Vivitek H9080FD Projector Review
We calibrate each home theater that is reviewed. As is our normal method, when calibrating the Vivitek H9080FD projector, we do contrast, brightness, and a full grayscale color temperature adjustment. We do not do an individual calibration of each color, which most professional calibrators will also do as part of their service, as part of a calibration of a projector in this price range, and quality. Still, our settings should provide you with an easily, visibly improved picture, with better color accuracy, than running the H9080FD with the default settings right out of the box.
Vivitek H9080FD Color Temperature
One thing worthy of note before you look at “the numbers”. With traditional home theater projectors, there are variations in color balance from one unit to the next, due to slight variations in each lamp’s performance. Since the H9080FD uses an LED light source, however, I believe that the results should be more consistent from unit to unit. In that case, our settings therefore should be even more useful and accurate, with the Vivitek, than with other projectors we’ve reviewed.
These are the measurements, taken “right out of the box.”
|Film gamma, Standard color temp (we’ll refer to this as its best mode).|
|30 IRE (dark gray)||6956K|
|50 IRE (medium gray)||7186K|
|80 IRE (light gray)||7166K|
|100 IRE (white)||7334K|
That is definitely shifted away from red, towards blue, but not a great deal. Still, while the image is definitely very watchable, it can easily be improved.
For those interested, here are the color temperature measurement for white (100 IRE),
|for each of the preset (in this case, gamma) modes:|
|Cinema||407 @ 7341K|
|Bright||409 @ 7343|
|Graphics||409 @ 7319|
|CRT||409 @ 7308|
Note that the color temp barely changes at all (it’s the way the color temp is set up on the Vivitek as they are using the same “Standard” color temp). While this method is not typical, Vivitek is not alone, Mitsubishi sets up their controls the same way, on their home theater projectors.
Vivitek H9080FD Basic Settings
In addition to calibrating Red Green and Blue for a correct grayscale balance (6500K), there are a number of other settings that come into play. Typically Contrast and Brightness (white balance and black balance), need to be done first. Color saturation and gamma also may need adjustment. Here are our settings (and defaults) for the
|“basic settings” for the Vivitek H9080FD:|
|Color Temp||(Standard for all)|
|Numbers in ( ) are defaults|
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