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DPI iVision 30 Offers High-Performance Video Salvation

Digital Projection's iVision 30 line boasts a 1080p picture capable of achieving 1,200 Lumens of brightness and a contrast ratio of 5,000:1.


Robert Archer · April 10, 2009

Flat-panel TVs have gone from exclusive and sexy to “ho-hum, a dime a dozen.”

So have technologies like 1080p, and it appears Blu-ray is going mass-market. Even two-piece video is heading down the commodity trail.

There is however, a segment of salvation for installers: high-performance video.

In this category, companies like Digital Projection International (DPI) offer lines that are protected by limited distribution and provide high margins.

The company’s iVision 30 projector is positioned in the middle of DPI’s line.

iVision 30 is Portable, Powerful

The iVision 30 is available with a wide-angle lens (iVision 30-1080p-W-XB) or as standard iVision 30 1080p-C, which is the unit the company sent me.

The first thing that installers will notice about the projector is its size. At 3.5 inches tall and 11 inches wide, it can be placed almost anywhere.

The iVision 30 incorporates a 300-watt UHP lamp, a magnesium cabinet (designed for thermal efficiency), Texas Instruments’ Dark Chip3 1920x1080 chipset with Brilliant Color technology and DPI’s proprietary ColorMax technology.

The unit also includes a six-segment color wheel, HDMI 1.3a and DVI inputs, a 23 percent lens offset, a 10-bit de-interlacer and scaler and an auto mode selector for plug-and-play apps.

Running a single HDMI cable from a Key Digital processor to the back of the iVision 30, I was able to toggle between my HD DVD, Blu-ray and DVD players as well as my cable box and Wii.

Setting the projector about 11 feet from a matte white 0.95 gain 16:9 80-inch Screen Research ClearPix2 screen, I began by making the necessary of adjustments.

From there, I moved onto the calibration phase. Choosing to go the “quick setup” route, I used Ovation’s software suite and made adjustments to the brightness, contrast and sharpness.

Delivers Top-Shelf Performance and Crisp Pictures

With DPI clearly targeting the performance/luxury consumer, I would expect nothing less than top-shelf performance. I wasn’t disappointed.

The picture was crisp. I started with upscaled video from Rush’s R30 DVD. I was able to get a nice, deep image with good grayscale gradation.

Overall, I found the black levels to be really strong, but a tad short of D-ILA.

Regarding color, clarity and brightness, the projector was outstanding with DVDs, broadcast HD and Blu-ray content. Even with some ambient light in the room, the projector maintained a good image, with contrast and detail.

At the price points in which the iVision 30 line sits, it’s hard to make a “bang for the buck” case. As a step-up solution, however, it will deliver everything that an installer promises a client.

Overall: This Should Be High on You List

With the ability to deliver high levels of performance, there’s not much to criticize DPI about with the iVision 30.

Installers will find products out there that are competitive, but when you combine performance and the custom-friendly setup with other options, the iVision 30 should be high on anyone’s list.

MSRPs range from $11,995 to $22,495 (including lens options).



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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at robert.archer@emeraldexpo.com

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