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  InFocus ScreenPlay 7210, home theater bliss 
  Apr 12, 2005, 10:00am EDT 

InFocus ScreenPlay 7210

By: Sander Sassen

InFocus' ScreenPlay 7210 is the successor to the 7205, which by itself was preceded by the 7200. All of these projectors offer a leg up from the previous generation and basically perfect on the already very capable 7200. Often this is a good way of making sure a projector retains the good traits found in a previous model and combine these with new features or better performance. From an engineering point of view this approach has my preference over a new design from the ground up as when a design matures over time and is a good design to begin with you gain more by perfecting it then from starting from scratch with each new generation. In its latest incarnation the ScreenPlay 7210 offers the same resolution as the previous models but now InFocus uses TIís Dark Chip 3, their current top-of-the-line DLP offering.

Faroudja DCDi FLI2310

Faroudja's DCDi FLI2310 processor as found in both projectors and many DVD players.

As with previous generations the ScreenPlay 7210 is equipped with Faroudja's DCDi deinterlacer which transforms all interlaced signals offered at its inputs to a progressive scan signal. This Faroudja FLI2310 deinterlacer is found in many projectors and progressive scan DVD players alike, all of which deliver a sharp and artifact free image. Another advancement is an 48Hz film mode, developed by InFocus, which can detect DVD movies originally shot at 48 frames per second and will display them in their original speed, so there is no need for frame rate conversion. All in all the new DC3 DLP and the other enhancements promise to put the ScreenPlay 7210 just a notch above the 7205.

ScreenPlay 7210 front

ScreenPlay 7210 rear

The ScreenPlay 7210, pictured from the front and the rear, showing the lens and video connectivity.

To evaluate the ScreenPlay 7210 we installed it in the same home theatre setup that was equipped with InFocus' ScreenPlay 5700 before. We have been using the ScreenPlay 5700 for about a year now and am very familiar with its pros and cons, so this is an ideal setup to determine whether the 7210 can paint a more lifelike image, or whether it has other obvious advantages. The source we are using to feed it is Denon's DVD2900 DVD player which is connected through component video, the screen width we are using is 1.80 meter or 6 feet, which is below the maximum of 11 feet specified for the ScreenPlay 7210. Before we get to the results though lets first take a closer look at the lumen output and contrast and take a few measurements to determine exactly how the 7210 performs.

1. Introduction
2. Lumen output and contrast
3. Resolution and noise
4. Digital Light Processing
5. InFocus ScreenPlay 7210
6. Results, lumen output and contrast
7. Results, impressions
8. Conclusion
9. Pricing information

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