Planar PD8150 DLP Projector Review - Planar PD8150 Review


The ultimate sign of just how beautifully clear the PD8150’s HD images are, though, is the way the sharpness and detailing not only add impact and texture to foreground objects, but also make the picture seem deeper and three-dimensional. As a result, I gained a completely new appreciation of ”COD4’s” graphical achievements – especially in terms of draw distances.

Obviously, the sort of clarity I’m describing isn’t just a matter of pixel-perfect detailing, though. It also owes much to the almost completely noiseless qualities of the PD8150’s images, with practically all source noise immaculately removed and practically no processing side effects that I could see. In other words, there’s absolutely nothing to stand between you and the world on your screen.

A stellar colour performance enables the PD8150 to deliver a clean sweep of all the most important image elements. The frequently very tricky stylised palette evident throughout ”Sweeney Todd” is handled quite beautifully, with every tricky skin tone or subtle variation of blood red reproduced with absolute authority and credibility. Yet the projector is equally at home with the more ‘console gamey’ look of our ”COD4” test game.

Reluctantly dragging myself away for a moment from the PD8150’s HD glories, I soon discovered that the PD8150 is also a cracking standard definition performer. The Gennum processing does one of the finest jobs I’ve witnessed of turning even a pretty messy standard definition digital broadcast into something that actually sports a vague HD sheen by the time the image has been squirted out onto your screen.

Mighty fine though the PD8150 is, though, I have still managed to rustle up a trio of little niggles for your ‘delectation’. First, it runs a touch more noisily than I was entirely comfortable with – something you may need to consider when placing the projector in your room.

Second, once in a blue-moon I detected the merest, almost subliminal flicker of the rainbow effect. And finally, I’d urge you to not just use the BrilliantColour feature unthinkingly, for at times I felt it rather exaggerated any noise there might be in a source.


Yes, in the interests of full disclosure, professionalism and thoroughness, I finished the review of the PD8150 with some negatives. But let’s be clear about this: the ‘issues’ I raised are in fact so small relative to the PD8150’s emphatic glories that I’m almost embarrassed I mentioned them.

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