Sony VPL-VW95ES 3D Projector


Conclusions about the Sony VPL-VW95ES Projector

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 interframe 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.