Test Bench: NuVision 52LEDLP 52-in 1080p DLP HDTV

Color temperature (Movie Mode/Warm Color Temperature before/after calibration): 20 IRE: 7,596 / 6,513 K 30 IRE: 7,145 / 6,483 K 40 IRE: 6,914 / 6,363 K 50 IRE: 7,166 / 6,461 K 60 IRE: 7,121 / 6,527 K 70 IRE: 7,189 / 6,463 K 80 IRE: 7,218 / 6,478 K 90 IRE: 7,180 / 6,465 K 100 IRE: 7,169 / 6,908 K Brightness (100-IRE window, before/after): 133 / 113 ftL

Primary Color Point Accuracy vs. SMPTE HD Standard

Color Target X Measured X Target Y Measured Y
Red 0.63 0.634 0.34 0.330
Green 0.31 0.287 0.60 0.568
Blue 0.155 0.149 0.07 0.065

With the 52LEDLP's Movie and Warm color-temperature presets selected, grayscale tracked very tightly across the brightness scale but mostly centered between 7,100 and 7,200 degrees kelvin, well to the blue side of the neutral 6,500-K standard. Individual user menu adjustments for red, green, and blue brought it to within ±140 K from 20 to 90 IRE, though a slight lean toward red at 40 IRE could not be eliminated (only shifted), and re-centering the grayscale around 6,500 K across most of the brightness range introduced a leap toward blue in the full-on 100 IRE window. Still, it remained below 7,000 K, and discounting the minor anomaly at 40 IRE the set tracked just ±66 K from 20 to 90 IRE.

Post-calibration 100-IRE brightness of 113 foot-lamberts, which I arrived at using test patterns followed by subjective viewing of program material, was notably high. Although I lean toward a punchy image generally, this level of light output from a rear projector in a dimly-lit room would normally have me running to clamp down the contrast control. I can only conjecture that the lack of eye fatigue may be attributable in some way to the evenness of the red-green-blue LED light source vs. a traditional white lamp or was perhaps a function of the Nuvision's exceptionally tame reds (see below). But I'm really shooting in the dark here (so to speak).