Viewsonic Pro9000 Home Theater Projector Review

Below, we consider the Viewsonic Pro9000 projector’s brightness, sharpness, and other factors including light leakage, image noise and audible noise, with additional commentary mixed in.

Viewsonic Pro9000 Brightness

Lumen Output and Color Temp at 100 IRE (mid zoom)
Bright 1257 @ 6205
Presentation 724 @ 6172
Standard 548 @ 6422
Theater 407 @ 6956
Dark Room 409 @ 6986
Game 410 @ 6993
Sports 522 @ 6544
User 1 675 @ 6438
User 2 428 @ 6556

This Viewsonic Pro9000 is rather typical in brightness for a single chip DLP projector for home theater.  Let me clarify:  There are a number of very bright DLP projectors for the home, but almost all of them are around $1000 or less, targeted as home entertainment projectors – with more focus on brightness, than other features more useful in a dedicated home theater.

Well, this Viewsonic Pro9000 may share a number of features of the recently reviewed, somewhat similar business version, the Pro8300.  As one would expect, the biz version is a lot brighter, but contrast and blacks suffer as a consequence. (For example, the Pro8300, has a

While the Bright mode produces a very impressive 1257 lumens measured (via our conservative methods), and a max of 1380 lumens, it is typical of many “Dynamic” or “Bright” modes, in that color leaves a great deal to be desired. That mode as it is, is helpful, if you need every last lumen, ie. sports with lights on in a less than great room, but you sure wouldn’t use it if you have lighting reasonably under control.

The rest of the modes vary from 407 to about 724 lumens. 400 is enough for a 100″ diagonal screen in a good room. For comparison, that puts it in the same brightness class as a couple of Mitsubishi projectors (old and new), the new Sharp XV-Z30000, a few Optomas, etc.  Most of the rest, including the Sony, JVC Epson and Panasonic, are more like 500-700 lumens calibrated (the Sony almost 1000).

Less lumens isn’t bad, it just limits screen size and, when you need to, how much ambient light you can handle.  This is one of those projectors that is best reserved for the half of the market that buys smaller screens.  In general, this projector is a good fit for screen sizes up to 110″ diagonal, and best at 100″ diagonal and under.

Post Calibration: User 1 "best" mode = 448 lumens

Effect of zoom on lumen output (Bright mode)
Zoom out 1380
Mid-zoom 1257
Zoom in 1142

The Viewsonic’s 450 lumens calibrated, is also just fine on screens to 110″ diagonal.

With the right screen and room, you can even go a little larger.

Remember, while a hybrid light engine will also dim over time, the time is long.  As a result, over the first few years of ownership, this Viewsonic might average 20%-40% brighter than a projector starting with the same brightness, but running conventional lamps instead of a laser/led light engine.

Intermediate modes can do a very nice job, and up your brightness into the 700 lumens range.  That will give you some horsepower to spare, for those same sized screens, for a sporting event, or TV

The Viewsonic 1.2 Zoom Lens Position Brightness

For your basic 1.2:1 zoom lens, the drop from wide angle to telephoto is about 17.5%, which is fairly significant for a lens with that little zoom range.  But, ultimately, it’s a small drop if you are at the back of that range.  It will encourage you to mount the projector as close as you can – why not, where a difference of 2 feet can buy you 20% more brightness.

Pro9000 Projector Low Lamp Mode

Eco Mode Off
Eco Mode On

Switching to Low lamp, the Pro 9000 loses almost exactly 30%. As seen in the two images below.  It’s not a huge drop in brightness, but it can make a difference.

Lumen Output (Eco Lamp, Bright mode):  873

That’s down from 1257 lumens at full power.

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