Posted on August 10, 2009 By Art Feierman
Six months or so ago, a new 1080p projector with a list price of under $2000 would have easily qualified as an “entry level” 1080p projector. By the time the Samung SP-A600 hits the streets in September, from a pricing standpoint, we are just starting to see the first under $1000 1080p home theater projectors.
The SP-A600 is a bit of a departure from Samsung’s reputation for home theater projectors. Samsung has been best known for their more expensive SP-A800, SP-A700 and before them, eariler models that offered rather excellent color and image accuracy. Those higher end projectors have been limited distribution, and were targeted at purists. It’s been a while since we reviewed a Samsung home theater projector. The last one really did have a great image from a color standpoint, but for it’s high price, it came up really short in terms of black level performance.
The Samsung SP-A600, is a very typical lower-cost 1080p DLP projector, complete with lots of brightness in best picture mode, and very typical black levels that can’t compete with the more expensive – what I call “ultra-high contrast” projectors. I better state right now that virtually all of those ultra-high contrast projectors cost from hundreds to thousands more than this Samsung projector. One of the biggest questions unanswered, as of this writing, is what the SP-A600 projector will sell for when it starts shipping in September. As of now, the anticipated MSRP is $1795, but with the first sub-$1000 1080p projectors starting to ship, Samsung may rethink its pricing, depending on how those low cost projectors perform.
Like the Optoma HD8200 and Sharp XV-Z15000, both recently reviewed, this is one of the newer DLP projectors that, as Texas Instruments promised, makes the rainbow effect less noticeable to those of us who are sensitive. For me (I am rainbow sensitive), I’m not sure that the SP-A600 is quite as good as the other two at minimizing the rainbow effect for the small percentage of us who are sensitive. But with that said, I rarely spotted any rainbows, which is not the case for one of my favorite DLP projectors, the slightly more expensive BenQ W5000, with which I find rainbows far more noticeable.
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