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Sony BRAVIA VPL-AW15 Projector Sony BRAVIA VPL-AW15
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12000:1 Contrast Ratio
1100 Lumens
Street Price: n/a

Home Theater Projector

Evan Powell, July 19, 2007

Sony has just begun to ship their newest entry level home theater projector, the BRAVIA VPL-AW15. The AW15 is a native 16:9, 720p resolution LCD projector that retails for the low price of $1,299. As such it is the least expensive home theater projector yet released by Sony. Advantages include excellent contrast in Cinema mode, and a long 1.6x zoom range and generous lens shift capability which means it can be easily installed in a variety of locations.

The AW15 is not a bright projector, and visible pixelation can be more pronounced on this unit than it is on competing models of the same resolution. These two factors argue for its use in a dark room, with seating at a greater than average viewing distance. But if you're setting up your projector this way anyway, lower brightness and visible pixelation become non-issues, and the AW15 can give you an impressive, rich, natural, high contrast image.


ANSI lumens: 1100

Contrast (full on/off): 12,000:1 (with auto iris active)

Light Engine: 1280x720, native 16:9, 3x 0.7" PolySi LCD with a 165W UHP lamp.

Video Compatibility: HDTV 1080p/60, 1080p/50, 1080p/24, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i. NTSC/PAL/SECAM.

Connection Panel: One HDMI input, one VGA input, one component YPbPr input, one S-Video input, one composite input, one RS-232C port.

Lens and Throw Distance: 1.6:1 manual zoom/focus lens with manual H/V lens shift. Throws a 100" diagonal 16:9 image from 9.6' to 15.7'

Lamp Life: No official quotation.

Warranty: Two years.

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