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InFocus ScreenPlay 5700

DLP front projector

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Item # 590SP5700

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Our take on the InFocus ScreenPlay™ 5700

Although the 5700 falls in the middle of InFocus' ScreenPlay series, it's as much projector as many videophiles will ever want or need — picture quality is spectacular! Its detail, clarity, and color accuracy are a quantum leap over the ScreenPlay 4800 — the 5700's higher resolution gives DVD movies a filmlike 3-dimensional look.

Although the 5700 falls in the middle of InFocus' ScreenPlay series, it's as much projector as many videophiles will ever want or need — picture quality is spectacular! Its detail, clarity, and color accuracy are a quantum leap over the ScreenPlay 4800 — the 5700's higher resolution gives DVD movies a filmlike 3-dimensional look.

Resolution is important, but there's much more to image quality than just pixels. For home theater projectors, contrast ratio is equally important (that's the difference between the brightest whites and the darkest blacks the projector can display). The 5700's 1400:1 rating delivers solid black levels with excellent shadow detail. And with the 5700, superb picture quality is a no-brainer. Many projectors require lots of tweaking and adjusting to look their best, using calibration discs like Avia, but the 5700 comes pre-calibrated to the video broadcast standard of 6500 Kelvins. That's a feature you don't often find in under-$10,000 projectors. Colors are dead-on and deeply saturated right out of the box!

One of the advantages of front projectors is they tend to have very high-quality built-in "scalers" to convert signal sources to match their imaging device. The 5700's powerful scaling circuitry is joined by advanced Faroudja DCDi™ de-interlacing, which actually delivers cleaner video than the de-interlacer in most progressive-scan DVD players — a regular player produces a stunning image with this projector.

The 5700 has a total of 8 video inputs, including one composite video and 2 S-video, plus 2 HD-compatible component video. You also get a DVI-compatible digital video input (requires optional adapter cable). All 8 inputs can be accessed from the 5700's superbly intuitive backlit remote control. There are also 4 dedicated Source buttons which you can program for your most-used sources.

If you've been wondering how to raise your home theater to the next level, think outside the box! When it comes to creating a compellingly cinematic experience, there's front projectors, and then there's everything else. If you look around, you might find a 50" DLP rear-projection TV for about the same price as the ScreenPlay 5700. But the 5700 can display a 100" image that will take your breath away — that's 4 times bigger!

In the February 2004 issue of Stereophile Guide to Home Theater, reviewer Steven Stone was impressed by the ScreenPlay 5700's flexibility, sharp picture, and elegant ergonomics: "Projectors rule. And for now, at its price point, so does this InFocus DLP."

Plus, read a hands-on review of the ScreenPlay 5700 at

For optimum performance, a separate projection screen is recommended.

Product Highlights:

  • DLP projector (compatible with HDTV/SDTV formats — when connected to a separate HDTV tuner — and displays all signals at 576p)
  • widescreen 16:9 native aspect ratio (can also display 4:3 material)
  • Texas Instruments "Matterhorn" DLP chip (1024 x 576 pixels)
  • resolution is 1024 x 576 for 16:9 sources
  • Faroudja FLI2310 DCDi de-interlacer with 3-2 pulldown processing
  • pre-calibrated to 6500K
  • contrast ratio: 1400:1 (full on/off)
  • light output: 1000 ANSI lumens
  • auto-calibrating 6-segment, 5x-speed color wheel
  • digital keystone correction (±20° vertical)
  • reverse image settings for ceiling mounting and rear projection
  • compatible with NTSC, PAL, SECAM, PAL-M or PAL-N signals
  • custom-designed Carl Zeiss optics
  • 1.4X manual zoom/focus lens (long-throw)
  • 220W/250W dual-setting UHP lamp
    (3000-hour rated life for 220W setting, 2000 hours for 250W)
  • Power Save automatic lamp turn-off
  • low-noise cooling fan (29 dB)
  • illuminated remote control
  • 8 video inputs, including:
    • 1 composite video
    • 2 S-video
    • 2 HD-compatible component video
    • 1 "M1-DA" (compatible with DVI-HDCP, RGB analog, or component analog signals — each requires an adapter cable)
    • 1 HD15 (compatible with HDTV RGB, component or computer signals)
    • 1 D5 component
  • USB port
  • RS-232 port
  • one IR repeater jack
  • two 12-volt minijack trigger outputs (to operate an electric screen, etc.)
  • built-in carrying handle
  • 13-7/8"W x 4-5/16"H x 12-9/16"D
  • weight: 9.3 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years parts & labor — carry-in service (90 days/500 hours on lamp)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Note: front projectors don't include any type of built-in TV tuner, but they display signals from an HDTV tuner, satellite receiver, cable box, or a VCR's TV tuner

What's in the Box:

  • DLP front projector
  • Lens cap (installed)
  • Metal mounting plate
  • Plastic cable cover
  • Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 7" Scart cable (has a Scart jack on one end and a D5 connector on the other end)
  • 9.5' North American power cable
  • 9.5' European power cable
  • User's Guide (English/French/German/Spanish/Italian/Norwegian)
  • "Product Notes" sheet
  • Product Registration Card
  • Safety Instructions
  • Thank You card

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Adjustable Image Size: The projected image size can be adjusted from 55.1" to 133.1" diagonal. To achieve a 55.1" picture, the projector must be 7.5' to 10.4' from the screen. For a 133.1" projected image, the projector must be 18.54' to 25.72' from the screen. A 55.1" diagonal image is 48" wide and 27" tall, while a 133.1" diagonal image is 116" wide and 65" tall.

DLP Projection System: Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology from Texas Instruments is the only display solution that creates an entirely digital connection between a source and the screen in front of you.

Texas Instruments "Matterhorn" DLP Chip: The 5700 uses a Texas Instruments "Matterhorn" DLP chip with 16:9 native aspect ratio and 1024 x 576-pixel resolution. The built-in "scaler" converts signal sources to match this imaging device.

Faroudja DCDi De-interlacer with 3-2 Pulldown Processing: When converting film-based 480i material to a progressive video image, the motion adaptive deinterlacing prevents the introduction of motion artifacts and jagged edges. The result is a sharper, noise-free picture with finer details.

Pre-calibrated: The 5700 comes pre-calibrated to the video broadcast standard of 6500K.

Picture Menu: The Picture Menu gives you the following options:

  • Keystone: When the image is projected at an angle, you can use the Keystone feature to adjust the image vertically, resulting in a squarer image.

  • Contrast: controls the degree of difference between the lightest and darkest parts of the picture and changes the amount of black and white in the image

  • Brightness: changes the intensity of the image

  • Color: adjusts a video image from black and white to fully saturated color. The color setting applies to video sources only.

  • Tint: adjusts the red-green color balance in the image of NTSC video images. The tint setting applies to NTSC video sources only.

  • Aspect Ratio: allows you to choose one of the following aspect ratio settings:

    • Native: this mode bypasses the internal scaler, displaying the image with no resizing

    • 16:9: the default is 16:9, which preserves the 16:9 aspect ratio and is designed to be used with content that is enhanced for Widescreen TVs

    • 4:3: resizes the image from its original version to fit a standard 4:3 aspect ratio screen. If you have a 4:3 source on a 16:9 screen, the image is placed in a 16:9 space, so black bars appear at the sides of the image.

    • Letterbox: preserves the 16:9 aspect ratio. If you have a 16:9 source and screen, the image fills the screen. If your source is letterboxed, the image expands to fill the screen.

    • Natural Wide: this mode stretches a 4:3 image to fill the entire 16:9 screen. The center two-thirds of the image is unchanged; the edges of the image are stretched.

  • Presets: allows you to store up to 3 user-defined presets into memory

  • Gamma: Gamma tables contain preset intensity configurations optimized for the input source. You can select a gamma table that has been specifically tuned for either film, video, Bright Room, or PC input. White Peaking increases the brightness of whites that are near 100%.

  • Overscan: lets you crop or zoom the input

  • Advanced Menu:

    • Phase: adjusts the phase of the video signal's digital conversion

    • Tracking: adjusts the frequency of the video signal's digital conversion

    • Horizontal/Vertical Position: adjusts the position of the source

    • TrueLife: This option refers to Faroudja's TrueLife processing of the image. All standard definition interlaced video signals (composite, S-video and component) are routed through this processor. Extended and High Definition progressive component sources are not routed though this processor by default. You can turn TrueLife on to route these signals through the processor and then adjust the following 3 options: Chroma Detail (adjusts the color sharpness), Luma Detail (adjusts the sharpness), or Chroma Delay (aligns the Luma and Chroma Detail).

    • CCS: (Cross Color Suppression) processes the signal to remove any color information from the luma portion of the signal. It is On for all composite signals, and can be turned off for S-video and interlaced component signals.

    • Noise Reduction: adjusts signal noise reduction. You can choose Off to have no noise reduction, choose Auto to have the software determine the amount of noise reduction, or choose Manual and adjust the level.

    • Skintone Bypass: prevents the noise reduction processing from being applied to skin tones

  • Color Temperature: changes the intensity of the colors

  • Color Control: allows you to individually adjust the gain (relative warmth of the color) and the offset (the amount of black in the color) of the red, green, and blue colors

  • Video Standard: When it is set to Auto, the projector attempts to pick the video standard automatically based on the input signal it receives. If the projector is unable to detect the correct standard, the colors may not look right or the image may appear "torn." If this happens, manually select a video standard by selecting NTSC, PAL, or SECAM from the Video Standard menu.

Settings Menu: The Settings Menu gives you the following options:

  • Sources: allows you to assign a particular input to a specific source key on the remote and enables or disables Autosource. When Autosource is not checked, the projector defaults to the last-used source. If no source is found, a blank screen displays. When Autosource is checked, the projector checks the last-used source first at power up. If no signal is present, the projector checks the sources in order until a source is found or until power down. You can use the Source Enable feature to eliminate certain sources from this search, which will speed the search.

  • System: You can adjust the following System settings:

    • Rear: reverses the image so you can project from behind a translucent screen

    • Ceiling: turns the image upside down for ceiling-mounted projection

    • Display Messages: displays status messages (such as "Searching") in the lower-left corner of the screen

    • High Power: turn this on to increase the light output of the lamp. This also shortens lamp life and increases fan noise.

    • Translucent OSD: makes the menus translucent

    • Chime: turn this on to hear a sound when the Power button is pressed

    • Sleep Timer: allows you to force the projector to automatically shutoff after 4 hours

  • Startup Logo: allows you to display a blank Black, White, or Blue screen instead of the default screen at startup and when no source is active or detected

  • Blank Screen: determines what color displays when you press the Blank button on the remote or when no source is detected. You can choose one of the following colors: black, white, or blue.

  • Language: allows you to select a language for the onscreen display of menus and messages

  • Service:

    • Test Pattern: displays a test pattern when the Blank button on the remote is pressed

    • Blue Only: turns off the Red and Green portions of the input, allowing you to properly adjust the color balance with an SMPTE color bar pattern

    • Color Wheel Index: makes the hue of various gray levels consistent

    • ADC Calibration: allows adjustment of the calibrated ADC values so that color accuracy can be optimized

Power Save: The projector has a Power Save feature that automatically turns the lamp off after no signals are detected for 20 minutes. After 10 additional minutes with no signal, the projector powers down. If an active signal is received before the projector powers down, the image is displayed. 

Security Lock: The 5700 has a security lock for use with a PC Guardian Cable Lock System.

Zoom/Focus: Using the thick ring around the lens, you can adjust the projector's zoom, while the thin ring allows you to adjust the focus.

Adjustable Height: If necessary, you can adjust the height of the projector by pressing the release button to extend the elevator foot. Once the foot is extended, you may need to adjust the leveling foot located at the rear of the projector.

Remote Control: The supplied remote allows you to control all the projector's functions, except Keystone, focus, and zoom. Using the backlight button, you can make the buttons illuminate for approximately 10 seconds.

Mounting Options: The optional SP-CEIL-005B Digital Projector Mount lets you mount the 5700 to your ceiling or wall.

User-replaceable Projection Lamp: The lamp hour timer in the About menu counts the number of hours the lamp has been in use. After 1980 hours, the message "Change lamp" briefly appears on the screen at each startup. To maintain optimal video performance, it is recommend that the lamp be changed after 2000 hours, depending usage.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

M1-DA: The M1-DA is compatible with DVI-HDCP, RGB analog, component analog, and USB. Each connection requires an optional cable or adapter.

IR In: This minijack allows you to connect a Niles or Xantech-compatible IR repeater.

VESA: This input features an HD15 jack that is compatible with HDTV RGB, component, or computer sources.

Serial Control: You can control the projector from an LCD control panel or computer by connecting an RS-232 cable to the projector's Serial port.

Component Video Inputs: The 5700 has two HD-compatible component video inputs that will accept 1080i, 720p, and 480p signals.

S-Video Inputs: Two S-video inputs let you connect components with S-video outputs. 

Composite Video Input: This input features a composite video jack, which allows you to connect a source with a composite video output.

D5 Component Input: The D5 component input lets you connect HDTV, EDTV, and standard TV sources. Using the supplied Scart cable, the 5700 can interface with a component that has a Scart output.

Trigger 1 and 2: Two minijack triggers provide 12 volt current. Trigger 1 provides constant output while the projector is on. If you connect your projection screen to Trigger 1, when you turn on the projector the screen will move down; when you turn the projector off, the screen will return to the storage position. Trigger 2 provides a 4:3 aspect trigger. When you select 4:3 in the Aspect Ratio menu or from the Resize button on the remote, a 12v signal will be sent after a three second delay. Use this trigger for screens with 4:3 aspect curtains. When you switch back to 16:9 format, the curtains open to reveal the entire screen.



  • Projector without Cable Cover: W=13.875", H=4.258" (6.293" w/foot extended), D=12.5625"

  • Projector with Cable Cover: W=13.875", H=4.258" (6.293" w/foot extended), D=16"

Warranty Information

Warranty: The projector is covered by a 2-year parts and labor warranty, while the lamp is covered for 90 days or 500 hours, whichever comes first.

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