Sony VPL-HS51A Projector Review

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Sony VPL-HS51A Cineza Projector
The HT addicts over Audioholics have good review of Sony’s Cineza LCD projector, the VPL-HS51A.

I still remember when I first caught the projector bug a few years back, I was viewing them at local dealers. I saw one of the early Cineza models, and I remember wondering why they named it something that sounded like a variation of the common cold. Anyways, on to the review:

Resolution: 1280x 720 (Yes, true HD)
Native Aspect: 16:9 – an HT requirement
Contrast: 10,000:1
Brightness: 1200 ANSI lumens
Inputs: HDMI with HDCP, component, S-Video, composite and HD15
Lens Shift: 100% vertical, 50% horizontal

As inherent with LCD projectors, this unit has some SDE (Screen Door Effect) when viewed at a distance of 1.5 X screen width. This can be a problem for some, depending on your desired or actual screen size and viewing distance.

“I was also greatly impressed by the vibrancy of the color as well as the detail that showed up throughout the [Madagascar] film. Good examples f this would be Alex’ mane and the abundance of fur and plant detail that was shown throughout the film. It seemed that every scene contained at least one element that looked like it could be touched and handled from the seating position.”

“One other thing I was looking for in viewing HDTV was how well the Sony handled mediocre input sources such as the output from my digital cable box. It seemed to handle both component video and HDMI output from the box without any issues and the 1080i and 720p source material was clean and crisp with no visible artifacts beyond the compression associated with the cable channel. ”

“Just as the Panasonic PT-AE900U I recently reviewed set a new standard for interpixel LCD spacing, the Sony Cineza VPL-HS51A sets a new and impressive standard for black level detail in an LCD projector. This will be a bar others will need to match and the result will be better products for consumers and customer installers to integrate into their systems. At its street price there is some stiff competition, but we can definitely recommend the Sony without reservation. ”

Sony VPL-HS51A Cineza Full Review


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