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Sony VPL-HS51 Projector

720P Home Theater Projector
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From Sony —   A high definition video projector for the ultimate home theater experience, the new Sony VPL-HS51 produces incredible high-contrast images with the true-life accuracy of 3 LCD technology. Advanced iris function enables the projector to dynamically adjust the video image according to the level of the input signal. This results in high contrast ratio of up to 6000:1, along with reproduction of the most subtle details. The HS51 also incorporates three proprietary 720p LCD panels that provide 2,764,800 pixel resolution (1280x720) optimized for HD video input.

  • Home-theater LCD front projector compatible with standard- and high-definition (480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i) signals
  • 1,280 x 720 native pixel resolution; capable of projecting to screen sizes from 40 to 200 inches
  • Up to 6,000:1 contrast ratio
  • 1,200 ANSI Lumen brightness
  • ARC-F lens improves focus at screen center and screen corners
  • Powerful Real Color Processing lets you alter, the blue in a sky without affecting the color of water
  • Measures 13.8 x 5.4 x 12.6 inches (W x H x D)

Sony VPL-HS51 Projector Specifications

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October 2004
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White Brightness
1,200 Lumens (ANSI)1
Aspect Ratio
16:9 (HD)
Dynamic Iris
Display Type
0.73" 3LCD
Color Processing
Video Modes
720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 575i, 480p, 480i
Data Modes
MAX 1280x768

Lamp Type
135W UHP bulb
Lamp Life
2,000 hours  / 3,000 hours
Lamp Model
LMP-H130  Buy Replacement Lamp

Included Lens
1.55x manual zoom , manual focus
Optional Lenses
Lens Shift
Horizontal +/-50% & Vertical +/-100%
Throw Distance
8.9' - 19.7'  Calculate Throw Distance
Image Size
60.00" - 200.00"
Throw Ratio
1.37:1 - 2.08:1
Projector Placement
For a
diagonal screen, place the projector lens between 9'-10" and 14'-11" from the screen.
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Projector Size
5.37" x 13.75" x 14.13"
12.6 lbs
Audible Noise
24 dB
195 Watts 100V - 240V
Connection Panel
Network: RJ-45

Additional Features
It's packed with features like an advanced iris function, a high contrast ratio of up to 6000:1, and three proprietary 720p LCD panels that provide 2,764,800 pixel resolution (1280x720) optimized for HD video input.

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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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