You don't have to spend
$50,000 to get great home theater. You've already got the DVD
player and 6.1 Dolby Digital surround sound with a subwoofer to
deliver bone-jarring bass. So why not
watch an image that's equally awesome? For less then $5,000, the ScreenPlay 5700 from InFocus delivers crisp, brilliant widescreen
video that will make you the envy of the neighborhood. Get the
It seems like everyone is selling video projectors. 3M, Barco,
BenQ, Boxlight, Dell, Epson, Fujitsu, HP, Mitsubishi, Olympus,
Panasonic, Proxima, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba,
ViewSonic, and Yamaha are only some of the other players.
2 Component (Gold RCA): HDTV, EDTV, and Standard TV
1 - Component (D5): HDTV, EDTV, Standard TV, RGB SCART with
2 - S-Video: Standard Video
1 - Composite (RCA): Standard Video
1 - M1-DA VESA: HDTV RGB, HDTV Component,
Digital visual interface (DVI), computer and USB
1 - HD15 VESA: HDTV RGB, HDTV component, computer
1 - 9-pin Dsub male: RS-232
1 - 3.5mm mini-jack: IR Repeater (Niles/Xantech compatible)
2 - 3.5mm mini-jack: 1-12v screen drop, 1-12v 4:3 aspect
Projection System: New TI Matterhorn 12° LVDS DMD
Resolution: 1024 x 576 (16:9)
Projection Lens: Wide: F/2.5,Tele: F3.1, 26.6 - 36.8mm focal
Color Wheel: Proprietary auto-calibrating, 6 segment, 5x color
(6500K color temperature)
Contrast Ratio: 1400:1 full on/full off
Lamp: 220-Watt UHP (3000 hours)/250-Watt UHP (2000 hours)
Lumens: 1000 ANSI (optimized for video)
Colors: 16.7 million simultaneously displayable
Focusing Distance: 5'/1.5 m to ∞
Keystone Correction: Digital, up to +/- 20°
SMPTE Brightness: Up to 126" (3.2m) wide, 16:9 screen
Throw Ratio: 1.89:1 - 2.63:1 (distance/width)
2400 image quality
4.3" (H) x 13.8" (W) x 12.8" (L) (110mm x 351mm x 325mm)
Weight: 9.5 lbs/4.3 kg
Power Supply: 100V - 240V at 50 - 60 Hz
Operating Temperature: 10° - 35° C = 50° - 95° F
Conformances: UL, CSA,TUV,C Tick, NOM, MIC,GOST, IRAM,CCC, S-JQA,
Ships with: Power cord, Home Entertainment remote, cable cover,
Menu Languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese,
Korean, Portuguese, Italian,
Norwegian, Russian, Chinese Simple, Chinese Traditional
Two years parts and labor, 1 year for accessories
Lamp Warranty: 90 days or 500 hours
Tech News From|
The New York Times
Home Theater Video Projectors
InFocus ScreenPlay 5700
By Joel Shore
Some spectacles look good only a big screen. The Super Bowl (but
not Janet Jackson). Movies. More movies. And there is an increasing number of
television shows being photographed and broadcast in glorious high
definition. You can go out and lay down the big bucks for a plasma
television or you can do it right and create a true home theater
experience. A great way to do that is with the Screenplay 5700 home
theater projector from InFocus. For less than $5,000, it provides
superbly bright and crisp images.
Sure, you can get a video projector for $1,000 these days. But they
just won't do for home theater. And they certainly don't know anything
about widescreen format, commonly known as a 16:9 aspect ratio.
Projecting an acceptable image of that rectangular shape is a lot
tougher than the nearly square 4:3 aspect ratio of traditional TV or
PCs. For that reason, you need a projector designed from the ground up
for home theater use.
The ScreenPlay 5700 includes the latest and most advanced
technology from both Texas Instruments and Faroudja, as if a homeowner
really cares. What's obvious is that these technologies help the
ScreenPlay 5700 deliver uniform brightness, high contrast in black and
gray levels, and sharp, full-image focus with no evidence of
pincushioning or barrel image distortion.
The rear panel of
the InFocus ScreenPlay is
cleanly laid out. Twin S-video inputs (#4 and 5, center) are surrounded by
two sets of component video inputs (#3 and 6). A computer's video
signal can be
attached at input #2, and a composite video signal can be fed to
the yellow jack (#7). You can control the projector's functions from
a PC via the serial control port. The two trigger jacks (top
a signal that you can use to automatically lower or retract a
motorized screen when the projector is turned on or off, pretty
The ScreenPlay 5700 is the first home
projector to ship with Matterhorn DLP technology from Texas
Instruments, which provides native 16:9 aspect ratio resolution. With
most movie DVDs coming to market in their original wide movie theater
formats, we homeowners have been faced with watching Hollywood's stars either
squished short and fat or stretched long and thin so they can fit into
plasma or LCD screens. And believe me, that's not how I want to see
Catherine Zeta-Jones look when I'm watching Chicago. The
ScreenPlay 5700 displays images in the way they were meant to be seen;
corners wont be cropped and heads wont be cut off.
installations, the optional mounting column extends and swivels,
letting you adjust both height and tilt.
The ScreenPlay 5700 features 1,000 lumens of brightness for clear
pictures in almost any home lighting condition and a 1400:1 contrast
ratio for crisp blacks and detailed gray scale. While that's less
brightness than you'll get from a projector designed for presentations
in a business environment, that's really not a problem because your
den or living room is a whole lot smaller than the average corporate
boardroom or auditorium. You simply don't need all that brightness.
up was very easy. Instead of routing the signal from my DVD player
into my Denon AV receiver, we connected it to the ScreenPlay 5700. We
placed the projector on a wall shelf above our heads. After we turned
the unit on, we were greeted by an opening screen image. We used that
to adjust the zoom lens, giving us a correctly sized image.
There's a menu of options for adjusting the image in non different
ways. Since we were projecting onto a painted wall that was not pure
white (it was a warm white, Benjamin Moore's Linen White), we adjusted
the image's color temperature. Also, our image was not square; the top
was slightly wider than the bottom, a phenomenon known as keystoning.
(That's because the projector wasn't exactly perpendicular to the
screen -- look at the ceiling mount photo above, you can see that the
projector isn't pointed straight at the screen.) Fortunately, keystone adjustments are made using push buttons located
right on the top of the unit. No need to navigate a menu. It was a
You can make other adjustments, too. If you mount the unit on a
ceiling, you'll need to project an upside-down image.
The remote control is a lot simpler than your typical TV remote.
There's a menu button and navigation buttons. Other controls adjust
image size, contrast, brightness, choose the input source, and,
wisely, blank the image completely.
The 5700 uses Texas
Instruments' Matterhorn DLP (Digital Light Processing) chip to provide
a 1024 x 576 image, a widescreen 16:9 ratio. Why is this important? A
standard 1024x768 XGA resolution chip, with its non-widescreen 4:3
format (like a standard TV) uses a 1024 x 576 portion of the chip.
That means the left-over 192 lines are rendered as black. That's why
you get black bars at the top and bottom of the image. The 5700
delivers its 16:9 image at the same resolution as a 4:3 XGA projector,
but you don't get those miserable black bars.
An Image Worthy of
When you use a video projector, there
are really only two things you need to be concerned about on a
day-to-day basis: image quality and noise. There's a lot of the first
and very little of the second.
Even on our not-perfectly-white wall,
images were bright and crisp, and colors were beautifully saturated. We
watched Superbowl XXXVIII, Chicago, episodes from TV's The Family Guy, Toy
Story 2, and Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King. And
no movie night at our house would be complete without watching
Blazing Saddles, even though the video transfer is pretty awful.
Once the neighbors learned what we were up to, the steady stream of
visitors told us that the ScreenPlay 5700 was a hit. If it weren't
illegal, we might have even charged admission.
As for noise level, you'll know the ScreenPlay
5700 is there, but the fan is as close to whisper quiet as we've ever heard. Due
to the considerable heat generated by the lamp, a ventilation fan is
required. That's true of any video projector, not just this one.
We kept the InFocus ScreenPlay 5700
several months past our deadline for returning it. We were sad to see
it go. If you're ready for a serious home theater experience, our
advice is to heed those movie titles: the ScreenPlay 5700 is As Good As
Yeas & Nays
quiet as you can get for a projector
array of inputs and controls
ship with a replacement lamp
In The Box
Cable cover for
What is DLP?
Light Processing is the world's only all-digital display solution
and a key ingredient in the best digital projectors available
today. Developed by Texas Instruments, DLP uses an optical
semiconductor to recreate source material with a fidelity that
analog systems cannot match.
4To learn how DLP works,
visit the DLP Web site and take the interactive tour.
lamp life for the ScreenPlay 5700 is about 2,000 to 3,000 hours, depending
on whether the High Power option is selected on the Settings menu.
After 1,980 hours of use,
a Change Lamp message appears on the
screen 30 seconds on startup.
To maintain the best video
quality, InFocus suggests changing the lamp at 2,000 hours,
especially if you use the High Power option. After you
change the lamp, you'll want to
reset the lamp timer.