The video processing performed well as long as we left the 2:3 pull-down option selected in the Advanced menu. The lens is a huge improvement over the first-generation ScreenPlay 7200 and the Sharp XV-Z2000, with far fewer chromatic aberrations, although it does produce a slightly soft picture. The color decoding is quite accurate with only a slight error in green and no red push whatsoever. Black-level performance on the 7205 is impressive, thanks to the HD2+ Dark DLP chip.
After a thorough calibration, difficult material such as space scenes from the excellent Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back DVD revealed deep, inky blacks. We did see some visible low-level noise (dithering), but that is common to DLP technology, and a function of the bit rate in the video processing. Chapter 12 of the superb DVD Seabiscuit revealed excellent color saturation and natural-looking skin tones.
The HD content from Time Warner Cable of NYC was breathtaking. The Discovery HD channel looked great with excellent detail and deep saturated colors that really popped off the screen. It's also worth noting that, according to our Sencore HD signal generator, the projector did achieve a full 720 lines of vertical resolution via the component-video outputs.
|Before color temp (20/80)||6,050/6,100K||Good|
|After color temp (20/80)||6,700/6,500K||Good|
|Before grayscale variation||+/-336K||Good|
|After grayscale variation||+/-97K||Good|
|Color decoder error: red||0%||Good|
|Color decoder error: green||+5%||Good|
|DC restoration||All patterns stable||Good|
|2:3 pull-down, 24fps||Y||Good|
|Defeatable edge enhancement||Y||Good|
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