Projector Reviews

Planar PD8150 1080p DLP Home Theater Projector Review: Overview-3

That takes us to the back of the PD8150 projector, for a look at the inputs. Before I list those, I should point out that the inputs are all recessed, and the Planar PD8150 comes with a cable cover that screws in to hide all the connections.

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The Planar PD8150 is slightly better endowed than most other, under $10,000 home theater projectors. It has the usual two HDMI 1.3 inputs, which seems to be the standard these days (I still think manufacturers should provide three). In addition, there are two component video inputs; one with 3 color coded RCA jacks, the other with 3 BNC connectors (old school). In addition, there are the usual composite video (RCA jack) and S-Video (the usual DIN connector) inputs as well. The Planar PD8150 also has a separate analog computer input (standard HD15 connector used on all monitors). As expected there is an RS-232 serial port for command and control of the projector from PC or room controller.

In addition to all of that, the Planar offers two 12 volt triggers for screen control. That would allow controlling a motorized screen, and a masking system, or one of the triggers can be used for controlling the motorized sled of an anamorphic lens.

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I should mention one really nice touch. There is a light to illuminate the back panel, when you are trying to plug in things, and the room is dark.

Lastly, there’s even a hard input for the remote control, for those placing the projector where there would be no line of sight for an infra-red remote to work properly. That might include rear screen, or a projector hidden when not in use.

We’ll look closely at the Planar 8150’s remote control and menus, in the General Performance section, but now it’s time to consider the picture quality aspects of this projector.