Home Theater Projector Shootout
Eight 1080p Projectors under $1500
The H7531D is built to be an affordable, 1080p projector for home theater. It has a bright picture and an auto iris, which is a first in a sub-$1000 1080p projector. This boosts on/off contrast, and darker scenes benefit the most from the deeper black levels it provides.
- Bright picture
- Best on/off contrast (auto iris)
- Less 'natural' picture
- Digital noise
- Color accuracy
The major advantages to the H7531D are its bright picture and high on/off contrast. The H7531D produces upwards of 1100 lumens in Movie mode and 1925 lumens in its brightest mode, a feat only bested by the Viewsonic Pro8200 and its mighty 1475 lumens in Dark Room (video optimized) mode. The H7531D also has the deepest black and highest on/off contrast of the sub-$1000 group by far, thanks to its auto iris. The combination of brilliant, sparkling highlights and inky, abyssal blacks is appealing.
On the other hand, the extreme on/off contrast of the H7531D gives it an artificial quality, making it look less natural than comparably priced models like the Optoma HD20 and Vivitek H1081. Many scenes lacking bright highlights or dark shadows do not benefit from the additional contrast generated by the H7531D's auto iris, and the other projectors in this price range appear higher in dynamic range in those scenes. The H7531D shows a lot of digital noise, especially in fields of solid color like skies or grassy areas. Finally, the default color calibration needs some work, and those without a meter or other reference material might find themselves struggling to create a truly accurate picture. In contrast, the competing projectors in the sub-$1000 category generally have good default calibrations or only require slight adjustment.
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