One of the brighter 3D capable projectors under $5000
The picture - is accurate, and natural looking. Skin tones, as a general rule, are gorgeous.
Although a bit cool, even brightest modes have a most enjoyable picture quality, that I figure looks better than almost any LCDTV, and I'm talking this Sony at its worst. It's hard not to really revel in excellent skin tones.
Placement flexibility of the VPL-HW50ES projector is really good with 1.6:1 zoom and a good amount of lens shift.
Excellent color, Customizable light output
The Sony VPL-HW50ES is a videophile's dream. It combines a crisp, detailed 2D image with a nearly flawless 3D image and a light engine that is powerful enough to put both images on some seriously large screens. It provides excellent customizability, so the tinkerers out there will not be disappointed in their ability to fine-tune almost every aspect of the projector's performance without having to crack open a service menu.
Superb 3D pictures, Brilliant 2D pictures, Excellent value
Don't be put off by the little list of niggles we finished the main review with. For in reality all these issues do is explain why the Sony VPL-HW50ES is only £3,000 rather than £5,000 or more. Overall the HW50 is an absolutely outstanding effort that rocks with 2D and sets new standards for its price level with 3D. In other words, it's another red letter day in Sony's bid to get back on top of the AV game.
Very good native contrast
The Reality Creation mode helps to make poor transfers or soft films look better, though it can also distract from a really well done transfer unless you turn it off for those. The inclusion of a spare bulb is just icing on the cake, allowing you to use the Sony for years without needing to buy anything else. Unless you need a feature the Sony doesn't offer, it now becomes my go-to projector recommendation by offering a fantastic image and an amazing value. Incredibly highly recommended.
Looks smart, easy to set-up
While Sony's 4K Ultra HD kit might be grabbing al the headlines, for now we're much more excited by this £3k full HD 3D projector.
If you're serious about big-screen home cinema, then you'll know this is something of a sweetspot for projectors - and the Sony VPL-HW50ES is a very sweet performer indeed, which means this product class is once more getting very tasty indeed.
Razor sharp detail performance
Respectfully quiet in operation and capable of deep rich blacks with lush colours, the Sony VPL-HW50ES projector should delight even the most demanding film fans with its home cinema prowess.
An agile iris delivers a dynamic contrast range of 100,000:1, while the brand's proprietary SXRD light engine and Reality Creation picture processor throws images of astonishing crispness. Motion resolution is top notch too, making this projector a top choice for displaying big sporting events.
Incredibly compelling home cinema projector
The VPL-VW50ES is an excellent LCOS projector that can produce detailed, rich, and more uniquely, very film-like images, in a wide variety of installations. It has a lot of essential and desirable features present: high contrast performance, reasonably accurate (although imperfect) greyscale and gamma linearity, accurate colour reproduction, reasonably high quality optics, no visible pixel structure worth mentioning, and a dark frame insertion feature for lovers of the cinema look.
Excellent overall picture quality, natural color and skin tones
Ultimately, this is one really fine projector. No previously reviewed projector, which is a lot of projectors and includes a few Runco's and a SIM2, can take on this projector. I really can't get over the "whatever" - the combination of the 4K pixels and the Sony's upscaling, to the clarity/sharpness/crispness of the projector even on 2K content. Friends of my daughter were just blown away, a couple of hours ago, when they got to view the first 15 minutes of Hugo in 3D.
I bought this projector with high expectations and they were met and exceeded! The picture quality is amazing and huge, it covers my whole wall. Now I can watch all of my movies without an ugly television sitting on my wall when I'm not using it. It really is like your own movie theater. The only thing that made me a little hesitant was the price. At $25,000 it was a lot of money but now that I have it it is definitely worth it.
Excellent colour response
Hot on the heels of its spectacular success with its 46HX853 TV, Sony has struck again with the VW1000ES. This is a genuinely groundbreaking projector which, even with its minor black level issues, remains a scintillating performer.
Especially as, of course, it introduces us to the emphatic joys of 4k. Yes, these ultra-high definition pictures look at their mind-blowing best when your source is a native 4k one.
Quite huge and bulky
As a person who has worked with 4K as director from capture to exhibition, I know the benefits it provides viewers and professionals as a format. Because of this, I hold out hope for its eventual release into the home markets. Because of what I know about the format and its standard(s), I could make the argument that the VW1000ES is currently possibly the only true 4K-capable projector we as consumers will ever see, for all signs point to our home 4K format as being little more than a...
Very good placement flexibility
This is a projector that works best in a home theater environment, but can double in a light controlled family room as well. It's definitely more value than last year's VPL-VWPro1, and can easily take on the likes of the Sharp XV-Z17000, and Optoma HD8300. It's early in this home theater season, so there are more new competitors yet to review, still, the Sony VPL-HW30ES is definitely a projector worth considering. Tastefully done.
One of the least expensive 3D 1080p projectors
The VPL-HW30ES is a major milestone for Sony. Not only have they improved upon one of their best projectors in recent memory, they have done so without significantly raising the price. The end result is one of the least expensive 3D 1080p projectors currently on the market.
Very good performer
Overall, the VPL-HW30ES is a very good performer, and delivers a satisfying picture with both 2D and 3D content. It delivers sufficient brightness for an immersive front projection viewing experience, and even when in the high lamp mode, the set runs truly whisper quiet. The three year parts and labor warranty is a year or two longer than most projector warranties.
Excellent gaming performance
With the VPL-VW95ES, Sony has another winner on their hands. This premium projector emphasizes picture quality first and foremost, and every other aspect of the projector is constructed to complement the picture on the screen. While features like powered adjustments, Picture Position, and Motion Enhancer are helpful, they are not the reason why someone would buy this projector.
Excellent set up flexibility
The VW95ES is a huge leap forward over the disappointing VW90, to the point where its 2D performance is so stunning that it does enough in itself to justify the hefty Â£5,000 price tag. Crucially, though, the VW95ES is also a very enjoyable and accomplished 3D performer - even if Sony still has a little way to go before it fully silences its crosstalk critics.
Excellent color, and overall picture quality, post calibration
If the VPL-VW90ES is comfortably in your budget, you are almost certainly giving it serious thought, then it seems to me to be a very reasonable value, compared to the competition. I suspect plenty of you shopping in this range will select the VW90ES, for those reasons above. That's why there's a Hot Product Award now attached to the Sony VPL-VW90ES projector.
Excellent build quality, Superb 2D performance
JVC's DLA-X3 really does represent a significant stumbling block for the VW90ES. For the bottom line is that the X3 produces a better 3D performance than its Sony rival, as well as at least as arresting a 2D performance, while costing the best part of two grand less.
Sure, Sony's integrated 3D approach is more elegant, and it offers better PC support. And to be absolutely clear about this, it is a quite brilliant 2D performer.
Terrific 2D performance, low operational noise
Overall, the VPL-VW90ES should be considered a marvellous projector. It's beautifully built and delivers both corking 2D and genuinely involving three-dimensional imagery. In fact, so much so that, having lived with it for a while, I find it difficult to imagine ever being satisfied with regular 3D TV again.
Motorised lens makes set-up easy
For the money-no-object, 3D-early-adopter, look no further; and for everyone else it remains mighty tempting.
Deep blacks and vivid colours, Artefact-free 3D viewing experience
Sony's first 3D projector is a high-end treat. The SXRD light engine is as sharp as a sushi knife, and we didn't spot any picture-spoiling 3D crosstalk effects. If you really want to watch 3D movies at home, you need to buy one of these.
Excellent color, and overall picture quality, post calibration
The Sony is also a fun projector if you like to play with toys. It has plenty of controls, including the ability to adjust the projector in 9 separate sections of the screen. Also of note, besides two choices on dynamic iris (I primarily used Auto 1), you can change the iris to a manual mode.
Impressive amount of light, especially in Cinema mode
The Sony VPL-VWPRO1 is a solid home theater projector, bringing SXRD technology into the home for a lower price than in previous years. High calibrated lumen output makes the VWPRO1 absolutely ideal for large-screen theater and allows consumers to consider truly massive screens for their home cinemas. Snappy response time will make video game buffs happy.
Very good "Out of the Box" picture quality
A very worthy projector. Solid in all areas, impressive black levels, but skin tone handling and overall color are the real strength that makes the Sony VPL-HW15 deserve our Hot Product award. The lowering of the price point simply makes the HW15 even more deserving.
Sony's new HW15 is their lowest-priced 1080p projector yet released. Despite the price, Sony has made few compromises regarding image quality and feature set. The HW15 improves upon the HW10 in several ways. It brings the best features of LCOS, like a silky-smooth film-like picture, deep black levels, and silent operation down to a price point that's accessible to more consumers.
Sets a really high new standard
As well as succeeding where its predecessor did not in justifying its price hike over Sony's latest entry-level SXRD model, the VW85 sets a really high new standard for the £5,000 sector of the projector market. Will JVC's new D-ILA models manage to be even better? Well, sadly I just don't know right now. But man, it's going to be fun finding out
As well as succeeding where its predecessor did not in justifying its price hike over Sony's latest entry-level SXRD model, the VW85 sets a really high new standard for the Â£5,000 sector of the projector market. Will JVC's new D-ILA models manage to be even better? Well, sadly I just don't know right now. But man, it's going to be fun finding out.
The Sony VPL-VW40 is certainly one of the very best, of the lower cost 1080p projectors.
Definitely a serious contender, the Sony will appeal to those that are "movies first" and less concerned, or not planning to watch a lot of HDTV/TV, or sports. If you aren't planning to get the Sony VPL-VW40 tuned - calibrated, at least with a basic calibration disc, or better, by a professional, then the Sony probably is not a good choice. If you are serious though, this Sony belongs on your short list of 1080p projectors selling for less than $3000.
Quite a cracker
The VW40 provides ample proof that Sony's SXRD system really can work well at affordable as well as high prices. A little shortage of brightness perhaps limits its potential audience a touch, but provided you fit the criteria laid out in the last couple of paragraphs of the main review, the VW40 is really quite a cracker.
We had our doubts about whether Sony could really translate its undoubtedly impressive SXRD technology down to the sub-£2,500 level. Thankfully, all of the things that make SXRD special really are present on the entry-level VPL-VW40, even if there are one or two little imperfections in other areas.
Exceptional picture sharpness
Although the VW40's slightly drab colour saturations prevent us from being able to give it a whole-hearted recommendation, the clarity and precision of its pictures beats anything else in its class. Plus, its total freedom from technology noise could make it great for everyone out there who hates the rainbow effect problem that affects many similarly priced DLP models.
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