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Sony VPL-HS20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 reviews of Sony VPL-HS20. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. People really like the noise and design. The usability and price also get good opinions. Many are critical about the black level.

image quality, price, usability, design, noise

black level

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Sony VPL-HS20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony VPL-HS20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Sony VPL-HS20 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the noise and size. The usability and design are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are less positive about the price.

image quality, design, usability, size, noise

price

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Kevin Miller (cnet.com.au)

Sony VPL-HS20

 

Although not up to videophile standards, this budget model is among the best HDTV-capable LCD projectors we've tested.

Impressive color decoding with no red push ; Independent memory per input ; High-definition-capable resolution of 1,386x788 ; Solid connectivity

Black-level performance not as good as that of DLP projectors ; Visible screen-door effect ; Some visible artifacts in dark source material

After a separate calibration for HD material, we sat back to watch some HD material. The picture looked good with bright material, but again, dark scenes revealed some visible artifacts and an overall lack of shadow detail and depth.

Jul, 2004

Highly Rated!

Expert review by: Evan Powell (projectorcentral.com)

Sony VPL-HS20 Home Theater Projector Review

 

Sony got into the widescreen projector business long before most other vendors were even thinking about it. Due to their long track record of delivering more and better performance for the money, each new Sony widescreen projector is anticipated with...

In terms of pure price/performance the VPL-HS20 is the best widescreen home theater projector Sony has yet delivered. We recommend using it in a darkened viewing space to take full advantage of its video optimizing features, which consequently reduce...

Feb, 2004

Consumer review by: Jay (shopzilla.com)

Finicky, but worth it

 

Price, quality, hdtv capable

IMHO the lense must be centered on the screen for best pics.

Oct, 2004

Consumer review by: (shopzilla.com)

Sony Cineza VPL-HS20 LCD Projector

 

Consumer review by: John_LeWis (hometheaterforum.com)

Great picture but dim for bright rooms

 

Great for a dedicated home theater but does not have the output for bright rooms. We connect this to Pioneer DVD and a Samsung Blu Ray player the picture quality is excellent, black levels could be better but better than most we reviewed at the time....

Color, image qaulity

Dim for bright room

Dec, 2010

Consumer review by: John_LeWis (hometheaterforum.com)

Sony VPLHS20 Cineza Digital Home Entertainment LCD Projector

 

Great for a dedicated home theater but does not have the output for bright rooms. We connect this to Pioneer DVD and a Samsung Blu Ray player the picture quality is excellent, black levels could be better but better than most we reviewed at the time....

Color, image qaulity

Dim for bright room

Product Specifications

Featuring improved lamp life and a quieter fan, Sony's VPL-HS20 CINEZA LCD Front Projector takes home entertainment to a higher level.

Audio Output

Type:Speaker(s)

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:36.9cm
Height:14.8cm
Weight:5.4kg
Width:34.5cm

Display

Display:LCD

Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
Image Brightness:1400ANSI lumens
Image Contrast Ratio:1300:1
Max Image Size:7.62m / 762cm
Max Resolution:1386 x 788
Max Screen Distance:14m
Min Image Size:1.02m / 102cm
Min Screen Distance:1.5m
Type:LCD projector

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HS20
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cineza VPL

Lamps

Bulb power:180
Lamp Type:UHP
Service life of lamp:3000

Multimedia

Number of built-in speakers:2

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35

Other features

Dimensions (WxDxH):345 x 148 x 369
Resolution:1386 x 788

Performance

Horizontal scan range:19 - 72
Vertical scan range:48 - 92

Power

Power consumption (typical):260

Projector

Contrast ratio (typical):1300:1
Projector brightness:1400

Projector Lamp

Bulb life cycle:3000hour(s)
Bulb type:UHP

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC / PAL / PAL-M / PAL-N / SECAM
Analogue video Signal:Component video / Composite video / RGB / S-Video