Cinetron HD700 Projector Review

Shadow Detail Performance

The Cinetron HD700, as mentioned, is very good, no, rather excellent, at dark shadow detail. This is helped by the higher black levels, nonetheless, you do get to see things you might not be able to make out, on a projector with better blacks.

For my own viewing purposes, I set the Brightness of the HD700 either 1, or 2 below where it should be, to avoid crushing dark shadow detail. Basically I gave up a little detail for a bit blacker look to the blacks. It’s only a very small change, but I’d rather have the slightly blacker blacks.

First image is the HD700, followed by the PT-AE4000, the Sanyo PLV-Z3000 and the Mitsubishi HC7000. Next comes the JVC DLA-RS25. The last is the Epson Home Cinema 8500UB.

Again, from Space Cowboys, this is a cropped image. The right side is very bright (so dynamic irises will not be effective). The HD700 (top left) shows extremely good shadow detail in the dark areas of the satellite, and that’s despite the blacks and near blacks being so dark. Next to it, on the first row, is the Epson Home Cinema 8500UB/Pro Cinema 9600UB, Those images are followed by the Optoma HD806 and the JVC DLA-RS25 (second row). The third row is the Mitsubishi HC7000 (left), and the Sony VPL-HW15.

Next is a frame from the last Indiana Jones movie. You’ll see this one in other recent reviews. The details still found as the walls and fixtures darken toward the top, are a good way to compare shadow detail.

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Again, from Space Cowboys, this is a cropped image. The right side is very bright (so dynamic irises will not be effective). The HD700 (top left) shows extremely good shadow detail in the dark areas of the satellite, and that’s despite the blacks and near blacks being so dark. Next to it, on the first row, is the Epson Home Cinema 8500UB/Pro Cinema 9600UB, Those images are followed by the Optoma HD806 and the JVC DLA-RS25 (second row). The third row is the Mitsubishi HC7000 (left), and the Sony VPL-HW15.

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