Projector Reviews

ony VPL-VW40: 1080p Home Theater Projector Review – Image Quality-9

Sony VPL-VW40 home theater projector: Sharpness

I’ve always believed that the less visible the pixel structure, the inherently softer looking an image will be, all else being equal. The Sony, like the JVC, being LCoS, they have essentially invisible pixel structure, thus an apparent softness. This is also true of the Panasonic PT-AE2000U, an LCD but one with their smooth screen technology which also makes pixels invisible at any normal seating distance.

While I refer to this section as sharpness, there are two aspects, – perceived sharpness, and actual resolving of fine details. As a general rule even the softer looking images, show just as much fine detail as the sharpest (like the Mitsubishi HC6000, Optoma HD81-LV and Sharp XV-Z20000).

Sony VPL-VW40
Panasonic PT-AE2000U
Sanyo PLV-Z2000
Optoma HD8000
Mitsubishi HC6000







Sharpness of the VW40 is definitely satisfactory. I’ve been sitting less than 12 feet from my screen, letting the Sony fill about 123″ diagonal, and the sharpness is fine. (My vision is better than 20/20). That’s not to say that some of these others aren’t a little bit sharper