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.
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...
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. Problems None
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.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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...