|Vidikron Vision Model 50 DLP Video Projector|
|Home Theater Front Projectors DLP Projectors|
|Written by Kevin Miller|
|Wednesday, 01 November 2006|
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-The chassis of the model 50 is rather large and unattractive, so you might want to nestle it behind a back wall if possible or hide it up in the ceiling to minimize its visibility. Depending on your installation, a hush box with a forced air system solves this vanity issue of mine and would also help to keep the projector cool and effectively silent.
I would like to see Vidikron improve the accuracy of the green primary and the secondary colors, as they are fairly far off from the ATSC references. The limited connectivity means you will need either a high-quality AV receiver for routing your video sources or, better yet, a high-quality external video processor like Vidikron’s own Model VDP-80.
Vidikron’s Vision Model 50 overall is a strong performer. In fact, as far as color accuracy and light output are concerned, it is superior to anything I know of in its class. At $9,999, the Model 50 is also a solid value and very competitive with similar offerings from Sharp, Sim2 and others. For example, Sharp’s XVZ-12000MKII sells for $11,000, and the Sim2 HT300E also carries a list price of $11,000. The Sharp, which uses the newest Dark Chip 3 DMD chip from Texas Instruments, delivers slightly better black level performance, but to me, the Vidikron is superior in all other aspects of picture performance. Don’t get hung up on being focused on only having the latest and greatest chip sets. A projector is more than a chip or collection of chips. The Vidikron model 50 is living, beaming proof.
The Model 50 offers an awesome feature package for a front projector, with lots of picture-enhancing features and a couple of extremely convenient set-up features as well. It is capable of adequately driving screen sizes up to about 84 inches wide with ample light output. The numbers are there and the price is right, making the Vidikron Model 50 a projector that commands you to give it a look if you are in the market for a top-performing projector anywhere near $10,000 in price. (NOTE: Vidikron announced at CEDIA 2006 the availability to outfit their projectors with Cinewide and Cinewide with Autoscope 2.35:1 technology.)