Review Price £2,464.00
Not surprisingly with so much setup flexibility at its disposal, the H5085 comes fully endorsed by independent calibration group the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF).
Other key specs of the H5085 include a full HD native resolution, a very promising contrast ratio of 35,000:1, video processing from the usually extremely dependable PixelWorks, a maximum image size of 300in, and a maximum brightness of 1800 Lumens. The DLP system, meanwhile, is built round a single 0.65in DarkChip 3 chipset.
There is one fairly major feature shortcoming of the H5085, though: no 3D playback. Even if you’re not a 3D fan, the feature’s absence on the £2,464 H5085 is surprising to say the least when you consider that it forms a key part of the spec of such talented – and cheaper – projectors as the Sony HW50, Panasonic AT6000 and JVC X35.
Mentioning those three outstanding projectors makes us think just what a tough job the H5085 has on its hands to justify its price tag. So without further ado, let’s find out how it fares.
Vivitek H5085 - PerformanceIn some ways, it fares superbly. Particularly strong is the subtlety of its colour and detailing. The H5085’s freedom from colour banding, striping and patching together with en effortless, unforced portrayal of even the tiniest texture an image might contain helps it render a selection of our favourite Blu-ray sequences with genuinely cinematic finesse that immediately establishes the projector as a relatively premium model.
It doesn’t take much work with the various colour tools, meanwhile, to get the H5085 delivering a superbly clean, balanced and above all natural palette capable of getting exceptionally close to the levels demanded by the key video industry standards.
A great example of the H5085’s colour prowess in action is the sequence where Harry tries to retrieve a horcrux from a treasure room in Gringotts where all the treasure inside multiplies if you touch it. The difficult and varied skin tones in this very dark sequence together with the all the glinting metal of the assorted multiplying treasures are a tough test, but the H5085 renders all the subtleties of the colour range beautifully.