"simple and effective"on by qxj480
Pros bright, crisp, great sound too
Cons rather unwieldly
Summary this is a great projector. i got it during the thanksgiving sale from circuit city. my total cost was only $650 including a 4 year protection plan and the 92" screen and the subwoofer. i have seen about 30 movies on this and i'm very happy with the quality. there have been 2 issues: once, the projector just turned off, and i had to turn it on and wait 10 minutes before it came back on again. then, when playing a DVD+R, the picture was digital garbage, and the only way i could reset it was to play the original DVD. the projector does get very hot, which is understandable, but i have not been affected by the fan noise or the smell that others have mentioned.
Pros Primo picture quality. Easy to transport.
Cons Manual's pretty weak.
Summary This is a great projector. The quality of the image is stellar. The onboard speakers are small but adequate for most people, but you're really missing out on the full movie-going experience without surround sound! Many people realize that you cannot mute the onboard speakers while external speakers are connected to the DV10. This CAN be achieved if you use the optical audio out. So, if want to mute the onboard speakers to get external audio (from surround speakers or headphones) while muting the onboard speakers here's the set up I'm using to achieve that:
-Bought an inexpensive Sony receiver (model STR-DG510)
-Bought an inexpensive 6' optical cable
-Bought JBL Surround Cinema Speakers (SCS200.5)
-Connected the optical cable to one of the optical inputs on the receiver.
-Connected my speakers to the receiver according to directions.
-Set my receiver's input setting to "Video 2" (this will vary depending on your connection and receiver).
-Using the DV10's remote, I pressed "Setup", navigated to "Audio Setup", selected "SPDIF OUT", and set that to "RAW".
My DV10's onboard speakers went silent but I was now getting fantastic 5.1 Dolby Digital sound through my external speakers! Connecting my headphones to the receiver means late night movies without waking the neighbors
"I love the DV10!"on by DanStanley
Pros easy, fun and great picture
Cons runs very hot, image displayed high
Summary I couldn't convince my wife on a gigantic permanent flat panel TV, so we compromised and kept our 30 inch CRT Philips HDTV and got the DV10 to bring out for movies and special occasions. I admit it, I keep sneaking it out when ever possible and now have it permanately wire to my home theater. Although I have used them outside of my home, this is the first projector I have ever owned so I tried to read do as much research as I could before deciding on this model.
Many reviewers complained about the speakers, which I did not care about because I knew I would hook it up to my surround sound. I was surprised by the speakers, I found them to be as good or better than any TV we've owned. We've played home DVDs on it and the speaker are more than suffcient. Some people complained about the picture quality, especially during daytime. Daylight does diminish the appearance of the picture, but after a few trial and errors with the settings I was able to get a great picture with just my blinds closed. When displaying HD from my Dish Network 942 receiver, I got a picture (84 inch diagonal) as good as my 30 inch CRT Philips HDTV which is a 1080i. (I have my HD signal split so I was able to compare them side-by-side)
The not so Good
When I decided to go forth and make the purchase, I bought a pull-up screen from a different vendor so I wasn't able to get a package deal, not too big of a deal.
I was seriosly bummed though when I opened everything up and quickly inserted a DVD only to discover I needed much longer cables to accomplish any sort of hook-up other than playing a DVD and using the speakers on the unit and even then, I had to use an extension cord for power. Its only frustrating, because I wish I knew earlier and I would have ordered them. So if you're going to hook it up to your surround and use the DVD player get a long enough optical cable to get from you receiver to where you think the DV10 will be. If your using a different video source get long enough cables for that as well. I was able to find a 50 foot 15-pin VGA to component 3RCA HD cable on ebay that works great for about $50 after shipping.
The next problem I encountered I had read about elsewhere, The projector has a very short throw and therefore the image is projected fairly high even when at its lowest setting. The unit now comes with rear leg attachments that elevate the back even more, so that problem has been solved. Unfortunately it took me several weeks to figure this out.
All that said, I love it, I just wish I had bought a bigger screen.
Pros Stunning for movies, very portable, easy to setup, nice carry case, Zero hassle home theater
Cons positioning with feet, so-so pc projector
Summary I held off on getting a DV-10 for about about 6 months because I wanted XGA resolution. Although I wanted a quadruple play (Movies, TV, X-box, and PC projector), I knew that showing movies would be my main use. Eventually, the portability, and all-in-one design grudgingly made me buy the DV-10, hoping and praying movies would look good.
I opened the box, put the first movie in, and was blown away. The movie quality and sound are incredible. I have the projector about 12ft back and the image is about 8-9ft diagonally. The image is bright, and sharp for movies, and the color is quite good, I think. There is no sound/video sync problem (since the A/V processor inside it handles everything) It takes some fiddling with the feet to get it positioned right, but the keystone adjustment is easier than I thought from reading other reviews. I eventually settled on having it on a box with wedges for adjustment. Saturday night is now movie night at my house, and people love the movies. TV looks pretty good too (feed from Direct TV), and it works fantastically with Xbox (Halo and Grand Theft Auto).
I would highly recommend this to anyone for the movies, TV, and video game aspects. I would NOT suggest this if you plan to do a lot of computer presentations. Powerpoints slides with pictures look OK, but spreadsheets and text look fuzzy. For the money, you can get a better VGA projector, but you'll have to add in a lot of money to get a decent home theater out of it.
Some reviews mentioned the hot-bulb smell. I didn't find it to be problematic at all.
I got this with a screen+subwoofer rebate (DV-10 is frequently sold with this combo rebate so expect that to be included), and that is a big savings.
My overall take on the DV-10 is this: it was designed to be an all-in-one movie theater. It absolutely excels at that. It is considerably more versatile than a huge TV.
Don't let the quest for higher resolution push you into spending 2X the money, as I almost did. It cost me 6months of enjoyment, because I am very happy with my purchase and more pixels was not worth waiting for, in my case.
Pros Flop and Play anywhere
Cons DVD lid feels cheap, very poor quality, poor bulb life
Summary I did all the research, the stats look good, and it seemed pretty good for the price. However, all is not as the stats state. The picture is dark and really does need a very dark room for proper viewing. To my eyes and my family, the picture never seemed to be really sharp no matter how I adjusted the settings. The bulb ($349) "will not" last 2000 hours, even if bright mode is never used: mine pooped out at 1280 hours. Optoma did say they would sell me one at their price of $279, which still doesn’t sound like a good deal for something that won’t even last a year. I later found from the technician that it’s better to leave on if it’s only going to be off for an hour or so.
Ok, I might be able to justify the lamp as it is very nice to have such a large screen, and the portability is nice occasionally, but the quality of the one I have is extremely poor. After 7 months I had to send it in as it sounded like broken glass inside when started and they ended up replacing the color wheel and another part and adjusting two things. Cost me $27 w/insurance to ship. After getting it back it wouldn’t play certain DVD’s that my other DVD’s would play so I had to send it in again, but at least this time they gave me a shipping label so I didn’t have to pay for that again. Beware though; I got the impression if the projector had this problem a month or so more down the road I would have had to pay for shipping again. Good thing about the service is that they do turn it around pretty quick (5 bus days) and ship it next day air.
So, would I recommend the DV10, absolutely not! It’s unreliable, doesn’t provide a sharp picture, and the service technicians although knowledgeable, seem to be very limited in what they can do for the customer. After this experience, I either recommend an LCD projector from someone other than Optoma, or live with a smaller screen Plasma or LCD TV and not worry about bulbs. If you do get one though, get the best warranty you can!