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Planar PD8150

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 reviews of Planar PD8150. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. People really like the black level and usability. The design and image quality also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the reliability and size.

price, image quality, design, usability, black level

noise, size, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Planar PD8150 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Anthony Arrigo (

Planar PD8150


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One of the best projectors in terms of out of the box color accuracy ; Even better color and overall image quality, after calibration ; Brighter than average in "best" mode ; Extremely sharp image ; Vertical and horizontal lens shift ; Extremely good...

Moderately noisy, typical of DLP home theater projectors. At full power, loud enough to bother those that consider noise to be an important issue ; Well below average brightness in "brightest" mode, although Adaptive Contrast and Brilliant Color can...

If you have the budget, and your idea of how to have a great home theater is to find a reputable local dealer, consult with them, and have them install everything into your room, then the Planar PD8150 is definitely one of the best under $10,000 - so...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Thomas J. Norton ( Planar PD8150 DLP Projector


Although Planar has a significant presence in the video-display business, it's relatively new to the home-theater market. The company first popped up a couple of years ago at a major trade show with some intriguing prototypes. Since then, it has...

Excellent black level and brightness-an uncommon combination, Extremely accurate color, First-rate video processing for both HD and SD, Exceptional adjustability

Will not reproduce above-white or below-black, Occasional color-wheel rainbows might bother some viewers, Less-flexible gamma controls than I'd like

The Planar PD8150 is a superb projector, one of the best DLP models I've reviewed. The technology has evolved in many ways-and reached lower prices-than I would have ever expected three or four years ago. It's certain to keep more than one maker of...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: Thomas J. Norton (

Planar PD8150 DLP Projector


The Planar brand is aimed at more budget-conscious home-theater consumers. As the company's top-of-the-line projector, I would hardly call the $8000 PD8150 "budget," but both Runco and Vidikron offer far more pricey products. Those upmarket nameplates...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: Kris Deering (

Planar PD8150 DLP Projector


Planar is a relatively new name in the home theater market, but it is by no means a new company. The Oregon-based manufacturer has been around for over 20 years and has deep roots in the imaging industry, with a long history of flat panels and...

There are several selections for gray-scale temperature, including the standard 6500K and 5500K (used for black-and-white films). Typically, I would always suggest that you have a projector calibrated by a professional, but this projector's gray-scale...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: Kevin Miller (

Planar PD8150 1-Chip DLP Projector


Introduction Planar, a large front-projector manufacturer on the professional and industrial side of the business, broke into the home theater market late last year after purchasing Runco International, a well-known high-end HDTV manufacturer. Their...

Jan, 2001

Expert review by: . (

Planar PD8150 review


Planar proves it can do high-end home cinema

Excellent picture quality ; Lots of user control including ISF calibration mode

Could run more quietly ; DLP rainbow effect ; No remote zoom/focus or keystone correction

A powerful and impressive premium projector

Jul, 2008


Expert review by: John Archer (

Planar PD8150 DLP Projector


We've reviewed Planar projectors before, but the PD8150's quality took us by surprise.

Yes, in the interests of full disclosure, professionalism and thoroughness, I finished the review of the PD8150 with some negatives. But let's be clear about this: the ‘issues' I raised are in fact so small relative to the PD8150's emphatic glories...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (

Planar PD8150 review


This Planar DLP does many things right, with a great colour palette and very natural skin tones, but class leaders have the edge in other areas

Stylish design ; excellent colour reproduction ; good levels of detail

Contrast could be better ; traces of noise

A very likeable projector, but not the last word in all-round ability

May, 2008

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Planar PD8150


A very likeable projector, but not the last word in all-round ability

Feb, 2010

Product Specifications

It takes only one viewing of this luminous projector, with its 15,000:1 contrast ratio, 1080p DLP, and 1,000 lumens, and the coveting wholeheartedly begins. Particularly once you add the piano-black ID, designed to flatter your good taste as well as your room, plus a rich array of impressive features including two lens options, horizontal and vertical lens shift, future-proof connectivity, VXP video, and a darkroom-optimized remote. Warn your family and friends. This projector is the stuff jealousy is made of.

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
HD Image Format:1080p
High Definition:High Definition
Image Brightness:1000ANSI lumens
Image Contrast Ratio:15000:1
Max Resolution:1920 x 1080
Native Aspect Ratio:Widescreen
Recommended Use of Projector:Cinema
Type:DLP projector


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Manufacturer:Planar Systems
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Planar

Projector Lamp

Lamp Life Cycle:4000hour(s)
Lamp Type:High-pressure mercury

Service & Support

Type:2 years warranty

Video Input

Analog Video Format:M-NTSC / NTSC 4.43 / PAL-B/G / PAL-H / PAL-I / PAL-M / PAL-N / SECAM / SECAM-M
Analog Video Signal:Component video / Composite video / RGB / S-Video
Digital Video Standard:High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)