Sony VPL-HW10 – Image Quality3

Again, from Space Cowboys, this is a cropped image. The right side is very bright (so dynamic irises will not be effective). The VPL-HW10 (top left) shows a pretty good amount of detail in the dark areas of the satellite. Still, there is some loss of detail as the dark ares are very dark, darker than some of the other projectors, making it hard to make out the darkest details. Next to it on the first row, is the Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB, Those images are followed by the Panasonic PT-AE3000 and the JVC RS1 (second row). The third row is the Mitsubishi HC6500 (left) (a projector that cannot match the black level performance of the others, and last, the Mitsubishi HC7000 on the bottom right, which seems to do the best job of showing dark details, of the six images.

VPL-HW10
HC1080UB
PT-AE3000U
JVC_RS-1
HC6500
HC7000

The re-entry image below, is a tough shadow detail test. Projectors with weak black levels and average shadow detail ability tend to generate an image where much of the right side of earth, looks to have that flat, lacking in detail look. All projectors pick up some of the brighter features on the right side, while better ones, pick up a lot more and usually have richer blacks as well.

On the left, is the VPL-HW10, the middle, the Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB, and on the right, at roughly twice the price, is the InFocus IN83 which is about as good as it gets, in terms of shadow detail, although not up to, say, the Epson 1080 UB, in black level performance.

VPL-HW10
HC1080UB
IN83

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