Sony's cheapest SXRD projector still scores well
The Sony VPL-HW10, the least expensive projector to employ the company's SXRD display technology, proves a capable performer nonetheless.
When Sony's SXRD technology came out in 2005, first in expensive front projectors and then in
At $3500 list, the company's VPL-HW10 represents a new low price point for SXRD projectors, but this PJ hits plenty of performance high notes. It evinced the same deep blacks we've come to expect from the technology, and it even improved on the color accuracy of last year's excellent--and more expensive--
What's not to like? Well, if you have a huge screen, don't expect the little HW10 to get bright enough, but we're talking larger than 92 inches wide. Even with that caveat, and some minor performance gripes, the "bargain SXRD" is easily the best projector in its price class we've tested so far.
Below you'll find the settings CNET reviewer Kevin Miller found best for viewing the Sony VPL-HW10 in a completely dark room via the HDMI input with a 1080p, film-based source on his 92-inch wide Stewart Greyhawk screen. Your settings may very depending on screen, source, room conditions, and personal preference. Check out thefor more information.
Picture Mode: Standard
Color Temp: Custom 1
Cinema Black Pro menu:
Advanced Iris: Manual
Lamp Control: High
Expert Setting menu:
MPEG NR: Off
Black Level Adjust: Off
Gamma Correction: Off
Color Space: Normal