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Sony VPL-VW100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 58 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the usability and noise. The design and image quality are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the value for money.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Sony VPL-VW100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony VPL-VW100

 

Editor's note, 12/13/07: This review has been rerated since its original publication to reflect changes in the competitive landscape. Sony has also released an updated, improved model, the Sony VPL-VW200 .

Lowest priced 1080p front projector; solid video processing with 2:3 pull-down and proper de-interlacing of 1080i; resolves every detail of 1080i and 1080p sources; can reproduce deep black levels; accepts native 1080p signals; comprehensive features...

Expensive; quoted brightness limits screens to around 100 inches (diagonal); high-priced replacement lamp; high power consumption at 610 watts; imperfect uniformity in white fields; can't switch aspect ratios with HD sources.

The Sony VPL-VW100 produces big, beautiful 1080p images at a price-to-performance ratio that no current projector can match.

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Sony VPL-VW100 LCOS Projector

 

I've been saying it since the first 1080p displays hit the market: There's no need for 1080p on a screen smaller than 65 inches. Your eye just can't resolve that kind of detail at the distance just about everyone sits from their TV. Resoundingly, no...

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Sony VPL-VW100 LCOS Projector

 

I've been saying it since the first 1080p displays hit the market: There's no need for 1080p on a screen smaller than 65 inches. Your eye just can't resolve that kind of detail at the distance just about everyone sits from their TV. Resoundingly, no...

Deinterlacing was fairly average. The 3:2 pickup wasn't very fast, and video processing showed some jagged edges with the waving-flag scene on Silicon Optix's HQV Benchmark DVD. Turn off the Digital Reality Creation (DRC). It adds more jaggies.

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Sony VPL-VW100 SXRD Video Projector Part II

 

The delay also gave me more time with the projector. Further viewing certainly did not change my opinion of this superb product. But it did surface an additional problem with this (admittedly pre-production) sample, allow me to check out the projector...

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Sony VPL-VW100 SXRD Video Projector Part II

 

The delay also gave me more time with the projector. Further viewing certainly did not change my opinion of this superb product. But it did surface an additional problem with this (admittedly pre-production) sample, allow me to check out the projector...

Beautifully smooth, detailed image

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Sony VPL-VW100 SXRD Video Projector Part I

 

So concluded my review of the first SXRD product, Sony's $30,000, 1920x1080 QUALIA 004 projector, in the May 2004 Stereophile Guide to Home Theater. And while those anticipated, less expensive SXRD products took a while to materialize (the...

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Sony VPL-VW100 SXRD Video Projector Part I

 

"Sony has unquestionably made a breakthrough here. We'll wait anxiously to see if they can product the SXRD chips in sufficient quantity. . .If they can, less pricey models are likely to follow. But for the here and now, the QUALIA 004 is one...

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Sony VPL-VW100

 

Sony's VPL-VW100 is a heavyweight coming in at over 41 pounds, but it can really pack a punch where it counts. Its chassis is a high-gloss white with silver accents and measures over 22-inches deep. With a silent fan, you hardly know the projector is...

This projector is a fantastic selection for uncompromised quality and performance in any home or business

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"Great picture quality and features. I'm in love"

 

Beautiful HD picture. projected at 100" people look like they could walk off the screen.

Huge! I had no idea how big this projector was when I ordered it. SD looks so/so unless upconverted

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Great picture quality and features. I'm in love

 

Beautiful HD picture. projected at 100" people look like they could walk off the screen

Huge! I had no idea how big this projector was when I ordered it. SD looks so/so unless upconverted

Product Specifications

With a contrast ratio up to 15, 000:1 (with Advanced Iris on), guess where your friends and neighbors are watching the big game this year? Built on Sony's SXRD technology, the VPL-VW100 1920 x 1080p projector is built from three micro display panels supporting a Full High Definition 1080 line resolution image. This technology ensures support of full HD resolution with a film-like image presented in accurate color rendition and high contrast ratio providing you with that "at home" theater experience you've always desired. Providing the illumination is a Sony 400W Pure Xenon Lamp providing equal brightness output for each of the primary colors - red, green and blue, which are used to produce the trillions of colors that you as the viewer enjoy on the screen. The projector's Advanced Iris technology also helps to improve images by monitoring algorithms and adjusting the iris diameter so images in bright scenes are crisp and clear while black levels in dark scenes are deep and detailed. And forget the annoying loud projector sounds of the past; the VW100 is designed to remain ultra quiet while it removes heat at a noise spec of just 22dB.

Audio Output

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:22.6in
Height:6.9in
Weight:41.9lbs
Width:19.5in

Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
HD Image Format:1080p
High Definition:High Definition
Image Brightness:800ANSI lumens
Image Contrast Ratio:15000:1
Max Image Size:25ft/25ft / 300in
Max Resolution:1920 x 1080
Min Image Size:3.3ft/3.3ft / 40.2in
Native Aspect Ratio:Widescreen
Portability:Non-portable
Recommended Use of Projector:Cinema
Type:SXRD projector

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:VW100/VW100/P
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony VPL

Projector Lamp

Lamp Type:Xenon gas fluorescent lamp

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC 3.58 / NTSC 4.43 / PAL / PAL 60 / PAL-M / PAL-N / SECAM
Analog Video Signal:Component video / Composite video / RGB / S-Video
Digital Video Standard:Digital Visual Interface (DVI) / High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)
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