Cinetron HD700 Projector – Image Quality – 6

Cinetron HD700
PT-AE4000
JVC RS25
Epson Home Cinema 8500UB
Mitsubishi HC7000.

Next is a side by side – HD700 as usual is on the Right. the Epson to the Left. This scene is from the trailer of the recent Star Trek movie directed by J.J. Abrams.

HD700 as usual is on the Right. the Epson to the Left

Overall Color & Picture Quality

Most impressive. Not perfect, by any means, but looking very good, in terms of color. There are some subtle imperfections, such as a rise in color temperature at 100 IRE, making whites a little cool. Personally, that’s a very forgivable coloration, one I’ve noted on some BenQ’s as well, and I personally find it a pleasing “flaw”, especially when I’m viewing sports, and the really great looking digital HDTV content out there.

The gamma is also a little bit non-linear, but, add it all up, and this projector really does look good, which, ultimately is the key reason I decided to do the full review. My enthusiasm, unfortunately, is dampened by the black level performance. Oh, if only it had a good dynamic iris that could have put its black levels up to the “ultra-high contrast” class of projector. Next year, no doubt!

Colors are rich, and appear extremely well saturated. In this regard, I’d say it actually looks a bit more like some DLP projectors, than other LCoS projectors. I notice this when comparing to my JVC, and I know the Sonys aren’t much different from my JVCs.

An example: When I’m viewing both the HD700 and my JVC RS20 and skin tones both look good, something like a red traffic light at night is more saturated. The RS20 seems almost a touch dull by comparison.

Simply stated, the HD700 projector, has a lot of “pop and wow” to offer. Combine that with lots of “best mode” lumens, and it really comes off extremely well, until you get to some really dark scenes.

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