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Should You Buy a Sony Projector?

Matthew
Updated 20 February 2021
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should you buy a Sony Projector?

Sony is well known for its camcorders, TVs, digital cameras and headphones.

If you are thinking about buying a Sony projector then our handy guide provides you with all the key info at a glance. Our objective, impartial comparison of projector brands is compiled by analysing over 19,000 user and expert reviews and 570+ awards from hundreds of different review sites on over 2,600 projectors.

Sony are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning projectors. Their projectors start at $370 for the VPL-EX226 which has a noise level of 38dB, is a projector that has a low contrast ratio and a projector that has a resolution of 1280 x 720 (720p) and go up to $24,167 for the VPL-VW1100ES which has a noise level of 23dB, is a projector that has a 1000000:1 contrast ratio and a projector that has a resolution of dci 4K (4096 x 2160). The average price of a new Sony projector is $2,766.

Sony are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning projectors.

Is Sony the Best Projector Brand?

So are Sony projectors any good? We give every projector a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all projectors we are able to impartially rank all the projector brands.

Sony is ranked the No. 2 best projector brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Sony is the 2nd best projector brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
3,587 reviews
#2
Japan
92%
92%
580 reviews
#3
Taiwan
91%
91%
2,844 reviews
#4
Taiwan
90%
90%
4,651 reviews
#5
Taiwan
89%
89%
818 reviews
#6
NEC
Japan
88%
88%
81 reviews
#7
Taiwan
84%
84%
988 reviews
#8
83%
83%
179 reviews
#9
United States
81%
81%
191 reviews
#10
LG
South Korea
80%
80%
712 reviews
#11
Asus
Taiwan
78%
78%
264 reviews
#12
Anker
74%
74%
58 reviews
#13
71%
71%
39 reviews
#14
Netherlands
71%
71%
115 reviews
#15
Japan
71%
71%
52 reviews
#16
Kodak
70%
70%
21 reviews
#17
XGIMI
69%
69%
29 reviews
#18
Nebula
68%
68%
9 reviews
#19
Taiwan
66%
66%
155 reviews
#20
Japan
66%
66%
1 review
#21
DBPower
65%
65%
17 reviews
#22
AAXA Technologies
64%
64%
0 reviews
#23
UO
64%
64%
21 reviews
#24
ZTE
63%
63%
2 reviews
#25
Celluon
63%
63%
3 reviews
#26
Elmo
63%
63%
3 reviews
#27
3M
62%
62%
108 reviews
#28
Japan
62%
62%
0 reviews
#29
Pyle
61%
61%
7 reviews
#30
Christie
59%
59%
0 reviews
#31
Smart
58%
58%
1 review
#32
Gigabyte
57%
57%
0 reviews
#33
57%
57%
0 reviews
#34
56%
56%
0 reviews
#35
Xiaomi
54%
54%
1 review

Let's look at how Sony projectors compare to the other projector brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection Running Costs
All projector Brands
Sony Projectors

There's a wide selection of Sony projectors available compared to other projector brands, with over 60 Sony projectors currently on the market in the US. Sony also have better reviews than the typical projector brand, with the average rating of a Sony projector being 78%.

The average review score for a Sony projector is 78%.

Sony have a number of great features including reality creation and picture position memory which sets them apart from the competition. When it comes to energy efficiency the average annual running cost of Sony projector is $20 (based on a person typically using a projector for 5 hours per week), which makes them more efficient than most other projector brands.

However Sony projectors tend to be more expensive than most other projector brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Projectors
Average Price
$1,440
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $22,999
Price Distribution of All Projectors
No. Of Projectors
Average Price
$2,766
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $18,499
Price Distribution of Sony Projectors

What Do the Sony Projector Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Sony projector to work out the average distribution of reviews for Sony and then compared this to the other projector brands.

Sony logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
137
4 stars
48
3 stars
9
2 stars
2
1 star
0
Sony logo

User Reviews

5 stars
229
4 stars
26
3 stars
10
2 stars
1
1 star
6
Sony has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its projectors than most other brands.

Over 94% of expert reviews and 94% of user reviews for Sony projectors are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 84% and 88% respectively across all Projector brands.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to Sony projectors by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other projector brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Benq Optoma Epson Acer Sony
PC Mag logo
71%
40 reviews
71%
21 reviews
78%
38 reviews
68%
17 reviews
80%
1 review
Lydogbilde.no logo
81%
23 reviews
67%
9 reviews
64%
5 reviews
67%
6 reviews
85%
29 reviews
projectorcentral.com logo
93%
18 reviews
94%
19 reviews
96%
15 reviews
87%
12 reviews
95%
7 reviews
hifitest.de logo
83%
20 reviews
82%
17 reviews
85%
2 reviews
79%
8 reviews
85%
6 reviews
Techradar logo
77%
14 reviews
80%
18 reviews
83%
10 reviews
70%
2 reviews
85%
8 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
79%
16 reviews
78%
15 reviews
70%
3 reviews
77%
9 reviews
91%
9 reviews
avforums.com logo
74%
14 reviews
74%
9 reviews
80%
3 reviews
67%
3 reviews
86%
10 reviews
IT Reviews.com logo
64%
14 reviews
62%
9 reviews
74%
7 reviews
60%
3 reviews
whathifi.com logo
80%
7 reviews
82%
9 reviews
85%
4 reviews
60%
1 review
96%
9 reviews
benchmark.pl logo
89%
8 reviews
87%
14 reviews
89%
4 reviews
87%
3 reviews
100%
1 review
Les Numeriques.com logo
85%
8 reviews
73%
8 reviews
67%
3 reviews
63%
7 reviews
100%
2 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
69%
9 reviews
92%
5 reviews
80%
4 reviews
67%
6 reviews
95%
4 reviews
01net.com logo
84%
10 reviews
64%
5 reviews
71%
2 reviews
63%
6 reviews
78%
5 reviews
CNET.com logo
78%
4 reviews
80%
2 reviews
75%
15 reviews
77%
4 reviews
homecinemachoice.com logo
83%
3 reviews
82%
5 reviews
80%
2 reviews
80%
5 reviews
93%
9 reviews
audiovision.de logo
72%
7 reviews
76%
4 reviews
84%
1 review
72%
5 reviews
89%
5 reviews
audiovideohd.fr logo
83%
7 reviews
76%
5 reviews
85%
2 reviews
78%
6 reviews
90%
1 review
altomdata.dk logo
78%
6 reviews
83%
3 reviews
80%
3 reviews
82%
6 reviews
80%
3 reviews
soundandvision.com logo
70%
4 reviews
73%
2 reviews
77%
4 reviews
73%
1 review
83%
9 reviews
lite-magazin.de logo
96%
13 reviews
97%
3 reviews
Other Expert Sites
69%
180 reviews
72%
85 reviews
69%
90 reviews
71%
107 reviews
74%
73 reviews
Average
79%
425 reviews
77%
264 reviews
79%
217 reviews
73%
216 reviews
87%
195 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Sony Projectors Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 102 industry awards for Sony projectors. The table below compares the number of awards received by Sony to other popular projector brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Sony has won 102 awards for its projectors.

Compare all award winning projectors

Number of Awards Benq Optoma Epson Acer Sony
projectorreviews.com logo
6
5
25
2
14
projectorcentral.com logo
10
12
14
6
6
Trusted Reviews logo
6
7
3
2
8
avforums.com logo
7
6
2
10
Lydogbilde.no logo
13
3
8
audiovision.de logo
5
4
1
6
5
PC Mag logo
3
15
1
homecinemachoice.com logo
2
5
2
2
7
soundandvision.com logo
2
1
3
1
8
altomdata.dk logo
3
2
3
5
1
Techradar logo
4
6
4
01net.com logo
6
1
3
3
Expert Reviews logo
2
4
1
1
4
benchmark.pl logo
1
8
1
2
ddworld.cz logo
7
4
f1cd.ru logo
9
insideci.co.uk logo
2
7
Les Numeriques.com logo
3
1
1
2
elchapuzasinformatico.com logo
6
Digital Versus logo
2
1
3
Other Expert Sites
35
10
36
13
10
Total
129
78
112
44
102

How Reliable Are Sony Projectors?

We checked over 19,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Sony projectors. 10 of these reviews mention reliability of which 71% were positive. Therefore the majority of Sony projector owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

71% of reviewers think Sony projectors are reliable.

So, most people think that Sony projectors are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Sony projectors that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

The brand's projection hardware is always well-built
insideci.co.uk
It's a full HD model with 3D playback built around Sony's increasingly impressive SXRD projection technology
Trusted Reviews
are well made
Amazon
has 3D built in so need to purchase extra equipment other than 3D glasses if you are in the market for a projector
Bestbuy.com
We mounted these on very sturdy Schedule 40 poles with Peerless mounts
Bhphotovideo.com

NOT RELIABLE

build quality of the more expensive HW55
avforums.com
I thought it was broken when I first installed it
Walmart.com
Just as good as our broken projector
Bestbuy.com

Features to Look Out For On Sony Projectors

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Sony projectors that set them apart from the competition. These include reality creation and picture position memory.

Sony Reality Creation

Sony projectors that feature reality creation include the Sony VPLHW55ES ($4,135) and the Sony VPLVW500ES ($6,999).

Sony Picture Position Memory

Sony projectors that feature picture position memory include the Sony VPLVW500ES ($6,999).

What is the Best High End Sony Projector?

Sony VPL-PWZ10

$1,749.00
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Sony VPL-PWZ10
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Sony VPL-PWZ10
28dB
5,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
20,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
1.27 - 1.89:1
THROW RATIO

If you're looking for a high end Sony projector then the Sony VPL-PWZ10 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 77, but is a bit more expensive at $1,749.

Features We Love:
Very high contrast ratio (500000:1)
Quieter than average noise level (28dB)
Bright projector brightness (5,000 ANSI lumens)
Long service life of lamp (20,000h)
Handheld remote control

A classic and astonishingly quiet 720p very high contrast ratio multimedia projector, with a very good spec.

95
Reviews
5 Reviews
81
Features
Fully-Featured
68
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Sony VPL-PWZ10 has superb user reviews with an average user rating of 92%.

Sony Projector VPL PHZ10 PWZ10 Projector | Review | Spece | Price
Sony Projector VPL PHZ10 PWZ10 Projector | Review | Spece | Price

The cheapest price that we could find for the VPL-PWZ10 in the US is $1,749.00 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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What is the Ultimate Sony Projector?

Sony VPLVZ1000ES

$19,999.00
Echo and Optics
Sony VPLVZ1000ES
Buy Now
Sony VPLVZ1000ES
24dB
2,500 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
20,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
$95
OVER 5 YEARS

For those with an unlimited budget then the Sony VPLVZ1000ES is the best Sony projector out there. At $19,999 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 81.

Features We Love:
4096 x 2400 (4K) resolution
Quieter than average noise level (24dB)
Supports 3D
Long service life of lamp (20,000h)
Handheld remote control

A critically acclaimed and fully featured multimedia projector, with low running costs and projector native resolution. It has a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and supports 3D and full HD. Our review analysis indicates that it has excellent picture quality and it's very good-looking.

97
Reviews
12 Reviews
84
Features
Fully-Featured
75
Popularity
Quite Popular
69
Value for Money
Good
79
Running Costs
$95 Over 5 Years
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Customers report that Sony VPLVZ1000ES has brilliant expert reviews and very good user reviews with an average overall rating of 93%, based on 12 reviews.

projectorreviews.com Hot Product
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Sony VPLVZ1000ES Ultra 4K HDR Home Theatre Projector Review To Buy in 2020!

The cheapest price that we could find for the VPLVZ1000ES in the US is $19,999.00 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Sony Projector?

Sony VPLVW500ES

$6,999.00
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Sony VPLVW500ES
Buy Now
Sony VPLVW500ES
DCI
4K
RESOLU-
TION
26dB
1,700 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
265W
LAMP POWER
$79
OVER 5 YEARS

At only $6,999 and with a Kagoo Score of 78 the Sony VPLVW500ES makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
4096 x 2160 resolution
Very high contrast ratio (200000:1)
Quieter than average noise level (26dB)
Supports 3D
Handheld remote control

A multi award winning and fully featured 4096 x 2160 resolution very high contrast ratio projector, with an amazingly quiet 26dB noise level and very low running costs. It supports 3D and full HD and has a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has good picture quality, it's excellent at displaying high definition TV but it has a bad 3D picture quality.

97
Reviews
23 Reviews + 8 Awards
82
Features
Fully-Featured
66
Value for Money
Good
81
Running Costs
$79 Over 5 Years
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Sony VPLVW500ES has outstanding expert reviews and exceptional user reviews with an average overall rating of 97%, based on 23 reviews.

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
Sony VPL-VW500ES 4K Ultra HD SXRD Projector Review
Sony VPL-VW500ES 4K Ultra HD SXRD Projector Review
SONY VPL-VW500ES : test de fluidité
SONY VPL-VW500ES : test de fluidité
Sony VPL VW500ES Projector | Review | Spece | Price
Sony VPL VW500ES Projector | Review | Spece | Price

The cheapest price that we could find for the VPLVW500ES in the US is $6,999.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Sony Projector?
Is Sony the Best Projector Brand?
What Do the Sony Projector Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Sony Projectors Received?
How Reliable Are Sony Projectors?
Features to Look Out For On Sony Projectors
Sony Reality Creation
Sony Picture Position Memory
What is the Best High End Sony Projector?
What is the Ultimate Sony Projector?
What is the Best Budget Choice Sony Projector?

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