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Samsung SP-H710AE Single-Chip 16:9 DLP Digital Projector

Part I

July, 2006

Darin Perrigo

 

Specifications:

● Panel: 16:9, 1,280x720 DLP
● Brightness: 700 Lumens
● CR: 2,800:1
● Color Wheel: Six Segment
● Input Jacks: DVI, Component, S-Video, VGA

● Accepted Signals :1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480i, 480p
● Lens: 3:1 Manual Zoom
● Lens Shift: Manual Height
● Dimensions: 6.9" H x 15.1" W x 16.7" D
● Weight: 19.8 Pounds
● MSRP: $3,995 USA

 

Samsung

Samsung SP-H710AE

Introduction

The SP-H710AE is a follow-on to the Samsung SP-H700AE, which is a 720p single-chip DLP projector designed with input from Joe Kane and JKP Labs™. The SP-H700AE has received high marks for its color accuracy, largely due to JKP's work with it. Both of these projectors use 720p HD2+ DMD chips from Texas Instruments.

The SP-H710AE contains a Correct Color Reproduction System, whereby some measurements can be taken of internal test patterns, off the screen, with a high quality spectroradiometer and entered into the projector, which the projector then uses for a self calibration.

The lowest priced spectroradiometer recommended for this costs more than the projector, and so is something that is likely to be done by a professional, for those who choose to have it done.

Spectroradiometers that I know to be on the recommended list are from Minolta (the CS-200) and Photo Research. In this case I stayed with the settings from the factory for this area.

I found the remote to be responsive. It includes a backlight, and the "Quick" button was useful while calibrating the projector to get straight to a lower level menu. It does not include as many buttons as some other remotes, but I felt that it worked well as a standard remote. Turning the projector off does require pressing more buttons than I have found with other projectors, but some people may prefer this as it decreases the chances of accidentally turning the projector off (in which case the bulb should be allowed to cool down before trying to restart it).

Measurements

The default settings looked pretty good for colors and grayscale to me. Here is what I measured for Color Temperature, RGB Levels, and Luminance (Gamma), respectively:

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