The Vivitek D950HD is a native 1080p data projector that features impressive color reproduction, amazing performance and effortless integration. The ideal crossover projector, it blurs the barrier between the home and office. With 3000 lumens, 3000:1 contrast ratio and an assortment of connectivity options, the D950HD can cast dazzling digital images from a variety of video sources. The D950HD also features a built-in 5W mono speaker and a top-loading cover for effortless lamp replacement. Features: 3000 lumens of brightness with a 3000:1 contrast, DLP and BrilliantColor technologies from Texas Instruments, connectivity options include: two (2) HDMI v1.3, VGA-in, composite, component, S-video, high-efficiency lamps that last up to 6000 hours (in economy mode), VividWheel III for improved color reproduction and automatic gain control, top-loading, sliding cover for quick and easy lamp replacement, keypad lock prevents accidental system adjustments. Ship with: AC Power Cord, VGA Cable, Carrying Case, Remote Control, Batteries for Remote, Lens Cap, User Manual (CD), Warranty Card.
- DLP and BrilliantColor technologies from Texas Instruments with VividWheel III for improved color reproduction and automatic gain control
- 3000 Lumens of brightness with a 3000:1 contrast
- 16:9 Native Aspect Ratio, 4:3 compatible
- 1.2:1 Manual zoom and focus
- 1.6 to 1.92:1 Distance/width throw ratio
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 8 x 11.5 inches ; 7.9 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 13 pounds
- Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
- ASIN: B004D4LDYQ
- Item model number: D950HD
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 19, 2010
First Projector Purchase.
It has a lot of options in the menu for tweaking the display settings for your preference. It has a clear image, as opposed to a lot of TV’s I’d see with problems like over-sharpening the image. It certainly works best in a dark room, but still manages display surprisingly well with high ambient light situations. It’s difficult to think of anything wrong with this projector considering what I upgraded from. I’m certain there are better, but for the price range of ~$1000 it is a great deal. Hopefully in the next 5 years 4k Projectors won’t cost 15-20 grand. That will be the next upgrade I suppose.
Initial review, will update in 6 months.
Initial impressions: Beyond expectations. Wow! Silent operation. Functions well. VERY happy that I didn’t settle for 720p!
I use my projector as purely a TV replacement for my living room, displaying the HTPC or Xbox360 via HDMI. I project a 97″ image at 11.5′ from the ceiling onto a wall painted with Behr Silverscreen. Even with a lot of ambient light, including ambient sunlight (though UV window film), the picture is bright and viewable. Of course, as you subtract ambient light, the picture just gets phenomenally better as blacks quickly deepen and colours come alive and pop.
Functionality wise, this unit is very simple. Everything is well laid out and it responds well to the remote (same exact remote as my previous Viewsonic PJ766D). Power-on and warm-up to full brightness takes between 15-30 seconds, I’d guestimate. Source changes are very fast. HDCP handshake seems to work perfectly. Default brightness is set to “normal”. “Boost” isn’t a whole bunch of extra light, but it is noticeable if you see the mode change. This projector is QUIET. It has three big fans that move a bunch of air and a ton of heat, but it is just plain silent at any distance.
This unit has really good black levels for an entry level 1080p crossover projector. Colours are bright, vibrant, and appear to be very correct right out of the box; I won’t be tweaking any colours until I repaint my wall with RS-MaxxMudd. I’m sure there is always something better to be had, but this is great! Minimal/virtually no rainbow effect, even if you try to force seeing it, thanks to the new 6 (or 7?) segment colour wheel instead of my old PJ766D that had a 4 colour wheel.
Resolution is, as expected, fantastic! Wonderful. Out of this world. It took a little bit of back and forth to get the focus *just* right (having a helper is vital!), but once it’s there, you can literally see a strand of hair on someone’s head while sitting on the couch directly under the projector (11 feet). You can see that people actually have pores from that distance. Dirt and sand are no longer just abstract definitions for that muddy-brown or detail-less tan looking stuff that people walk on or waft through the air. Small, passive ‘actors’ in the environment come alive when you step up to 1080p and have native content to display on it. Even 720p native content looks fantastic. I only suspect sharpness will improve once I sand my wall and have a smooth surface to deal project on to.
2 HDMI and 1 VGA are really the only inputs worth discussing in this day in age. I use both HDMI ports via 25′ BlueRigger cables, which work flawlessly (the cables and ports) for HDCP handshake with Blu Ray movies from the HTPC. I would have liked to see the VGA port swapped out for a DVI-D or another HDMI port, or another digital option for connectivity such as DisplayPort.
Note: The BlueRigger cables I mentioned are very high quality, have a nice, soft flexible jacket that makes it very easy to route things and you also won’t be fighting a thick, heavy cable that is trying to pull your projector out of alignment while it tries to coil back up. And you can’t beat the price; I got 25′ cables for $13 per here on Amazon. Try finding a 3′ cable in retail stores for less than $15 or $20 and you’ll find out what a great deal cables on Amazon is.
Pros: Everything. Brightness, contrast, black levels, colours, resolution, long lamp life, ease of lamp change, HDCP compliance, QUIET! Responsive remote.
Cons: A little larger than I had expected, but I just didn’t do my homework on dimensions. So, not really a con.
As I noted at the start, I’ll follow up after 6 months with the product. By which time it’ll be even more obsolete than it is already, but at least it should be lower in price and more available to people who want one, so maybe my update will help someone.
Nice Picture, Quiet Enough, Poor Customer Service
Customer “technical” support/service is poor. They didn’t know their product, so when trying to troubleshoot the problems with keyboard emulation/control through the USB cable, they were unable to be of any help (quick summary–the functions are not working, so am currently unable to use the remote to change slides, for example. Suspect driver issue with Windows 7 and Macs, which were both tested. Function not that important, anyway, just an extra feature). The simple solution of course is to simply pass me through to an engineer who knows the product, but that didn’t appear to occur to them. Perhaps this is a problem with native English? Seems to be an issue with technical support these days more than desired.
If it weren’t for poor customer support related to keyboard emulation problems, I’d give it 5 stars.
Good Bang for Your Buck
Vivitek D950HD 3000 Lumen 1080p Office and Home Theater Projector
After two months research I decided to purchase this Vivitek projector.
I am pretty happy with this product, the only issue I have is the remote control, it runs the batteries within an hour and it gets pretty hot in the opposite side of where the remote control keys are. I have to either exchange it or create my own remote control…
I gave 5 stars cause indeed it is a great product.
Excellent projector, preformed above expectations
My opinion about Vivitek projectors.
Superb value for money
Speaker Sound has bass too as it is coming out of woofer.
i love this product