Optoma MovieTime DV10
3.8Overall Score
Price (RRP): $1,999 Manufacturer: Optoma

A digital projector is a great way to get that cinema experience in the comfort of your own home. The only problem is that projectors are visual devices, so you’ll need to connect a video source and a set of speakers. Unless you plan on running permanent AV cables behind your walls, finding the right lengths of cable that span from your projector, which is generally placed in the middle of the room, to your DVD player and audio components can be a real fuss.

The good news is that you can have an instant home cinema experience with a minium of set-up hassle. All you need is an Optoma MoveTime DV10, a power outlet and a bit of blank wall (although a projector screen will give you the best results). The MovieTime has an integrated DVD player and speakers so it can operate without the need for external devices.

Connections

You can still connect to other devices, of course, with its digital optical-out port for sending Dolby and DTS signals to a surround sound system, or use the 3.5 mm audio jack. There are conventional RCA audio-input connectors for playing sound from a games console, computer or digital set-top box through the internal speakers. For displaying video VGA, S-Video and composite connectors are included.

Once plugged in to mains power, all you need to do is drop a DVD into the top-loading player and you can navigate the DVD menus from buttons place around the top of the unit, or with the remote control.

A handy feature is that the MovieTime can play a slideshow of JPEG photos stored on CD or DVD, and play MP3 or WMA music.

Image and projection quality

When it comes to image quality, it’s good to see that 16:9 widescreen is supported, although the panel resolution is standard definition only. This means that while the MovieTime does support high definition TV modes, such as 576p, 720p or 1080i, it doesn’t have the physical pixels needed to create the extra detail.