Its laser engine pumps out a claimed 2,000 lumens. We measured just about 2,100, in brightest mode, so congrats at beating claim. All of the modes, however, measured no more than 20% less, so all modes over 1,600 lumens! That, combined with the laser light engine that will lose brightness over years – not months like lamps – will remain bright for a long time. And the color – it’s great, right out of the box, but if you calibrate it, know that this Sony has an auto-calibration feature, so 2-5 years from now, you can run the auto-calibration and it will return the color to match the projector’s colors right after your initial calibration. Very cool!
The VW885Es is a fantastic projector for a dedicated home theater or cave, but it has the muscle to work well in media rooms and other rooms that are reasonable for projectors. In some of those rooms you’ll want to pair the VW885ES with an ALR type screen that “rejects” lighting from the sides, etc. That type of screen makes bright projectors excellent choices for less than ideal rooms.
Still, because of the excellent black level performance, a good room is a real plus. I see the VW885ES to be mostly found in those dedicated theaters, while the same priced, Sony VPL-VZ1000ES, which shares this Best Performance Award, in our top class, is ultra-short throw, so more likely to end up in living rooms, family rooms, etc., even if it is equally at home in a theater as this VW885ES.
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