|LG Electronics RU52SZ61D 52-inch DLP HDTV|
|Home Theater Rear-Projection HDTVs DLP Rear-Projection HDTVs|
|Written by Bryan Southard|
|Wednesday, 01 September 2004|
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HDTV and Movies
First on the platter is “Gladiator” (DreamWorks Home Entertainment), a very common video reference of mine due to its stellar anamorphic pressing and outstanding black levels. One of the knocks to any rear-projected display is uneven light distribution, which often renders a bright spot at the focal center of the display. This has been much improved upon over the years and is only slightly visible to viewers with a pretty direct viewing angle. When viewing the LG Electronics RU52SZ61D from a five-foot distance with no viewing angle, the light distribution looks nearly perfect. As I step back to an eight-foot distance, dark spots, or rather concentrated areas of light, begin to appear. When I step to a 45-degree angle at the same eight-foot distance, the darker spots increase but still provide a pleasurable viewing experience. This condition is considerably improved over displays of even a year ago in this price class. I find that 45-degree-angle viewing is quite good and causes little degradation. For those who are looking for 120 degrees of viewing, you will want to audition the RU52SZ61D to assure that you are satisfied. Unless you have an enormous viewing room, 90 degrees of viewing should suffice and this display has plenty of adequate light for a satisfying picture.
In Chapter Eight, the grasses are quite detailed. I paid close attention to the edges of the blades for stair-stepping and negative artifacts. Although the edges are not perfect when compared to how they look on high-resolution plasma and LCD direct view displays, it is very good compared to all the modern CRT rear-projection systems in its price class. I also noted a lack of common video noise, something found in poor quality video. The black level detail is good, not perfect yet nevertheless enjoyable. Contrast is perhaps the biggest problem with projection sets and the LG Electronics RU52SZ61D is no exception, yet the colors are rich enough that any contrast issues are sidelined in favor of “Gladiator’s” action. The red blood in this scene looks good and has considerable depth and definition.
One of my favorite references in this movie is at the end battle. As Russell Crowe lies dying on the coliseum floor, the contrast from the whites caused by light reflection in his black hair show very well. There is good edge detail proving the internal doubler is performing well. Contrast isn’t perfect, but a very satisfying picture is provided nevertheless. I found myself focusing on the rose petals on the ground and saw little edge noise. Overall, this was a very good demonstration.
In Chapter One of the 2002 animated classic “Ice Age” (20th Century Fox), details in the glistening snow are very apparent and have good depth. The fur of the squirrel looks quite good and has little edge artifacts as it moves quickly. In fact, as the snow shards chase the squirrel down the hill, I found myself enjoying the movie more than picking at flaws. This is always a sign of a display that provides a very tantalizing picture.