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Sony Bravia VPL-HW10 Home Theater Projector Review

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Best Home Theater Projector
Ease of Use
Intended Use:
Home Theater
Sony VPL-HW10 Projector Sony VPL-HW10
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30000:1 Contrast Ratio
1000 Lumens
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Sony's newest 1080p projector, the Bravia VPL-HW10, is now available, and it is easily the finest projector from Sony we've yet seen. The HW10 is brighter than previous models by a decent margin, has excellent contrast, open midtones, a sharp picture, and good placement flexibility. The Sony VPL-HW10 delivers a vibrant, dynamic picture, and it is a very competitive projector among the new 1080p resolution products coming to market this fall.

VPL-HW10 Specifications

ANSI lumens: 1000

Contrast (full on/off): 30,000:1

Light Engine: 1920x1080, native 16:9, 0.6" three-panel SXRD (LCOS) with 200W lamp.

Video Compatibility: 1080p/60/50/24, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i.

Connection Panel: Two HDMI 1.3 ports, one YPbPr component input, one VGA port, s-video, component video, one RS-232C port.

Lens and Throw Distance: 1.6x manual zoom/focus lens with manual vertical and horizontal lens shift. Throws a 100" diagonal 16:9 image from 10' 1" to 16' 2".

Lamp Life: Not specified.

Replacement lamp price: $369.

Warranty: One year.

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Comments (17) Post a Comment
Eiffel Posted Nov 7, 2008 4:08 PM PST
I'd be interested in a side by side comparison with the AE3000 as the specs and price are fairly close in the end (brightness, contrast, noise, etc.), although the HW10 has fewer features (Powerzoom, zoom range, frame interpolation, etc.)

Any reason to pick this projector over the Panny one?
Felix Alonzo Posted Nov 7, 2008 4:44 PM PST
I agree with Eiffel, there's gotta be a shootout between the AE3000 and the HW10. These two are at the top of my list for my next upgrade.
madshi Posted Nov 7, 2008 4:57 PM PST
Interestingly, in Germany the HW10 is very cheap with only 1900 Euros while the AE3000 costs 2700 Euros.
LORDD Posted Nov 8, 2008 5:11 AM PST
A mi m eha salido en españa el HW10 por 1695€, si lo comparamos con los 2300 que cuesta el AE3000, no hay discusion alguna.
EeeTee Posted Nov 8, 2008 12:58 PM PST
If Sony has "an exceptional commitment to service and support" that would represent a significant improvement over my personal experience, and many others I know, who owned early Sony widescreen projectors (VPL-W400Q, VW10HT-VW12HT). Sony consistently ducked responsibility for inherent design/build issues and voided/avoided warranty repairs. MY experience with Sony Service is why I would be unlikely to buy a Sony again.
Khalid Posted Nov 8, 2008 11:11 PM PST
I think after my research, i have reached the conclusion that if one can afford, Panasonic BD-55 Blu-Ray player and AE-3000 projector is a leathal combination! And nothing can beat it ...yet! I wonder when AE3000 will come out with LED or Laser as a light source so i may use it as a HD Television as well ... not worrying about the bulb crap.
Joseph Lackay Posted Nov 11, 2008 11:58 AM PST
I need to buy this product. Please send me complete information.
Senaka Perera Posted Nov 20, 2008 11:59 PM PST
I love this product.Wish if any body could offer this as a gift as it was my ambtion from the child hood to owns a Home Theatre.
george Posted Nov 27, 2008 7:10 PM PST
I am having a hard time finding exactly the projector I need. My diagonal is 60 in. exactly and the throw is 14 ft. I cannot change these dimensions. Cannot find a projector that fits.Help.
Bill Posted Jan 16, 2009 6:40 PM PST
I had the projector a for week it is stunning. I got setting and calibration from AVS Forum. The picture is unbelievable I owned the Epson 1083 there is no comparison the sony is true killer. I am very happy It's a keeper.
Alec Posted Mar 1, 2009 5:59 PM PST
I agree with EeeTee. My first projector was a Sony VPL-HS2 and I was fooled by the name. I thought Sony products were good, but my projector failed after less than a month. Sony fixed it inder warranty, but I had to pay over a hundred dollars for shipping and wait two weeks. It began failing again shortly before the warranty expired. Sony said that there was nothing wrong with it, and when it totally failed two months later, a week after the warranty ran out, they offered to fix it for $1000, $400 less than I paid for it new. Personally, I won't buy another Sony product.
Thim Lee Posted Jun 20, 2009 7:59 PM PST
This projector is awesome for the money. I have had the VPL-HS20 for about three year and as technology change so has performance and I can say with conviction that it is worth the upgrade. Never had any problem with my previous projector and was extremely hapy with the old and the new Sony. Great picture right out of the box.
David Q Posted Jun 22, 2009 2:06 PM PST
I'm interested in purchasing a Sony VPL-HW10 and matching it with a 92" Screen Innovations fixed screen. Question: How far from the wall should I install the projector? I need an idea to have the pre-wiring done in the media room. Also, any suggestions on a combo projector/screen? Thanks.
Crusty Posted Oct 13, 2009 8:26 AM PST
I have owned this projector for nearly 10 months and it still gives me the same satisfaction that it delivered the first day I purchased it. Many of my friends are awed at the pq and it has been trouble fee so far (fingers crossed)
Blue Laine-Beveridge Posted Oct 14, 2009 4:24 AM PST
The review states in the first sentence that the HW-10 "is easily the finest projector from Sony we've yet seen"; then the first sentence of the conclusion states it "is one of the strongest home theater projectors we've yet seen from Sony". Aren't these two different statements?
wizard Posted Oct 20, 2009 6:20 PM PST
i have seen the sony sxrd and panasonics ae3000 side by side.the panasonic hands down blew the sony out of the water.Pay the extra cash for the is well worth it.if you do your homework you will find you can get a free bulb with the panasonic making them pretty much the same price.
Last Toy Posted Nov 3, 2009 7:20 PM PST
Bought this after the AE4000 cratered local prices, picked up a demo with 2 hrs on it for 2600CAD. Running it with an Optoma 1.8 gain 106" screen from 14'. Dialed in the calibration numbers I found online, and you know, for an "entry level" projector, it's not bad at all. Going to have it pro calibrated by a guy here in Calgary that actually set THX up with their calibration program. He did one tv for me years ago, it was astonishing to see the difference. From what I have seen so far from it uncalibrated though, blacks are pretty darn black, skin tones look true, pretty decent all the way around. Numbers are numbers, but the eyes like what they see.

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