Broadcast HDTV Evaluation: The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC via Dish Network)
Wonderfully crisp and sharp, the P2 has excellent optics, which allows for crisp detail all the way out to the screen’s boundaries.
Live studio HD quality is typically a great reference for color evaluation. Here we still see evidence of some extra color richness, but I’m guessing most viewers will think the picture looks just fine.
Mr. O’Donnell’s dark suit is properly reproduced, and it’s easy to see the details of the miniature microphones that are clipped to his dark pin-striped tie. There’s absolutely no evidence of black crush here, which speaks to the quality of the LED-illuminated DLP imaging system.
The flat panel display behind and to the right of Mr. O’Donnell has faint but noticeable reflections coming from the glossy black bezel, which are clearly visible here.
While NuVision is to be commended for crediting Vivitek as the source of the P2 (it’s there for all to see on the projector’s top panel), it appears that someone has decided that their vision of image quality is the only one that P2 owners should see. This isn’t without precedence, as typical HD displays have default settings that came from someone’s (or some committee’s) recommendation.
But, with the exception of the ProVu P2, there are typically basic and advanced controls to adjust the display away from the default settings. The inability to adjust the P2’s tint with HD sources is really no big deal, because these days the default tint setting is almost always the right one. But the absence of a color saturation control (at least one that can be used with HD sources) is just plain silly, especially since the default value chosen is clearly wrong. Let’s hope that this is a problem that can be rectified with a firmware upgrade. If and when that comes about, then the projector would be eligible for recommended status. In its current form, it isn’t.
NuVision ProVu P2
Practical Screen Size Upper Limit (10 Foot-Lamberts, 1.0 gain screen): 120” diagonal 16:9
Pixel resolution: 1920 x 1080
1:1 Mode: Yes
Has Mode 1 Scaling (vertical stretch for external anamorphic lens compatibility)?: Yes
Video inputs: 2 HDMI, 2 component, 1 S-video, 1 composite, 1 RGB PC
Other connections: 2 12V trigger outputs, 1 IR input, 1 RS-232C serial port
Dimensions (W x H x D): 20.5” x 8.9” x 21.6”
Weight: 37 lbs
Warranty: 3 years parts & labor
Regarding the review of the NuVision ProVu P2 LED projector published on December 17th, we find the review to be accurate though we would like the opportunity to clarify a key point in the review as the Color and Tint controls while viewing HD sources. The ProVu P2 is based on an industry standard reference design which has been productize by several major brands. Regardless of the brand, the Color and Tint controls are disabled at HD resolutions. In lieu of global color saturation and tint adjustment controls the ProVu2 incorporates a Reference Standard 3D Color Management System (CMS), which, in combination with the RGB controls allows for a two point grayscale correction. For grayscale balance, the ProVu P2 supports adjustment of brightness & contrast for both Primary: Red, Green & blue and Secondary: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow & White colors. The ProVu P2 allows adjustment of Hue, Saturation and Gain for these seven colors in fine granularity, which allows precision adjustment of all color parameters. The ProVu P2 has broadcast caliber video processing and image control by Gennum. Simply stated, the ProVu P2 produces the finest image possible for watching Film and TV; images appear as they were mastered and intended to be seen. Each ProVu P2 is individually hand checked against the Rec. 709 standard prior to shipment. Out of box, color reproduction & grayscale are excellent; calibrated, color reproduction and grayscale are at reference levels. --Sincerely, The NuVision Engineering Team