Sony Bravia SXRD VPL-VW200 Projector Review - Sony VPL-VW200 Review


We’ll get to what I think of these clever-sounding new features in a moment, but first I probably ought to put your mind at ease if you’re becoming concerned about not having the technical wherewithal to cope with everything the VW200 has to offer. For a start, the projector’s remote control and onscreen menus are both very impressively designed for the most part, making the basics easy to find and the more complicated stuff purely optional. It’s worth adding, too, that a healthy 1.8x zoom should help the projector adapt itself to a fairly wide array of different room sizes.

Given how much I liked the VW100, and in view of the VW200’s greater price and specification, I fully expected to be blown away by what the newer model can do. Which might explain why I came away feeling just a little disappointed.

For starters, I found myself really quite nonplussed by the MotionFlow processing. Looking at each of its elements in turn, I found the Motion Enhancement feature tended to generate some quite overt shimmering artefacts around the edges of moving objects. These are especially noticeable if you set the feature to its highest level of potency and play an HD console game such as Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune on the PS3.

OK, yes, the processing does make motion look far more fluid and sharp. But the artefacts are regularly visible to some extent on pretty much any Motion Enhancement setting, and with whatever source you throw at it, HD or otherwise.

Of course, you can always deactivate Motion Enhancement entirely. But if you do, then the motion in the picture tends to look marginally blurred. In other words, you can’t quite get motion looking perfect no matter what you try.

As for the Dark Insertion feature, I just found this weird. On the highest setting pictures start to become nearly unwatchable because the image appears to ‘pulsate’, for want of a better description.

At least I could start to get the point of Dark Insertion on the feature’s lowest setting, as the gentle flickering effect does bear a passing resemblance to the experience of watching projected celluloid. But I still found the effect too pronounced for comfort, even after trying to get used to it for a good few hours.

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