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Vivitek D537W DLP Projector Review

Not a top choice for home theater connoisseurs, but it gets the job done.

May 20, 2011
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Motion Smoothness

We run a number of patterns across the screen when we look at motion performance. We're happy to report that scenes with people in them look pretty good. The smoothness issues that we saw were more apparent in test patterns that are inherently more challenging to a projector. The biggest problems were seen in high contrast, high frequency patterns, in which we saw a lot of clipping, strobing, and stair-stepping.

Motion Artifacting

The Vivitek D537W did not have a terrible amount of artifacting. Unlike a lot of TVs and projectors, there was almost no color trailing or ghosting around high contrast areas. As we mentioned above, the biggest problem area was high contrast, high frequency black & white patterns. In those instances, we saw a lot of false coloration.

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3:2 Pulldown & 24fps

The Vivitek D537W had no problems displaying native 24fps content. In certain scenes, especially slow panning shots, you'll notice a slight judder, but most projectors have this problem.

Resolution Scaling

The Vivitek D537W has a native 1200 x 800 resolution, which is not what any NTSC video sources use. Fortunately, the projector does a good job of re-scaling the data to fit the screen.

480p

When we looked at 480p content, the Vivitek D537W showed some slight problems with high contrast, high frequency patterns, as well as black-on-white text.

720p

The 720p content had all the same strengths and weaknesses of 480p.

1080p

The biggest problem was 1080p footage, which should terrible Moire patterns in high frequency patterns. If we displayed paragraphs of text on the screen, you could see "waves" of varying line thickness.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. 3D
  7. Viewing Effects
  8. Calibration
  9. Connectivity & Media
  10. Power, Noise & Heat
  11. ViewSonic PJD6531w Comparison
  12. Canon LV-8310 Comparison
  13. Optoma HD66 Comparison
  14. Conclusion
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