Summary: I've had this projector since it first came out, about 8 years. I'm on my second bulb getting ready for my third. This is a beautiful projector. Picture quality is very, very good, fan sound very quiet, especially with the included baffle installed. My couch is directly beneath the projector and you cannot hear it running if there is any noise in the room, even a quiet conversation or if the A/C is running.
Summary: I purchased this projector after reading about it in Consumer Reports. It was very highly reccomended by them and after receiving it I know why. My screen is 80 inches and it looks better than anything I have ever seen in any size at BestBuy or Fry's. Even up close at 80" images are very sharp and you'll know what HD is for when you see it on a big screen! This unit is for spoiled brats like me. The lamps aren't bad, but you can find them on ebay for $200.
Summary: I absolutely love this projector. The screen looks amazing. Blu-ray movies especially look good. I was a little worried at first, because of the short distance from my couch to the screen, but the picture is crystal clear. This projector has several different modes to match the lighting in your home. Before buying the projector, I looked at a 73" 1080p television & it didn't come close to comparing.
Summary: Personal Experience This is my second projector, my 1st being an epson Pro-Cinema 800 (720p). I agree that this projector is somewhat soft when compared to other projectors...not to say it's a fuzzy image, It's just when comparing. My Epson was sharper by comparison. Overall, the Sony's image quality is quite satisfactory. The vertical lens shift is adequate while Horizontal shift is very limited. My Epson was much more flexible when it came to placement.
Summary: Personal Experience Though this is my 3rd projector for viewing movies at home, this is the first "Theater" specific projector that I purchased. The others that I owned were for both PC/Movie Display. (There is just no comparison! For watching movies, purchase a "Theater" projector - don't "settle!") I couldn't be happier. Sony has always been right on the mark with color perfection, this projector is no exception. In the Sony tradition, Reds-Are-RED!
Summary: I got this projector to replace a Sony Cineza VPL-10 (I think it was designated), which was a superb machine for the price but had a serious annoyance - a noticeable screendoor effect when the camera panned across a homogeneous field (such as sky). Of course, I sit close to the screen, so this probably didn't bother everyone. The picture quality of this projector is astonishing. There is no screen door effect, even sitting 6 or 7 feet from the screen.
Summary: Personal Experience Had this projector installed for 2 months now - HOLY COW! Hooked up to a Denon 757 - 1080P upscaling and a Sony 5200 Receiver - also upscales everything to 1080P - all in HDMI. Images are bright, full with a 3D depth that I have never seen before. I don't have BR, but running a HD PVR from Rogers is incredible. I was just showing Star Wars: ROTS DVD to my friend (a professional home theater installer) and he couldn't believe that it was not a true HD.
Summary: Personal Experience I`ve just substituted my HS-50 for this model and the bigger differences were the color and no more chicken wires! I`m only watching regular DVDs through a Denon 5910 scaling to 1080i and letting VW-50 go for 1080p. Depending on the material, there is still plenty of jaggies and some errors regarding 3:2 pull-down from Sony chip. But the powerful HQV and DVDO chips in the 5910 allow me to correct them to some degree.