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Vivitek D950HD Video Projector Review

The Vivitek D950HD is one of a few 1080p home theater projectors out now that cost less than a grand.

February 02, 2012
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Value

The Epson PowerLite 1775W will make you pay a couple hundred dollars more than the Vivitek D950HD. That said, you get an unmatched peak brightness, a great throw distance, and fantastic portability, three points of quality that make this projector an anytime, anywhere, for anything device. But there are people looking for a permanent, ceiling mounted installation in a dark theater room in their home. For less money, you could have such a setup with better color, and resolution performance out of the Vivitek D950HD.

Blacks & Whites

The Epson PowerLite 1775W has the brightest projection we have seen at this price point, while maintaining good detail quality for a projector. The Vivitek D950HD doesn't quite match up in this category.

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Color

The Vivitek D950HD has a solid set of colors, but an unfortunate color gamut. The Epson PowerLite 1775W was not as good in any of the color accuracy categories, including color gamut, as well as having an inaccurate color temperature.

Motion

The Epson PowerLite 1775W showed some really great motion processing, displaying no visible artifacts at all. This is very difficult to do and we congratulate Epson on this feat.

Viewing Effects

We would like to highlight that the Vivitek D950HD is a native 1080p projector, whereas the Epson PowerLite 1775W is a 1200 x 800 (XVGA) native projector that does best with 720p material, and is not so great at 1080p.

The Epson PowerLite 1775W comes with a few material detection modes that help you project a more accurate picture onto a blackboard or a whiteboard. It also has a grand throw distance, allowing again for an ease of use and versatility that you do not get with the Vivitek D950HD.

Connectivity

There is some connectivity on the back of the Epson PowerLite 1775W, enough to get you connected to whichever device you are trying to drive. One of the most notable bits of connectivity is the built-in WiFi on the Epson PowerLite 1775W. Supposedly, this allows you to use the projector as a wireless display, but we had difficulty doing so using multiple devices. Still, it is a feature we are sure works for some people and must be considered a big positive.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Connectivity & Media
  9. Power, Noise & Heat
  10. ViewSonic Pro8200 Comparison
  11. Optoma HD20 Comparison
  12. Epson PowerLite 1775W Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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