Acer V7500 - Sound and Conclusions Review

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Acer V7500 – Sound Quality

The V7500’s audio isn’t bad. Its speakers avoid sounding distorted, and don’t cause any distracting rattling from the projector’s chassis. There’s plenty of treble detail in the mix too, and while voices can sound a little shrill or boxed in (depending on whether a woman or a man is talking), they’re always clear and easy to make out – even over action scenes.

However, there’s no real bass extension to the soundstage, leaving action scenes sounding thin and harsh, and the sound doesn’t really escape the confines of the projector’s bodywork. Which means, of course, that it never appears to be coming from the vicinity of the pictures it’s supposed to be accompanying.

Other Things to Consider

One area where Acer has clearly tried to save on costs is the V7500’s remote control. It’s too small for comfortable use in the sort of darkened environment it will usually find itself in. Making things worse is the lack of any backlighting for its buttons.

Acer V7500

The buttons on the remote feel horribly rubbery and unresponsive too. There were even a few occasions during my tests where some buttons had become stuck under their housings.

If you’re thinking of gaming on the V7500 as well as watching movies, there’s good news: it suffers with only 30ms of input lag when using the projector’s Game preset, which is low enough not to heavily impact your skills.

Finally, when it comes to running noise the V7500 is fair to middling. In its Eco lamp mode there isn’t much fan noise, but there’s a slight residual whine, possibly caused by the colour wheel. In the higher lamp mode, however, fan noise increases considerably – to potentially uncomfortable levels. What’s more, the variation in this noise if you try to use the Dynamic Black system makes that mode potentially unusable if you’re sat anywhere close to the projector.

Acer V7500

Should I buy an Acer V7500?

Despite its relatively minor flaws, the V7500 is a decent projector for its money. As a far as rivals are concerned, there’s the BenQ W1070+, which delivers slightly more neutral colours, but it isn’t as bright or contrast-rich. Then there’s the Optoma HD28DSE, which introduces advanced image processing but can be complicated to use and features a clumsy dynamic contrast system.

The bottom line is that the V7500 has enough strengths to hold its own against such accomplished opposition.

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Verdict

The V7500 is a pleasant surprise, delivering a home cinema-friendly performance and feature set that wouldn’t look out of place on a projector costing £200-£300 more. It’s a bargain.

Score


Score in detail

  • Value 9
  • Features 8
  • Image Quality 7
  • Design 8