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Sony VPL-VW520 ES 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

8 Reasons For

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.

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).

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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 ($8,699.00).

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.

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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 ($8,699.00) 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.

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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 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 (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.

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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.

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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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5 Reasons Against

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 ($8,699.00) which is also cheaper.

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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.

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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 ($8,699.00) (7,000 ANSI lumens) which is also cheaper.

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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.

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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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1 Other reason to consider the Sony VPL-VW520 ES

Released Twelve Months Ago

This multimedia projector was released twelve months ago.


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Expert Reviews


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4K native panels
Excellent calibrated colours and greyscale
Picture processing is very good
Excellent black levels
Good build quality
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


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Total running cost over 5 years $95.49
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.63 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 17 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Barcodes 04548736013315, 04548736013322