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.
Pros: EXCELLENT internal processing... overscan should not be excessive. Surely something was amiss with the review sample or perhaps the reviewer. After calibration, contrast ratio close to 1000:1- plenty snap for a great picture. Higher contrast than HD1 DL
Cons: Although real contrast ratio after calibration is close to 1000:1, it still falls short of HD2 DLP projectors. Fixed Pattern noise and vertical banding that is common to all LCD projectors, although many have reported VB not to be an issue with the HS20,
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.