Product Review (September 2004) - InFocus
ScreenPlay® 7205 High-Definition HD2+ DLP™ Projector

The playing field is starting to get crowded with the latest round of high-performance Digital Light Processing™ (DLP) home theater projectors. InFocus Corporation introduced the highly regarded ScreenPlay® 7200 (SP7200) last year and the performance was truly outstanding. This year, InFocus has raised the bar with the introduction of their new ScreenPlay® 7205 (SP7205) that uses the latest HD2+ Mustang Digital Micromirror Device™ (DMD™) from Texas Instruments. This new DLP removes the dimple that can be seen in the center of each pixel on the HD2 chip. The new HD2+ DLP chip also provides a brighter, higher contrast picture with less noticeable pixel structure. The newly designed auto-calibrating 7-segment, 5x-speed color wheel provides greater bit depth, which results in much smoother looking images. Like its predecessor, the SP7205 uses a Faroudja deinterlacing technology and benefits from the new FLI2310 DCDi™ with 3-2 pulldown processing that virtually eliminates artifacts from interlaced sources. The SP7205 also has the same user replaceable lamp with an average lifetime of 3000 hours (2000 in high power mode).

The ScreenPlay® 7205 supports a wide range for screen size options. A 55.1" diagonal picture requires the projector to be 6.7' to 8.3' from the screen. A 133.1" projected image requires the projector to be 16.1' to 20.1' from the screen. We projected a 100" diagonal onto our Stewart FireHawk filmscreen with a Luxus Deluxe ScreenWall. The Stewart FireHawk has worked out well for us and has performed well on many of the DLP projectors we've reviewed. What we like most about the FireHawk is its ability to maintain good contrast even when some ambient light enters the viewing room. Since our viewing room does leak some ambient light, the SP7205 worked well with our screen. The SP7205 does not have a lens shift option so the projector must be mounted at the proper level to avoid using the keystone adjustments which allows up to ±20° vertical and ±9° horizontal. In our experience, t
he keystone adjustments tend to degrade the image quality, so we prefer not to use them when possible. Zoom and focus on the SP7205 are fully manual, so setup time may require some tweaking to get a well focused picture. The zoom lens easily projected a 100" diagonal image onto our 16:9 FireHawk screen at a distance of about 13 feet. Geometry looked good, allowing us to slightly overscan on the screen. The VeLux material on the Luxus frame absorbed the slight overscan, resulting in a perfect looking 16:9 image from our seating position. The ScreenPlay® 7205 is medium sized projector (measuring about 13" wide by 9" deep) and weighs less that 10 pounds. The fan noise on this projector is noticeable and definitely increases when switching to the high power mode. We would not recommend mounting this right above the viewing position as it may bother some viewers.

Most of our time was spent with the DVI interface being driven by our Samsung SIR-T165 set-top box. We like the Samsung simply because this unit provides a DVI output signal for terrestrial high-definition broadcasts as well as a FireWire™ (iLink™) connection to our D-Theater capable VCRs. This setup allows us to play our D-VHS tapes and digitally linking them to the ScreenPlay® 7205. Our DVI tests were run with a 10-meter M1-DA-to-DVI cable. The analog cable (HQVGA) used with our HTPC (Home Theater PC) came from DirectConnect. Their video cable performed well and we used it for high-definition as well as DVD video.

The ScreenPlay® 7205 continues to use an all glass Carl Zeiss lens and now includes 72mm threads which is designed to accept filters. The light output from the ScreenPlay® 7205 is specified to be 1100 ANSI Lumens in high power mode, which is very bright and actually works well on larger screens and in situations where there may be some ambient light in the room. However, this does sacrifice black level in some cases, so to bring the output down to SMPTE recommendations, a neutral density lens filter should be used. InFocus recommends using a Hoya 72mm 2x (0.3) neutral density ultra-thin multicoated glass filter. This reduces light one F-stop and the ultra-thin design helps prevent vignetting. If a smaller screen is being used and the image appears overly bright or washed-out, the filter will certainly help enhance the picture quality. This single DLP projector has a new 7-segment color wheel that improves picture quality and appears to have better colors than the predecessor.

The rear panel of the ScreenPlay® 7205 has eight selectable video interfaces including both analog and digital. The unique looking M1-DA connector (Input 1) greatly resembles a wide version of the standard DVI connector. The DVI interface is fully HDCP compliant for encrypted content. This input can also be used with analog video when connected with the appropriate cable. The VESA (Input 2) connector can also run in either component or RGB/HV, based on the Color Space setting in the setup menu. There are two component (Video 3 & 6) video inputs via two sets of 3 RCA jacks. The component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, or 480p signals. There are also two S-video (Video 4 & 5) connectors and one composite (Input 7) connector, all of which are fully compatible with NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, SECAM standards. The D5 Component (Input 8) interface supports SDTV, EDTV and HDTV. However, we did not use this input during our review.

An RS232 serial interface (19.2k baud) is available for controlling the projector settings remotely. The User's Manual covers all of the available commands and parameters necessary to operate this interface. The 3.5mm IR In jack is an IR Repeater input that is compatible with Niles and Xantech products. The pair of 3.5mm Trigger 1 & 2 jacks provides outputs to control the screen. The Trigger 1 output is constantly on as long as the projector is on. The Trigger 2 output activates after 5-seconds when the 4:3 aspect ratio is selected by either the Aspect Ratio menu or the Resize button.

The infrared remote supplied with the ScreenPlay® 7205 is identical to the one used on the 7200. The small and lightweight remote has a well designed backlight that is easy to see in the dimly lit home theater environment. Pointing the remote at the screen to command the projector worked well. The remote is simple with the menu navigation buttons (Menu, Select, Up and Down) located at the top. The screen Resize button along with the dedicated Contrast and Brightness controls are located near the middle of the keypad. Just below this are four video input buttons, each of which can be assigned to a specific input on the rear panel. The fifth source button cycles through all of the video inputs enabled in the menu settings. Using the aspect ratio menu, the user can select Native, 16:9 (1.78:1), 4:3 (1.33:1), Letterbox, and Natural Wide modes. The Native mode looked the best since full 1:1 mapping of the video input is maintained. However, having different screen modes increases the flexibility of the display with the many different video sources available. Finally, the Preset button recalls one of three predefined user settings.

Several more advanced controls are provided for the user. Image processing parameters that are adjustable include Film Mode (2:2/3:2 Enable, NTSC 2:2 Pulldown, and 48 Hz), Noise Reduction (Off, Auto, or Manual), Cross Color Suppression, 2:2 pulldown, Color Space (YUV or RGB), Gamma (CRT, Film, Video, Bright Room 1, Bright Room 2, or PC), Color Temperature (6500K, 8200K or 9300K) and Video Standard (Auto, NTSC, PAL or SECAM). Phase and position controls are also included in these menu items. Under the Service menu, the user can select Factory Reset that restores all setting except the lamp hours to their default state. Using the Test Pattern the user can display a selected test pattern using the Blank button. The Blue Only mode turns off the red and green inputs to allow color balance adjustments. ADC Calibration sets the ADC levels to improve color accuracy.

Aspect Ratios
The 7205 has five aspect ratio control modes. The Native mode completely bypasses the internal scaler for true 1:1 pixel mapping. This mode is ideal when an outboard scaler is used and set to output 720p to match the display's native resolution. The 16:9 mode is intended for source material that is "16:9 enhanced" or "enhanced for widescreen TVs" such as most of today's DVDs. The 4:3 mode places the video content in the center of the 16:9 screen resulting in black bars on the sides of the display. This will preserve the proper aspect ratio of 4:3 content on this 16:9 native display. Since this is a DLP product there is no need to worry about uneven screen wear. The Letterbox mode is intended for those DVDs that come in a letterbox format. Unfortunately some of the early DVDs assumed users had a 4:3 display and conveniently displayed the image with the proper aspect ratio (top and bottom bars). This created a problem when the same material was now displayed on a 16:9 screen such as the ScreenPlay® 7205. The Letterbox mode expands the image to fill the screen, but the downside to this format is the vertical resolution is decreased from the source due to the letterbox DVD format. This is why all respectable DVDs are now "16:9 enhanced" or "Enhanced for Widescreen TVs", which is the same.

The Natural Wide mode is a great format for watching 4:3 source material on a 16:9 screen. Instead of side black bars the image is only stretched on the sides preserving the center two-thirds of the picture. This results in a much more natural looking picture. At least until the camera pans and you see things stretch on the sides.

Color Tracking
We calibrated the DVI input using a Sencore VP403 HDTV video generator running in the native 720p mode. One of the nice enhancements made to the new SP7205 is the improved black level and enormous amount of light. We set the black level using the PLUGE pattern and checked the stair step levels to ensure we had properly adjusted the display. Using the menu settings we selected the 6500°K color temperature and measured the out-of-the-box color accuracy. Our review unit had a good 500 hours on the bulb, so it was well broken-in. Using our Sencore CP5000 All-Display Color Analyzer, we measured the color temperature in 10 IRE increments starting with 20% IRE. The pre-calibrated color temperature was very good and tracked 6500°K pretty well across all measured IRE levels except at the lower levels where it moved close to 7000°K. Using the advanced menu controls we adjusted the Gain and Bias to fine tune the color tracking and the low levels. The result was slightly better than what we started with.

Display Primaries
We also measured the primary colors produced by the SP7205 on our 100" Stewart FireHawk using the GretagMacbeth Eye-One Pro Spectrophotometer along with the Milori ColorFacts software. The CIE chart shows where the ideal primaries are located with the smaller three points with the darker lines joining them. The measured primary colors are marked by the red, green and blue markers connected together with the white triangle. Only colors inside this triangle can be created by the display. Note that the red and blue primaries are almost dead-nuts perfect and green is slightly shifted towards yellow. The results here were actually very good compared with some other projectors we have seen. If green was a little more accurate it would be close to perfect. Regardless, colors were well saturated and flesh tones looked very natural on the screen.

The light output of the SP7205 can be overly bright in the high power mode, so unless this is completely necessary (large screen or ambient light) we would recommend running it in the low-power mode. This also increases the lamp life by 50% to 3000 hours as compared to the 2000 hour life in the high power mode. Even in the low power mode, blacks were not completely black (not uncommon with DLP technology in general) in our dark theater room.

Faroudja Processing
The SP7205 continues to use Faroudja DCDi™ deinterlacing technology using the latest FLI2310™ chip. Recognized as a leader in advanced video processing, Faroudja continues to be the "processor of choice" in today's high-end home theater projector market. The per-pixel motion adaptive deinterlacing used on 3:2 and 2:2 material results in smooth images without jaggies and other objectionable processing artifacts. In addition, the SP7205 has a 48Hz film mode that displays content originating from 24 frames/second film at exactly twice the rate, eliminating image "stutter" that is commonly seen when film is displayed at 60 Hz.

We started out with high definition content from our D-VHS tape collection. We watched the HD-Net recordings of War in Afganistan, Over Ireland, and Bikini Destinations in 1080i from our JVC HM-DH30000U D-VHS VCR. The picture was stunning and truly reference quality material on the ScreenPlay® 7205. Skin tones were accurate and looked very natural on the screen. We also watched a variety of D-VHS D-Theater movies on the JVC including The Fast and the Furious, Evolution and The Mummy. The high bandwidth capability of these movies are excellent with none of the macro-blocking seen on over-the air systems. Some movies had a bit of low level video noise which seems to be inherent in the telecine process when going to digital tape. This wasn't as noticeable on the HD-Net tapes. Next we moved to over-the-air high definition content and watched several episodes of The Tonight Show, Las Vegas, and a few of KCET's HD shows. They all displayed excellent resolution with occasional compression artifacts (macro-blocking) showing up during fast motion due to over-the-air limitations. All of these test were done with the DVI interface. The advantage of using the DVI interface is that there is no need to convert the signal to the analog domain. The result is not only a decrease in low level video noise, but signal bandwidth can be maintained as long as the data link is solid. The ScreenPlay® 7205 converted all of our 1080i source material to the native 720p with no objectionable artifacts.

We also tested the analog video interface using an HTPC packed with a MIT MDP-100 ATSC tuner card for PVR functions. The quality was actually very good with a slight softening of the image due to a long cable run to the projector. Even so, the picture quality was impressive and didn't seem to cause any degradation when we moved to DVD content. Our material came from two different sources. Interlaced video was played from our Sony DVP-NS900V DVD/SACD player. This required the projector to perform the deinterlacing as well as scaling on the video. Film-based content benefited from the 48 Hz frame rate conversion and resulted in virtually no stutter as cameras panned. The introduction scene in Star Trek's Insurrection resulted in excellent deinterlacing performance with minimal jaggies. The house tops and the bridge rail are particularly difficult to handle, but the ScreenPlay® 7205 did an excellent job here.

Progressive DVD video came from our Kenwood DV-5900M Sovereign changer that uses an older generation of Faroudja DCDi™ (FLI2200 and FLI 2220) chips. The scaling was still performed by the ScreenPlay® 7205 and the picture looked wonderful. The hair on Sulley's fur in Monster's Inc. revealed subtle detail and beautifully saturated colors on the screen. Dark scenes had good shadow detail while still maintaining good black levels. Without a neutral density filter on the ScreenPlay® 7205, you may have difficulty in obtaining a deep black level as we did. Scaling of both 480i and 480p material looked excellent on this projector.

The new InFocus ScreenPlay® 7205 is a nice improvement on an already impressive ScreenPlay® 7200 design with better contrast, higher light output, smoother images and more accurate colors. The projector is capable of producing a beautiful high definition picture with an enormous amount of light output. The threaded Carl Zeiss lens assembly makes it easy to attach a neutral density lens to tame the light output for smaller screens. This will also help deepen the black levels. This HD2+ projector has some of the best video processing available with the inclusion of Faroudja's latest DCDi™ deinterlacing (FLI2310™) chip. Fan noise could be an issue for some who sit close to the projector, so room layout will be important. The user interface is full-featured and simple to follow. The overall design and implementation of this HD2+ projector is excellent and when mated with a quality screen the picture will leave a smile on your face.

- Kevin Nakano

Review System

Screen: Stewart Filmscreen 100" FireHawk Screen on a Luxus Deluxe ScreenWall
Preamplifier/Processor: Parasound AVC-2500U THX-Ultra DTS/DD Preamp/Processor
Amplification: Parasound HCA-2205AT THX-Ultra Five Channel Amplifier
Bass Management: Miller & Kreisel BMC Mini 5.1 Bass Management Controller
Front Speakers: Miller & Kreisel S-150THX (L+R) and S-150AC (Center) Speakers
Rear Speakers: Miller & Kreisel SS-250 Tripole® Surround Speakers
Subwoofer: Two Miller & Kreisel MX-350THX MkII THX-Ultra Push-pull Subwoofers
Room Treatments: Echo Buster panels and Bass Buster towers
Set-top Box: Samsung SIR-T165 Terrestrial HDTV Receiver with DVI
D-VHS VCR: JVC HM-DH30000U D-VHS High-Definition D-Theater VCR
DVD/CD/SACD Player: Sony DVP-NS900V DVD/CD/SACD Player
DVD Audio/Video Player: Kenwood Sovereign DV-5900M 400-Disc DVD Changer

Analog Video Cable: DirectConnect 100' HQVGA cable
DVI Video Cable: AudioQuest 20m DV-1 Cable
Power Conditioning: Panamax MAX® 5510 ACRegenerator
Video Generator: Sencore VP403 SDTV/HDTV Video Pattern Generator
Color Analyzer #1: Sencore CP5000 ISF Certified All-Display Color Analyzer
Color Analyzer #2: ColorFacts with GretagMacbeth Eye-One Pro Colorphotometer

Review - At a Glance

InFocus - ScreenPlay® 7205 High-Definition HD2+ DLP™ Projector

Video:Component and RGB HDTV (720p, 1035i, 1080i, 1080p-24Hz), 24p.

DVI with HDCP for digital video and encrypted digital video, Component EDTV (480p, 576p progressive scan), Component, Composite and S-Video standard video 480i, 576i, 576i RGB SCART with adapter, NTSC, NTSC M 4.43, PAL: B, G, H, I, M, N; SECAM: M] including 60Hz to 48Hz conversion of NTSC film-based content


Digital and analog PC, Macintosh®, 1280 x 1024 resolution through intelligent resizing
Communication:USB and RS-232
2 — Component (Gold RCA):HDTV, EDTV, and Standard TV component
1 — Component (D5):HDTV, EDTV, Standard TV, and RGB SCART with adapter
1 — S-Video:Standard Video
1 — Composite (RCA):Standard Video
1 — DVI (M1):HDTV RGB, HDTV Component, Digital Visual Interface (DVI) with HDCP decryption, computer, and USB.
1 — HD15 VESA:HDTV RGB, HDTV component, and computer
1 — 9-pin Dsub Male:RS-232
1 — 3.5mm Mini-Jack:IR Repeater (Niles/Xantech compatible)
2 — 3.5mm Mini-Jack:1-12v screen-drop, 1-12v 4:3 aspect "curtains"
Projection System:New TI Mustang HD2+ 12° LVDS DMD
Resolution:1280 x 720 (16:9)
Projection Lens:All glass, Zeiss designed. F/2.7 (wide),F/3.1 (tele)
Color Wheel:Proprietary, 7-segment, 5x color wheel (6500K color temperature)
Calibrated Contrast Ratio: 2200:1 full on/full off
Lamp (dual mode):220-Watt UHP (3000 hours); 250-Watt UHP (2000 hours)
Video Optimized Lumens:1100 ANSI max
Modes:Front/rear/ceiling mode
Focusing Distance:5/ 1.5m to infinity
Focal length: 29.4 - 37.3 mm
F valuef2.7 - f3.1
Keystone Correction: Digital, up to +/- 20° Vertical, +/- 9° Horizontal
SMPTE Brightness:Up to 126"/ 3.2m wide, 16:9 screen
Image offset116% (16:9)
Throw Ratio:1.67:1 - 2.08:1 (distance/width)
Size:13.8" (W) x 12.8" (L) x 4.3" (H)/ 351cm x 325cm x 110cm
Weight: 9.5 lbs/4.3kg
Power Supply:100V - 240V at 50 - 60 Hz
Operating Temperature:10° - 40° C at sea level (0 - 10,000); 50° - 104°
Conformances: UL, CSA, TUV, C Tick, NOM, MIC, GOST, IRAM, CCC, S-JQA, FCC B, EN55022, ICES-003
Ships Standard with:Power cord, home entertainment remote, cable cover
Warranty: Two-year standard warranty on parts and labor, one-year on accessories
Lamp Warranty:90 days or 500 hours
Menu Languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Korea, Portuguese, Italian, Norwegian, Russian, Chinese Simple, Chinese Traditional

Source: Manufacture supplied
Model Number: SP7205
Serial Number: AMGN41500028
MSRP: $8,999

UHP 200W Replacement Lamp
Part Number: SP-LAMP-006
MSRP: $495

ScreenPlay® 7205 Data Sheet

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27700B SW Parkway Avenue
Wilsonville, OR 97070-9215
Tel: 503-685-8888
Fax: 503-685-8887
Toll Free: 800-294-6400

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