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".