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NEC V801 Review: Benchmarking A Massive 80-Inch Monitor

Results: Color Gamut And Performance

Color gamut is measured using a saturation sweep that samples the six main colors (red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, and yellow) at five saturation levels (20, 40, 60, 80, and 100 percent). This provides a more realistic view of color accuracy than sampling only the 100 percent saturations.

Since the V801 includes a color management system, we tried it out. It only adjusts hue, so we made tiny tweaks to cyan and magenta. Because they didn’t make much of an impact on the final results, we’re only showing the post-calibration chart.

The V801 fares well, with a reasonably accurate sRGB color gamut. Red and magenta are slightly undersaturated, but the error is only barely visible above 80 percent. You can see this is compensated for in the luminance graph by raising the brightness of red. The overall result is as good as, or better than most computer monitors or HDTVs.

Let’s see how the NEC V801 stacks up for color accuracy.

The V801's 1.19 Delta E result is the lowest average color error we’ve measured this year. Only Pioneer beats it with an amazing .83 Delta E measurement. And that’s without the benefit of a CMS. Remember that we take into account all saturation levels from 20 to 100 percent, resulting in a higher number than if you only measured at 100 percent. The NEC’s extremely low score means it’s a very well-engineered display, worthy of its high price tag.

Gamut Volume: Adobe RGB 1998

There are basically two categories of displays in use today: those that conform to the sRGB/Rec 709 standard like HDTVs, and wide-gamut panels that show as much as 100 percent of the Adobe RGB 1998 spec. We use Gamutvision to calculate the gamut volume, based on an ICC profile created from actual measurements. The chart shows the percentage of both sRGB and Adobe RGB 1998 gamuts.

The V801 comes pretty close to rendering 100 percent of the sRGB gamut. We don’t know of any panels this big that display the wider Adobe RGB 1998 gamut. And we’re not sure what the application of such a panel would be. Given this and the Delta E results above, our opinion is that the V801 qualifies as a reference-level display for both color and grayscale accuracy.

  • patrick47018
    Why would you want an 80" monitor that is only 1080P?
  • Someone Somewhere
    Yeah, 1920x1080... those pixels are 0.92mm square. That's pretty easy to see with the naked eye; far bigger than a full stop.

    27.5ppi... *shudders*.

    the V801’s size is better expressed in feet: 227.6 (69.37 square meters for the rest of the world)

    Ummm... 70 square meters is pretty big. That's about half of the average house. I think you'll find it's ~1.76 m² or 19 ft².
  • patrick47018
    On the other had I wouldn't mind having that Pioneer "God" TV
  • huilun02
    Way to make a home cinema system with an average computer.
  • 16bit
    I wouldn't get such a big monitor/hdtv unless it has a higher than 1080p resolution.
  • tanjo
    Thank you for buying this excessively massive monitor to save the environment.
  • cangelini
    @Someone: Thanks--missed the calculation error during my edit. Should be fixed now.
  • virtualban
    For that size I clicked the article in hopes that maybe it was some 8K monitor. Stopped reading after 1080p
  • icemunk
    A wee bit pricey. I'll stick to my six 40" monitors
  • baddad
    I've had a Mits 82" DLP since 2011 I paid $1900.00, that is the heart of my media center, so $9400 for just a monitor is a bit much.