Other hugely positive points about the PD8130 are that its motion is fantastically clean, with neither blurring nor DLP’s once-common fizzing noise to mess it up; its standard definition upscaling is one of the best around; colour blends are pretty much perfect, with no ‘striping’ problems; noise such as grain or dot crawl is only present if it’s already there in the source; and finally and perhaps best of all, the projector keeps a phenomenally tight rein on DLP’s notorious rainbow effect.
The only time I really noticed rainbowing at all during my tests was over white-text-on-black credit sequences and during camera pans where the image flashing by happened to have some very high-contrast edges within it. None of which strikes me as remotely a big deal when set beside all the good things DLP technology appears to be bringing to the party.
In fact, once my foolish initial misgivings had finally given way to the rightful appreciation of the PD8130’s beautifully judged combination of dynamism and subtlety, I was left really struggling to find anything properly bad to say about it. I guess it could perhaps run slightly more quietly, and I’d avoid the BrilliantColour mode, as it tends to emphasise noise. But that’s it.
In an ideal world, the PD8130 would suffer no rainbowing at all. And its black levels would be unbelievably deep. And its HD images might look so sharp you could cut glass with them while still retaining their cinematic feel. And it would run a bit more quietly.
But then that same ideal world would also include trees that grew chocolate bars, no mortgages, teleportation, 50 weeks of holiday a year and babies that changed their own nappies and slept for 12 hours a night from birth.
In other words, in the context of anything approaching reality, the PD8130 is yet another startlingly good product from Planar – and one that’s got us drooling like a thirsty dog at the prospect of its upcoming ‘Viper’ DLP three-chipper.