Conclusion: Sony’s ‘black pearl’ impresses with enormous contrast and a fascinating, cinematic picture. It’s therefore easy to forgive small weaknesses in PAL de-interlacing and the slight trailing effect. The score nevertheless has to reflect the device’s shortcomings, but don’t get us wrong — this is one excellent projector.
Excerpt: Now, barely a year after it hit the market, the VPL-VW50 has been replaced by the VPL-VW60. Priced at $5000, the same as its predecessor, the new model employs refined SXRD imaging chips that are said to provide twice the native contrast ratio of the Pearl.
Sony VPL-VW60 Home Theater Projector Review: Overview
10 December 2007
Conclusion: If the Sony VW60 was brighter, it would have no serious competition (at this time) in the under $5,000 US 1080p home theater projector market. Since it isn't, it won't be the right projector for everyone. The most important point though, once you get past its limited brightness in brightest modes, and decide that the Sony will work in your room, is that this looks to be the projector with the best overall image available today (12/07) for under $5K.
Pros: VERY film-like, Great color - dynamic and accurate - after proper grayscale calibration, One of the best at shadow details, Really excellent black level performance, Very good remote control, 1.8:1 zoom lens for very good placement flexibility, Supports HDMI 1.3, and 24fps, 3 User savable settings, Very good color management system, Has support for a 3rd party Anamorphic lens for those wanting true Cinemascope aspect ratio 2.35:1, Very quiet projector, Excellent Price...
Cons: Weak out of the box performance, requiring a good grayscale calibration, as the default for Cinema, is way too cool (blue), Very limited brightness (one of the least bright) in its brighter modes (Standard and Dynamic), Image appears softer - less crisp - than the competition, Inputs on the side, can be a little more messy looking in some rooms, One of the larger units (but that's not a "con" to most, Only 2 HDMI inputs (although that's average, a 3rd would be a plus,...
Excerpt: It's been far too long since we looked at a Sony projector, although it's not been for the want of trying. Still, the VPL-VW60 was worth the wait. Although stylish looks aren't vital in projectors, this is certainly an elegant design, boasting curves fit to humble many a squarer competitor.
Pros: Compact, quiet, easy to install and use, fine all-round performance, fairly affordable
Cons: Not the brightest, so avoid bigger screens and ensure you use a properly darkened room