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Sony VPL-VHZ65 Laser Projector Review - Hardware Tour 2

Posted on October 22, 2015 by Art Feierman
SONY VPL-FHZ65 LASER PROJECTOR - HARDWARE TOUR Page 2:  Remote Control, Menus, Lens Throw Chart

Sony FHZ65 Remote Control

Here's a quick rundown of the buttons on the remote control.  Note that this remote can be hard-wired to the projector, if the projector will be placed beyond the range of the IR sensors and remote.

The top row offers up Power On and Standby (Off).  That's followed by an source input section.  There are eight buttons, but those labeled E, F, and S Video (the last two) do not work with this projector.  The rest can be configured in the menus, so you can determine which you want to be HDMI, DVI, etc.  Input A is only for computer signals.

The next section is navigation, except for the ECO mode button on the right.  The Menu button is on the left, and the arrow keys form a diamond layout with Enter in the middle of them.  Below left, is the Return button (backs you up a level in the menus), and on the right, the Reset button which can reset the settings of the menu you are in.

Six buttons below that make up the Lens and operations section, with, of course, Focus, Zoom, and Lens Shift, while the row below has Aspect Ratio, Keystone Correction, and Pattern, which toggles through the provided test patterns.

The final section offers buttons forDigital Zoom, screen Blanking, Muting and Volume (controls the volume of the audio out jack).

The last row of those buttons provides APA which is the Auto Pixel Alignment feature, Twin, which is for split screen use - two sources (one - Input A) must be for a computer, and Freeze, which (obviously) holds on to whatever is being projected when you press that button.

Then towards the bottom is a slider with four settings, for ID, this is so one remote can support up to four projectors, and perhaps more importantly, allows four projectors to have unique ID's so that adjusting one projector doesn't affect the others, such as when setting up an edge blending array.

Nice remote, although there's no backlight.  True, 6000 lumen projectors probably don't need their remotes backlit, but truth is, even projectors this bright are sometimes used in pretty dark areas (usually with some very large screens).

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Sony VPL-FHZ65 Menus

Sony's Menus are extensive, if nothing else.  I've included here something a significant portion of menus, sub-menus, and the like, and still, there are plenty of options I'm not showing you.  The full manual has them all, if you need all the details.

FHZ65 Menus

Picture Menu

This is the main menu for picture controls including color handling, brightness, color management

Brightness options

Dynamic mode pumps up the picture to create a rich, dynamic image that can best punch through ambient light. Standard goes for more natural. Brightness Priority is for dealing with lots of ambient light. Multi-Projection provides the latitude to match multiple projectors output to look identical

Color Temperature

In addition to selecting from pre-defined color temperatures, there is Brightness Priority, and four Custom modes, which can be calibrated.

Color Temp: Custom 1

Enter here to calibrate Custom 1

CMS - for Custom 1

Color Management settings for adjusting Gain and bias to dial in the desired color temperature

Color Space

Custom 1 for vivid colors, 2 for muted, 3 for accurate reproduction. This is part of the color management system (CMS). You can adjust (calibrate) the primary and secondary colors.

Expert Menu

This Picture sub-menu allows for control of Sony's Reality Creation (detail enhancement), Gamma, Color Space and allows for the color correction feature, which is the full area for adjusting individual color hue, saturation and brightness

Operation Menu

Serves up options including where to position the menus, IR sensors, Security, Control Panel and Lens control lock, and menu language

Panel Alignment

First level menu for the alignment process

Panel Alignment On/Off

You've got to turn it on to set it, or to use it

Panel Adjustment

Select the color panel to adjust...Ultimately you get to use the arrow keys to get the red green and blue lines all lined up.

Multi-Screen mode

For multi-projector environments, such as edge blending displays, allows for both edge blending and color matching


Aligning images for Multi-screen, placement settings (invert, rear...), filter control, aspect ratio, and blanking

Operation menu

Volume, APA (Auto Pixel alignment - for analog computer signals, (not to be confused with Panel adjustment). Also Closed Captioning, and startup image, background color


Settings for Network over HDBaseT, also RS232 control

Eco Features

User can determine what energy efficient actions to take when projector has no input signal, or a static one...

Eco - No Input

Determine action when no Input signal - off, standby or light cut-off. With light cut-off, that occurs after about 2 minutes of no input

Operation/Power Menu

Network and HDBT settings, Quick Reboot, Dynamic Range, HDMI, Auto Color, more



Lens Throw Chart for Sony Lenses - for 10 foot WIDE image

Placement Range for 10 ft Wide Screen 16:10 (from front of lens to screen)
Lens Closest Furthest
Standard Zoom 13.9 ft 22.3 ft
Ultra Short Throw (Q1 2016)* 3.3 ft 3.3 ft
Short Throw 6.5 ft 6.5 ft
Short Throw Zoom 8.5 ft 10 ft
Long Throw Zoom 23.4 ft 31.9 ft
V. Long Trhow Zoom 31.8 ft 48.4 ft

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Note, that the standard zoom lens, and the two telephoto zoom lenses are motorized.  All of the wide angle lenses are manual.

*  I have confirmed with Sony, that there will be an ultra short throw manual lens  available in Q1 of 2016.

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