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Sony HS50. A personal review

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by charles, Jan 17, 2005.

  1. charles

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    The HS50 is in my view an absolute bargain at around £1550.Having seen a number of DLP and LCD projectors under the £3K price mark the HS 50 wipes the floor of the competition.
    I have mine connected via a Wireworld HDMI cable from myDenon 2910,projecting onto a Beamax 92" diagonal screen with a viewing position approx 12 feet from the screen.
    Changing the output from 576 to 720 gives a slight edge in performance.
    PICTURE QUALITY
    The DVDs I used to test the unit were Pirates of the Caribbean,and Chicago. Both these films have plenty of dark scenes,bright outdoor shots in the case of Pirates of the Caribbean, and loads of fine detail. The resolution is truly stunning.Close ups of faces are awash with fine detail.The image is also very sharp with zero noise or other artefacts. Screen door was completely absent.The contrast level was of a high order with a realistic black level providing the brightness was not set too high.I have not seen a better contrast performance from ANY projector.
    Several people have commented on the relatively low brightness level.I think the brightness is OK but I would not suggest that this is a suitable projector in where ambient light cannot be shielded.
    Any downsides? Only two minor ones.Firstly unless the projector is running on its low setting the projector is not very quiet in operation.Secondly on overlaid text such as in a foreign language the characters are rather jagged.
    Overall a superb purchase.
    Charles
     
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    How far do you sit from the screen?
     
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    Eeeeeerrr, that thar's foightin' taaalk! :D

    ...PJ :smashin:
     
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    think he says 12 ft when viewing, 2 inches when kissing the screen. :)

    ...PJ
     
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    Can I ask where you got it from? And what was the quality of service like?
     
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    Lucky you, i got the same set up, hs50 + 2910, and can't get an HDMI connection. wasted a week getting another HDMI cable, still no luck. Now trying to work out if it is the HS50 or the 2910 which is rotten as I don't have another digital source or display.

    HS50 says it is getting HDMI data, but can't seem to sync it, screen goes grey, and flickers a bit, can hear the automatic iris clicking as well. Can't get the on-screen menu either. Seems fine on component though.

    I've tried making sure the HDMI/DVI is on, says it is on the front of the 2910.

    Any ideas?

    Other thoughts on the projector, seems pretty good, no problems with brightnes as long as there are curtains. Seems to be a pixel or two miss-alignment between the three lcd panels though, anyone else got this (purple bottoms and green tops to white text on black background).

    Cheers.
     
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    HS50 from Gultronics sub £1500
    2910 from Kirsh AV sub £500

    Both offered excelent service on the initial ordering and despatch, hopefully they will on the return, when i find out which part it is...

    B
     
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    Cable length?
     
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    Tried 5m initially, now got a 2m. Both well within the 15m HDMI spec...

    b
     
  10. Bristol Pete

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    are gultronics a UK dealer??

    Whats the web address?

    Thanks,

    Cap :)
     
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    www.gultronics.co.uk They have a few shops on Tottenham Court Road.

    I used em too, cant fault em, very nice peeps.
     
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    dunno if they are web.. they have stores all up and down tottenham court road
     
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    It looks like their order page is not encrypted. The padlock did not show up on my browser while trying to place an order.
     
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    didnt notice, never been one to worry bout those things lol.

    Give em a call, and ask for Lal. Very helpful chap.
     

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