Optoma has unveiled its first 3D-ready HD home cinema projector across the Atlantic, and analysts are already hailing the HD66 as "one of the cheapest ways" to get a high-definition picture in the house.

Pitched at home entertainment and gaming enthusiasts, the HD66 can handle two-dimensional content at resolutions of up to 1080p, although it downscales pictures to the native 720p.

With a single HDMI input and one stereo audio output – in addition to an integrated two-watt speaker – the HD66 also requires that users buy active shutter glasses separately before they can view 3D content properly.

Jon Grodem, product director at DLP projector specialist Optoma, says 3D "brings a new dimension" to both the gaming and movie experiences: "While gaming is poised to lead the charge in 3D content in the home, movies will follow soon. And the 3D-ready HD66 brings it all home in one HD projector at an affordable price."

The projector delivers a brightness rating of 2500 ANSI lumens and a 4000:1 contrast ratio, and it can project 3D content in XGA and SVGA resolution as well as 720p HD. It can be ceiling or tabletop-mounted and used for either front or rear projection.