Digital Projection M-Vision Cine 230 DLP Projector

Price: $6995 At a Glance: Gorgeous color • Exquisite detail • Excellent shadow detail • So-so blacks • Exceptional video processing • Stellar optics

Digital Projection International (DPI) might not be a familiar projector company to many home-theater enthusiasts—at least, not as familiar as Epson, JVC, Optoma, and Sony. But commercial users know the name well, because DPI has been supplying high-end, high-priced DLP projectors for broadcast, theatrical, simulation, medical, education, and corporate applications since 1997. In fact, DPI was Texas Instruments' first DLP partner and the original innovator of the 3-chip DLP projector.

Over the last few years, DPI has been directing more of its efforts toward home-theater applications and now offers seven series of products for that market. The most affordable home-theater model is the M-Vision Cine 230, a single-chip design that offers many of the same features found in the company's more expensive offerings for less than $7000.


  • Single-chip DLP engine using DarkChip4 DMD and 6-segment RGBRGB color wheel
  • 1920x1080 native resolution
  • Lens options include 1.85-2.40 zoom (reviewed), 1.56-1.86 zoom ($500 more)
  • Optimized for Rec.709 (HDTV) color gamut
  • Manual zoom, focus, horizontal and vertical lens shift for flexible placement
  • 2 HDMI 1.3a inputs, 2 component-video inputs
  • User-selectable preset and customizable gamma
  • 10-bit deinterlacer with 3:2 and 2:2 extraction and pixel-based motion-adaptive interpolation
  • Internal test patterns make setup easier, as does blue-only mode
  • Automatically detects active input; this can be a pain if more than one input is active, so I disabled this feature and selected the input manually
  • Aspect ratio and overscan controls are separate and independent, as they should be but rarely are
  • Color space and gamut controls are separate and independent, as they should be but rarely are; in fact, they are rarely labeled correctly as they are here

User Interface


  • Like many projector remotes, this one is simple and well-organized
  • Inputs can be selected with dedicated buttons, though they are labeled with numbers rather than type of input (HDMI, component, etc.), which would be better
  • Menu settings can be stored in different memory locations and recalled with dedicated buttons; however, there are four memory locations but only three recall buttons
  • Dedicated buttons provide direct access to controls for aspect ratio, contrast, brightness, sharpness, gamma, overscan, noise reduction, BrilliantColor, and color temperature as well as internal test patterns; I wish more TVs offered such direct access to controls without having to navigate the menus


  • Menus very well organized; can see all parameters and settings as soon as you enter menu system
  • Entering menu system opens last menu accessed; very nice!
  • Menu disappears after 30 seconds of inactivity; timeout should be user-definable


  • Zoom and focus are adjusted by turning rings on lens barrel; zoom ring is inside chassis cowling, awkward to reach, can easily change focus by accident; set zoom before focus
  • Horizontal and vertical lens shift are adjusted using a supplied Allen wrench in holes on top of case; must remove logo plate to expose holes
  • Quick Start Guide says "logo plate should be gently lifted and rotated to gain access to the adjustment points"; this is not correct—you slide the plate sideways and lift off
  • Adjusting lens shift feels very crude with lots of play in the control before it engages in either direction; still, I was able to align the image on the screen very well using internal test pattern
  • Setting basic picture controls presents no problem; projector passes below-black and above-white, allowing easy setting of brightness and contrast
  • Saturation and Hue controls unavailable with HDMI input; blue-only mode confirmed that they were set correctly
  • White-on-black crosshatch pattern reveals slight chromatic aberration, but not nearly as bad as some I've seen, indicating good optics

uavK.Reid's picture

Why is it so difficult for TV and Projector engineers to make a product that displays deep accurate blacks reminiscent of the KUROs? Is it that hard to do from a technical perspective? It's bewildering how JVC is rare case among projector manufacturers that can get the blacks right.

uavgentleman.nosh's picture

I'm really due for a projector upgrade, this would fit the bill perfectly.

uavVaNubius's picture

Can't believe how much prices have come down since i looked at front projectors. This should fit my HT room nicely.

uavcrackinhedz's picture

not sure the specs warrant a $7k price tag...but would be nice to win.

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