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Sony VPL-VW500ES Projector

Digital Versus 5 Star homecinemachoice.com Best Buy Trusted Reviews Recommended Expert Reviews Ultimate insideci.co.uk Recommended
DCI 4K (4096 X 2160) 26dB 1,700 ANSI Lumens Sep 2013
Native Projector Resolution 3D Image Projection Noise Level Projector Brightness Release Date
4K More Than 4x The Quality Of Full HD4K is the very best the big screen can deliver. The VPL-VW500ES gives you that very same, fully immersive cinema experience, at home. Incredible 4096 x 2160... More
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Sony VPL-VW500ES 4K Ultra HD SXRD Projector Review
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21 Reasons For

Eight Industry Awards

This multimedia projector has received eight awards from expert review sites.

The experts at two expert review sites both concluded that they would endorse this projector. This Sony projector received a "Recommended" award from both Trusted Reviews and Insideci.co.uk.

Two additional expert review sites both liked this Sony multimedia projector. This multimedia projector received a "Highly Recommended" award from Avforums.com and the editor of Homecinemachoice.com gave it a "Best Buy" award and wrote it was a sensible purchase.

This Sony projector received a "5 Star" award from both Digital Versus and 01net.com and it received an "Ultimate" award from Expert Reviews.

This projector received a "5 Star" award from Les Numeriques.com.

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Excellent Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this data projector is 91% based on sixteen expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Digital Versus and homecinemachoice.com. This means that projector experts think this multimedia projector is one of the better multimedia projectors of this age and spec.

Good High Def TV

Several customers said that the product was good at displaying high definition TV. Whathifi.com rated it 4 stars and mentioned “Every time we test a 4K-capable product such as this, we get more impatient for the 4K Ultra HD bandwagon to gain proper momentum”. Whathifi.com also mentioned “This is a hugely capable projector that is more than able to deliver on the brilliance of Ultra HD”. Whathifi.com also mentioned “It's good with Full HD material too”.

Sony Has Good Projector Reviews

We checked 249 owner and expert reviews for Sony projectors and found that on average Sony has good reviews. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically for its projectors.

Good Product Quality

Six Sony VPL-VW500ES reviewers wrote in their reviews that this projector was good quality. Elky gave it an excellent review and mentioned “Receiver units need their own plugs, are well made and typically of Sony, are surprisingly small” in their review of this projector. Expert website Digitalversus.com said in their Sony VPL-VW500ES review “Image quality is quite simply superb, especially in 4K mode”. Avhub.com.au said “Excellent picture quality in 2D and 3D” in their Sony VPL-VW500ES review.

Robust

A number of Sony VPL-VW500ES owners who bought it said that it was well made. Avhub.com.au said “Good build quality” in their review of the Sony VPL-VW500ES.

Good Picture Quality

Several customers considered that it had good picture quality. Avhub.com.au mentioned in their review of the Sony VPL-VW500ES “Stunning 4K picture quality”. One Sony VPL-VW500ES reviewer who reviewed this projector thought it had good colour saturation. Avhub.com.au mentioned in their review of this projector last year “Finesse with colours” .

Good Connectivity

A number of customers said in their reviews that the product was good in terms of HDMI connections. Elky mentioned on Amazon last year “I wasn't able to see any difference between this and fast HDMI”. Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned on expert website Expert Reviews two years ago “A competitvely-priced Ultra HD projector with HDMI 2.0 inputs that should extend its usefulness”.

Easy to Use

One Sony VPL-VW500ES owner who reviewed it said that it was easy to setup. Avhub.com.au wrote “Easy to set up” in their review.

Good Technical Features

One person who reviewed it said that it had good features. Avhub.com.au mentioned “Impressive features” in their review of this projector.

Reasonably Priced

Six Sony VPL-VW500ES owners wrote in their reviews that this projector was good value for money. Trustedreviews.com wrote on expert review site Trusted Reviews “It makes truly cinema-sized 4K video playback for the home a tangible, (almost) affordable reality for the very first time --” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Gadgetshow.channel5.com mentioned “Still remains one of the more affordable (relative) entries into the world of 4K home cinema projectors” in their Sony VPL-VW500ES review. Avhub.com.au wrote in their Sony VPL-VW500ES review in November last year “For the price compared to other Ultra HD projectors”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Sony VPL-VW500ES reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the Sony VPL-VW500ES was quiet. Avhub.com.au mentioned last year “Quiet 26 dB” .

Nice Design

One person who bought it thought it was luxurious. Avhub.com.au said “Let's address the luxuriously decked out elephant in the room right away” in their review.

DCI 4K (4096 X 2160) Native Projector Resolution

The Sony VPL-VW500ES has a maximum resolution of DCI 4K (4096 x 2160). That's over eight times the resolution of a WXGA (1280x800) data projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.

This data projector's resolution (DCI 4K (4096 x 2160)) is actually the best resolution across all projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-VW500ES.

The worst resolution across similar types of data projector is VGA (640x480).

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Supports Full HD Projection

Unlike most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable age and type to the VPL-VW500ES which do not support Full HD projection, the Sony VPL-VW500ES supports Full HD projection.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The VPL-VW500ES supports 3D image projection, as do most of the other multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-VW500ES.

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Fairly Big Matrix Size

At 0.74 inches, the Sony VPL-VW500ES has a quite big matrix size compared to most of the other projectors of a similar spec and age to the VPL-VW500ES. The average matrix size of multimedia projectors of this age and spec is 0.64", and the matrix sizes range from 0.45" to 0.76".

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Two HDMI Ports

The Sony VPL-VW500ES is a two HDMI port projector. Most of the other projectors of a similar age and type to the VPL-VW500ES have between one and three HDMI ports.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This data projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many projectors that have been available for a similar time to it.

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10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Transfer Rate

This data projector has a 10|100 Mbit/s ethernet LAN data transfer rate, which is typical of many projectors that have been available for more than two years.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

Across all the projectors of a similar spec and age to the VPL-VW500ES the noise levels range from 20dB to 47dB. With a noise level of only 26 decibels, the VPL-VW500ES has one of the quieter noise levels amongst projectors of this age.

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8 Reasons Against

Not Good in Terms of Size

One customer considered that it was not heavy and bulky. Last year Avhub.com.au mentioned “Bulky design”.

Poor 3D Picture Quality

Some Sony VPL-VW500ES reviewers thought this projector did not have a good 3D picture quality. Avhub.com.au said “Contrast is bettered by JVC's DILA projectors, slight crosstalk with 3D”. Avhub.com.au also wrote “Mediocre 3D performance”.

Price Increase of £811.00

The VPL-VW500ES has increased in price by £811.00 in the last 59 days.

Not Cheap

We think this projector looks expensive compared to other projectors that came out more than two years ago. The price range of projectors that came out more than two years ago is from £134 to £18,999.

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker

The VPL-VW500ES does not have a built-in speaker, although this is within the context that most of the other projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-VW500ES also do not have a built-in speaker.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The VPL-VW500ES does not support WiFi connectivity, although this is within the context that most of the other projectors of a similar age and spec to the VPL-VW500ES also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

The Sony VPL-VW500ES has one of the dimmer projector brightness (only 1,700 ANSI lumen) amongst projectors of this age. Across all the multimedia projectors of a similar spec and age to the VPL-VW500ES the projector brightness range from 300 ANSI lumens to 9,200 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 2,900 ANSI lumens.

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Heavy

Across all the projectors of a comparable age and type to the VPL-VW500ES the weights range from 2.7g to 26kg. At 14 kilograms, the Sony VPL-VW500ES is quite heavy compared to most of the other projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-VW500ES.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony VPL-VW500ES

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Sony released the VPL-VW500ES.

Specification

Projector
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Size
Dynamic Contrast Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Projection Technology
Lamps
Lamp Power
Lens System
Vertical Lens Shift Range
Horizontal Lens Shift Range
Video
3D Image Projection
Full HD Projection
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Ethernet LAN Data Transfer Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Maximum Power Consumption
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
User Guide
Handheld Remote Control
Quick Start Guide
Cable Included

8 Awards

Les Numeriques.com 5 Star Digital Versus 5 Star 01net.com 5 Star homecinemachoice.com Best Buy avforums.com Highly Recommended Trusted Reviews Recommended Expert Reviews Ultimate insideci.co.uk Recommended

Expert Reviews

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7 March 2015

Full review of the Sony VPL-VW500ES 4K AV projector by Sound+Image magazine. Free download.This equipment review consists of a full evaluation of the Sony VPL-VW500ES, written by Stephen Dawson.... Read more…

4K resolution
Excellent picture quality in 2D and 3D
Deep black, high contrast
Remote control with backlit buttons and loads of shortcut keys
MotionFlow function works well
Bulky design
No 3D glasses included
SXRD panels weren't correctly aligned in our model (but this can be corrected via the menu)
Still an expensive proposition
Some cheaper no 4K rivals are better with Bluray
22 June 2014

As the sole flag-bearers for Ultra HD home theatre projection, Sony has to be considered the go-to brand for future-proofed theatre installs. The fact then that the VPL-VW500ES delivers an image...

Insideci.co.uk

25 April 2014

The Sony VPL-VW500ES projector impresses from the moment you switch it on. Image quality is quite simply superb, especially in 4K mode. The picture is packed with detail and boasts deep, rich...

Digital Versus

1 April 2014

This is a hugely capable projector that is more than able to deliver on the brilliance of Ultra HD.It's good with Full HD material too. It's a pricey proposition, but one that points the way to an...

The Sony VPL-VW500ES is staggeringly expensive, but still remains one of the more affordable (relative) entries into the world of 4K home cinema projectors. For just under £8,800, you get an...

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User Reviews

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I was a little worried I would lose quality by going wireless, but I wasn't able to see any difference between this and fast HDMI. Both transmitter and receiver units need their own plugs, are... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00027242869608, 04905524941906, 05013493246003

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