Summary: We bought ours in 2005 and have used it at least 3 times a week every week since. We just bought a new house and was very happy to see that the it came with the same projector already installed!
Summary: Personal Experience I have 165 hours on my vpl-vw100 and I LOVE it. I only run on HDMI and DVDs are not bad but with Blu-Ray or HD DVD it ROCKS! Super easy to set up IE Focus, Keystone, etc. If you want the Mercedes of projectors this is it. Problems The 12 volt trigger puts out 11.55V and about 3 millivolts. Most screens draw 70 - 90 millivolts to operate.
Summary: Personal Experience This is the Caddy Escalade of home theatre projectors. It's expensive, yet it sells like hotcaskes, why? Because it's Xenon light engine is the closest thing to nautral sunlight to have ever been put on the market. Yes other lamps do a great job, you can now get the VW50 for less than half the price of the VW100 but you give up the Xenon lamp. I cannot say enough good things about this unit.
Summary: Personal Experience I've owned my Ruby for three months now. It produces the finest picture on any TV I've ever seen, and I seen a few well invested home theaters. Using a Stewart Firehawk 100 inch screen, I get the "best" picture without the auto-iris, which tends to darken the picture too much. I got my Ruby for under $9000 (they're cheaper if you are willing to chance an on-line purchase). Anyway, the projector's performance has exceeded all my expectations.
Summary: Personal Experience The Sony VPL-VW-100 cannot compare with the Hitachi CP-SX5500 as for picture quality & price, it's overated & over priced! YEA HITACHI. Problems Sony is taking the money & running!
Summary: Personal Experience I've been using this pj thru the component inputs with a 115" 1.3 gain Stewart Filmscreen. HDTV material is astounding: image is ultra detailed, smooth, bright, & warm with rich, deep blacks, and no screen door or rainbow fx. It looks gorgeous, is near silent, has HDMI, and motorized controls! DVDs thru HDMI look wonderful. This pj is a dream come true! Better than anything I've seen.
Summary: I saw this PJ in action last night. The source was a Sony BluRay DVD player and a BR pressing of Spiderman 2. The picture clarity was amazing. Rock solid image with (not surprisingly) incredible definition. I can't, however give it 5 stars. Perhaps the colour calibration was not perfect (altough Sony reps were on hand so "their bad" if they set it up poorly) - in particular the reds were far too prominent.
Summary: Personal Experience I have had the projector installed for about six months, with 561 hours on the lamp. The projector is ceiling mounted (inverted) to allow a dead-center (no lens adjustment) alignment to the screen, so although I did play with the excellent adjustments, I don't use them. The weight forced me to use four counter-mounted steel guy wires (I was concerned about all that weight above my head), which also give the projector a rock-steady picture.