September 29, 2009
| by Robert Archer
Projector/screen combos offer the latest resolution and processing technologies, providing the biggest possible screen along with anamorphic options for consumers.
DreamVision’s Dream’E Projector is a 1080p model that uses a Sony-based, three-chip LCoS chipset and HQV video processing to handle digital and mosquito noise reduction.
It also includes:
- Automatic film and video mode detection
- Color management for calibration
- A 2.35:1 theater mode with an optional lens and sled packages
- A choice of exterior colors
Other features: 1.5x zoom, horizontal and vertical keystone adjustments, 15,000:1 contrast ratio, and two HDMI 1.3 inputs.
I placed the Dream’E Projector behind my seating area, which is about 12 feet from an 84-inch Screen Research ClearPix2 screen. I adjusted the height on the Dream’E's two front legs.
I ran a Next Generation Xtreme HDMI cable from a Key Digital video processor to the projector and plugged it into a Transparent power conditioner.
After slightly tweaking the keystone and focusing, I moved into the projector’s menu system. The user-friendly menu allowed me to access the color, contrast and gamma to fine-tune the image via Joe Kane’s DVE test disc.
The projector’s pre-calibrated settings had a slight red push. After adjusting the gamma, color, brightness and contrast, I saved the settings as “user 1.”
Bright Picture, Balanced Colors
I started to watch HD broadcasts of Boston Bruins and Red Sox games, as well as programs like “24” and “NCIS,” and Blu-ray titles like “Cars”. I was thoroughly impressed by its performance with everything I threw at it.
The picture is bright; the colors are balanced with content like “Cars,” as well as tricky things like the red Under Armour shirts the Red Sox wear under their uniforms.
Other elements like the black of the Bruins’ uniforms were solid, and the grayscale reproduction in TNT’s broadcast of “Lord of the Rings” was consistent without a loss of detail.
Upscaled standard-definition content like “Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa” did reveal some mosquito noise on the ending credits. I also noticed some stair stepping in the “Luxo Jr.” short from the “Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume I” Blu-ray disc. But as a whole, the Dream’E performed well.
Great Overall Value
There are some products out there that may do certain things better, but for a complete package with anamorphic capabilities for about $10,000, you can’t beat it.
Its performance was so good, in fact, that my wife and kids wouldn’t allow it to leave the house. My family sees a lot of products enter the house and the Dream’E was the first one to elicit this type of response. I ended up buying the projector and, with its built-in upgrade path, I look forward to stepping up into its anamorphic options someday.
Bob is a dedicated audiophile who has been writing about A/V for Electronic House sister publication CE Pro since 2000.