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Have I got a deal for you! How would you like a 55″ 1080p high definition display for $1,500? Not so exciting? Okay, let’s make it 70″; does that make it more interesting? I’ll sweeten the pot and throw in 3D capability and support for radio frequency (RF) active glasses, still for $1,500. Do I have your attention yet? Okay, how about if I increase the size to 100″?

The Optoma HD33 is a 1080p projector with 3D support that sells for less than $1,500.

No, this is no “fell-off-the-truck” special. You now can buy the new Optoma HD33 projector for under $1,500. The manufacturer says that you can use it with up to a 300″ diagonal screen, but I suspect that you’ll be happier keeping it closer to about 100″ in order to get a brighter image. (That’s still the size of four 50″ flat panel HDTVs.) The projector is rated at 1800 lumens, and comes with two HDMI connectors as well as connections for VGA and component video. This is a big drop in price; most equivalent projectors cost more than twice as much.

So if you’ve dreamed of converting that basement room into a home theater but don’t have the price of a new car to invest in the project, you may find that Optoma has brought the cost within reach. You’re closer than you might think to enjoying a big screen viewing experience in your own home.

Posted by Alfred Poor, August 23, 2011 6:00 AM

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Alfred Poor is a well-known display industry expert, who writes the daily HDTV Almanac. He wrote for PC Magazine for more than 20 years, and now is focusing on the home entertainment and home networking markets.