Tuesday, March 28, 2006
CNET score for highly regarded Sony VPL-VW100 SXRD ( or LCoS ) 1080p front projector is 8.3 out 10 which tagged as excellent. Usually, whoever reviews this projector is amazed and CNET's complaint is the light output being at low 800 : 1 ANSI lumens. I think, being a high-end home theater projector that most people will install in a dedicated light controlled room does not make the low lumen an issue at all.
Review outlines are ease of installation with mentioning of motorized focus, zoom and vertical lens shift functions. However, with above features reviewer notes that horizontal lens shift, while available, needs a screwdriver to work with. I do understand that Sony does not think horizontal shift is going to be used as frequently [ or not at all ] as the vertical thus is the design. I do not blame them.
The reviewer also mentions the advance iris functionality that automatically optimizes the picture for better blacks.
Inputs on Ruby are layed out in a simple line - one per each type - composite, s-video, component, RGB, HDMI and DVI. So, in case you have 2 component sources, you better get a switcher.
Reviewer notes image quality is amazing producing sharp images with barely visible screen-door effect. They have even tried a Blu-Ray test disk and obviously are shocked about quality.