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Sony VPL-VW500ES
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Sony VPLVW500ES Projector

Trusted Reviews Recommended Expert Reviews Ultimate Digital Versus 5 Star insideci.co.uk Recommended homecinemachoice.com Best Buy
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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20 Reasons For

Eight Industry Awards

This Sony data projector has received eight awards from projector experts.

This projector received a "Recommended" from both Trusted Reviews and Insideci.co.uk, both of which wrote that this Sony projector was good.

Two additional expert review sites liked this Sony projector. This multimedia projector received a "Highly Recommended" award from Avforums.com and it received a "Best Buy" award from Homecinemachoice.com who concluded it was was a sensible purchase.

The reviewers at three other expert review sites all said that this Sony projector was good. This 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

Based on sixteen expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Digital Versus and homecinemachoice.com the average expert rating of this projector is 91%. This puts this Sony projector in the top 13% of all the multimedia projectors of a similar type and age when ranked by average expert review score.

Good High Def TV

Eleven Sony VPL-VW500ES owners agreed that it was good at displaying high definition TV. Expert website Whathifi.com wrote two years ago “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 wrote “It's good with Full HD material too”.

Sony Projectors Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Sony multimedia projectors and also specifically for Sony projectors and found that in both cases Sony had good ratings compared to other manufacturers.

Good Product Quality

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

Robust

Two Sony VPL-VW500ES reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was well made. Avhub.com.au wrote last year “Good build quality”.

Good Picture Quality

Three people reckoned that it had good picture quality. Avhub.com.au mentioned in their review of this projector “Stunning 4K picture quality”. One Sony VPL-VW500ES owner who reviewed the product wrote that it had good colour saturation. Avhub.com.au mentioned in their review of this projector “Finesse with colours”.

Good Connectivity

Several people who reviewed it concluded that it was good in terms of HDMI connections. Elky mentioned on Amazon “I wasn't able to see any difference between this and fast HDMI”. Expertreviews.co.uk said two years ago “A competitvely-priced Ultra HD projector with HDMI 2.0 inputs that should extend its usefulness” in their review of the Sony VPL-VW500ES.

Good Technical Features

One Sony VPL-VW500ES owner said in their reviews that it had good features. Avhub.com.au wrote in their review “Impressive features”.

Easy to Use

One Sony VPL-VW500ES owner mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to setup. Avhub.com.au wrote in their review of the Sony VPL-VW500ES “Easy to set up”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Sony VPL-VW500ES owner who bought the product mentioned that it was quiet. Avhub.com.au mentioned “Quiet 26 dB”.

Nice Design

One Sony VPL-VW500ES reviewer reckoned that the Sony VPL-VW500ES was luxurious. Avhub.com.au said “Let's address the luxuriously decked out elephant in the room right away” in their review of this projector.

DCI 4K (4096 X 2160) Native Projector Resolution

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

A DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) native projector resolution is in fact the best resolution amongst all multimedia projectors of this type and age.

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

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Supports Full HD Projection

The VPL-VW500ES supports Full HD projection. Most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar age and type to the VPL-VW500ES do not support Full HD projection.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

Like most of the other data projectors of this type and age, the VPL-VW500ES supports 3D image projection.

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Quite Big Matrix Size

The VPL-VW500ES has a fairly big matrix size (0.74 inches) compared to most of the other data projectors that were released more than two years ago. The average matrix size of projectors that have been available for a similar time to the VPL-VW500ES is 0.64", and the matrix sizes range from 0.45" to 0.76".

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Two HDMI Ports

Most data projectors of a similar age and spec to the VPL-VW500ES have between one and three HDMI ports, including the VPL-VW500ES which has two HDMI ports.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This multimedia projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most frequently found AC input voltage on projectors of a comparable spec and age to it.

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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 that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

The noise levels of projectors of a similar spec and age to the VPL-VW500ES range from 20dB to 47dB, and the average noise level is 32dB. With a noise level of only 26 decibels, the VPL-VW500ES has a fairly quiet noise level compared to most of the other comparable spec multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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6 Reasons Against

Not Good in Terms of Size

One Sony VPL-VW500ES reviewer mentioned that the Sony VPL-VW500ES was not heavy and bulky. Avhub.com.au wrote in their Sony VPL-VW500ES review “Bulky design”.

Poor 3D Picture Quality

Some Sony VPL-VW500ES owners who bought it considered that it did not have a good 3D picture quality. In November last year Avhub.com.au said “Contrast is bettered by JVC's DILA projectors, slight crosstalk with 3D”. Avhub.com.au also said “Mediocre 3D performance”.

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker

Like most of the other projectors that have been available for a similar time to the VPL-VW500ES, the Sony VPL-VW500ES does not have a built-in speaker.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The VPL-VW500ES does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec data projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-VW500ES also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

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

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Heavy

With a weight of 14 kilograms, the VPL-VW500ES is fairly heavy compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar age and spec to the VPL-VW500ES. The lightest projector of a similar age and spec to the VPL-VW500ES is 2.7g heavy, the heaviest is 26kg, and the average weight is 6.2kg.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony VPL-VW500ES

Released Over Three Years Ago

This multimedia projector has been on the market for over three years.

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
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Ethernet LAN Data Transfer Rate
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
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
Cable Included

8 Awards

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

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

Manufacturer Part Numbers vplvw500, vplvw500e, vplvw500es, vplvw500esa, sony vplvw500, sony vplvw500e, sony vplvw500es
Barcodes 00027242869608, 04905524941906, 05013493246003

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