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Sony VPL-VW520 ES
VPLVW520ES

£8,795.00
(17 reviews)
Sony VPL-VW520 ES
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Techradar Recommended homecinemachoice.com Reference Status avforums.com Recommended insideci.co.uk Recommended
Our Verdict:
A multi award winning and phenomenally quiet DCI 4K Very High contrast ratio projector, with satisfactory running costs and outstanding features
4096 X 2160 (DCI 4K) 26dB Very High 1,800 ANSI Lumens Sep 2015
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Sony VPL-VW520 ES Review

With outstanding reviews and excellent features, we have ranked the Sony VPL-VW520 ES number 14 in 4K projectors and number 360 across all projectors.
95
Reviews
17 Reviews + 4 Awards
50
Value for Money
Average
92
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Age
2 Years Old
69
Running Costs
£92 Over 5 Years
75
Popularity
Lots of Positive Reviews
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Why Has it Scored 78?

It has great expert reviews with an average expert rating of 90%, based on 17 reviews. This projector has received four awards including a "Recommended" award from Avforums.com plus two other sites and an industry award from Homecinemachoice.com. Looking across the entire Epson projector range, the average reviews for all Epson multimedia projectors are also excellent.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer data projectors with better features are available. However this Sony projector has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest data projectors 2018.
The VPL-VW520 ES has running costs of £92 over 5 years, which puts it typical compared to the other 1,328 multimedia projectors that we have compared it to. View all energy saving multimedia projectors.
It has some great features:
4096 x 2160 (DCI 4K) resolution
Very quiet noise level
Very High contrast ratio
Supports 3D

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Sony VPL-VW520 ES In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

Four industry awards

This Sony multimedia projector has received four awards from data projector experts.

The authors at review websites Avforums.com, Insideci.co.uk and Techradar all concluded that they would endorse this multimedia projector and gave it their "Recommended" award.

The editor of one more expert review site concluded that this projector was very good. This was from Homecinemachoice.com who gave it an "Reference Status".

Excellent expert reviews

On average, based on 13 expert reviews from sites including Techradar, gadgetshow.channel5.com, Good Gear Guide.com.au and avforums.com this projector has an overall expert rating of 90 out of 100. Multimedia projector experts think this data projector is one of the very best projectors.

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Very good brand

We checked 707 expert and owner reviews (including 157 verified purchases) for Sony data projectors and found that on average Sony has very good ratings compared to other manufacturers. 92% of those that bought a Sony multimedia projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Features

4096 x 2160 (DCI 4K) resolution

The VPL-VW520 ES has a higher resolution than most projectors. This projector has a 4096 x 2160 (DCI 4K) resolution, whereas most projectors have a 1280 x 800 (WXGA) resolution. The best resolution of all data projectors is 4096 x 2400 (4K) and the worst is 640 x 360 (nHD). §.

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Very quiet noise level

The VPL-VW520 ES's noise level of only 26dB is quieter than 94% of all projectors when sorted by this feature. The average noise level of all projectors is 34dB, with the quietest being 20dB and the loudest being 54dB.

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Very High contrast ratio

The VPL-VW520 ES has a Very High contrast ratio which is higher than the Medium contrast ratio found on most projectors. Projectors contrast ratios range from Very Low (worst) to Ultra High (best). A contrast ratio of between 100,000:1 and 1,000,000:1.

A contrast ratio of between 100,000:1 and 1,000,000:1.

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Very dim projector brightness

The projector brightnesses of multimedia projectors range from 100 ANSI lumens to 85,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,800 ANSI lumens. The projector brightness of the Sony VPL-VW520 ES of only 1,800 ANSI lumens is in the dimmest 9% of all data projectors when ordered by this feature.

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Does not have a built-in speaker

The Sony VPL-VW520 ES does not have a built-in speaker. 78% of projectors do have a built-in speaker.

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Supports 3D

The Sony VPL-VW520 ES supports 3D, which is unusual. 65% of projectors do not support 3D.

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Longer than average service life of lamp

Multimedia projectors have service life of lamps of between 200h and 50,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 7,000h. The VPL-VW520 ES's service life of lamp of 6,000h is longer than 80% of all data projectors when sorted by this feature.

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Has a handheld remote control

The Sony VPL-VW520 ES has a handheld remote control. 82% of projectors also have a handheld remote control.

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Bigger than average bulb power

The VPL-VW520 ES's bulb power of 280W is in the biggest 27% of all projectors when ordered by this feature. Data projectors have bulb powers of between 15W and 840W, and the average bulb power is 250W.

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Supports full HD

The VPL-VW520 ES supports full HD. 63% of projectors do not support full HD.

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Does not have a 3D glasses included

The Sony VPL-VW520 ES does not have a 3D glasses included, although keep in mind that 95% of projectors also do not have a 3D glasses included.

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Has an Ethernet LAN

The VPL-VW520 ES has an Ethernet LAN. 54% of projectors also have an Ethernet LAN.

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Age

Released over two years ago

This projector has been on the market since September 2015.

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Running Costs

Running costs are average

The average 5 year running cost of the VPL-VW520 ES is £92 based on average energy prices, which is typical compared to the other 1,328 projectors.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

acoustic vplvw520es, anthem vplvw520es, amina vplvw520es, sony vplvw520w

Barcodes:

04548736013315, 04548736013322

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