Projector Reviews

Sony VPL-VW95ES Projector – Image Quality 4

Sony VPL-VW95ES - Overall Color & Picture Quality

In almost all ways, the Sony VW95 looks great. But there are some interesting things going on worth noting, since this is a pre-production projector.

When the Sony is switching sources or at other times with no signal, the background “black” of the Sony definitely takes on a very deep red caste. This only seems to manifest into a visible amount on some very dark scenes. Viewing the Ministry of Magic in Potter’s Order of the Phoenix, the red manifested by bringing out a lot more detail in the floor. In the dark night train scene, that touch of deep red does add “color” and makes one more aware that the scene seems to be shot in the daytime.

Is this good? No, I don’t think so. But then, background color issues are fairly common on pre-production and engineering sample projectors. At any rate, in brighter scenes, skin tones look great, etc. This is something I would expect to be gone in full production projectors, and I hope to get a close look at a newer one at CES, to confirm.

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The bottom line on overall picture quality

Pre-calibration, very good. Post calibration, great. Other than the tendency of oversaturated colors, which reducing the color saturation tends to address, there’s really nothing to complain about. I’ve got over 50 hours now, logged, watching the VPL-VW95ES in 2D, and I’ve enjoyed all of it. Oh my old JVC can do better blacks still, but at the moment, my JVC is underpowered if I want to watch a movie filling my full 124″ diagonal 2.35:1 screen, whereas the VPL-VW95ES handles it no problem, in terms of brightness!