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Samsung SP-A800B

Samsung SP-A800B
alaScore 83

60 reviews

Oct, 2014

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 60 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the black level and image quality are overall positive. The value for money and design also get good views, but reviews are divided on the usability.

design, price, image quality, black level

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Samsung SP-A800B is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Samsung SP-A800B


Samsung's flagship one-chip DLP-based home theater projector, the SP-A800B, takes accuracy of signal reproduction to a new level. My previous reference projector, the Samsung SP-H710AE , was designed by Joe Kane, and that well-known video guru and...

Extremely accurate color including spot-on color decoding for both SD and HD, nearly perfect primary colors, and linear grayscale tracking; superb black level and shadow detail performance; plenty of light output; excellent lens; solid feature package...

Black levels not as deep as some high-end projectors; no horizontal lens shift.

The Samsung SP-A800B delivers the most accurate color of any projector we've tested, and as a whole it outperforms every projector in its price range.

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Samsung SP-A800B DLP Projector Overview


The new SP-A800B DLP projector from Samsung Electronics looks to be a nice addition to the 1080p DLP family, though it lacks some advanced features (like DarkChip3 or horizontal lens shift) we'd

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Samsung SP-A800B 1080p DLP Projector


There are two steps to high-end projection TV heaven. Step 1: get the latest projector that video guru and industry veteran Joe Kane helped design. Step 2: have Joe Kane personally install and set up/calibrate same, all the while telling you about the...

The SP-A800B is a textbook example of proper video design. All too often, video display engineers get a tad “creative,” looking for ways to differentiate their products, with the resulting efforts veering far from the established technical standards....


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Samsung SP-A800B DLP Projector


Today, 720p is largely an afterthought in the projector market, and Samsung has moved on. The new SP-A800B is an up-to-the-minute 1080p, single-chip DLP design, built as before to reflect Kane's video priorities, including state-of-the-art color...

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Samsung has an unusual history with high-definition video projectors. Its most recent 720p DLP model, designed in consultation with video expert Joe Kane, was superb, even standard-setting in many important respects. But dealers were rare, and worse,...

Nearly flawless color, Outstanding resolution, Unique, and accurate, calibration procedure

Black levels are adequate, but short of the best, Video processing, both SD and HD, could be better

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Samsung SP-A800B 1-Chip DLP Projector


Introduction Samsung first showed their latest flagship front projector, the SP-A800B, at last year's CEDIA show in September of 2007. Having used the previous 720p model, the SP-H710AE, as a reference for well over a year, I had very high expectations...

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Samsung SP-A800B Review


For any buyer who is concerned primarily with the highest level of precision in color accuracy, this projector should be at the top of the list.

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Samsung SP-A800B review


Samsung makes a stylish projector debut

Impressive styling ; Excellent colour and greyscale rendition ; Calibration-friendly

Black levels could be better ; No provision for keystone correction

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Samsung SP-A800B


Samsung's second HD projector is good, but there's still room for improvement.

In terms of connections, the A800B has most of the key bases covered, with two HDMIs, two component video inputs, a D-Sub PC port, the usual S-Video and composite video inputs, and an RS-232C jack for system integration. The only thing conspicuous in...

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Samsung SP-A800B review


It's clear that Samsung has nurtured the A800B into being with plenty of love and devotion, even going so far as to call in a renowned picture quality expert to help them 'tune' its colour performance for movies. But although the A800B certainly...

Impressive detailing ; Pitch-perfect colours ; Exceptionally quiet runner ; Good price

Visible DLP rainbow effect ; Lack of depth in black levels ; Slightly blurred motion

Conclusion See the A800B in isolation and you'll probably be blown away by it. It's a genuine benchmark product when it comes to colour response. But if you spend a little time testing other projectors in the same portion of the market, you'll realise...

Product Specifications

SP-A800B is a premium projector that enhances the home theater experience by delivering film-like picture quality in high-definition 1080p. With the SP-A800B, home theater enthusiasts are able to watch their favorite films in the comfort of their own living and media rooms without compromising on picture quality. The SP-A800B leverages an advanced 1080p DLP engine to deliver a level of color and image quality that is traditionally only found in studio-grade monitors and commercial movie theaters. In addition to its native resolution of 1920 x 1080, the SP-A800B features an impressive 95% aperture ratio and a fast 16-microsecond (0.016 millisecond) response time to further facilitate accurate and natural motion graphics. Furthermore, the SP-A800B projector features a contrast ratio of 10,000:1, providing for darker shades of blacks and achieving an image closer to what is originally intended by the filmmaker. To facilitate the highest quality home theater experience and color reproduction, Samsung teamed up with Joe Kane Productions, a worldwide authority on visual imaging equipment and development. The result of this collaboration is a premium high-definition projector that reproduces astonishing flesh tones and natural colors. Matching the gamma response curve of ultra-expensive studio video equipment, the SP800B allows users to freely select the color space for the three broadcasting formats (SMPTE-C, HDTV, and EBU) to deliver accurate projection regardless of format. Further pleasing home theater purists, the SP-A800B delivers a film mode with a frame rate of 24 frames per second, the same frame rate found in commercial movie theaters. The SP-A800B projector matches high-performance with high-design. Sleek and stylish, the projector creates a mystical effect, delivering soft blue lighting and a "dolphin-like" design. The SP-A800B also provides quiet operation with a low noise fan. The theater mode operates at just 25db enabling users to focus on the finest details without missing a word in the quietest of scenes.

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
High Definition:High Definition
Image Brightness:1000ANSI lumens
Image Contrast Ratio:10000:1
Max Resolution:1920 x 1080
Min Image Size:3.3ft / 40.2in
Native Aspect Ratio:Widescreen
Recommended Use of Projector:Presentation and multimedia
Type:DLP projector


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung

Projector Lamp

Lamp Life Cycle:2000hour(s)
Lamp Type:UHP

Video Input

Analog Video Signal:Component video / Composite video / RGB / S-Video
Digital Video Standard:High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)