Dream Vision Starlight1 LCoS Projector



With a tremendous vertical lens shift of +/- 80% and horizontal shift of +/- 34%, the Starlight was a breeze to set up on my high shelf. Inversion was not necessary. If you do wish to ceiling-mount, there are four points on the projector’s belly for a universal mount or you can source one from DreamVision. Dialing in the geometry and focus was equally painless using the fully-motorized lens controls. It’s so much easier to stand right by the screen when making focus adjustments. Once set, the lens showed excellent sharpness on all test patterns. With its 2x zoom range the Starlight will accommodate a wide variety of screen sizes and throw distances.

Calibration was a typical affair. After adjusting Brightness and Contrast to the correct levels, I paid a visit to the gamma menu. Here you can choose between several fixed curves or create your own using one of the presets as a starting point. The flattest choice was Gamma A. Once I copied this to the Custom memory slot, I simply raised the correction factor to 2.4. This translated to a nice curve of 2.2 across the entire luminance range.

For white balance, I chose the Custom grayscale memory and made my changes. Fortunately, the color temp starts pretty close to D65 so massive adjustments are not necessary. In fact, as you’ll see in the benchmarks, you could almost skip the calibration if you have a color neutral screen. Since there is no color management system, I was ready to watch content at this point. The Starlight 2 and 3 models do offer a full CMS with Hue, Saturation and Brightness adjustments for all six colors.

The Starlight1 has plenty of light output for all but the largest theaters. I never needed to select the High lamp setting. On Normal, I had to stop the aperture down to the smallest of its three settings to get my usual 12 foot-Lamberts. Don’t take this measurement as gospel. Different rooms and different screens will require a different peak setting for optimal contrast and image fidelity. 12fL is what works best in my room.

The remainder of my system consisted of an Integra DHC-80.1 processor, an Emotiva XPA-5 amplifier and an Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray player. As always, benchmark testing was done with the Oppo connected directly to the projector. Content was viewed using the Integra in passthrough mode to utilize the player’s video processing.