Sony VPL-W400Q Front Projectors

4.76/5 (21 Reviews) MSRP : $4990.00


Product Description

Sony LCD Technology: Wide Aperture LCD Panels, Fly-eye Integrator, Optical Block Three 16x9 delta array polysilicon panels: Opitimized for widescreen video Connectivity: Composite, S-Video, Component and RGB (15.75 kHz) Five Picture Modes: Normal, Full, Subtitle, Zoom and Wide Zoom


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jcebedo1 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I bought this projector at ebay a few months ago and I am amazed by it picture quality. I am Still using the original bulb. It seems to last for a long time. I am using it on a smallish 66" widescreen because my viewing distance is quite close. I am only about 8 1/2 feet from the screen.

If you're thinking about getting a rear projection set, Don't! It is better to get a 32" - 36" TV for daytime watching and a front projector for nightime movie watching. Rear projection with with no lights can be very fatiguing. Front projection always looks more filmlike and easy on the eyes. And you can use a really large screen that no rear projection can match. For $580 dollars that I got it on Ebay, it is a steal!!!

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $580.00

Purchased At:   Ebay auction



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by yipraymond a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2002

Bottom Line:   
In its day the best LCD Widescreen 16:9 projector around. Excellent product, only arguably bettered by the VW10HT and VW11HT later. Stereophile Guide to Home Theater magazine in Spring 1998 gave this projector an AA rating in their Recommended Components.

Slightly soft image with LDs but this is corrected by the razor sharp DVD images especially from my Pioneer Elite DV09 DVD player. NO DEAD PIXELS. SONY in their infinite wisdom actually built two microswitches for each pixel so that for a dead pixel to occur, this would mean that both switches would have to fail. As compared to my other projector the later VW10HT, which already has some pixel failure. I don't know why Sony did not have this switch arrangement for the VW10HT and VW11HT.

As the unit has a unique DELTA pixel arrangement pixelization in the image is almost invisible as compared to typical stripe arrangements which are used in data projectors, and my VW10HT.

The projector has a built in line doubler, the quality of which is incredible. As good as an external line doubler. All video signals are line doubled for amazing resolution. DVD at 480i is already amazing but images from HDTV at 1080i will blow you away with the depth and clarity of the image.

The main problem with the projector is the noise from the cooling fan, this not a problem with action movies but when you watch movies with lot of quiet scenes then you can hear the fan in the background. To improve on the noise level you can place the projector in a custom built box with 12V fans to provide additional ventilation. This helps A LOT, then the projector is really good.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $3500.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by StocTrdr a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I've been tweaking the VPL-W400Q for 3 years now. The blacks can be vastly improved by a dedicated A/C line, upgraded heavy power cord (preferrably containing silver)with an Audioquest RF clamp on it, silver video component cablels (Monster Silver Video is THE best, as verified by Joe Kane of the Imaging Science Foundation. BNC(RGB)fittings soldered are an improvement over using an RCA-BNC adaptor fitting. Another important setup concern is to align the projector lens perferectly parallel to the center of the screen, and the lens aiming out toward the middle of the screen as Sony indicates.(at least in the top 1/3rd). Do not align the center of the lens with the top of your screen. Sharpness will suffer, so will blacks. Your room should be pitch black. get rid of all light. If that is not practical, then the ceiling, walls and floor around the screen, 4-6 ft. in all directions, should be of a very dark color so as not to reflect light back onto the screen thereby washing the picture out. This makes a huge difference. Last but not least, unless you know how to enter the service sub-menu and are trained to adjust the bias and gain on the 3 LCD panels you will never see what the VPLW400 can do, which is absolutey stunning and much better then even the new VPL11 in black level, brightness and color/grey scale tracking. The VPL400 has a 250 watt bulb, the new VPL11 only a 200 watt. When you adjust the gain in and bias in the service menu, the result is a deeper black level, and 200% brighter image! I've performed the internal recalibrations for several VPLW400 owners and simply astonished them.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $4995.00

Purchased At:   mail order 3 years a



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Luis Gerena a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I bought this after lots of research and couldn't be happier. At first I was dissapinted because the image was too soft (couldn't really focus) and the color wasn't too good as faces looked pastel colored. Still, I kept tweaking it and find nice info at the Big Picture forum that helped a lot. I even started 2 threads there focusing on "contrast" and "focus" which based on the feedback seem to help other members at getting the best out of it. Heck, when I compared the stock image with my newly tweaked one, its like having a whole different projector. Blacks seem "blacker" thanks to the improved contrast, color rendition is great and overall the image has a lot more "punch" to it. Its really impressive what can be achive by just going into the service menu and tweaking. I am projecting a 8' wide image with a viewing distance of 11' and it looks great, no screendoor and great detail. I paid $2800 cause I got an extra lamp.
I sincerly recommend it as FP is really what HomeTheater is all about.
Regards

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   Medical Video Systems



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Anthony Cler a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2001

Bottom Line:   
This is a great projector for Home Theater. Before I purchased this unit, I was considering a RPTV and I'm so glad I went the front projection route, there's simply no comparison. Good DVD transfers look great and HDTV is simply stunning. Bottom line, this is still one of the best values in Home Theater.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   MVS




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