Excerpt: Take a minute to look at the measurement box. Keep in mind that this is an LCD-based product. At 0.003 foot-lamberts, the VPL-HS51 is only 0.001 ft-L higher than the Yamaha DLP projector that's also in this issue. Not bad for a projector that's less than a third of the Yamaha's price. And did I mention it's an LCD? Impressive.
Excerpt: Second, like all digital display devices that use a projection lamp, LCDs could not close down to a level needed for fully satisfying performance in darker scenes. In other words, their peak contrast, absolute black level, and shadow detail was inferior not only to that of the supposedly obsolete CRT, but also to that of other competing digital technologies.
Excerpt: Projector central has posted a review of the Sony VPL-HS51, calling it “an impressive product”. Evan Powell went on to add it their Highly Recommended list. The review also mentions this projector as having, blacker black levels than even most DLP projectors. That’s a powerful statement towards an LCD projector, as black level and screen door effect have been long time complaints of LCD technology from DLP fans.