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Sony VPL-VW50 Pearl Home Theater Projector Review: Image Quality-8

Posted on February 27, 2007 by Art Feierman

The image above, from Sin City, is a good demonstration of the shadow detail of the Sony VW50 Pearl projector. There is plenty of detail in the walls, bricks, woodwork and also the bottles on the right.

In summary, the Sony is about as good as it gets in terms of resolving shadow detail, and producing very deep blacks, on most scenes. At its worst, with scenes with both very dark areas and some very bright areas, the Sony VW50 still performs extremely well.

Sony VW50 Pearl home theater projector: Overall Image Quality

We've looked at color balance and accuracy, sharpness, and black levels/shadow detail. All are important components, but, you might say, regarding a projector's performance, that the "whole is greater than the sum of its parts."

And the whole word on the VW50 is that the overall picture is really excellent, and perhaps above all, natural looking - yep, that dreaded term - film-like!

Here are a number of images first Hi def DVD, then standard DVD, and finally a few from HDTV.

Note, on the image above from Aeon Flux, clicking on the image, gets you a closeup of the eye, in the larger format. In the image below, from The Italian Job, clicking also gets you a closeup, (looking at the sign behind the lamppost is another good test for sharpness, found on many reviews.

I think you should have the idea by now. The Sony VW50 is extremely capable, it handles a wide range of image types, rather effortlessly. It may not have the punch of some other 1080p projectors, but in part, that's because it tends to be more natural looking. Thanks, however to the great black levels and shadow details, the Sony has a very three dimensional feel to it, one that gives the images lots of depth.

OK, moving on time. Next is the General Performance section, which covers a lot of turf, and of particular note, projector brightness, screen recommendations, remote and menu functionality, measurements and adjustments, and more. Ready? Click!

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