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Opinion of John - Jul 2, 2010

Sony VPL-X1000U Projector
XGA (1024x768), 1100 ANSI Lumens,
13.0 lbs, $8,990 (MSRP)
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by John - Jul 2, 2010
Image Quality 4.0
Features 4.0
Construction 5.0
Ease of Use 5.0
Reliability 4.0
Value for Money 5.0

Personal Experience
This projector works excellently with the Xbox 360 using VGA cables. The image quality is very comparable to my friends 1366x768 native resolution 50 inch plasma tv (which he purchased in 2009). The main difference is that I'm projecting a 120 inch plus screen. I don't think that any TVs made before 2000 had this good of a picture. Like most projectors, in order to have the best picture, the room most be almost completely dark. Usable in the day time, but kind of harms the color saturation and contrast levels. The contrast ratio is respectfully, even when projecting on a wall. The only prob is that I don't think it can accept HDTV signals without a converter box unit. The speakers could be a little louder for some dvds, but plenty loud enough for all xbox games. This is the first projector I've ever own and I've enjoyed over 200 hours on it so far. Had it only about two months. Extremely well built design. Bulbs can be bought cheap. I got a spare bulb for under $80 on a online auction.

Problems
I bought the sony vpl-x1000u used one for less than $200. The unit does suffer from dust blobs and some discoloration. Has some yellowing around the edges, which is only visible on light screens. Sadly, the projector ages just like any other projector. Can't find how many hours are on the bulb.

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