Bravia VPL-HW10, An Amazing HD Projector for only $3,000?

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Projectors can be tricky. You read their stats and everything looks good. But the better things look, the more likely the price is ridiculously high, or at least too much to justify for the average WASP home theater. The Sony Bravia VPL-HW10, however, actually looks pretty fantastic if Sony Insider is right about their projected $3,000 pricetag. Just check out these specs:•1080P •30,000:1 Contrast Ratio •2.5ms Response Time •8-Stage Image Processing •22db Operating Noise •x.v.Color (Twice the gamut of sRGB) The Bravia's only number that seems reasonable is its 1000 lumens of brightness. It's definitely good to see that projectors are staying every bit as tempting as modern TVs, if not more. [Sony Insider]



Yeah...specs look great, until you see that it's only 1000 lumens. The reason that you want a HD projector (as opposed to something that's just VGA/XGA/WXGA) is that you're going to put it on a much larger screen and therefore need a higher resolution so that your image doesn't look like crap...but at 1k lumens, you aren't going to be able to put this on a screen large enough to really make a difference. You might be able to get a 5' wide image out of this thing, in a controlled lighting environment (i.e. in the dark), but I wouldn't count on anything more.