Another nice touch for the D60’s price point is the provision of three customisable memory slots where you can store preferred video settings. Especially as there’s an almost intimidatingly healthy number of picture settings to tweak among the D60’s simple but effective on-screen menus.
There’s a Black Level adjuster, for instance, as well as a clarity control system that comprises no less than four elements: noise reduction, Detail enhancement, Luma transmission, and Chroma transmission – all adjustable over a variety of different levels.
There’s also a quite remarkable degree of colour management available for the D60’s level of the market. You can, for instance, adjust the gain and offset of the picture’s red, green and blue colour elements; tweak the relative range and saturation levels of the red, green, blue, yellow, magenta and cyan image elements; choose various gamma presets; manually set the projector’s colour space between RGB, RGB Extended and YUV; and call in Texas Instrument’s BrilliantColour processing for a more dynamic and supposedly natural colour palette.
TI’s DynamicBlack feature is also on hand to boost the projector’s perceived contrast, and there’s a multi-setting manual iris adjustment to help you tweak black level response even more. Not to mention a Whisper mode that reduces the lamp’s output (and so the image’s brightness) in return for deeper black levels and less running noise. Indeed, SIM2 reckons the D60 runs at just 25dB in whisper mode, which is an impressively low figure by DLP standards.
Sometimes, I have to say, levels of flexibility as extreme as that found on the D60 appear to be there as a self-conscious attempt at disguising some pretty fundamental picture problems in a projector. But thankfully this is certainly not the case with the D60. In fact, its flexibility is there for all the right reasons; to help anyone who knows what they’re doing make what are good pictures straight out of the box into excellent ones adapted, to some extent at least, to your individual room conditions.
Particularly striking right from the off is how extraordinarily sharp and detailed the D60’s images are when watching a tidy HD source such as ”Casino Royale” on Blu-ray. As Bond trails the plane bomber through the airport, for instance, the amount of pore and stubble detail visible in both men’s faces as the terrorist stops to try on some sunglasses is remarkable for a £2,500 product.
The fact that the D60 is a Full HD projector with the facility to deactivate all overscanning undoubtedly helps in this respect. But numerous other sub-£3k DLP projectors offer similar HD-friendly features without delivering quite so much pixel-perfect HD clarity as the D60.
Thinking about it, I suspect that the D60’s extra HD clarity might have something to do with the startling clarity of its motion handling, as the response time of its optical system seems strikingly fast even by DLP’s already high standards.