Projector Reviews

1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report – Image Quality-2

Viewsonic Pro8100

This Viewsonic Pro8100 did not produce especially good, accurate colors out of the box, in preliminary measurements. Although colors were off a bit, it was no worse than most projectors. It’s been almost two years since I worked with the Viewsonic. In that time, more and more projectors have hit the market sporting better out of the box picture quality.

Vivitek H1080FD

I figure these lowest cost 1080p projectors are the ones most likely to end up in the hands of folks who just want to fire’em up and enjoy. That works fine, as I wrote this about the H1080FD projector: The out of the box color is pretty good, which is a very good thing, since the Vivtek lacks the tradtional R,G,B brightness and contrast controls for doing a grayscale balance.

Vivitek H1080FD

Above, BenQ W6000 image from Naria: Prince Caspian

BenQ W6000

The review said it all: Pretty good, the BenQ W6000 projector, right out of the box is very watchable, perhaps a touch thin on green, if you have Brilliant Color turned off.

Brilliant Color turned on, though is another matter. With it on, color temp is well off the mark, and very strong on reds, and still thin on greens. No matter, it’s very fixable. This is a projector that takes extremely well to a calibration…Out of the box, the W6000 does crush the dark shadow detail, which is fixable with a slight increase in the brightness setting

Cinetron HD700

The Cinetron was one of the weaker projectors right out of the box. Default is definitely a bit cool, and switching color temp to low moves it too far the other way, now too red. A calibration is needed to make this projector look very good.

Epson Home Cinema 8500UB

Oh boy: These new Epson projectors are pretty impressive right out of the box. I found the THX mode to be the best, although a little warm, but “smooth”. Theater Black 1 – HD on the Pro Cinema 9500UB, was also very good. Actually we tested the identical (for these purposes) Pro Cinema 9500UB. Only the names of the modes are different. THX mode really is excellent. A good calibration can improve on it, mostly because of the variance from projector to projector, but, it’s that good.

Epson Pro Cinema 9500UB

Hmm, same as above: These new Epson projectors are pretty impressive right out of the box. I found the THX mode to be the best, although a little warm, but “smooth”. Theater Black 1 – HD on the Pro Cinema 9500UB, was also very good.

Epson Pro Cinema 9100

We worked with the Home Cinema 8100, which is identical for these purposes. The issue is, we worked with a pre-production sample, and the color tables were not finalized. We assume the finished Pro Cinema 9100 will have a very good, best mode, right out of the box.

LG CF181D

Hmm, another “pretty good” projector. I’m going to have to expand my vocabulary, beyond pretty good, good, very good, and excellent. And yes, “pretty good” isn’t as good as “good” (usually). As to the CF181D projector: The LG CF181D is pretty good, right out of the box. The color overall, of the “best” mode, Cinema, is just a little cool, so a touch more blues than reds. Overall, though, skin tones looked pretty good, but just lacking a bit of red.

Mitsubishi HC6800

Mitsubishi HC7000

Not so wonderful. I had written this: Picture quality is respectable, but hardly great, out of the box.

Optoma HD8200

The HD8200 isn’t bad, right out of the box, but the image is definitely on the cool side – too much blue, not enough red. Skin tones definitely show that bit of thinness in terms of red, tending to make people look as if under flourescent lighting. Oh, the picture is definitely watchable, but will improve significantly with a good calibration.