Blu-ray Evaluation: Toto – Falling In Between Live
Live HD concert videos like this one are just the ticket for evaluating picture quality, and the Knoll delivers a sharp, crisp picture. The HQV Reon chip ensures that jaggies are banished, and on various close-ups of guitar strings and frets, that was indeed the case.
At the factory settings, the color is just about where it should be, with lots of pop on strongly saturated hues, but without over-embellishment. The colorful stage lighting jumps off the screen, and an examination of the set’s colorimetry with test patterns confirms that the Knoll is above average in terms of color accuracy.
Knoll claims a 4400:1 native contrast ratio, and while that spec is hard to verify in practice as there’s no industry measurement standard, the deep blacks seen here are indeed very good, and are especially evident during the opening numbers as lead singer Bobby Kimball’s black attire is suitably dark and crisp.
Numerous shots of the various performers from up close with bright stage lighting behind them could be a problem, but not here. Even when bathed in light from behind, it’s easy to see their faces and their instruments.
Broadcast HDTV Evaluation: Extreme Sports (NBC)
At an indoor arena, various dudes are performing on skateboards. The skid marks on the board walls are crisp and detailed, and the grain of the wood is clearly visible.
Advertiser graphics are emblazoned everywhere, adding lots of color vividness to the event. Close-ups of the various skaters reveal realistic flesh tones.
On either side of the audience, large sheets of black scrim hang from the rafters and serve to partition off the stadium’s out-of-view empty seats, and there are plenty of black-painted surfaces on the main skateboard track. The Knoll puts out a respectably bright picture, but not at the expense of deep black washout.
Past the partitioning scrim sheets, it’s easy to see snippets of the empty seats in the shadows as the overhead HD cameras follow the action on the track below.
By concentrating on the inclusion of useful features and technologies such as the all-glass Nikon optics, the Osram lamp modulation system and the HQV Reon video processing, Knoll has succeeded in coming up with a solid performer. While the OSD and the remote disappoint, Knoll’s dealer base of custom integrators can easily engineer around those shortcomings with any of a number of popular system remote controllers.
Where it really counts, the Knoll delivers, and by providing two different models, each tailored for specific installation conditions, their custom integrators can match the right model for just about any front projection scenario.
Knoll HDP1200 DLP Projector
Practical Screen Size Upper Limit (10 Foot-Lamberts, 1.0 gain): 125” diagonal 16:9
Pixel resolution: 1920 x 1080
1:1 Mode: Yes
Has Mode 1 Scaling (vertical stretch for movable anamorphic lens compatibility)?: Yes
Has Mode 2 Scaling (horizontal squeeze for fixed anamorphic lens compatibility)?: Yes
Video inputs: 2 HDMI, 1 component, 1 S-video/1 composite (shared), 1 RGB PC
Other connections: 2 12V trigger outputs, 1 RS-232C serial port, 1 USB port for service/upgrade
Dimensions (W x H x D): 15” x 6.5” x 12.8”
Weight: 15.9 lbs.
Warranty: 2 years parts & labor; 90 days on lamp
Price: $6,798.95; $5,999.95 for HDP1100 short throw version