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Should You Buy a Sony Projector?

Updated 24 October 2019 by Matthew
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should you buy a Sony Projector?

Sony is well known for its digital cameras, camcorders, TVs 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 21,000 user and expert reviews and 680+ 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 $342 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 $19,999 for the VPL-VZ1000 which has a noise level of 24dB and is a projector that has a resolution of 4096 x 2400 (4K). The average price of a new Sony projector is $2,987.

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. 4 best projector brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Sony is the 4th best projector brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
3,591 reviews
#2
Taiwan
94%
94%
2,817 reviews
#3
Taiwan
92%
92%
4,615 reviews
#4
Japan
92%
92%
585 reviews
#5
Taiwan
91%
91%
742 reviews
#6
Taiwan
86%
86%
956 reviews
#7
85%
85%
163 reviews
#8
LG
South Korea
82%
82%
688 reviews
#9
NEC
Japan
81%
81%
79 reviews
#10
Asus
Taiwan
80%
80%
258 reviews
#11
United States
79%
79%
193 reviews
#12
77%
77%
38 reviews
#13
Taiwan
76%
76%
154 reviews
#14
Pyle Pro
74%
74%
19 reviews
#15
Gigabyte
73%
73%
301 reviews
#16
Irulu
68%
68%
5 reviews
#17
Netherlands
68%
68%
111 reviews
#18
Japan
68%
68%
1 review
#19
Japan
67%
67%
41 reviews
#20
Anker
67%
67%
45 reviews
#21
AAXA Technologies
67%
67%
0 reviews
#22
3M
66%
66%
108 reviews
#23
UO
65%
65%
21 reviews
#24
XGIMI
65%
65%
24 reviews
#25
DBPower
64%
64%
17 reviews
#26
Celluon
63%
63%
3 reviews
#27
Japan
63%
63%
0 reviews
#28
ZTE
63%
63%
2 reviews
#29
Pyle
63%
63%
1 review
#30
Nebula
62%
62%
16 reviews
#31
59%
59%
0 reviews
#32
Christie
58%
58%
0 reviews
#33
57%
57%
0 reviews
#34
Xiaomi
55%
55%
0 reviews
#35
Boxlight
54%
54%
0 reviews

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 70 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 $19 (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
$1,065
$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
$2,987
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $167,999
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
50
3 stars
11
2 stars
2
1 star
0
Sony logo

User Reviews

5 stars
229
4 stars
25
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 projector 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.

Looking at just the expert reviews, 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
70%
41 reviews
71%
21 reviews
78%
38 reviews
68%
17 reviews
80%
1 review
projectorcentral.com logo
93%
19 reviews
95%
20 reviews
96%
15 reviews
87%
12 reviews
95%
7 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
81%
23 reviews
67%
9 reviews
58%
5 reviews
67%
6 reviews
85%
29 reviews
Techradar logo
78%
12 reviews
80%
18 reviews
82%
11 reviews
70%
2 reviews
85%
8 reviews
hifitest.de logo
83%
18 reviews
82%
18 reviews
85%
2 reviews
79%
7 reviews
85%
6 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
78%
15 reviews
79%
14 reviews
83%
3 reviews
77%
9 reviews
91%
9 reviews
avforums.com logo
74%
14 reviews
74%
10 reviews
77%
3 reviews
67%
3 reviews
86%
10 reviews
IT Reviews.com logo
64%
14 reviews
62%
9 reviews
75%
8 reviews
60%
3 reviews
benchmark.pl logo
89%
8 reviews
87%
15 reviews
89%
4 reviews
88%
4 reviews
100%
1 review
Les Numeriques.com logo
87%
9 reviews
73%
8 reviews
73%
3 reviews
63%
7 reviews
100%
2 reviews
whathifi.com logo
80%
7 reviews
83%
8 reviews
90%
4 reviews
60%
1 review
96%
9 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
69%
9 reviews
92%
5 reviews
84%
5 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
homecinemachoice.com logo
83%
3 reviews
82%
5 reviews
80%
3 reviews
80%
5 reviews
93%
9 reviews
CNET.com logo
75%
3 reviews
80%
2 reviews
74%
14 reviews
77%
4 reviews
audiovision.de logo
72%
7 reviews
76%
4 reviews
72%
5 reviews
89%
5 reviews
altomdata.dk logo
78%
6 reviews
83%
3 reviews
87%
3 reviews
82%
6 reviews
80%
3 reviews
soundandvision.com logo
70%
4 reviews
73%
2 reviews
78%
5 reviews
73%
1 review
83%
9 reviews
audiovideohd.fr logo
81%
6 reviews
77%
6 reviews
85%
2 reviews
78%
6 reviews
90%
1 review
lite-magazin.de logo
98%
13 reviews
100%
1 review
97%
3 reviews
Other Expert Sites
69%
181 reviews
72%
85 reviews
70%
90 reviews
72%
106 reviews
74%
77 reviews
Average
79%
422 reviews
78%
267 reviews
81%
221 reviews
73%
215 reviews
87%
199 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Sony Projectors Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 104 industry awards for Sony projectors. The table below compares the number of awards given to Sony to other popular projector brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Sony has won 104 awards for its projectors.

Compare all award winning projectors

Number of Awards Benq Optoma Epson Acer Sony
projectorreviews.com logo
5
5
25
2
15
projectorcentral.com logo
11
13
14
6
6
Trusted Reviews logo
5
7
3
2
8
avforums.com logo
7
6
2
10
Lydogbilde.no logo
13
1
8
audiovision.de logo
5
4
6
5
homecinemachoice.com logo
2
5
3
2
7
PC Mag logo
3
15
1
soundandvision.com logo
2
1
4
1
8
01net.com logo
6
1
1
3
3
altomdata.dk logo
3
2
3
5
1
Techradar logo
4
6
4
ddworld.cz logo
7
4
1
Expert Reviews logo
2
4
1
1
4
benchmark.pl logo
1
8
1
2
insideci.co.uk logo
2
8
f1cd.ru logo
9
Digital Versus logo
3
1
1
3
Les Numeriques.com logo
4
1
2
lite-magazin.de logo
4
1
Other Expert Sites
35
10
31
11
10
Total
128
79
108
43
104

How Reliable Are Sony Projectors?

We checked over 21,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Sony projectors. 10 of these reviews that mention reliability of which 77% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Sony projector owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

77% 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

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 ($1,500) and the Sony VPLVW500ES ($14,754).

Sony Picture Position Memory

Sony projectors that feature picture position memory include the Sony VPLVW500ES ($14,754).

What is the Best Mid-Range Sony Projector?

Sony VPLPWZ10

$1,731.90
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WXGA
RESOLUTION
28dB
5,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
20,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
1.27 - 1.89:1
THROW RATIO

A great mid range choice, priced at $1,731.90 is the Sony VPLPWZ10, which has a Kagoo Score of 82.

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 positively reviewed and sensationally quiet WXGA very high contrast ratio projector, with a very good spec and a fair price.

96
Reviews
4 Reviews
83
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Popularity
Widely Available
76
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Customers report that Sony VPLPWZ10 has very good user reviews with an average user rating of 90%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the VPLPWZ10 in the US is $1,731.90 and in total we found 6 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Sony Projector?

Sony VPLPHZ10

$1,899.99
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Sony VPLPHZ10
WUXGA
RESOLUTION
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 VPLPHZ10 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 83, but is a bit more expensive at $1,899.99.

Features We Love:
1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) resolution
Quieter than average noise level (28dB)
Very high contrast ratio (500000:1)
Bright projector brightness (5,000 ANSI lumens)
Handheld remote control

Our review analysis indicates that this projector has good picture quality. It's an award winning and fully featured WUXGA very high contrast ratio projector, with one of the quietest noise levels available and a good price. It has a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN, supports full HD and is ceiling mountable.

98
Reviews
5 Reviews + 3 Awards
84
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Popularity
Widely Available
76
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Purchasers report that Sony VPLPHZ10 has great expert reviews and terrific user reviews with an average overall rating of 95%.

projectorcentral.com Editor's Choice
projectorreviews.com Hot Product
altomdata.dk Recommended
Sony Projector VPL PHZ10 PWZ10 Projector | Review | Spece | Price
Sony Projector VPL PHZ10 PWZ10 Projector | Review | Spece | Price

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What is the Best Budget Choice Sony Projector?

Sony VPLDX221

$555.20
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Sony VPLDX221
XGA
RESOLUTION
26dB
2,800 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
5,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
215W
LAMP POWER
$63
OVER 5 YEARS

At only $555.20 and with a Kagoo Score of 76 the Sony VPLDX221 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Quieter than average noise level (26dB)
Built-in speaker
Handheld remote control
Air filter
HD-Ready

A fully featured and very economical to run XGA medium contrast ratio data projector, with an astonishingly quiet 26dB noise level and a low price.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Value for Money
Good
89
Running Costs
$63 Over 5 Years
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good
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Find the best Sony projector for you by checking our complete list of over 610 projectors
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 Mid-Range Sony Projector?
What is the Best High End Sony Projector?
What is the Best Budget Choice Sony Projector?

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