Sony VPL-VW95ES Projector

May 7, 2012

Chris Heinonen has posted a review of the Sony VPL-VW95ES projector ($6995) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions:

“Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCOS) continues to be my favorite technology for projectors due to the wonderful film-like image it can put forward. Compared to the JVC LCOS projector I reviewed recently the Sony is just a little bit behind in native contrast, but helps to make up for that with a dynamic iris that performed well and I couldn’t see in action. Additionally the motion handling was the best that I had seen, and the lens memory system was very well implemented with a CMS that did very well except for that gamma issue at 90%.

The main issue that I had with the 95ES was the 3D performance, which had a bit more crosstalk than I would have liked to see, and was a bit dark. Since I am concerned with 2D image quality ahead of 3D, this really didn’t bother me that much. I’ll gladly take a sharp, accurate 2D image that makes films from the past 100 years look fantastic than trading that performance for a bit brighter 3D image on some recent film full of cheesy effects. If you want to watch a movie with that natural film look, and have a projector that looks just as good when people come over to watch the game, the Sony 95ES will fit the bill.”

You can read the full review here.