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Opinion of iloveletterbox - Jan 2, 2006

Sony VPL-HS3 Projector
WVGA (858x484), 1200 ANSI Lumens,
9.9 lbs, $1,499 (MSRP)
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by iloveletterbox - Jan 2, 2006
Image Quality 5.0
Features 4.0
Construction 5.0
Ease of Use 5.0
Reliability 5.0
Value for Money 5.0

Personal Experience
I looked all around for something that I could just set up in my small living room to be able to see my movie collects the way they are ment to be seen. I use projector central over and over agin to learn as much as I could. I learned that what I could live with was a small "screen door" effect of an LCD rather then the "rainbow" effect you get from DLP. I have seen both and the LCD is much sharper and a cleaner image and on this Sony you really have to look for it. I built my screen and its 56"Wx32"H. Its the perfect size for my small 12'x12' living room. I also hooked up my Xbox and its fantastic. Here are a few things that have made all the diiference. Component cables!!! if your not using component cables then don't bother. Sure the image will look big but it won't look great. I hooked both the DVD player and the Xbox to the projector via the component and I have never seen a picture so good before. The projector also has a HDMI hook up for pure digital picture which not much is ready for however it will be the wave of the future. I found mine for $530. This projector would be a steal at $800. I hear the later models from Sony in the line are of course better but take it from me (oh by the way I'm a professional photographer and independent film maker) that this projector has all you need for a moderate size projection.

Problems
Sony as always is particular about "their" cables and "their" everything. The projector did come with a 30 foot long SONY cord that gives you RCA, S-ViDEO, and COMPONENT hook ups. If you don't get this cable you are out of luck without having to buy a bunch of adapters to make the component hook ups. Make sure you get the cable Sony DOES NOT sell it after.
Than you all for your reviews and help.

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