As the MG-850HD is targeted for home entertainment use, I connected my PS3 to it via HDMI to check the video performance. As noted in the Color and Picture Quality section, the MG-850HD displayed well-saturated colors and accurate skin tones. Using the auto iris with the Theater mode of the MG-850HD can improve the contrast ratio up to 3000:1. While a 3000:1 contrast ratio is nothing to rave about in a home theater projector, it’s not bad for a projector this bright. Using the auto iris and ECO lamp mode with Cinema reveals greater depth in the blacks and more detail in shadows. That’s not to say you’ll get black levels achievable by most home theater projectors, but overall, you get a more film-like image with the auto iris on.
The high brightness of the MG-850HD, even in Cinema mode, lends itself to viewing in less than ideal lighting conditions. This brightness provides for a highly watchable picture that is not washed out, as most home theater projectors would be. Watching a sports event during the daytime, with no attempt to darken the room by pulling shades down or closing blinds, colors were only slightly muted and a 100” diagonal image was still nicely detailed, even in the darker areas.
As the MG-850HD is meant to provide any room of the home with a large screen movie or TV experience, its built-in 10-watt stereo speakers will likely be sufficient. The four different audio modes do have a noticeable effect on the sound, but personally, I would stick with the Vocal mode for most viewing and the Movie mode for action films.