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Opinion of Andrew - Jan 2, 2004

Sony VPL-HS3 Projector
WVGA (858x484), 1200 ANSI Lumens,
9.9 lbs, $1,499 (MSRP)
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by Andrew - Jan 2, 2004
Image Quality 5.0
Features 5.0
Construction 5.0
Ease of Use 5.0
Reliability 5.0
Value for Money 5.0

Personal Experience
I'm fairly new to the home theatre scene so I can't say I have an expert opinion however I am very impressed with this projector. I've clocked up 80 hours now and have enjoyed every one of them. I'm actually projecting onto a bed sheet which is probably the worst set up for a projector but the HS3 seems to make the most of it. Very bright and clear. Screen door effect isn't bad and is completely unnoticable to me with a bit of defocusing and sitting back at an appropriate distance.

On the back panel you've got Composite, S-Video and HDMI. You've then got another Composite, S-Video and Component inputs via the "PJ multi" input and the supplied breakout cable (which is a handy 5m long). No VGA input though unless you spend ~$100 to get a different breakout cable for the PJ multi input.

Problems
Can't say I've had any problems with this projector. The menu is easy to navigate, although a snappier response to button pushes would be nice. Noise from the fans when they kick into high gear gets a bit excessive sometimes but a bit of good ventilation could help. (It's coping with a rather warm air temperature in this Australian summer too)

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