Awards

  • Recommended by TR

Summary

Our Score

9/10

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It is of course, though, HD that the H9080FD was really born to show. And this is emphatically confirmed by the mind-blowing clarity with which the projector renders every single pixel of detail from high quality HD sources.

Just as the very best hi-fi systems can make you hear subtle audio effects from your CDs that you'd never noticed before, so the H9080FD makes you feel like you're seeing favourite HD films again for the first time.

Fans of film grain, in particular, will be astonished at how authentically and naturally the H9080FD picks up the subtle celluloid 'fizz' that distinguishes film from video. Just be warned, though, that the H9080FD also has an uncanny knack for revealing that your favourite actors and actresses might not have quite such blemish-free skin as you thought they did…


With the H9080FD also delivering fully on its promise of no DLP rainbow effect, as well as exhibiting not even a hint of visible pixel grid artefacts, it really does deliver the holy grail of home cinema: a totally natural, distraction-free experience that leaves you free to become utterly engrossed in what you're watching without ever having to think about the technology that's producing the pictures.

If really forced to find fault with the H9080FD, I might point to the fact that dark areas can look a touch short of shadow detail if you're not careful with the projector's calibration. And our test sample also suffered a slight whiny buzz at times, especially when showing really bright material.

But since you can calibrate the tiny black level concern away, and Vivitek assures us that the whine won't be audible on final production samples of the H9080FD, I guess in the end there really isn't anything left for me to worry about at all.

Verdict

Any doubts I may have had about LED's potential as a true home cinema technology have been comprehensively trounced by the H9080FD. It's a truly spectacular projector that can produce the sort of picture quality you never want to turn off. In fact, so good is this LED lighting debut that it's hard to imagine how the technology could be improved for its next generation. Perhaps the best way I can convey just how good the H9080FD is, though, is by saying that even though it costs £10,995, in my book it's actually something of a bargain.


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