- Written by Ross Jones and Chris Eberle
- Published on 24 August 2009
This is the third in a semi-regular series looking at affordable front projector systems, particularly projectors that don’t require a dedicated theater space. So far, we’ve looked at Sanyo and Mitsubishi projectors. Until recently, I had not considered Sony’s SXRD front projectors as candidates, for a couple of reasons. First, Sony projectors were not what I would classify as “affordable,” with MSRP’s typically starting at $5,000. Plus, the Ruby and Pearl models were really designed for dedicated rooms; they have limited lens adjustments and are not known for exceptionally bright output.
The VPL-HW10, sold under the Bravia brand, changed everything. With an MSRP of $3,499, it certainly fit in the “affordable” category (however, native 1080p projectors have just been announced at less than $1,000, which is really affordable). Also, the light output specs and lens adjustment options on the Bravia looked promising for use in my non-dedicated room. I have been impressed by the picture quality of the higher-end Sony’s, so was very interested to take a look at their newest entry-level projector.
- Design: LCoS; Three SXRD Panels
- Native Resolution: 1,920x1,080
- Brightness: 1,200 ANSI Lumens
- Full On/Off CR: 30,000:1
- Lens: 1.6X Zoom
- Inputs: HDMI (480i through 1080p24 and 1080p30), Component Video, S-Video, Composite Video
- Dimensions: 6.75" H x 16.1" W x 18.5" D
- Weight: 22 Pounds
- MSRP: $3,499