Not surprisingly given its elevated status in the projection marketplace, the M-Vision Cine LED’s onscreen menus are stuffed with picture calibration aids. Again, unlike with more mainstream projectors, these will be of more interest to your installer than the end user, so there doesn’t seem much point dwelling on them in great detail. Lest it makes you feel more comfortable about your sizeable investment, though, we will at least point out that there’s a thoroughly comprehensive colour management suite, and a predictably wide range of colour and gamma standards – even though, in reality, you’ll probably home in on quite a small group of the provided standards for video use.
At this point it’s high time we spent more time discussing in more detail what’s going on inside the M-Vision Cine LED. The use of a single chip 1920×1080 (full HD) DLP mechanism illuminated by a trio of PhlatLight (R/G/B) LED lights delivers a number of advantages. First, you get the convergence accuracy of using a single image chip without having to suffer the noise and motion issues associated with the colour wheel that would normally go with a single-chip DLP engine.
LED lights also have a vastly longer effective life than any ‘normal’ bulb technologies. The manufacturer claims 60,000 hours, but in reality they’ll probably rock on for a good bit longer than that. Even better, the quality of light they produce won’t degrade anywhere near as fast as normal lamps.
Colours should be richer and purer with LED lighting too, and unlike normally illuminated projectors, you can turn LED-lit ones on and off almost instantaneously, rather than having to wait ages for the lamps to warm up and cool down.
So why isn’t every projector using LED lighting? The clue’s in the M-Vision Cine LED’s price. For it’s still extremely difficult – and therefore expensive – to keep LED lighting looking consistent due to its tendency to be very sensitive to temperature changes. This likely explains why the M-Vision Cine LED carries no less than four large cooling fans positioned right at the edges of the projector’s chassis.
Not surprisingly this makes the projector a bit noisier when running than we’d ideally like, but it’s not massively distracting, especially as the tone of the noise from the fans is extremely consistent.
One last point to cover off before finding out if the M-Vision Cine LED lives up to its premium promise is the fact that, in keeping with the vast majority of custom installation projectors, you can buy it with any of a selection of lenses optimised for different throw distances.