New Planar 1080P projector with optical lens shift - Double Wow!
Planar have already shown how they can make a truly great projector, but the new PD8150 is outstanding.
It features optical lens shift. Those of you who are in the know about companies like Vidikron and Runco, will know that they have a real party trick. When you buy a projector that has an chip resolution of 1920 by 1080 (1080P as you no doubt all getting used to), this is only a measurement of the chip resolution when viewing a movie in the format of the chip. So, when you watch a film that is in 16:9 (1.85 to 1) it will fill the entire output chip (be it DLP mirrors or LCD panels). However, when you watch a film that is 2.35 to 1, which is most modern movies, the top and bottom quarter sections are only producing black bars. A real waste of resolution.
The Planar PD8150 uses very clever optical lens shift so that it utilises the entire 1080 pixels high to produce the picture, and then the lens puts it back into the correct 2.35 to 1 format for viewing.
The results are nothing short of stunning. Add to this very impressive 15000 to 1 contrast ratio and an even more impressive whisper quite 29 db noise level.
This really is a glimpse of true high end projection at what now is seriously getting to be affordable for those who really treasure there Home Cinema experience. £4400.00 is not pocket money, but neither is it a kings ransom.