Sony VPL-VW10HT User Reviews
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I bought this unit used for $500, and I searched many projectors and checked out many reviews before purchasing this unit. The units I looked into were within $1000-$2000 up or down of the price of this units MSRP. However I paid nowhere close to this units new price, but all the units I were looking at were within a few hundred dollars used of the 10HT that I purchased. I've never owned a projector, and the wife did not want me buying an LCD flat screen. I compared; Hitachi, Sharp, the Bravia, Epson, Toshiba and Mitsubishi. I do not recall the actual models, but the MSRP wasn't too far off from each other. The models listed above had different ANSI Lumens, contrast ratios and bulb life differences. I based what I wanted to buy upon the contrast ratio, the quality of the product, and all the consumer reviews from each of the products. I'm not a millionaire, so what I buy must last, even if it is used. I know I'll have to buy bulbs yeah, but this came with a free bulb, and bulb that is currently in it reports 1908 hrs on it. The picture looks sharp, clear and clean. Blacks really are black, the brightness is brighter than expected even with my uncontrolled lighted living room. You can watch this in well lit rooms, I have 6 32w fluorescent bulbs and it still looks great to me! However, I use my regular tube for regular TV and my daughters cartoons and save the BIG SCREEN for awesome movie viewing! I think my screen is a 1.1, anything above 1.3 is supposed to be a bit distracting so I read, but that also depends on so many different circumstances. As for my circumstance, I looked for a 1.0 and 1.1. I'm using component connections coming from my receiver, however the inputs are vast enough for any consumer. S-Video, your regular Yellow RCA, and 2 component inputs and something about progressive component within the same inputs A & B. I would recommend this to any who are weary of the ANSI Lumen output to be a problem, and I know the Contrast Ratio is not listed anywhere, and I still can't find it, but it too is way better than expected!! I'll be honest, that was pretty much all I worried about, since it wasn't posted anywhere, however the reviews assured me that I would be happy, and indeed I AM! You can walk up to the screen and basically see each and every little digitally colored square upon my screen, I have good eyes. Plenty of MENU options to customize, and digit keystoning, and the fan noise?? Haven't heard it yet, and the projector is currently sitting right in front of me. It's quiet! Once again I bought this used, for nearly a 10th of the price, and 1908hrs and I'm truly amazed! If you're looking used, get this one. If you're a new buyer, you'll love this I assure you, read all the reviews you can, you'll find them all VERY helpful! I know I'm probably leaving many details out, but for 9 years old and nearly 2000hrs on bulb, (no idea how long it lasts) I'm more than satisfied with my purchase, and expect to be happy for many years to come.
Any Problems: So far, none. No fan noise to be heard of, the unposted contrast ratio can't be that bad with the clear picture I'm getting on my 1.1 screen, very impressed with it! Easy to clean, and change bulbs. Haven't change a bulb yet, and I'm at 1908hrs.
Sony is mad. They discontinue this projector tha had the best resolution... also is reliable as hell. Mine is 3 years old and still going...
Any Problems: NONE
Bright enough for any needs and superb picture quality, it's everything I hoped it would be.
I just recently got into projectors as i've always wanted the larger than life sized image but couldn't justify paying 10s of thousands of dollars for what they use to cost. But now that these LCD projectors are available just about anyone can afford one and I must say I don't regret this purchase for one second. I was using a 27" regular RCA TV and steped up to a 119" Projection HDTV format image which quite literally fills the entire wall. I was simply blown away by the image I got from it. 99.9% of the time I run the projector in cinema black mode (which is around 750 lumens) on a Da-Lite High Contrast Da-Mat screen and it gives a pleanty bright, high contrast image and I couldn't be happier with it. Though the projector looks good right out of the box it needs a good amount of adjustment using the service modes to balance the RGB and get the most out of it but once thats done and you've adjusted the usual contrast, brightness, color, etc, watch out! Don't believe the people that say projectors can't be used unless your room is completely black, this thing works just fine with quite a bit of light in the room. Granted all projectors look their very best in pitch black (even regular TVs look their very best in complete darkness if you think about it) but its very watchable with quite a bit of light in the room even when in cinema black mode. Make sure you visit forums on this projector as you will find it invaluable with helping you fine tune and adjust it. One thing I really liked about the VPL-VW10HT is the amount of connections it has, so one may hook all of their components directly to it without any switchboxes needing to be involved. Also Get a progressive scan DVD player and prepare to be blown away. And playing XBOX on this in 720p is something to behold. I purchased this projector refurbished at projectorpeople.com for $3200 and theres not one thing wrong with it. They didn't have the refurbished on the web site as an option anymore but I called them and they had a handful on hand. This is a great first time and what I consider an entry level projector, it's very easy to use and delivers a beautiful image for the price. All in all I would say if you have the means and you want a proven reliable projector this is it.
Any Problems: The VPL-VW10HT is a bit older model in comparison to the newest projectors and is missing some of the new features like 3:2 pulldown but you won't miss it if you get a decent progressive scan DVD player and even if you didn't you probably wouldn't be missing it all that much. Theres a lot of talk about the blacks not being black enough but let me tell you if you get a high contrast screen, run the projector in cinema black mode and adjust the contrast and brightness correctly you'll get very good blacks. Also the bulb I hear lasts half as long as the newer models such as the VPL-VW11HT and i'm sure the new VPL-VW12HT. But for the price I paid for this projector, something like half as much as the VPL-VW11HT and most likely even more than that for what the VPL-VW12HT will cost i'm not complaining. Other than these few minor things theres no real problems with this projector. Again out of the box it looks great but if you want impress your friends great, you need to adjust all of the picture settings and especially the RGB settings in the service menu. Be patient with the settings because you'll find yourself constantly adjusting and re-adjusting for at least the first few weeks. One more thing, be sure to get a picture calibration disk, you'll need it to make these very necessary adjustments.
I have used this projector for almost 3,000 hrs. YOu can't find a easier projector to set up. It was easy to mount to the ceiling. I use a 106" diagonal 16/9 screen. Beautiful picture with progressive scan output dvd player. I use the pioneer elite dv-37. If you watch lots of dvd's or hdtv this projector is awsome. We sit as close as 6' to watch and it still has a beautiful picture. The prices are going down and this is a hot deal!! The light bulb has a 2000 hr rating on cinema mode, I used mostly cinema mode and got 1978 hrs on the first bulb, and they are easy to change. If you have places to view this and other projectors in your area.....go do it. you'll be impressed with the value you get with sony vpl10ht.
Any Problems: NONE
After previously owning a Barcovision 700 (CRT), I am thrilled with this unit! I have owned it for a year, and have just added the pink lens from Steve Smallcomb, and adjusted the RGB, using his Smart II program. The only problem I've encountered has been the bright grey vs black that all LCDs present. The Smart II program brought these greys down to an acceptable level, and I'll soon be getting a Stewart Firehawk screen to help out even more. I'm using an I-Scan Pro deinterlacer to feed all my inputs (DVD, Laserdisc, S-VHS, and MiniDV, and the picture is just stunning, in terms of color intensity, color balance, image clarity, and lack of introduced artifacts (other than what show up on source material. The unit is versital, and incredibly easy to set up and operate. Sony just cleaned the unit under warrenty, did a great job, and replaced (at my request) the filter with their new filter unit. I'll buy something better (such as the Marentz, just on the market) someday, when DVI and Firewire inputs are included, along with Hollywood's getting their act straightened out with some copy protection that is acceptable to them (if they ever do). In the meantime, I'll stick with the Sony, and be glad for it!
Any Problems: See above, grey vs black levels. Dust blobs, which required cleaning of the unit's air path.
I Bought the projector a year a go when it was state of the Art. Out of the Box, the picture is okay, but if a CC filter is added, this unit becomes the best value on the market. It still won't boast the picture contrast of newer units, but you will pay half as much to get 90% of the way there. Overall, this is a great, quiet unit designed for ease of use and quiet operation.
Any Problems: Sony has had problems with quality control, and at times has been reluctant to fix problems. When purchasing make sure that the exchange policy allows you to return a unti that may be unacceptable because of color uniformity problems, obvious dead pixels, etc. If you can get a "good" one, this unit delivers outstanding picture quality