Sony VPL-VW60: 1080p Home Theater Projector Review – Image Quality-6

OK a new image for your consideration. This from Casino Royale on Blu-ray disc.

This image of the resort at night looks great, but when you click on the image below, you’ll see a significantly overexposed version. Look to the bushes, and most importantly the building’s roof. I can tell you that only the JVC so far, has done better (very slightly) on that roof. Perfectly good projectors like the Panasonic, Sanyo and Optoma HD8000 try hard, but the roof detail is virtually non-existent. Watching any of those, you would likely think it’s a flat roof that you can’t see.

Click to enlarge. SO close

Bottom line, the Sony does a very good job on shadow details with the proper setup. Overall, I still found the JVC RS1 to have a very slight advantage, but we are talking very close here. The real question will be whether the more expensive, new JVC RS2 will significantly exceed the VW60 as the older RS1 did relative to the VW50.

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Sony VPL-VW60 home theater projector: Sharpness

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I’ve always adhered to the idea, that the less visible the pixel structure the inherently softer looking an image will be, all else being equal. The Sony, like the JVC, being LCoS, they have essentially invisible pixel structure, thus an apparent softness. This is also true of the Panasonic PT-AE2000U, an LCD, but one with their smooth screen technology which also makes pixels invisible at any normal seating distance.

While I refer to this section as sharpness, there are two aspects, – perceived sharpness, and actual resolving of fine details. As a general rule, even the softer looking images, show just as much fine detail as the sharpest (like the Mitsubishi HC6000, Optoma HD81-LV and Sharp XV-Z20000).

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