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Sony VPLVW500ES 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
Projector Native Resolution 3D 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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20 Reasons For

Eight Industry Awards

This multimedia projector is one of the most highly awarded by experts in data projectors of all the projectors of this spec and age.

Two expert review sites both concluded that they would recommend this data projector. This multimedia projector received a "Recommended" award from both Trusted Reviews and Insideci.co.uk.

Furthermore, this projector received an Avforums.com "Highly Recommended" award and the reviewer at Homecinemachoice.com thought that it would make a great purchase and gave it a "Best Buy" award.

The writers at three other expert review sites all said that this multimedia projector was good. Digital Versus and 01net.com both gave this projector a "5 Star" award and it received an "Ultimate" award from Expert Reviews.

The writer at one more expert review site decided that this data projector was good. Les Numeriques.com gave this Sony projector a "5 Star" award.

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Excellent Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this multimedia projector is 91% based on sixteen expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Digital Versus and homecinemachoice.com. This puts this Sony projector in the top 12% of all the data projectors that have been on the market for more than two years when ranked by average expert review score.

Good High Def TV

A few Sony VPL-VW500ES reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it was good at displaying high definition TV. Expert website Whathifi.com wrote in their review “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 wrote “This is a hugely capable projector that is more than able to deliver on the brilliance of Ultra HD”. Whathifi.com also said “It's good with Full HD material too”.

Sony Has Excellent Reviews for Its Data Projectors

Based on 247 expert and owner reviews, Sony has excellent ratings for its multimedia projectors. Sony also has excellent ratings specifically within its multimedia projectors range compared to other brands.

Good Product Quality

A number of Sony VPL-VW500ES owners said in their reviews that it was good quality. Elky gave the product a score of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “Receiver units need their own plugs, are well made and typically of Sony, are surprisingly small” in their review. Digitalversus.com said on Digital Versus “Image quality is quite simply superb, especially in 4K mode” in their Sony VPL-VW500ES review. Avhub.com.au mentioned “Excellent picture quality in 2D and 3D”.

Robust

Several people concluded that this projector was well made. Avhub.com.au wrote “Good build quality”.

Good Picture Quality

A few Sony VPL-VW500ES owners considered that this projector had good picture quality. Avhub.com.au wrote two years ago “Stunning 4K picture quality” in their review of the Sony VPL-VW500ES. One Sony VPL-VW500ES reviewer who purchased the product thought it had good colour saturation. Avhub.com.au wrote in their review of this projector “Finesse with colours” .

Good Connectivity

Two Sony VPL-VW500ES owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was good in terms of HDMI connections. Elky wrote “I wasn't able to see any difference between this and fast HDMI” in their Sony VPL-VW500ES review and rated it as excellent. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk wrote “A competitvely-priced Ultra HD projector with HDMI 2.0 inputs that should extend its usefulness” and rated the product 5 stars.

Easy to Use

One person who bought it concluded that it was easy to setup. Avhub.com.au mentioned in their review of this projector “Easy to set up”.

Good Technical Features

One customer who bought it thought it had good features. Two years ago Avhub.com.au mentioned “Impressive features”.

Reasonably Priced

A few people who reviewed this projector considered that it was good value for money. Expert review site Trustedreviews.com said four years ago “It makes truly cinema-sized 4K video playback for the home a tangible, (almost) affordable reality for the very first time --” in their review of this projector and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Gadgetshow.channel5.com wrote in their Sony VPL-VW500ES review “Still remains one of the more affordable (relative) entries into the world of 4K home cinema projectors”. Avhub.com.au wrote “For the price compared to other Ultra HD projectors” in their Sony VPL-VW500ES review.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Sony VPL-VW500ES reviewer said in their reviews that it was quiet. Avhub.com.au said in their review of the Sony VPL-VW500ES “Quiet 26 dB”.

Nice Design

One Sony VPL-VW500ES owner said in their reviews that the product was luxurious. Avhub.com.au said “Let's address the luxuriously decked out elephant in the room right away”.

DCI 4K (4096 X 2160) Projector Native Resolution

The highest resolution of the Sony VPL-VW500ES is DCI 4K (4096 x 2160). That's over eight times the resolution of the most frequently found projector native resolution of WXGA (1280x800).

This projector's resolution (DCI 4K (4096 x 2160)) is in fact the best resolution amongst all projectors of this age and spec.

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

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Supports Full HD

The VPL-VW500ES supports full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other data projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-VW500ES do not support full HD.

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Supports 3D

Like most of the other projectors of a comparable spec and age to the VPL-VW500ES, the VPL-VW500ES supports 3D.

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Fairly Big Matrix Size

Across all the projectors of this type and age the matrix sizes range from 0.45" to 0.75", and the average matrix size is 0.63". At 0.74 inches, the VPL-VW500ES has a quite big matrix size compared to most of the other similar spec data projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the VPL-VW500ES.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to it.

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10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rates

This projector has a 10|100 Mbit/s ethernet LAN data rates, which is typical of many multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

The noise levels of projectors of this type and age range from 20dB to 47dB, and the average noise level is 32dB. With a noise level of only 26 decibels, the VPL-VW500ES has one of the quieter noise levels amongst multimedia projectors of this age.

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7 Reasons Against

Not Good in Terms of Size

One Sony VPL-VW500ES reviewer who purchased the Sony VPL-VW500ES thought it was not heavy and bulky. Avhub.com.au said two years ago “Bulky design” in their review of this projector.

Poor 3D Picture Quality

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that the Sony VPL-VW500ES did not have a good 3D picture quality. Avhub.com.au mentioned “Contrast is bettered by JVC's DILA projectors, slight crosstalk with 3D”. Avhub.com.au also wrote “Mediocre 3D performance”.

Not Cheap

We checked 68 data projectors of a similar age and type and they range in price from £162 to £19,058. We think that this projector looks expensive compared to other data projectors of a similar age and type.

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker(s)

The VPL-VW500ES does not have a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other projectors of a similar spec and age to the VPL-VW500ES do have a built-in speaker(s).

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar age and spec to the VPL-VW500ES, the VPL-VW500ES does not support wi-Fi.

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

The average projector brightness of projectors of this age and spec is 2,900 ANSI lumens, and the projector brightnesss range from 300 ANSI lumens to 9,200 ANSI lumens. At only 1,700 ANSI lumen, the VPL-VW500ES has a fairly dim projector brightness compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Heavy

At 14 kilograms, the Sony VPL-VW500ES is fairly heavy compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as the VPL-VW500ES. The weights of comparable spec projectors that were released more than two years ago range from 2.2g to 26kg.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony VPL-VW500ES

Released Over Three Years Ago

This multimedia projector was released over three years ago.

Specification

Projector
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Size
Contrast Ratio (dynamic)
Screen Size Compatibility
Projection Technology
Lamps
Bulb Power
Lens System
Vertical Lens Shift Range
Horizontal Lens Shift Range
Video
3D
Full HD
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
HDMI Ports Quantity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
Design
Form Factor
Colour of Product
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Power Consumption (max)
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
Cables 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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(Verified Purchase)

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

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony vw500, sony vw500e, sony vw500es, sony vplvw500, acer vplvw500, sony vplvw500e, acer vplvw500e, sony vplvw500es, acer vplvw500es, acoustic vplvw500, audiolab vplvw500, acoustic vplvw500e, audiolab vplvw500e, acoustic vplvw500es, audiolab vplvw500es
Barcodes 00027242869608, 04905524941906, 05013493246003

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