Infocus ScreenPlay 777

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Infocus ScreenPlay 777
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    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Brilliant image quality, robust featureset

Cons

  • Massively expensive

Bottom Line

If you have thousands of dollars to spare and you want the ultimate in home cinema projection, then the Infocus 777 is probably for you.

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Modern multiplex cinemas may have killed some of the grandeur associated with the movie-going experience (where are the curtains, we ask?) but even the smallest, blandest box of a theatre maintains that most essential element of the cinema's magic -- the projected image. It's not surprising, then, that a projector provides the most cinema-like experience at home. There are untold models to choose from at all points of the price spectrum. While the cheapest of these will set you back about the same amount of money as a year's worth of trips to your local fleapit (the value of owning your own projector only improves if you calculate the cost of buying exorbitantly priced popcorn, drinks and sweets -- it's robbery) the more expensive projectors will set you back about ten years on your mortgage.

It's a member of the latter group that has caught our attention: the wallet-busting InFocus ScreenPlay 777 DLP (digital light processing) projector. It's an outstanding piece of equipment with image quality and features that are at the top of their class. It's also InFocus's flagship projector, but at such a high price, you'd want it to be. What is it that makes this lump of plastic, metal and glass so incredibly good? Well, let's start with the inside of the 777 and work outwards to find out.

Texas Instruments (inventor of DLP technology) provides the heart of the beast through its ultra-high-quality three-chip DLP system. Whereas virtually all domestic DLP projectors use a single DLP chip along with a spinning color wheel to create the red, green and blue (RGB) color spectrum, a three-chip system uses a digital micro-mirror device (DMD) chip for each color, which does away with the need for a spinning color wheel. This has two distinct advantages: noise is reduced, and the oh-so-annoying rainbow effect is banished completely. The DMD chips themselves are of the Mustang HD2 variety (not the newer HD2+ version), which provides a progressive scan, high-definition-capable 1,280 x 720 resolution of glorious quality. The reassuring presence of Faroudja processing takes care of de-interlacing (the image is drawn in one pass instead of two) and scaling.

The electronics share a symbiotic relationship with the optics, in this instance provided by Minolta and fully interchangeable with a variety of lenses with different throw ratios to suit every room. Digital keystone correction is on hand, but the real star of the show when it comes to solving off-axis placement issues is the mechanical lens shift. It's motorized, so can be adjusted from the comfort of your chair and has a staggering range of movement (+/-20% horizontally and a whopping -50 percent to +120 percent vertically).

Input options abound, with two sets of component sockets (one the more common RCA style and the other using true 75-ohm BNC connectors), S-Video and HDCP-enabled DVI (which is HDMI-compatible with an optional adaptor).

Physically the 777 is large (over 700mm long) and heavy (20kg) but nonetheless stylish, looking not entirely unlike the helmets of imperial soldiers operating the Death Star in Star Wars.

The image quality the 777 produces is awe-inspiring, with tremendous detail, perfectly accurate color (it's calibrated to D65 color standards) and superb black levels. Brightness isn't a problem, and the lamp is powerful enough that it'll look good even in a room with lots of ambient light bouncing around. The result of all this is an image with real depth that excels in every way. The 777 will bring any video you throw at it to life; in fact the only thing to suffer will be your bank balance.

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