughly 8 feet from the wall. Having used the unit, I suspect most users will be limited by the size of the blank wall available rather than the available distance away from that wall.
Overall - apart from the wireless and audio out connectivity issues - I would say that this was a fantastic piece of equipment, for a very competitive price.
Good picture, totally portable, but easily wired into the rest of your audio/video setup.
But for me the best bit is that I get a huge picture from a quiet unit in a well lit-living room without the need to close the curtains, paint the walls white or buy a special screen. In short it's like having a massive TV in your room but without having to make any other adjustments to your normal viewing habits. And that's just what I wanted.
The manual is available for download from the Optoma web site.