Vivitek H5080 Projector Review
The Vivitek H5080 is a classic, single chip DLP projector, and as expected, produces a very sharp image. In reality, even the 0 setting (lowest) for sharpness, is probably a little too high, as there is a touch of oversharpening appearing. Still, it’s relatively slight.
For your consideration, our usual close up images
2nd row left: Epson Home Cinema 6500UB, left center: Panasonic PT-AE3000, right center: Optoma HD8000, right: InFocus IN83
Note, starting with this review, now that my DTS test disc died, for this sharpness demo, we will be using a closeup of the PS3 system screen, showing the Video icon
Below: Close up of a computer monitor, from Space Cowboys (Blu-ray), left to right: Vivitek H5080, DLA-RS25, Epson Home Cinema 8500UB, and BenQ W20000. The H5080 holds its own against most, but not a few of the sharpest DLP projectors.
Vivitek H5080: Bottom Line Sharpness
Very sharp! DLP’s tend to be. The H5080’s image is about as crisp looking as they come. As always, of course, you can’t get perfect sharpness from center to edge, but the H5080 has minimal sharpness roll off, nothing noticeable during normal viewing. This projector is enough sharper than most LCD and LCoS projectors to make owners of such projectors at least a little jealous (and that includes me, with my LCoS JVC RS20).
No issues to report. Very little light detectable anywhere but out the back vent, and even that is minimal. There’s even less out the side intakes.
Vivitek H5080 Image Noise
For reasons I’ve never understood, it seems like DLP projectors have slightly more visible image noise, than other designs. That said, like the Optoma, the Vivitek H5080 seems as good as any of the DLP’s. I’m not sure if they are using the same circuitry, but there was nothing of overt interest to report with either. There’s still more noise, say than my JVC, but I have no problem with the image noise levels I see, and that’s without using the Noise reduction control.
Vivitek H5080 Audible Noise
Vivitek says 28db audible noise in low power, and 33db in high. Like the Optoma, it’s not a quiet projector. Really quiet ones are in the low 20 db range at full power. Overall, the Vivitek is a bit noisy, as is the tendency of most DLP projectors.
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