This line of projectors is defective, and will break down with time.
4 September 2012
Summary: The projector does in fact have many nice qualities, but if you see it up for sale you should definitely pass on it, as it has a major defect that affects all of this line of Sony projectors, as well as many other older LCD projectors. Though it will vary with each individual unit, with normal use, the blue polarizer will start to get damaged, leaving a permanent blue streak in the video that will only grow over time.
Summary: I've owned this unit for years, just came back to order a replacement bulb to have on hand because its about that time - when it goes out, it goes out - boom. I use the unit with DirecTV and HDMI hookups, and we use it on a 100" screen with surround, and it has thus far been a very enjoyable experience. We have a screen (silver) designed for projectors to enhance the picture, not just a flat white surface/screen, and it requires a mostly dark room.
Summary: Personal Experience simply the best projector and image that I have seen at this price level.Worked straight out of the box on cinema setting.Exceptional black levels and vibrant colors with no screen door effect at 4 metre viewing distace. Just amazing.
Summary: Personal Experience This was a very good projector. My last projector was struck by lightening so the company I purchased it from worked with my insurance company and I was upgraded to this model. After three years and 3 bulbs, I experienced the blue hue around the bottom portion of the screen. I sent it back to Sony for repair and was quoted $1462.00 and I told Sony I did not want a new projector I wanted them to fix my old one.
Summary: Personal Experience I would buy another Sony product EVER! I see other people have had poor experiences with this Sony model. I to have had the "blue screen of death and just like the first reviewer said Sony wanted over $2000.00 to fix it. However I complained enough and oh lucky me they agreed to half the repair bill.
Summary: There are different types of projectors in the system but sony vpl-hs51 is my favourite because of its unique picture and clarity. I love all sony products due to their quality.This projector is no exception. I do not have anything to dislike about it. All in all, its an excellent projector.
Summary: I bought this "light" projector for a great price. The picture is simply amazing, although I did have to alter the room in which it is in order to avoid white out image from light (as is the case in most projectors). The contrast ratio is great and the lumens are quite high especially for an LCD projector. I highly recommend this projector to anyone that is looking for a home theater setup.
Summary: Personal Experience This projector worked great for the first 3 1/2 years of use. It has now developed the common "blue smear" problem, meaning the image now has a blue wash on about half of it due to the blue-panel burning up (not a very technical description, I know). Previous to this, the overall PQ, fan noise, features, and reliability were in my opinion fantastic. Unfortunately, Sony wants over $2000 to repair a 4 year old 720p projector.
Summary: The reviewers who gave this projector one star clearly had support issues but from a technical perspective this is an excellent buy for the money. I have owned mine for over 2 years and changed the filter only once. The bulb is still going strong (1000+ hours). I've not had to deal with Sony support yet, and hope not to based on some of the reviews, but notwithstanding that issue I'd most certainly recommend this device. Don't be put off because it isn't DLP..
Summary: Personal Experience excellent when using dvdo scaler as reviewed that is why i bought them together with with 25 ft hdmi cable,upgrading to vw50 or pt ae 1000,you can see a big differance when using a sony demo disk 1280 x 720p if only all material could be received this good Problems 850 hours lcd panel green pix top right corner permanantly on 50- 100 pixels after lightning storm ,taken to sony awaiting repair ,sony warrenty claim or houshloders claim