Checked out an HW10 today. Thanks tvted
My overall thoughts and in depth opinion can be summarized in two words. Looks good.
Sharper than the Epson 1080 and UB. Maybe not razor sharp, or the sharpest out there, but close. I did detect a bit of the weird blooming halo around individual white pixels, but it was subtle, and although it's supposed to be a LCOS thing, it seemed less pronounced than the 1080UB I had. Also, the Sony lacked the crazy kaleidoscope effect with text. Bottom line is, with all the other features the Sony has to offer, the sharpness was good enough for me. I believe the convergence adjustment was used to get things as close to perfect as possible.
Colour and brightness uniformity was good. Maybe it's not absolutely perfect, but again, better than the Epson's I tried. I made an effort to look for brightness or unusual shading in the corners etc but I couldn't see anything significant. Watching program material showed no weirdness anywhere on the screen. Also, the Sony has adjustments for uniformity, so if you have problems or develope issues, at least you can tame them.
Black level and contrast looked very good. I'd say the image had more pop than the 1080UB and has a similar black level. Not sure if it's black level is higher, lower or the same as the 1080UB, but it looked good, so I would have to bet it's close.
I like the fill factor and what it does to the look of the picture. Nice looking unit, though it's much bigger than I'm used to. Fan noise I didn't notice, so I'd have to say it couldn't have been very loud. Dvd's looked pretty good. We watched dvd's via 480i from the free Sony Blu-Ray player into the DVDO Edge to 1080p because I wanted a sense of what dvd's would look like on the Sony HW10 via my VP50. We also watched a bit of Baraka and Blade Runner on Blu-Ray. Both looked excellent. Colour looked ok to me with no obvious problems, but I'm not a colour expert. We also tried my Prismasonic H1000 lens to see how it worked with the pj and it looks like it should work ok. Luckily the Sony's case doesn't stick out too much and the lens is not recessed so you can place your anamorphic lens close to the projector.
Overall I'd say it's looking like it will probably be my next projector. Although I like the prospect of a sharper projector with the Mitsubishi HC7000, and the Mitsubishi's processor is ok, I am not sure I can stomach another evil dust blob monster episode, and the HC7000 also does not necessarily have as good uniformity, nor the ability to adjust for uniformity problems. I may check out an HC7000, but I have a feeling that the smart money for me is with the Sony HW10.