Sony VPL-VW350ES Projector Review – Advanced Calibration Information

SONY VPL-VW350ES PROJECTOR – ADVANCED CALIBRATION INFORMATION: CMS Calibration, Calibration Charts

Mike's CMS Calibration Notes

422As usual, Sony provides a range of color spaces that tend to make a CMS unnecessary.  BT.709 is about as close as you can get to the Rec. 709 standard.  Color Space 1, 2 and 3 expand the gamut to varying degrees, with Color Space 2 being the largest gamut of the three.  As far as picture quality is concerned, the different color spaces used by all but Reference, User and Photo modes make for more saturated colors, but are less accurate.

Since Sony did include a CMS with the VW350ES, I used it to fine tune the already excellent color.  This was even better than the grayscale performance.  Delta E averaged 0.9 before calibration, which is a good result for many projectors after calibration.  After calibration, Delta E dropped to an average of 0.5, which is excellent.  Chromaticity error went from a maximum of -2.7% (which is excellent) to a maximum of 0.7%.  As you can see from the two CIE charts and the small changes in the CMS settings, there’s very little difference between default and calibrated.

Lumen Output

Lumen Output and Color Temp at 100 IRE (mid zoom)
Reference = 1286 @ 6133
TV = 1383 @ 7385
Cinema Film 1 = 1286 @ 6133
Cinema Film 2 = 1270 @ 6134
User = 1270 @ 6139
Game = 1270 @ 6136
Photo = 1109 @ 5178
Bright Cinema = 1383 @ 7114
Bright TV = 1383 @ 7214

 

Effect of zoom on lumen output (Reference mode)
Zoom Out 1339
Mid-zoom 1286
Zoom In 1012

NOTE: At 100 IRE, Reference, Cinema Film 1 and 2, User and Game have virtually identical RGB balance.

Lumen Output (Low Lamp, Reference mode):  1005

Color Temp over IRE Range (Post calibration)

Color Temp over IRE Range (Post calibration)
THX
20 IRE 6676
30 IRE 6509
40 IRE 6523
50 IRE 6489
60 IRE 6568
70 IRE 6566
80 IRE 6523
90 IRE 6495
100 IRE 6529

Average gamma= 2.22

CMS

Color Management Settings
Red Green Blue Cyan Magenta Yellow
Hue 0 2 0 0 7 -1
Saturation 0 1 -1 2 1 0
Brightness 4 1 -2 0 4 1

Sony VPL-VW350ES Calibration Charts

Pre- and post-calibration charts for the Sony VPL-VW350ES, click to enlarge.

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