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Planar PD8150

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the design and black level are generally positive. The usability and price also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the noise.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Planar PD8150 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 12 reviews)

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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...

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UltimateAVmag.com: 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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

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Planar PD8150 Projector

 

The Planar features 11 in-built test patterns to assist calibration

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

The net result of this is that even though light is being blocked by the aperture to boost black levels, the apparent brightness of the image doesn't appear to change and dithering artefacts are reduced

Recommended!

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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...

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Planar PD8150

 

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

Stylish design ; excellent colour reproduction ; good levels of detail

Contrast could be better ; traces of noise

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Planar PD8150

 

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

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

Depth:20.6in
Height:7.6in
Weight:22lbs
Width:17.7in

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
Portability:Non-portable
Recommended Use of Projector:Cinema
Type:DLP projector

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC
Manufacturer:Planar Systems
Model:PD8150
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)
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