Brand new owner here, just posting my first day thoughts on the VW95. I had ordered a B-Stock VW95 from AVS and it seemed like forever, but i finally got it:D
i am not an expert projector user, but i have gone through several TVs. I currently own a Sony HW30 which i really like, but i felt lacks a little in black levels. My setup is a VW95ES and a 133" 16x9 da-lite 2.4 hi power screen. I have my projector mounted high above, at about 6'5; not ideal for the hi power screen, i know, but i am still getting something like 1.8 gain in my center seat, and 1.4-1.5 for my side seats.
first impressions, wow, it is quite a bit larger than the HW30. Definately wider. Hanging it up is easy since i already had the HW30 up there, and getting everything set up... OMG now i see why everyone wants motorized zoom/focus/shift. The HW30 was so finicky and took a lot of work to get perfect. This beast, not so much. About 3-4 minutes and i'm ready to go.
First impressions, holy, this thing seems very sharp. My HW30 was set at 40-50 to get a very sharp picture. When i check what the VW95 is at, only set at 10! really? much much sharper. Also, when i would use my HW30 and my PC, the focus with text on the screen was never uniform. The left side was always out, or the right side was always out. This thing seems perfect. Sharp text all across the screen.
Black levels are a revelation. Its hard to describe, but i'd say that the picture is much more "real". The HW30 is like a mid tier LCD where the VW95 is more like a good plasma in comparison. Black levels are much better, not that the HW30 was bad, but the black bars literally disappear when there is a bright or dim scene. The only time i see that the blacks aren't 100% black is in very very low brightness scenes (harry potter deathly hallows part one) but it is as black as you can get i think, other than OLED. It actually looks darker than my samsung c7000 plasma. When i have game mode on, i have the iris disabled, and the blacks are so much better than the HW30 without the iris, it's crazy. Blacks are not hazy gray but BLACK.
3D seems to pop more too, and i don't understand why. Maybe the contrast, but everything seems more, well, 3d.
Overall I am VERY impressed with the upgrade. With AVS pricing on these things, you can't go wrong. This should tide me over until the 4K projectors are reasonable prices, have content available, and can accept a 60 hertz signal.
i was worried that i wouldn't be able to spot the difference in PQ, but i was very wrong.