Sony VPL-VW90ES Projector Review

Effect of Iris settings on lumen output (Dynamic mode):

Iris on Manual (maximum opening) 575
Iris on Manual (50% open) 440
Iris on Manual (minimum opening) 231
Iris Off or on Auto 1 or 2 633

Our “quick-calibration” of Dynamic mode (which is designed to improve color as much as possible without sacrificing a lot of lumens), yielded 751 lumens, just a handful less than the not as good looking “out of the box” mode.

“Best mode” calibration of the VW90ES yielded a better than average, healthy 588 lumens.

Here’s how the final color temp looked:

Color Temp over IRE Range (Post calibration):

20 IRE 6116
30 IRE 6519
40 IRE 6634
50 IRE 6653
60 IRE 6620
70 IRE 6560
80 IRE 6477
90 IRE 6436
100 IRE 6552
Average gamma 2.23

Mike’s NOTES:  Results were almost identical to the VW85.  The grayscale was further off than the VW85 with default settings, but the VW90 has a lot of hours on it.

Unlike most projectors that come in, new, this Sony had over 220 hours when it arrived. This is important to note, that just figuring normal lamp characteristics, this projector’s probably already lost something between five and ten percent of brightness.

The Calibration page provides the settings we used. That includes basic settings as well as gain and offset.

Sony VPL-VW90ES Sharpness

For your consideration, our usual close up images:

Top left: VPL-VW90ES, Top Left Center, Runco LS-10d, Top Right Center – JVC RS25, Top right – Mitsubishi HC7000

2nd row left: Panasonic PT-AE4000, left center: Epson Home Cinema 8700UB, right center: older Sony HW15, right: Sony Pro1.

Please note, we have switched to using the Playstation PS3 start screen for a sharpness test.

VPL-VW90ES
Runco LS-10d
JVC RS25
Mitsubishi HC7000
VPL-VW90ES
+Runco LS-10d
Panasonic PT-AE4000
Epson Home Cinema 8700UB
older Sony HW15
Sony Pro1.
Panasonic PT-AE4000
+Epson Home Cinema 8700UB

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