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Metavision NHT-576 matterhorn DLP Projector

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by tux99, May 11, 2005.

  1. tux99

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    I recently got this fine projector and thought I should share my experience with you. I decided for this projector after researching all available matterhorn DLPs, and finally settling on this one because all other ones had flaws that I decided I could not live with.
    I mail-ordered it directly from Germany and paid 1528 pounds including shipping (I think the price will drop even lower in the next months as other are dropping too, but I decided I couldn't wait any longer).

    While this projector is unknown in the UK (and I think mine is probably the only one in the UK ,correct me if I'm wrong!) it has generated quite a bit of interest in Germany, where many fine home-cinema dealers sell it.

    The NHT-576 is made in Taiwan by a division of ChiLin a major opto-electronical company.

    Please see the following links for more info about the NHT-576:

    a detailed review (unfortunately in German but still useful):
    http://www.cine4home.de/tests/projektoren/MetavisionNHT576/NHT576Test.htm

    website of the German distributor:
    http://www.metavision.at/nht576.html

    sales brochure:
    http://www.metavision.at/brochures/nht576.pdf

    The NHT-576 is sold in the US under the name of Studio Experience Premier 30HD:
    http://www.projectorcentral.com/Studio_Experience-Premier_30HD.htm

    A thread on AVSFORUM:
    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=518308


    I'm running this projector connected to a Panasonic S97 DVD Player via a HDMI-DVI cable and the picture I get is stunning. The NHT-576 has zero overscan so I'm getting the native PAL resolution with no vertical interpolation, the picture is pin sharp and very 3D thanks to a CR of 1900:1 after calibration (according to the review mentioned above)!
    The colours are almost perfect out of the box at 6500K, maybe just a bit oversaturated but I guess that's a matter of taste and it has extensive adjustment facilities in it's menues.
    Noise is quite low too (in eco-mode which is still very bright), but not as low as the Optoma H57.
    The other nice thing is in PAL mode the colour wheels spins at 6x (NTSC 5x), so RBE is less than any other similar projector.
    The choice of inputs is very generous (DVI, PC VGA, 2x comp., Svideo, composite) and this is the ONLY DLP PROJECTOR (afaik) with vertical and horizontal lens shift!!

    Cons:
    - currently not HTPC compatible but a firmware upgrade that fixes this has been promised and should be available within a few weeks
    - short lens throw (for some this might be a Pro)
    - not very flexible for ceiling mount on high ceilings as it has no vertical offset
    - not a 3 chip dlp ;)
     
  2. ZippyCat

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    That looks like a very nice piece of kit and if the Germans are keen, surely it must be worth considering. The two things that stand out for me are the 6x colour wheel and the horizontal & vertical lens shift. Let us know how you get on. :smashin:
     
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    ZippyCat, what made me decide for the NHT-576 instead of the Mitsubishi HC-900 (which towards the end of my selection process was the only other choice left) was the fact that the Mitsubishi has overscan even via DVI and therefore completely nullifies the advantage of the native PAL resolution (with overscan you still get interpolation and therefore reduced picture sharpness) and also that the HC-900 is unable to display non-anamorphic 16:9 DVDs using the full panel (like with anamorphic ones) when using the DVI input.
    The latter would mean non-anamorphic 16:9 DVDs will have black bars top/bottom AND left/right which I think is completely unacceptable.

    The 6x wheel speed is very handy for me too, as I'm generally very sensitive to RBE (I even can't stand the flicker of office ceiling lights).
    After setting the NHT-576 to ECO-mode and calibrating the black and white levels I very rarely still see RBE and when it happens it's so little that it doesn't spoil my enjoyment of the movies.
     

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