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InFocus X10 1080p Home Projector Review: Image Quality2

Posted on September 1, 2008 by Art Feierman

InFocus X10: Black Level and Shadow Detail

InFocus X10 Projector: Black Level Performance

Black levels are the InFocus X10's weakness. Keep in mind, this is InFocus's entry level 1080p projector, and it is using TI's Darkchip 1, which, today, is their entry level performance 1080 resolution DLP processor. Black levels are strictly entry level, and no match for example, to the Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB, which has the best overall black level performance of any of the under $3000 home theater projectors. It doesn't stop there, however. Others with a black level advantage include the entry level Optoma's (mostly by virtue of having a dynamic iris). The HD803, also for example, starts with the Darkchip1. Most of the 3LCD projectors near its price (on either side), can do better than the X10, especially on very dark scenes.


Black Level Comparison

Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB
Mitsubishi HC5500
BenQ W5000




For comparison purposes, here's the classic starship image from The Fifth Element. The first one is the X10. Direcly below it, is the same frame from the Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB, followed by the recently reviewed Mitsubishi HC5500, and the BenQ W5000 (which also uses the Darkchip1).

Wow! Truly excellent! Like its biggest brother, it's just fantastic on shadow details. Actually it is even easier to spot the darkest of details than with the IN83, let alone anything else we've tested. Seems that, these days, projectors with so-so black levels tend to have especially great shadow detail resolving ability. This may be due to everything being a little brighter. Still, the details are there - in spades!






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