Originally Posted by Michael79
I can't seem to find any reviews of the Sonly VPL-HW65ES except for a single French site which basically said it was inferior to the previous model, VPL-HW55ES.
Has anyone found any other reviews? If so, can you please point me in their direction?
Are the only enhancements over the 55 100 more lumens (which I've heard is imperceptible) and RF 3D instead of IR 3D? Anything else?
Has anyone seen this projector for themselves and know how it compares to its predecessor and the VPL-HW40ES while we're at it?
I'm debating whether the iris of the 55 makes the 55 well worth it over the 40, and whether the RF 3D/100 more lumens of the 65 makes it well worth it over the 55.
Any thoughts you can share on the matter will be much appreciated.
I've been using the HW65ES for a couple of weeks now, just wanted to share my thoughts so far :
The projector is placed at more then 4 metres distance, on a white wall (no screen), I have a large room with even larger windows, no curtains, so I have a lot of ambient street light coming in at night. Also I use maximum horizontal and vertical lens shift and high lamp mode so I won't be getting the deepest blacks. So not the best set up conditions.
I previously ( shortly) owned an epson TW9200 ( in the US that's the 5030UB) wich I sold because I had to use dynamic eco mode ( not nice colors) and I did notice the chicken wire effect (the pixel grid).
Projector central already did a very good review on the projector in my belief, but I would like to add the following:
When using the sharpening / reality creation on a higher level then 15 you will get what I would call motion judder. My guess is this is caused because you are adding sharpening to an image projected in 24p and this added sharpening causes clear movement ( movement which had no blur to begin with ) to look unnatural in 24 frames.
Keeping RC and sharpness at 15 will make your close/up and medium shots look incredibly detailed but your wide ( panoramic) shots will ask for a bit more details. That's the trade off and if you are unhappy about it buy a 4K projector.
Also the HW65ES is unforgiving with any lower resolution content, being Netflix, downloads or bad cinematography. Think of it like this, when using a low quality sound system you will not notice the difference between mp3 or high fidelity. But use a high quality sound system and you will notice how great high fidelity sounds but also how crap mp3 is.
In total you get an incredible picture. As a comparision I saw today the new Star Wars film at my local Pathé cinema and the HW65ES projection quality just blows my local cinema completly away.