Excerpt: I've been saying it since the first 1080p displays hit the market: There's no need for 1080p on a screen smaller than 65 inches. Your eye just can't resolve that kind of detail at the distance just about everyone sits from their TV. Resoundingly, no one cared. Where that level of detail is really useful is with projection. With a screen of 90 or 100 inches, you can use every bit of detail you can get.
Excerpt: The delay also gave me more time with the projector. Further viewing certainly did not change my opinion of this superb product. But it did surface an additional problem with this (admittedly pre-production) sample, allow me to check out the projector with a 1080p input, provided an early comparison with one of the best new single-chip DLP projectors, and generated food for thought about contrast ratios and the arcane subject of gamma.
Excerpt: "Sony has unquestionably made a breakthrough here. We'll wait anxiously to see if they can product the SXRD chips in sufficient quantity. . .If they can, less pricey models are likely to follow. But for the here and now, the QUALIA 004 is one impressive machine.
Excerpt: Sony’s VW100 is one of the most expensive and stylish HD projectors around. But can the tech giant’s model see off the challenges of the smaller players? Hmm?
Pros: With an advanced iris to automatically adjust light levels and a stonking 15,000:1 contrast ratio, the Sony VPL–VW100 undoubtedly has the edge on its competitors on test. It packs Sony’s own unique SXRD tech (Silicon X–Tal Reflective Display), meaning this projector is LCD rather than DLP based. This does not have a negative effect on pictures however. In fact, it creates judder–free images that look simply stunning. And let’s be honest… nobody likes judder.
Cons: DLP projectors are generally better at producing deeper blacks and purer whites and while the difference is often minimal, it is notable here. Watching the early scenes of Quantum of Solace were not as dark as they could have been, although it must be said that this is only an issue when put up against the likes of the InFocus and Sanyo models. Light adjustments can also cause some jumpy effects, although again this is not a deal breaker.
Summary: If you’ve a penchant for technological innovation, you’re in for a treat with this new Sony projector. The VPL-V100 uses Sony’s own SXRD (Silicon X-tal Reflective Display) panel technology with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 – meaning it can render all high-definition formats, including 1080p. It also uses the company’s Advanced Iris System, which controls the shutter aperture, allowing it to deliver a massive (claimed) contrast ratio of 15,000:1.
Summary: Опередив конкурентов по меньшей мере на год, компания Sony первой получила прибыль от продаж домашних проекторов с разрешением Full HD. Компания Sony использует собственную запатентованную технологию производства отражающих LCD-матриц (LCOS, Liquid Crystal On Silicon), называемую SXRD (Silicon X-tall Reflective Display). Проектор VPL-VW100 поражает своими габаритами и массой. При этом выглядит он весьма стильно.
Pros: Проектор Sony VPL-VW100, удостоенный отличия «Редакция советует», — удачный выбор для тех, кто хочет иметь домашний кинотеатр с максимальным разрешением, широкой цветовой гаммой и великолепным качеством картинки.
Cons: Единственное, что следует иметь в виду, — для VPL-VW100 требуется хорошее затемнение, поскольку измеренный световой поток не превышал 450 ANSI-лм.