The HD81 has the projector world in a frenzy. But can it deliver on its promise of full-fat hi-def DLP for what, by home cinema standards, is a pretty reasonable price?
Themescene's stunning HD81 projector certainly has the potential to make waves. Its aim is to provide the kind of home-cinema loveliness that fast-talking Hollywood producers take for granted as they kick back with a single malt in their private screening rooms.
And on paper at least that's exactly what you get: a two-box DLP projector offering the latest ultra-high-resolution 1920x1080 Texas Instruments DarkChip3 chipset, teamed with an offboard video-scaler.
Cheap as chip(set)s
If you're not down with the whole projector thing, the reason people are excited about the Themescene is because you'll find an identical chipset in Projectiondesign's £15,000 Model Three 1080. That £5000 is looking a lot better now, isn't it?
Of course, there's more to a projector than chips and processors and the Model Three 1080 is still a superior beastie. But every other DLP in the £5000-class has 1280x720 resolution, and next to them, the HD81 is king.
Colour rendition, detail resolution and black depth are awesome, and whether in standard or high defintion the picture has terrific depth and colour accuracy.
Themescene HD81 review
A seriously good projector that offers the kind of tech and performance that you’d expect in rivals that cost three times as much