On the plus side, the VW60 is a chip off the old SXRD block when it comes to sharpness and HD detailing. Whatever you might say about ”National Treasure 2” as a film, there’s no doubting the superb clarity and texturing of the Blu-ray’s picture quality – and the VW60 delivers the full impact of this quality to a degree you’d normally have to spend way more to see. For instance, in the close ups on Riley Poole as he’s signing books at the film’s start, for better or for worse I saw real blemishes in his complexion that just aren’t usually visible with most projectors costing around £3k – even on my 140in screen.
Naturally this extreme sharpness is partly down to the projector’s Full HD resolution. But the Bravia Engine processors surely also play a part, as does the fact that SXRD technology, by its very nature, doesn’t throw up technology-induced noise problems like DLP’s rainbow effect or dithering noise over motion (though to be fair, the latter of these problems is now only rarely found on DLP machines at this price level).
Elsewhere, motion from 1080p/24 sources is portrayed very smoothly, and there’s a nice amount of shadow detail to be seen in dark areas of the picture, despite the slight grey overtones.
The final plus point to mention is that the VW60 runs very quietly indeed – more quietly, in fact, than any other projector in its class, so far as I can recall.
Try as we might, we just didn’t find ourselves warming to the VPL-VW60 as much as we would have expected. It doesn’t score on picture quality as much as its VW40 and VW200 siblings and for my money it’s outgunned by two other, similarly priced front projectors that we’ve seen: The £2,999 InFocus IN82 and, especially, the truly awesome JVC DLA-HD1, which can also now be had for under £3,000 from one or two online retailers.