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Sony VPL-VW520 ES
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Sony VPL-VW520 ES Projector Recommended Recommended
DCI 4K (4096 X 2160) 26dB 1,800 ANSI Lumens Sep 2015
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Seeing is believing: breathtaking 4K clarity without compromise Bring the immersive excitement of true 4K cinematic images into every living space. Available also in a contemporary premium white... More
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Sony VPL VW520ES 4K SXRD Projector Review

15 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards and both endorse this multimedia projector and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on three expert reviews from sites including, and the average expert rating of this projector is 93%. Projector experts think this Sony data projector is one of the better projectors that have been around for more than a year.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Projectors

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


One Sony VPL-VW520 ES owner wrote in their reviews that this projector was well made. In October this year gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote in their Sony VPL-VW520 ES review “Good build quality”.

Good Picture Quality

One customer thought the Sony VPL-VW520 ES had good colour saturation. rated it as very good and wrote “Excellent calibrated colours and greyscale” in their Sony VPL-VW520 ES review.

Good Product Quality

One customer considered that this projector was good quality.

DCI 4K (4096 X 2160) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the VPL-VW520 ES is DCI 4K (4096 x 2160). That's over eleven times the resolution of the most common native projector resolution of XGA (1024x768).

This projector's resolution (DCI 4K (4096 x 2160)) is actually the best resolution amongst all similar spec data projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the VPL-VW520 ES.

An nHD (640x360) native projector resolution is the worst resolution across similar types of projector.

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Supports Full HD Projection

The Sony VPL-VW520 ES supports Full HD projection, unlike most of the other projectors of a similar spec and age to the VPL-VW520 ES which do not support Full HD projection.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The Sony VPL-VW520 ES supports 3D image projection, as do most of the other projectors that have been available for around the same time as the VPL-VW520 ES.

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1920 X 1080 (HD 1080) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution supported by the VPL-VW520 ES is 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution supported by projectors of a comparable type and age to the VPL-VW520 ES. The worst resolution of all projectors that were released one year ago is 640 x 480 (VGA) and the best is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).

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Very Big Matrix Size

Data projectors that have been around for more than a year have matrix sizes of between 0.45" and 0.74", and the average matrix size is 0.59". The VPL-VW520 ES has one of the biggest matrix sizes (0.74 inches) amongst projectors of this age.

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Two HDMI Ports

The VPL-VW520 ES is a two HDMI port projector.

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Fairly Big Lamp Power

At 280 Watts, the VPL-VW520 ES has a fairly big lamp power compared to most of the other data projectors of this age and spec. Across all the data projectors of a comparable age and spec to the VPL-VW520 ES the lamp power range from 50W to 380W.

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10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Transfer Rate

This multimedia projector has a 10|100 Mbit/s ethernet LAN data transfer rate, which is the most frequently found ethernet LAN data transfer rate on multimedia projectors that are a similar age to it.

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Very Quiet Noise Level

The quietest noise level of projectors that have been around for a similar time to the VPL-VW520 ES is 21dB, the loudest is 39dB, and the average noise level is 32dB. The VPL-VW520 ES has a fairly quiet noise level (only 26 decibels) compared to most of the other projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the VPL-VW520 ES.

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7 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Sony VPL-VW520 ES reviewer who reviewed the Sony VPL-VW520 ES said that it was not noisy. wrote in their Sony VPL-VW520 ES review “A little noisy in full lamp mode” nonetheless they scored it 5 stars.

Poor 3D Picture Quality

One person who bought it reckoned that it did not have a good 3D picture quality. mentioned “Mediocre 3D performance” nonetheless they still gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker

Most of the other multimedia projectors of this type and age have a built-in speaker, however the Sony VPL-VW520 ES does not have a built-in speaker.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other projectors of this spec and age, the VPL-VW520 ES does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

The average projector brightness of projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-VW520 ES is 3,400 ANSI lumens. The Sony VPL-VW520 ES has a quite dim projector brightness (only 1,800 ANSI lumen) compared to most of the other projectors that came out around the same time as the VPL-VW520 ES.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

Most multimedia projectors of this age and spec have between one and two USB 2.0 ports, including the VPL-VW520 ES which has one USB 2.0 port.

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Across all the multimedia projectors of this age and spec the weights range from 9.7g to 18kg. The Sony VPL-VW520 ES is one of the heavier projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-VW520 ES (14 kilograms) amongst comparable spec data projectors of this age.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony VPL-VW520 ES

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this multimedia projector was released.


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2 Awards Recommended Recommended

Expert Reviews


Meet Sony's VPL-VW520ES 4K Home Cinema Projector, a huge beast of a projector that apes its rivals in terms of size and specs, and can crank out 4K flicks at up to 300 inches without breaking a... Read more…

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
1 January 2016

The Sony VW520ES is the latest native 4K (4096 x 2160) SXRD projector from the company and replaces the outgoing VPL-VW500ES which was released in late 2013. If you own the VW500 your first... Read more…

13 December 2015

We've long admired Sony's 4K SXRD projectors, but with the VPL-VW520ES the brand has raised the bar higher still. It remains to be seen just how important the addition of HDR is as a consumer...

5 September 2015

Sony VPL-VW520ES hands-on Today new generations of projector's tend to be iterative steps forward from what went before. A little bit more contrast here, a touch more brightness there. With the... Read more…

30 November 2015

Sony VPL-VW520B ES to najlepszy projektor, z jakim mieli?my dot?d do czynienia w naszej redakcji. Natywna rozdzielczo?? 4K, bardzo wysoki wspó?czynnik kontrastu dynamicznego 300.000:1, funkcje...

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Electricity cost when switched on $96.38
Electricity cost when on standby $1.71
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Total running cost over 5 years $98.09
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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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Product Identifiers

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Barcodes 04548736013315, 04548736013322