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Planar PD7060 Projector - Planar PD7060
The combination of the PD7060's impressive black levels and outstanding sharpness helps it portray scenes with a better sense of scale and image depth than usual too, especially since the natural, unforced nature of the black level response enables the projector to reproduce some unexpected subtleties of colour blend and shadow detail in even the darkest of corners.
Now that we've mentioned colour, we can report that the PD7060 handles that rather nicely too, achieving vivid saturations without compromising a video-friendly colour temperature that leaves most colour tones looking natural and believable.
Given the sharpness reported earlier, we expected to have some issues with video noise, but actually it proves remarkably free of the usual dot crawl and grain problems often associated with affordable projectors that focus on sharpness. And it's also remarkably free of the fizzing noise over motion that still afflicts many DLP projectors to some extent, both budget and otherwise.
If you're looking for reasons to spend more money on a higher-level projector than the PD7060, you can find them. For instance, we definitely noticed DLP's rainbow effect from time to time, whereby stripes of red, green and blue flicker in your peripheral vision or appear over extreme areas of contrast. In fact, perhaps because of the PD7060's greater brightness and contrast range we strangely felt slightly more aware of the rainbow effect here than we did on the PD7010.
Other minor hiccups include the occasional slightly off-key colour tone, especially during low-brightness scenes (though you can minimise this if you stick with the projector's Cinema picture preset option), and a tendency to show sources ‘warts and all'. In other words, if a source is noisy the projector will tend to show it up for what it is - not such a bad thing for the signal quality purists, mind.
You can, of course, get better DLP projectors than the PD7060 if you're prepared to chuck enough cash around. But if £1,750 is simply as much as you can manage, the only other projector even in the same ballpark as Planar's PD7060 is the outrageously good value InFocus IN78.