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: Personal Experience overall I like the projector and its image quality. My problem is that my projector is switching to MS mode every 3 minutes or so. If I unplug the unit for 30 seconds and let the projector reset itself it works okay. When I use it the next time it does this all over again. I am going to be sending back soon for repair Problems Unit switches from DVI mode to MS mode all the time now. I will be sending back for repairs soon.
Summary: Personal Experience When I use any HD digital input mode on this projector it periodically switches to the memory stick (MS) input mode on its own. When I do have a picture either through HD and the DVI slot or the HDMI slot with a DVD the picture is fantastic. Iâ€™m projecting at 153â€� diagonal sit at 15â€™ away. Picture is smooth and clear. If it would quit switching into the MS mode it would be a great projector.
Summary: Gorgeous colors from the HS-20. No screen door or fixed panel noise. Some reports of convergence problems. Many input options made this a choice over other units. Cons: you may need to buy several expensive cables ($50) for VGA analog input, HDMI port use. Also, HDMI port has poor quality when used with VOOM. May be a problem with all HDMI. DVI input (and component) looks great though. See avsforum dot com for futher discussions.
Excerpt: About 6 months ago I came to the decision that I needed a large screen TV but I didn't want to lose a large percentage of the space in my lounge. That basically ruled out a CRT or rear projection and at the time I thought the only option was a plasma TV. As it happened I managed to visit a friend who had just purchased the VPL-HS10 Sony projector and I was completely blown away by the flexibility of the unit and amazing picture quality.