Excerpt: Not long ago, projecting an image large enough to fill anything bigger than an 80” screen required purchasing a CRT (cathode ray tube) projector that weighed as much as a Smart Car and who only an investment banker could afford. Those CRT projectors projected film-like images with wonderful lush colors and excellent contrast, but they were slowly replaced with digital projectors weighing and costing one forth as much.
Conclusion: Nice! The Sony VW85 is a great projector. It's extremely well balanced. It's not without minor flaws, but technically, it's well done and puts a great picture up on the screen. You'll be spending something approaching $8000 and you have a right to expect an excellent picture, and the Sony VPL-VW85 will deliver. Even the remote control is particularly excellent.
Pros: Excellent Color with particularly good skin tones (with a hint of too much red), Slightly above average brightness in "best" movie mode, Superb black level performance, Very good shadow detail performance, If not using the dynamic iris, manual iris allows you to dial down brightness for smaller screen, which in turn increases contrast and black level performance slightly, Good quality CFI (MotionFlow) creative frame interpolation, best for sports, and digital source m...
Cons: A relatively dim "brightest" mode, of 725 lumens means it can't deal with very much ambient light, at all, Average sharpness (ok, that's more of a "typical" than a Con, but, sharpness is a big thing, for many, a key deciding factor, Likely average to below average lamp life, Slight (but acceptable) pixel misalignment, only partially corrected on this unit by the pixel adjustment feature, Although not bad, could be a little quieter with lamp at full power, Documentatio...
Excerpt: Sony's VPL-VW85, a three-panel SXRD (LCoS) projector, is the successor to the brand's very well-received mid-price VW80, and, with a barnstorming performance both in our Tech Labs and on the test bench, it looks set to become a key figure in the home cinema market.
Pros: Excellent picture, Flexible lens system, Extensive user parameters
Cons: MotionFlow technology might not appeal to all
Excerpt: Sony 's proprietary SXRD technology lies at the heart of this projector. It's a variation of ‘liquid crystal on silicon' or LCOS technology, a reflective (like DLP) rather than transmissive (as in LCD) technology.
Pros: Immaculate finish, easy to set-up, superbly clean, clear and involving images