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Sony Has Good Multimedia Projector Reviews
Sony has good average reviews for its multimedia projectors as well as across its entire multimedia projector range compared to other brands.
Price Drop of £1,235.94
The price of the VPL-VW520 ES has dropped by £1,235.94 in the last 37 days.
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 four times the resolution of a 1080p (1920x1080) projector, which is the most common resolution.
A DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) native projector resolution is in fact the best resolution amongst all projectors that were released in the last 12 months.
Amongst comparable types of projector the worst resolution is SVGA (800x600).
Supports Full HD Projection
The VPL-VW520 ES supports Full HD projection, unlike most of the other recently released similar spec data projectors which do not support Full HD projection.
We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative multimedia projectors which support Full HD projection currently available including cheaper projectors such as the Panasonic PT-DZ780 (£6,767.66).
There are a number of alternative projectors which also support Full HD projection which you might also want to look at including the Canon LX-MU600Z (£7,674.00).
Supports 3D Image Projection
The Sony VPL-VW520 ES supports 3D image projection. Most of the other latest multimedia projectors also support 3D image projection.
We compared this projector to all the other projectors which support 3D image projection and we think the Panasonic PT-DZ780 (£6,767.66) which is cheaper is also worth considering.
It is worth also looking at other data projectors which also support 3D image projection including the Canon LX-MU600Z (£7,674.00).
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 frequently found resolution supported by recently released multimedia projectors. Across all recently released multimedia projectors the worst resolution is 640 x 480 (VGA) and the best is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).
If the resolution of this projector is too low for you then you might also want to look at the Canon LX-MU600Z (£7,674.00) (640 x 480 (VGA)|1024 x 768 (XGA)|1280 x 1024 (SXGA)|1360 x 768 (WXGA)|1400 x 1050 (SXGA+)|1440 x 900 (WXGA+)|1600 x 1200 (UXGA)|1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+)|1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)).
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Two HDMI Ports
Most projectors that have been on the market for the last year have between one and three HDMI ports, including the VPL-VW520 ES which has two HDMI ports.
2.1:1 Zoom Ratio
The VPL-VW520 ES supports a maximum zoom ratio of 2.1:1. That's 31% more zoom ratio than a 1.6:1 data projector, which is the most frequently found zoom ratio supported by projectors that have been around for the last year.
A 2.1:1 zoom ratio is in fact the best supported zoom ratio amongst all recently released comparable spec projectors.
The worst supported zoom ratio amongst similar types of data projector is 1.03.
Very Quiet Noise Level
At only 26 decibels, the VPL-VW520 ES has a fairly quiet noise level compared to most of the other recently released similar spec projectors. Across all the recently released similar spec projectors the noise levels range from 22dB to 40dB.
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Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker
The Sony VPL-VW520 ES does not have a built-in speaker, unlike most of the other latest comparable spec projectors.
It is worth also looking at alternative projectors which also have a built-in speaker including the Panasonic PT-DZ780 (£6,767.66) which is also cheaper.
Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity
Most multimedia projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the VPL-VW520 ES do not support WiFi connectivity. The VPL-VW520 ES is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.
Very Dim Projector Brightness
With a projector brightness of only 1,800 ANSI lumen, the Sony VPL-VW520 ES has a fairly dim projector brightness compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that were released in the last year. The dimmest projector brightness of multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the VPL-VW520 ES is 37 ANSI lumens and the brightest is 8,200 ANSI lumens.
If you want a brighter projector brightness then you might want to consider the Panasonic PT-DZ780 (£6,767.66) (7,000 ANSI lumens) which is also cheaper.
Expensive Compared to Other Multimedia Projectors That Were Launched in the Last 12 Months
We thought that this Sony data projector looks expensive compared to other multimedia projectors that were launched in the last 12 months. The price range of multimedia projectors that were launched in the last 12 months is from £169 to £14,222.
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Only One Audio in Port
The VPL-VW520 ES is a one audio in port projector. Most of the other data projectors that were released in the last year have between one and two audio in ports.
Across all the similar spec multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-VW520 ES the weights range from 2.7g to 28kg, and the average weight is 7.2kg. At 14 kilograms, the Sony VPL-VW520 ES is fairly heavy compared to most of the other latest multimedia projectors.
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Running Costs Are OK
Based on average energy prices and usage levels we estimate that the VPL-VW520 ES will cost £128 over 1 year to run, which is typical compared to the other 51 recently released comparable spec multimedia projectors.
Released Twelve Months Ago
This multimedia projector was released twelve months ago.
Native Projector Resolution
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160)
1,800 ANSI lumens
3-panel (p-Si TFT active)
Compatible Screen Size
60 - 300
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Service Life
1.38 - 2.83:1
Vertical Lens Shift Range
-80 - 85
Horizontal Lens Shift Range
-31 - 31
Auto, Auto/Manual, Manual
3D Image Projection
1920 x 1080 (HD 1080)
Full HD Projection
Ports & Interfaces
Component Video in Port
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Ethernet LAN Data Transfer Rate
10, 10, 100
Ethernet LAN Connection
Horizontal Scan Range
19 - 72
Vertical Scan Range
48 - 92
On Screen Display Language
ARA, DUT, NOR, ENG, ESP, ITA, POL, SWE, CHI (SIMPL), JPN, POR, THA, CHI (TR), FRE, KOR, RUS, DEU
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