Mike's General Notes
As was the case with the VW1000ES, the brightest mode was arguably also the best mode. Reference mode, which puts out over 1500 lumens, has good RGB balance, being only slightly red in the higher IRE range. TV mode was very close to Reference mode in RGB balance, but at much lower lumen output. It also used Color Space 1, which is provides an expanded gamut.
As usual, Sony provides a range of color spaces that make using a CMS unnecessary. Nonetheless, it’s odd that a projector in this price range doesn’t have a CMS. BT.709 was just about right on the Rec. 709 standard, with a chromaticity error that rarely exceeded 1%, with a maximum of 2.2% in one instance. This is excellent performance that is sometimes not achievable in projectors that do have a CMS. The other color spaces expanded the gamut to varying degrees. Color Space 1 and Adobe RGB expand the gamut the most. There is also an even wider DCI color space, which is designed to conform to the DCI standard.
Mike's Grayscale Calibration Notes
Reference mode calibrated quite well, with an average Delta E of 1.2, with a peak of 2.9 at 20 IRE. Gamma is the same if set to 2.2 or OFF, coming in at a 2.17 average. If set to 2.4, average gamma is 2.34. There is also the ability to set a custom gamma if you desire something in between the two.