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Sony VPL-VW90ES Projector Review

Posted on March 13, 2011 by Art Feierman

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Sony VPL-VW90ES Specs
Price 9999
Technology LCoS
Native Resolution 1920x1080
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 1000
Contrast 150,000:1
Zoom Lens Ratio
Lens Shift Yes
Lamp Life Sony does not provide info, we assume 2000 hours at full power
Weight 26.5
Warranty 3 years

This projector review is of Sony's new VPL-WV90ES, their first, and top of the line 3D home theatre projector. The ES in the VPL-VW90ES is the designation for the top of the line series in Sony products - their top of the line AV receiver line, LCDTVs, etc. all end in ES.

It is, as expected, an excellent 2D projector, and there's lots to discuss about 3D as well. We loved the improvements in the far less expensive Pro1, when we reviewed it in December (2D only). Let's see if the Sony VW90ES impresses as well.

Sony VPL-VW90ES Projector Highlights

  • A modest increase in brightness, compared to last year's VW85
  • Brighter than average in "best mode"
  • Excellent post calibration color,
  • "Out of the box" color could be significantly improved,
  • An ultra high contrast projector - very good black levels (though there are better), it still trails a few projectors that are legendary for their great blacks.
  • Zoom lens is relatively short thow, may not work shelf mounted in deep rooms, or in typical rooms with small to medium sized screens, best ceiling mounted
  • Adjustable vertical and horizontal lens shift
  • Sony's dynamic iris is nicely smooth, even in the more "active" of two modes. Rarely dectectable during normal viewing. One of the better ones
  • Pricey, but you get 3D (and other improvements) for the extra $2000 more than last year's projector.
  • Supports an anamorphic lens, with or without sled.

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