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Two broadband component-video inputs are on board, as well as a 15-pin VGA connection for computers, two S-Video connections, one composite-video input, an RS-232 control port for use with Crestron and other touch-panel control systems, and two 12-volt triggers for electric drop-down-screen control. Another unusual connection, labeled D5, requires an adapter to connect to SCART, an RGB video connector used mainly in Europe.

Out-of-the-box image quality on the 7205 is pretty impressive compared to the competition. Grayscale tracking in the 6,500K setting with gamma set to Film comes quite close to ideal (see the geek box for more). Other things such as color, tint, and especially contrast are way off, but that is to be expected.

The video processing performed well as long as we left the 2:3 pull-down option selected in the Advanced menu. The lens is a huge improvement over the first-generation ScreenPlay 7200 and the Sharp XV-Z2000, with far fewer chromatic aberrations, although it does produce a slightly soft picture. The color decoding is quite accurate with only a slight error in green and no red push whatsoever. Black-level performance on the 7205 is impressive, thanks to the HD2+ Dark DLP chip.

After a thorough calibration, difficult material such as space scenes from the excellent Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back DVD revealed deep, inky blacks. We did see some visible low-level noise (dithering), but that is common to DLP technology, and a function of the bit rate in the video processing. Chapter 12 of the superb DVD Seabiscuit revealed excellent color saturation and natural-looking skin tones.

The HD content from Time Warner Cable of NYC was breathtaking. The Discovery HD channel looked great with excellent detail and deep saturated colors that really popped off the screen. It's also worth noting that, according to our Sencore HD signal generator, the projector did achieve a full 720 lines of vertical resolution via the component-video outputs.

Before color temp (20/80) 6,050/6,100K Good
After color temp (20/80) 6,700/6,500K Good
Before grayscale variation +/-336K Good
After grayscale variation +/-97K Good
Overscan 2% Good
Color decoder error: red 0% Good
Color decoder error: green +5% Good
DC restoration All patterns stable Good
2:3 pull-down, 24fps Y Good
Defeatable edge enhancement Y Good

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