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.
The D950HD ($899 MSRP) is a 1080p home theater projector from Vivitek that would work well as a presentation projector due to its peak brightness. It's a bit large to be carted about to and fro every day, but it has all the connections you need for any kind of AV connection, wherever you may be.
There are some highlights to consider. The peak brightness was strong, the color temperature consistency was perfect, the color curves showed some great detail, and we saw some strong detail retention in motion. These are excellent qualities, but we think the drawbacks outweigh these positives.
The throw distance was poor. There is not a great range of possible setup distances because it only has a 1.2x zoom. Though the color accuracy was mostly great, the Vivitek D950HD, when calibrated, uses a set of colors that are off. Staying true to incorrect colors is not a big plus to our thinking. The range of black and white values was grand, but the amount of detail distinction in producing these values was either too large or too small.
We think you could be happy using this projector as a permanent home setup, but it's not the best at this price point. We take color reproduction very seriously here, and we found that for about the same price, you can get a home theater with a better set of colors from the Viewsonic Pro8200, the first comparison model in this review. We see that the Vivitek D950HD could be used in both presentation and home theater situations. But in this price bracket, there are better projectors if you are transporting it between home and work, and better straight up home theater projectors if you are planning to mount it in your home.
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