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Sony VPLVW520ES Projector

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DCI 4K (4096 X 2160) 26dB 1,800 ANSI Lumens Sep 2015
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Sony VPL VW520ES 4K SXRD Projector Review

16 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

Avforums.com and Insideci.co.uk both concluded that concluded that they would recommend this data projector and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

Three experts from sites including avforums.com, gadgetshow.channel5.com and insideci.co.uk have rated this projector on average 93%. If all the projectors that have been available for more than a year are ranked by average expert review score then this Sony projector is in the top 15%.

Good Brand

Projectors produced by Sony have good reviews on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all projectors (not just projectors) and found that Sony also has good reviews across its entire range.

Robust

One Sony VPL-VW520 ES owner wrote in their reviews that this projector was well made. In October this year Gadgetshow.channel5.com gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote in their Sony VPL-VW520 ES review “Good build quality”.

Good Picture Quality

One customer thought the Sony VPL-VW520 ES had good colour saturation. Gadgetshow.channel5.com rated it as very good and wrote “Excellent calibrated colours and greyscale” in their Sony VPL-VW520 ES review.

Good Product Quality

One customer considered that this projector was good quality.

Price Drop of £1,430.62

The price of the VPL-VW520 ES dropped by £1,430.62 in the last month.

DCI 4K (4096 X 2160) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the Sony VPL-VW520 ES is DCI 4K (4096 x 2160). That's over eleven times the resolution of the most frequently found native projector resolution of XGA (1024x768).

A DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) native projector resolution is in fact the best resolution across all similar spec projectors that were launched around the same time as the VPL-VW520 ES.

The worst resolution amongst similar types of projector is nHD (640x360).

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Supports Full HD Projection

Unlike most of the other data projectors of this type and age which do not support Full HD projection, the VPL-VW520 ES supports Full HD projection.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The VPL-VW520 ES supports 3D image projection. Most of the other projectors that have been on the market for more than a year also support 3D image projection.

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1920 X 1080 (HD 1080) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution supported by the Sony VPL-VW520 ES is 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) projector, which is the most common resolution supported by data projectors of a similar type and age to the VPL-VW520 ES. The resolution of all data projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-VW520 ES ranges from 640 x 480 (VGA) (worst) to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) (best).

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Very Big Matrix Size

At 0.74 inches, the VPL-VW520 ES has a very big matrix size compared to most of the other projectors of a comparable age and type to the VPL-VW520 ES. The matrix sizes of comparable spec data projectors that have been available for around the same time as the VPL-VW520 ES range from 0.45" to 0.74", and the average matrix size is 0.59".

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Two HDMI Ports

The VPL-VW520 ES is a two HDMI port multimedia projector.

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Fairly Big Lamp Power

Across all the projectors of a similar type and age to the VPL-VW520 ES the lamp power range from 50W to 380W, and the average lamp power is 240W. With a lamp power of 280 Watts, the VPL-VW520 ES has one of the bigger lamp power amongst projectors of this age.

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10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Transfer Rate

This projector has a 10|100 Mbit/s ethernet LAN data transfer rate, which is the most frequently found ethernet LAN data transfer rate on projectors of a similar age and spec to it.

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Very Quiet Noise Level

At only 26 decibels, the VPL-VW520 ES has a quite quiet noise level compared to most of the other data projectors of a similar age and type to the VPL-VW520 ES. The noise levels of comparable spec multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-VW520 ES range from 22dB to 39dB, and the average noise level is 32dB.

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9 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Sony VPL-VW520 ES reviewer who reviewed the Sony VPL-VW520 ES said that it was not noisy. Gadgetshow.channel5.com wrote in their Sony VPL-VW520 ES review “A little noisy in full lamp mode” nonetheless they scored it 5 stars.

Poor 3D Picture Quality

One person who bought it reckoned that it did not have a good 3D picture quality. Gadgetshow.channel5.com mentioned “Mediocre 3D performance” nonetheless they still gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

Expensive

After checking the price of 53 projectors that were launched more than a year ago they range in price from £158 to £7,420. We think that this multimedia projector looks expensive compared to other projectors that were launched more than a year ago.

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker

The VPL-VW520 ES does not have a built-in speaker. Most of the other projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the VPL-VW520 ES do have a built-in speaker.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The VPL-VW520 ES does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other comparable spec data projectors that have been around for a similar time to the VPL-VW520 ES also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Running Costs Are Very High

The average running cost of the VPL-VW520 ES is £128 over 1 year based on average energy prices and usage levels, which makes it one of the least economic to run multimedia projectors of a comparable type and age.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

The Sony VPL-VW520 ES has one of the dimmer projector brightness (only 1,800 ANSI lumen) amongst projectors of this age. Projectors of a similar type and age to the VPL-VW520 ES have projector brightness of between 500 ANSI lumens and 8,200 ANSI lumens.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

Most projectors that were launched more than a year ago have between one and two USB 2.0 ports, including the Sony VPL-VW520 ES which has one USB 2.0 port.

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Heavy

With a weight of 14 kilograms, the VPL-VW520 ES is one of the heavier projectors that were released more than a year ago amongst projectors of this age. The weights of multimedia projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the VPL-VW520 ES range from 9.7g to 18kg.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony VPL-VW520 ES

Released Over a Year Ago

This Sony multimedia projector was released over a year ago.

Specification

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Full HD Projection
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RS-232 Port
DVI Port
Component Video in Port
DC-In Jack
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Ethernet LAN Data Transfer Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
Performance
Noise Level
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display Language
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
Design
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Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Battery Included
AC Adapter Included
Cable Included

2 Awards

avforums.com Recommended insideci.co.uk Recommended

Expert Reviews

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Meet Sony's VPL-VW520ES 4K Home Cinema Projector, a huge beast of a projector that apes its rivals in terms of size and specs, and can crank out 4K flicks at up to 300 inches without breaking a... Read more…

4K native panels
Excellent calibrated colours and greyscale
Picture processing is very good
Excellent black levels
Good build quality
Expensive
Gamma is skewed unless you have it professionally calibrated with special software
Mediocre 3D performance
No 3D Glasses supplied
A little noisy in full lamp mode
1 January 2016

Avforums.com

The Sony VW520ES is the latest native 4K (4096 x 2160) SXRD projector from the company and replaces the outgoing VPL-VW500ES which was released in late 2013. If you own the VW500 your first... Read more…

13 December 2015

We've long admired Sony's 4K SXRD projectors, but with the VPL-VW520ES the brand has raised the bar higher still. It remains to be seen just how important the addition of HDR is as a consumer...

Insideci.co.uk

5 September 2015

Sony VPL-VW520ES hands-on Today new generations of projector's tend to be iterative steps forward from what went before. A little bit more contrast here, a touch more brightness there. With the... Read more…

30 November 2015

Sony VPL-VW520B ES to najlepszy projektor, z jakim mieli?my dot?d do czynienia w naszej redakcji. Natywna rozdzielczo?? 4K, bardzo wysoki wspó?czynnik kontrastu dynamicznego 300.000:1, funkcje...

Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £124.99
Electricity cost when on standby £2.21
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Total running cost over 5 years £127.20
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0.63T
Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.63 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
17
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 17 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers vplvw520w, sony 37074, VPL-VW520/B, VPL-VW520/W, sony vplvw520, acer vplvw520, acer vplvw520e, sony vplvw520b, sony vplvw520w, sony vplvw520e, acer vplvw520es, sony vplvw520es, special vplvw520, audioquest vw520, sony vplvw520esw, sony vplvw520esm, audioquest vw520e, sony vplvw520eswh, special vplvw520e, special vplvw520es, sony 4548736013322, audioquest vw520es, sony vplvw520eswhi, sony vplvw520eswhit, sony vplvw520eswhite
Barcodes 04548736013315, 04548736013322

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