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Sony Hs50 V Vplhs20

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by daverob, Jan 6, 2005.

  1. daverob

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    Would appreciate opinion as to the real difference (if any) between these 2 projectors? Also could you let me know who, or what, is Benji. Thanks for any help you can give
     
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    I think most people would agree that you have better black levels with the HS50, but apparently its not as bright as the HS20. As for Benji, hes from one of the electrical websites, discount electrical I think!.
     
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    HS20 is last years model and is still a good projector.
    HS50 is new and uses a dynamic iris to boost contrast

    I own an HS20, and here is my understanding of the differences between the two:

    - Resolution: HS20 = 1386 X 788, HS50 = 1280 X720 (HS20 = better)
    - Contrast: HS20 = 1300:1, HS50 = 6000:1 (HS50 = much better)
    - Brightness: HS20 = 1400 lumens, HS50 = 1200 lumes (HS20 = better)
    - Fan Noise: HS20 = 28db, HS50 = 24db (HS50 = better)
    - Connectivity HS20 = Component, S-Video, Composite, DVI, HDMI
    HS50 = Component, S-Video, Composite, DVI (HS20 = better)


    Although the HS50 is much better in arguably the most important area (contrast), the HS20 may for some poeple be the better option if you can't control ambient light.

    My personal opinion is that I would rather have an HS50 than the HS20 I already own, but I don't think the evolution is as revolutionary as Sony would like you to believe.

    If you own neither, the HS50 would certainly be the one to go for.... but if you're upgrading from an HS20, I'd try not to be influenced by the hype machine and go see an HS50 for yourself. Some poeple have been disappointed.
     
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    Jules, Much appreciate the information you gave , in particular, the "fors and against" for each model - nice one!!
     
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    i think you'll find the hs50 actually has an hdmi connection but will also accept a dvi connection from a pc if you use an hdmi to dvi cable.
    correct me if i'm wrong.....
    paul
     
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    Dont forget the lens shift facility. Critical in some set ups.

    A very big plus in favour of the rather juicy HS50 :clap:

    4-3 to the 50 then ????

    Also, it looks great doesnt it.....

    Cap :smashin:
     
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    The HS20's increased resolution is not necessarily a benefit-

    There's no scaling necessary if you can input 720p as you can with a variety of upscaling dvd players, HTPCs etc

    Plus 1:1 pixel mapping is far from easy at some refresh rates with the HS20

    I've seen it, and I'm about to change....

    I agree though, the HS20's still a great pj!! :)

    What does this do to the score?
     
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    I actually think the HS20 is too bright wide open and I tend to use the cinema black mode ( stops down via an aperture ) and mightily improves the blacks. And you get weird colour shifts the harder you push the contrast but I suspect this is calibratable.

    The resolution is quite a good thing if you do a lot of gaming ( 1024x768 fits in the middle of the panel 1:1 for example) HL2 looks very nice at 1368x768! Its a pretty nice desktop enviroment too. HD material looks stunning.

    The HS20 is a lot noisier than I would like especially as its often described as "silent" its not bad but its far from silent.

    60hz material (not 3:2 pulldowned film which is fine) but video captured 60i cannot be played back without massive stutter at the 1:1 pixel map and full panel usage of 1368x768 at 56Hz. Same goes for 60Hz console usage.

    You can use 1280 x720 at 60Hz and 1:1 map to the panel with an unused border though.

    The cinema gamma is a surprisingly accurate 2.2 which is good ( ideally it should be nearer 2.5 but at least its quite accurate for a change)

    With the HS50 pushing the price of the HS20 down to around the 1K mark this is a lot of projector for the money.
     
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    I think it's kind of nice that we are at the stage where the next model doesn't leave old model owners feeling 'duped' or leave them with a vastly inferior machine. I think the 50 is on balance a better machine, I like the lens shift very much and the development with contrast levels is great.

    I'd still buy an HS50 over a 20, even with the price difference. But I don't think I'd upgrade from a 20 to a 50.
     
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    has your stock arrived yet ben??????
    desperately waiting you tease.
    lol
     

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