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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

Both of these projectors are about equal in price, resolution, motion processing, and connectivity. We place a high value on color accuracy here at VideoProjectorInfo.com. As such, if you are looking to setup a home theater, we think the Viewsonic Pro8200 is the way to go for having a better color gamut. The Vivitek D950HD has a higher peak brightness making it more versatile: a better bet for presentation purposes, as it can project a larger screen in brighter light. However, there are better presentation projectors out there for about the same amount of money.

Blacks & Whites

The Vivitek D950HD has a better peak brightness and a can transition through black and white values more evenly than the Viewsonic Pro8200, which had some trouble with both.

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Color

The Viewsonic here has comparable color temperature accuracy and color curves, but the more accurate color gamut is the most important trait in our reckoning. The colors must start off looking correct for the color accuracy to be strong. If the colors are strange to start, it does not matter how even and consistent they are, they will be wrong regardless.

Motion

We saw some strong motion smoothness processing on the Vivitek D950HD but some definite artifacting in our motion tests. The Viewsonic Pro8200 was about average in both categories. We like the Viewsonic for having fewer artifacts.

Viewing Effects

With a zoom capability of only 1.2, the throw score for the Vivitek D950HD was more or less abysmal. The Viewsonic Pro8200 uses a 1.5 zoom lens and can be set up a bit closer to a screen.

Connectivity

The Vivitek D950HD and the Viewsonic Pro8200 have a similar amount of connectivity, with the two HDMI ports being the most important. We thought the layout on the Viewsonic made more sense, especially for a home theater, allowing for a multitude and a variety of connections to be made simultaneously in a permanent setup.

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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
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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