|InFocus ScreenPlay 7205 DLP Video Projector|
|Home Theater Front Projectors DLP Projectors|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Friday, 01 April 2005|
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With respect to image quality, the InFocus ScreenPlay 7205 is hard to fault when compared to other projectors in its price range. My dealer friend was right in his recommendation. The images produced by the 7205 are clean with believable color reproduction. Like most other DLP projectors, I wish the blacks were even better than they are. Longtime projector owners who were spoiled by the black levels of a properly calibrated CRT projector will notice this the most. Mainstream consumers will likely not notice such an issue and will greatly benefit from the vast advantages of digital projection.
All digital fixed pixel displays are also subject to the “screen door effect,” i.e., allowing the viewer to see the display’s pixel structure. Avoiding this requires proper care in set-up. I found at a 10-foot viewing distance that the pixels on my 67-inch screen were barely visible.
The projector itself is somewhat noisy, which is common among lower-priced digital video projectors because of the need to cool the very hot internal bulb. For my temporary installation, the projector was placed on a stand just a couple of feet from my viewing position. I would strongly recommend mounting it on the ceiling. If a table mount is necessary, I suggest mounting it a few feet ahead or behind the viewing position. If you are considering a hush box or some other crafty installation, be sure to make sure there is plenty of fresh air movement to allow for the projector to cool properly. This is essential in keeping the projector working at its best and lasting as long as possible.
The digital connection utilized on the InFocus projectors is the M1 rather than the more common HMDI or now somewhat defunct DVI connectors, which require the use of another adapter. Some of these adapters can cost upwards of $150.
The InFocus ScreenPlay 7205 at $4,999 is a steal. Yes, there are better projectors out there on an absolute basis and InFocus makes a number of them, too, but in the $5000 and under range, you would be hard-pressed to find a better picture in a more user-friendly package. In the past few months, several projectors have entered the under-$5000 market, but most of them utilize lower-resolution chip sets. We are now at the point where, for five grand, you can buy a projector that can produce high definition images on a 10-foot-wide screen. Just a couple years ago, this simply wasn’t possible.
The InFocus ScreenPlay 7205 easily competes with professionally calibrated projectors costing twice as much that I saw at this winter’s CES trade show. As in the computer industry, projectors will continue to get better and the prices will continue to fall. One could perpetually wait for the next generation of projectors that are rumored to be better and possibly even cheaper, but you would miss out on the enjoyment of watching high definition television and movies on a large projector screen while you did so. With the InFocus ScreenPlay 7205, I don’t see any reason to keep waiting. Take the plunge and enjoy what you have been missing. This projector is simply fantastic.