Summary: I recently purchased a house with a basement theater that came with a Sony VPL-HS20. Considering it came with the house, I was more than happy to take it. Features: The VPL-HS20 is a 768p projector that takes a 720p input signal natively. As hard as I try, I can not get the thing to take a 1:1 pixel mapping from my PC attached via HDMI or DVI. There is always around 5% cut off from each side of the image with no way to correct the overscan.
Pros: 720p HDMI input, well balanced colors w/ minimal tweaking
Cons: Horrible Black levels, non-native 720p output, impossible to get pixel-perfect, no fix for overscan
Summary: I bought this projector to replace a very nice rear projection tv that I sold due to it's size and weight. I never believed that a projector could even compare to the picture you get on a LCD or LED tv. After putting up the screen and arranging the projector I put a Blu Ray movie on the projector via a HDMI connection.
Summary: I've owned this projector for 5 years, and enjoyed it greatly. I was shocked to see it selling here for $2600, though. A brand new modern projector with vastly improved performance can be had for around $2000. I am about to upgrade mine, and doubt I could sell my VPL-HS20 for more than $500 or so nowadays. (Incidentally, I only paid about $2000 for this unit 5 years ago.
Pros: Easy integration with home theater components and video games like WII. Simple controls. Very good color quality. Quiet operation. Price per diagonal inch is better than comparable large-screen TV.
Cons: If you require dealer support, be careful in assuring that it will be provided. Our dealer provided almost no after-sale support, especially noted with bulb replacement. When we changed residences the dealer wouldn't even quote a re-install.
Summary: Personal Experience Average to good quality, makes a lot of noise, very limited warranty ( 1 year on the Belgian market in 2004, now legislation is changed and all electronic devices have 2 year warranty), after sales service is very poor. See also Encountered Problems. Problems Sorry but I'm dissapointed. After 3 years and only 500 hours of burning I received a green fingerprintlike spot on the left upper side of the screen and this as big as a football.
Summary: Personal Experience After an inordinate amount of research, I finally decided on this unit. I've connected my HS20 to my Toshiba HD-DVD player and the look is nothing short of stunning. It's honestly hard tearing myself away from the unit. The picture is that good. Had a friend over to watch the Matrix and the superlatives were flying. Just like being at the theatre was one remark. The unit is whisper quiet.
Summary: Personal Experience I have been using this projector for almost 2 years now and it has been an excellent purchase. I've been using it with a 12 feet, High-Power permanent screen. + The HD picture is breath-taking, amazingly beautiful. MUCH better than Sharp and Sanyo projectors I had.
Summary: Personal Experience After using this projector for over a year I can honestly say that Projector Central over rated it. My biggest complaint is that the unit is not bright enough and it is too expensive to maintain. For what I paid for the projector and screen I would have been more satisfied if I purchased a Plasma HDTV.
Summary: Personal Experience Paid 799.00 for this unit and I must say as a first projector it's amazing. If you can find one you will really love it. Problems Leans towards green, and you need a room with atleast 13 feet wide in order to get a 100 inch picture. Great quailty picture with a upconverting dvd player. You won't regret your pruchase with this one.