NEWS: A brace of new projectors from Planar

More projector news, this time from Planar. It has a brace of new 1080p Full HD models, housed in curved, glossy piano black enclosures.

The £4400 PD8150 (pictured) and £3400 PD8130 incorporate 1080p DLP architecture, Gennum VPX video processing, and Dynamic Black and BrilliantColour image enhancement. Both will be available from March.

Planar says the Gennum VPX processing and scaling delivers a cleaner, smoother and more vibrant image, and claims the PD8150 has a contrast ratio of 15,000:1, and the PD8130 10,000:1, at 1000 max Lumens.

Both projectors are 1080p/24Hz compatible and include a selectable DLP frame rate control with four settings – Auto, 48Hz, 50Hz and 60Hz.

Other features include:

  • Automatic ceiling mode detection
  • Horizontal and vertical lens shift on PD8150, vertical only on PD8130
  • Two HDMI 1.3 inputs
  • RS232 control
  • Two component inputs on PD8150, one on PD8130
  • ISF day and night calibration settings
  • Ten individual sharpness controls
  • 11 built-in test patterns
  • Three programmable image memory selection keys
Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.