Dream Vision DL500 User Reviews
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I still use one for EIGHT years now (in fact, a Toshiba DLP-490 bought in France with the DreamVision firmware to have access to all 16/9 features). Never encountered any problem (other than the well known "rainbow effect" due to the single rgb wheel)
as with kodak...great blacks/contrast...no probs of note.superb value.if you can pick one of these up second hand you will not be disappointed
Any Problems: scaling...some light loss from casing...a bit of fan noise.
In it's time, a good projector. I use mine with a 100 diagonal inch screen. At this size, and sitting about 7-8 feet back, you can notice a little pixelation if you look for it. There is also a little bit of a 'screen door' effect in scenes with a lot of white. Unfortunately, no component video hookups. Also, the lense seems to have some internal dust which shows up on the screen in all black scenes. Fan noise is fair. You don't notice it as long as there is sound in the movie, but fan noise is noticable in quieter scenes. This isn't one of the brighter projectors, so you will either have to view only at night, or inside a room with completely blacked out windows. The controls are very simple to use. 4:3 and 16X9 modes. Quick brightness, contrast, focus, and zoom adjustments. If you can find this unit for $2000-3000, it would be a good buy. But if you're going to spend over $3000, you can get units which are HDTV compatible with a much better contrast ratio and 1024X768 naitive resolution.
Any Problems: Sometimes part of the case will vibrate, causing extra noise. And there is some dust in the lense which causes visible splotches in all black scenes. Other than that, this has been a very solid projector for the 1yr+ I've had it.