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Excerpt: Now, barely a year after it hit the market, the VPL-VW50 has been replaced by the VPL-VW60.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.
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.
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