Vivitek bills its new H5080 1080p Home Theater Projector as a "Professional-Grade 1080p DLP Home Theater Projector for the Consumer Enthusiast". We couldn't agree more. If you're not familiar with the Vivitek name yet you will be. The videophile sites and magazines are already singing the praises of the H5080's price/performance ratio.
We're talking about 1600 lumens at a 25,000:1 contrast ratio (Full On/Full Off) with Full HD (1920 x 1080p) resolution. And the H5080 boasts of the same Texas Instruments BrilliantColor DMD DLP (Digital Micromirror Device Digital Light Processor) DarkChip2 panel (the part that forms the image) as its better-known competitors.
Texas Instrument's DLP chips are regarded by many as the best projector panels available. They produce beautiful life-like images even if there's ambient light in the room. Plus they don't require filters that have to be cleaned and replaced, saving you time and money over other designs.
So far, so great. But Vivitek wasn't settling for a merely great picture so it went several steps further. First, it included DNX MotionEngine technology to eliminate motion artifacts (often called "judder" or "blur"). The result: Dramatically improved motion performance.
DynamicBlack solves another problem. The H5080 excels at providing bright, vivid, unforgettable images. Most of the time that's exactly what you want. But what about a film noir or horror movie with lots of dark scenes? DynamicBlack optimizes detail in darker scenes so you can enjoy the details without having to increase the brightness. Imagine! A projector that can help make scary movies even scarier!
You'd expect a "professional grade" projector to project 720p, 1080i and 1080p images and the H5080 will meet and exceed your expectations. Those images will be carried to the projector in pure digital form thanks to its three HDMI 1.3 inputs.
If you take your H5080 overseas it'll be right at home. In addition to NTSC it can handle many variations of the PAL and SECAM video signal standards. Plus its universal power supply can handle power from 100 – 240 volts.
Add in compatibility with Macintosh and PC video standards up to a maximum of 1152 x 870 on the Mac and UXGA (1600 x 1200) on the PC and you have a home theater projector that would be welcome in classrooms and boardrooms too.
The more you use your H5080 the more you'll value it. So it comes with a port for an optional Kensington lock and a security bar through which you thread an optional steel cable. Your H5080 can do a lot but the one thing you don't want it doing is "walking away".
- 1600 Lumens And a 25,000:1 Contrast Ratio (Full On/Full Off)
- That's plenty of projection power for watching a DVD or Blu-ray disc in your media room or making presentations in a medium-sized classroom, lecture hall or meeting room, even with a fair amount of ambient light.
- TI DMD DLP Image Panel With BrilliantColor and DarkChip2 Technologies
- Texas Instruments' patented DMD DLP imager features an innovation TI calls BrilliantColor. Unlike other technologies such as LCD that use just three primary colors to produce the image, DLP Technology with BrilliantColor uses up to six separate colors. Color accuracy is paramount to a quality image. BrilliantColor not only improves color accuracy, it brightens secondary colors as well. This combination produces a new level of color performance that increases the brightness of the colors by up to 50% over DLP projectors without BrilliantColor for accurate, true-to-life images.
- Pixelworks DNX Motion Engine
- This technology creates smoother pictures by eliminating judder and blur in fast-moving scenes.
- DynamicBlack Optimizes Detail in Dark Scenes
- You want bright scenes bright and you want dark scenes dark. Getting bright scenes right is fairly easy. Getting realistic-looking dark scenes without sacrificing detail is a quite a bit trickier. With DynamicBlack your H5080's handling of details in dark scenes compares favorably with professional projectors costing ten times as much.
- Three HDMI 1.3 Inputs with Deep Color
- The H5080 has three HDMI 1.3 input terminals for digital transmission without image degradation. The HDMI input terminals support Deep Color, which provides 10-bit (over 1.07 billion) color depth for smooth gradation between colors, and natural, lifelike images.
- ±15° Automatic Keystone Correction
- Automatic keystone correction technology instantly projects a square image even when the projector is set up at a steep offset angle to the screen.
- Ready For The World
- This projector has a 100 to 240 V international power supply; it can accept and project video in the NTSC (M, 3.58/4.43 MHz), PAL (B, D, G, H, I, M, N) and SECAM (B, D, G, K, K1, L) standards and its onscreen display (OSD) offers you 17 languages from which to choose.
- Closed Captioning Includes Your Whole Audience
- Your H5080 can display closed captioning from sources that provide it. If a family member is hard of hearing or just wants to catch the game in the middle of a noisy party, closed captioning sure comes in handy.