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Sony VPL-VW1000ES Projector - Image Quality 3

Posted on July 26, 2013 by Art Feierman

Sony VPL-VW1000ES - 4K, Overall Color & Picture Quality

This Sony just looks great.  Like any really good projector, it calibrates very well.  When one looks at multiple good projectors (side by side) that are all calibrated, one notices a lot of difference from one to the next, however, they should all look pretty darn good.  The variation in color between several well calibrated projectors is likely closer than the variations in production and color quality from one movie or other source, to the next.  For example, skin tones in X-Men First Class do not look the same as skin tones in Casino Royale, nor do either look the same as in Bourne Supremacy.

With almost any content I viewed, however, the overall picture quality in terms of color fidelity and accuracy, looked very, very, good!

How about a little 4K to start?

Now, while I normally isolate sharpness for discussion on the Performance page (and there is commentary there as well), I feel it impossible to discuss overall Picture Quality without bringing the 4K abilities, and 2K - 4K conversion into the conversation.

In our first image above - true 4K provided by Sony on that HP server I mentioned.  Click of course, for the larger image.  Now try this zoomed in version, starting with a much smaller portion of the scene.  As you can see, this image covers perhaps less than half the width so you get a look at 4x the resolution so-to-speak:

The bottom line on overall picture quality:

Best overall picture ever to grace my current, or previous home theater.  Excellent color, superb detail, great black level performance, and respectable, though not great black level performance. Hard to expect more.  This is a projector I could live with for years, especially since it's also pretty bright, and also does great 3D quality!


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