Projectors

Dream Vision Starlight1 LCoS Projector

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Introduction

Dream Vision, an emerging brand in America, has been developing and marketing high-end models in Europe since 1996. In 1999, they became available on this side of the Atlantic when they introduced, with the help of Audio Plus Services, the world’s first consumer-targeted DLP projector, the DL500. Today their DLP and LCoS designs offer cutting-edge features and most importantly, high performance. They’ve also made some of the most stylish projectors I’ve ever seen. Created by leading French industrial designers; their chassis’ make a bold statement as a centerpiece in a modern media room. With unique options like fixed anamorphic lenses, Dream Vision has projection systems to suit a wide variety of home theater installations.

Of the three major technologies, LCoS, DLP, and LCD, LCoS still remains my favorite for small to medium-sized theaters. DLP is great for large spaces since it offers high powered and even dual bulb configurations for lots of light output. In a small room though, contrast is king. The newest LCoS projectors boast CRT-level contrast and extremely accurate film-like imaging.

The newest choice among LCoS projectors for 2010 is Dream Vision’s Starlight series. There are three models; all equipped with the same three imaging chips and 200-watt UHP lamp. The Starlight1, reviewed here, is the entry-level unit. It offers every feature of its siblings, the Starlight2 & 3, except for a color management system and THX certification. Though I do prefer full control of color with any display, I found very quickly that I didn’t miss this feature too much with the Starlight1. Like all LCoS and LCD projectors, the Starlight1 has tremendous installation flexibility with a large zoom range and lens shift capability. Dream Vision also offers a generous two year warranty for the projector and six months or 500 hours for the lamp. After completing a recent string of DLP reviews, I was happy to return to my old friend, LCoS.

Specifications

  • Design: Digital Projector
  • Panels: Three 0.7" LCoS
  • Native Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Anamorphic Lens Support: Yes
  • Native Resolution: 1920x1080 at 60, 96, or 120 Hz
  • Throw Ratio: 1.4 – 2.8
  • Lens Shift: Vertical +/- 80%, Horizontal +/- 34%
  • Light Output: 1,000 Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 32,000:1
  • Iris Control: Manual Fixed, Three Apertures
  • Inputs: 2-HDMI 1.3, 1 Component Video, 1 S-Video, 1 Composite Video, 1-PC (D-sub)
  • Control: RS-232, 12v Trigger
  • Lamp Power: 200 watts
  • Dimensions: 7.8" H x 15.2" W x 19.7" D
  • Weight: 28.7 Pounds
  • MSRP: $6,995 USA
  • Optional Schneider Anamorphic Lens: $7,995 USA
  • Audio Plus Services