Originally Posted by cpc
Sony HW10 vs Epson 1080UB? I am curious how well the Sony holds up against the 1080UB for contrast and image sharpness. How would you compare the Sony HW10 to the Epson 1080UB for:
From Art's review of the VPL-HW10.http://www.projectorreviews.com/sony...ompetitors.phpVPL-HW10 vs. Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB
The HW10, considering it's street price around $3000, is more expensive than the current closeout price of the Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB. That Epson gets replaced this month, by the Epson Home Cinema 6500 UB. The older Epson was our best in class winner, in this past year's 1080p home theater projector comparison report.
The Sony is definitely the quieter projector of the two. They are pretty much equal in terms of image sharpness, although the Epson tends to display a touch more softness in the corners when both are the most focused in the center. The Epson is selling for significantly less right now, as it is being phased out.
Both exhibit excellent black level performance, although the Sony has a slight edge in revealing shadow details. Both projectors provide a dynamic looking image (pop and wow), but I'll give the Sony the slight advantage in producing a more natural looking image.
The Epson has more placement flexibility in terms of zoom lens range, and lens shift, although the Sony's range is still very good. The Epson, of note, can be placed significantly further back, making it more likely that it will work in your room, in a rear shelf mounting situation. The Sony, which can only be about 16 feet back from a 100 inch diagonal screen, may have to sit too close to the screen, to work in the back of a longer room, or one with a smaller screen.
Both have two year warranties, but the Sony's warranty is pretty standard, while the Epson includes an overnight replacement program for both years.
Perhaps the biggest difference is brightness. While the Sony is significantly brighter in "best" mode (about 70%), the Epson has roughly double the brightness of the Sony, in brightest mode. For movie only watchers, that gives the Sony a real advantage, while those who have to deal with ambient light at times, and also like to watch HDTV/Sports, will prefer the extra horsepower the Epson provides. (The Epson has multiple ciniema modes, and one is a step up in brightness (although not quite as good) as the Theatre Black 1 mode we use as the Epson's Best mode.
There are definite trade-offs between these two, but one is likely to work better for your situation, than the other. And it's just as likely that the other one will work better for the next person.