|Sony VPL VW200 SXRD Video Projector|
|Home Theater Front Projectors SXRD Projectors|
|Written by Kevin Miller|
|Tuesday, 01 April 2008|
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As with most projectors and HDTVs, there are usually at least a few minor things to complain about. After all, there is no such thing as a perfect piece of consumer electronics gear. On the Sony VPL-VW200, there is a slight resolution loss due to the internal scaler. Gamma is not quite perfect in its emulation of a CRT gamma curve, and the rise out of black is super-slow. black. Finally, white field uniformity is also a slight issue with the 200. This is most noticeable with bright white pictures. Skies and snow and ice are images where you will see some red and blue blotches in the picture if you look very carefully.
I must say that overall I am extremely impressed with the Sony’s performance and picture quality. I tip my hat to Sony for giving us truly accurate color reproduction at long last. I would really like to see the company improve on their video processing scheme, DRC (Digital Reality
Creation), and give the VPL-VW200 the ability to fully resolve 1080p without any loss whatsoever. There really isn’t a lot to compare the Sony to in the $15,000 to $20,000 range. Last year’s Marantz VP-11S1 at $19,999 would’ve been a good comparison, but this year’s Marantz VP-15S1 now sells for $8,999, which isn’t exactly a fair comparison price-wise. Since I haven’t gotten to test the new Marantz, it would not be fair for me to comment, but I would guess that primary and secondary color accuracy aren’t as good on the Marantz. Suffice to say that Sony’s VPL-VW200 is an awesome projector, and gives projectors at its price and well beyond a run for their money in nearly all aspects of performance.