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Sony VPL-VW10HT questions…

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by mlinhares, Apr 21, 2003.

  1. mlinhares

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    I have been offered a used (450 hrs.) 10HT with Sony's ceiling mount PSS-610 and a 16:9 screen 198x110 cm for about 2.300 euros (I believe almost £1.500). As I'm new in the projectors area I have a few questions.
    1) Assuming everything is ok, is this a good price or should I look at a newer projector (about the same price)?
    2) Does anyone know how much does a new lamp cost and can it be exchanged by me or does it have to go to Sony?
    3) What should I look for when inspecting the projector and it's image?
    Thank you all.
     
  2. mlinhares

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    I'm sorry, I had another question:
    4) Does the 10HT support Progressive PAL?
    Thanks again.
     
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    Seems like a decent price to me.
    New lamps are aroud 500 euro's I think.
    Yes it supports PAL progressive

    Look for dead pixels and colour uniformity probs and dust in light path. Use a test disc with full colour fields and with full grey field patterns. Put up RED/GREEN/BLUE fields and check for dead pixels in each one.

    20, 40, 60, 80, 100 IRE GREY fields and see if there is any discolouration of the image in corners or if you can see blobs of dust or hairs in the light path.

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    1) The only thing of any significance wrong with the VW10 is its relatively poor black levels. These can be improved with the addition of a colour correcting filter and some tweaking of the service menu. Other than that, it was one of the best pjs on the marker IMO. It was/is bettered by the WV11 and 12.
    2) About GBP350 - change it yourself
    3) Bad pixels - switch it on, press the picture mute button (to get a pure black image) and look for bright pinpricks. If you see any, remember where they are and then watch a movie etc., and see if they intrude. Also look for coloured 'splodges' - largish diffuse areas of slightly different colour - these are particles of dust in the optics. It's a 10 minute job to partly dismantle and then clean the pj.
    4) Yes.

    OK?
     
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    You can get an HS10 new for under £2 grand these days, and it's supposed to have a better picture than the 10HT. If you factor in the cost of those 450hrs. of lamp life it may be worth saving up for the HS10 in the end.

    Cheers,

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    Thank you all. You have been very helpfull.
     
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    I did a demo with the 10HT and it's a fine projector but the black levels are indeed very bad. What can be done?
    Nigel you sugested a filter and some tweaking in the service menu. Where can I find that filter and the info I need?
     
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    You need to obtain a colour correcting filter from a photgraphic specialist. The type of filter required is (probably) a CC30R. And it needs to be able to be fitted to the projector lens, so it needs to be in some sort of mounting.

    I got mine from www.formatt.co.uk (you have to ring them to order). Mine is an 85mm square gel filter which cost about GBP11 including post. I have fixed to it four rubber 'feet' which then fit over the projector lens holding it in place.

    Others have done it differently - you can buy filters properly fitted into screw mountings and so on. Again, a real photographic specialist shop should help.

    Fitting the filter causes the projected image to go slightly pink in colour. So you then have to go into the service menu and adjust the gains for blue and green to restore proper balance.

    It works.

    You can find more info from the VW10HT FAQ on www.thebigpicturedvd.com
     
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    Again, thank you Nigel.
     

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