Sony VPL-VW95ES 3D Projector


Design and Setup of the Sony VPL-VW95ES Projector

Sony has had a distinctive style for their projectors now that goes back to the Qualia line with a rounded top, curved rear, and side-mounted connections. A small, flip-down door on the right side, just above the inputs, conceals the projector-mounted controls. The input panel has a pair of HDMI inputs, a VGA input for a computer, and a single component video input. There is an RS232 port for control, as well as 3.5mm jacks for IR input and a 12V trigger. There is a pair of 3D glasses with charger inside the box, and the emitter is integrated into the projector itself.

The front of the projector has an automated lens cover that keeps the lens safe from harm while not in use. Behind that lens is a trio of SXRD chips with 1920x1080 resolution as well as a dynamic iris. The lens is fully remote controlled, with zoom, shift, and focus all easily accessible by remote. This also allows Sony to implement a lens memory system for people to use with screens that use an aspect ratio wider than 1.78. Sony also provides for 5 memory locations, which is enough to store all of the most common aspect ratios (1.78, 1.85, 2.20, 2.35, and 2.40) so you don't need to compromise at all with a wider screen.

Setup of the 95ES was simple thanks to the motorized lens control and remote. While the pixel alignment was a little bit off when I first took it out of the box, there is an alignment system to help clear that up. Should the basic alignment prove to not be enough, there is a 144 zone, very fine pixel alignment system to make sure the image is as sharp as it can be. After using this the uniformity across the screen was very good, with a very sharp image and pixel structure that was visible up close, but disappeared just a couple of feet from the screen.

The setting of lens memories was also quite easy and I had all 5 programmed in no time with the remote. Sony did a nice job with that remote, with good backlighting and quick access to almost every feature on the projector. Individual picture settings were accessible from the remote as were almost all picture settings. The only thing missing from the remote were individual input buttons, as there was a single input button to switch between them. With only three inputs this didn't prove to be an issue when using the projector. I wound up running the projector in high lamp mode for my screen, but the combination of a lower powered lamp and a well-designed heat dissipation system meant that I really couldn't notice any extra noise at all. Only during a completely silent section of "Midnight in Paris" did I pick up the fan noise, and my head is 1.5' from the projector itself.