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Optoma TX542-3D XGA, 2800 Lumen, 3000:1, DLP Multimedia Projector (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

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  • Easy-to-read text - bright at 2800 ansi lumens and high 3000:1 contrast ratio
  • Broadcast messages to the projector over the network
  • Eco-friendly low power consumption - sub-one watt standby mode
  • Remote management and control via RS-232 or RJ45 and built-in closed captioning
  • 3D content can be viewed with active LCD shutter glasses when the projector is connected to a computer with a compatible 3D graphics card.
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 32.4 x 9.7 cm ; 2.9 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 Kg
  • Item model number: TX542-3D
  • ASIN: B004466CIK
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: March 29 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #357,744 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Optoma’s TX542-3D is designed to meet the demanding requirements of school districts and businesses. Bright, high contrast images provide easy-to-read text, and the built-in closed captioning decoder displays text from videos that have closed captioning embedded in the signal. Wired networking allows remote management and control of the projector, and a built-in 10-watt speaker system outputs volume required for larger audiences.


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By Avanti on Oct. 3 2013
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So bright, and it's HD. What's not to like. I can watch it a fairly bright room and it still looks good. I got it at around 500 and it was definitely worth it, but I know the price has been fluctuating.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c7ac954) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c7deabc) out of 5 stars Could not be happier! July 25 2012
By Casey - Published on Amazon.com
I have owned multiple projectors in the past (Viewsonic, Epson, benQ) used specifically for a home theater. This Optoma Projector blows all the competition out of the water. The projector itself is well manufactured, the projected display is extremely crisp, the colors are vivid, and the sharpness is unsurpassed. My friends are all amazed when they come over and we play games or watch a movie on the projector-- even the second and third time! Beyond the product being fantastic- the support is great as well. One small hiccup with the projector and Optoma sent a new projector with no hassle.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c46e15c) out of 5 stars Very pleased July 26 2012
By John Claude - Published on Amazon.com
Purchased this projector through work for public presentations. It works like a champ! Very easy to connect to a laptop, nice bright image, and VERY quick cool-down time (about 10 secs) to turn it off. Very happy with it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c6e781c) out of 5 stars great projector Dec 18 2012
By Rob - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my second projector and I love the quality of the image and the features. I did not want to spend over $500 on a projector and was a little concerned that the image was not going to be as good as one of the higher priced projectors. I am happy to say that this model exceeded my expectations. I use it mainly for watching HDTV, movies, and XBOX 360. My kids absolutely love watching movies on it, it's like we are at the theater in the comfort of our own home. I would definitely order another Optoma when it's time to upgrade.
HASH(0x9c46e4f8) out of 5 stars BAD Longevity!! Great picture while it lasts. March 16 2016
By RLM - Published on Amazon.com
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I have had 3 Optoma projectors in the past 5 1/2 years. I have been hopeful that I've had bad luck with them, but now I'm giving up and giving advice to others: beware- these projectors do not last!!!

The first 2 were TX-542 models, one regular, and one 3D. Each started showing stuck pixels after one year, once the warranty ran out. The first one I thought was maybe jarred during our move to a new house, or dust from pets. So I got the same model to replace it. That one had the same thing happen, same time frame. Reviews online revealed others had the same issue.

I replaced the second one with a DH-1011, having read good reviews about this model. I was very happy with the picture quality and especially the brightness. With less than 25% of the bulb hours used, though, it stopped working. It would flash the bulb indicator after 5 minutes of trying to start, even with a brand new bulb in it. Optoma Support, though knowledgeable and friendly, have very few options to offer, and that's the real problem.

Optoma OEM bulb replacements are around half the cost of a new projector. The first thing tech support needs you to do in order to troubleshoot is purchase one of these, and if that doesn't work you need to shell out over $100 more send it in for diagnostics. So for the cost of troubleshooting, to see if it is a problem that can even be fixed, maybe for a few hundred more, you can buy a new projector. Sadly, this is in part why I bought projectors #2 and 3, but no more. I am going with a different brand and suggest everyone wanting to get more than 18 months out of your purchase do the same.

If you don't mind buying a disposable, un-serviceable product for your money, and are willing to spend the same amount again in 2 years or less on a new model, than these are good projectors for you. I really wish these would last longer than 18 months, but after 3 times it's obvious they either have recurring, widespread issues, or this is their business model- which could explain the lack of support and servicing options.

Such a shame.
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update: One day after posting this review on the Optoma website, I received a one-time warranty fix for my most recent failed projector model (which failed just a few months beyond the short 1-year warranty period). This was a nice gesture to keep me immediately satisfied, and the projector worked like new once again. The return packaging was not up to the quality level that they require when you send the unit in, however, and there was very little information on what the issue was, which further indicates to me that support behind these projectors is not to the level that is needed.
HASH(0x9c46e894) out of 5 stars Good But not for PC Sept. 21 2013
By Ernest C Sheehan - Published on Amazon.com
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Everything on this projector is pretty nice. the x and Y axis shifters are awful because it doesn't shift the picture it cuts off one side and just projects light on the other side so you end up with half a picture. After we got it mounted and centered properly it plays movies and games brilliantly. But don't for a second think you'll be able to read text from a PC on this. I have it mounted 20 feet away from my screen and even at 1080p I cant read a single word on google or my desktop for my life. Not even when i walk right up next to the screen. for movies. this is a great choice. don't waste your time if you're planning on using it for anything else.


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