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Sony VPL-HS20 Projector

WXGA Home Theater Projector
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From Sony —   Micro Lens Array and WV Film. By incorporating these two technologies, the VPL-HS20 achieves superb High Contrast.. The "Contrast Ratio" of LCD projectors is the difference between the On/Off status of the liquid crystal elements, which are in between the two polarizers. As the light passes through the panels the liquid crystal is "On"; which means the light should be shut out. To improve the contrast we implemented 3 main measures. First, we added Micro Lens Array (MLA) to the LCD panel to increase brightness. Then we add Wide View film (WV) to shift brightness (increased by MLA) for deeper blacks. Third, we modify the optical unit to reduce the light leak more than usual.

  • Digital Home Entertainment LCD Projector
  • Single Lens Projection System
  • Three WXGA LCD Panels, .87" p-si TFT Panels
  • Resolution: (1386 x 788) 3,276,504 Pixels (1,092,168 Pixels x 3)
  • Lens: 1.3 Times Powered Lens Zoom, Focus F. No. 1.7-2.1 / f 33.6-42mm
  • High Quality I/P Converter
  • Side Shot 2 Digital Keystoning
  • Brightness: ANSI Lumens: 1200 Im/OEP, 1570 ANSI Im
  • Memory Stick Media Playback (JPEG/MPEG)
  • CineMotion Reverse 3-2 Pulldown Technology
  • Ceiling or Table Mount Capable

Sony VPL-HS20 Projector Specifications

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November 2003
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White Brightness
1,400 Lumens (ANSI)1
Aspect Ratio
16:9 (WXGA)
Display Type
0.87" 3LCD
Color Processing
Video Modes
720p, 1080i, 480p, 480i
Data Modes
MAX 1386x788

Lamp Type
180W UHP bulb
Lamp Life
3,000 hours
Lamp Model
LMP-H180  Buy Replacement Lamp

Included Lens
1.2x Powered zoom , Powered focus
Optional Lenses
Lens Shift
Throw Distance
9.2' - 38.4'  Calculate Throw Distance
Image Size
60.00" - 300.00"
Throw Ratio
1.78:1 - 2.13:1
Projector Placement
For a
diagonal screen, place the projector lens between 12'-10" and 15'-5" from the screen.
Digital Zoom
Digital Keystone
Horizontal & Vertical

Projector Size
5.88" x 13.63" x 14.63"
11.9 lbs
Audible Noise
28 dB
Internal Speakers
2.0 Watts × 2
260 Watts 100V - 240V
Memory Card Reader
Additional Features
Support for Memory Stick playback


ANSI LUMENS  is the most commonly accepted industry standard brightness measurement. The ANSI lumen rating measures the brightest white that a projector can produce by averaging nine light meter measurements taken across the projected image.

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BUYER BEWARE   Either this projector's brightness specification does not cite an industry-accepted unit of measurement, or according to our calculations it seems unlikely that this projector is capable of producing the manufacturer's cited brightness specification.

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