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Should You Buy a Sony Projector?

Updated 21 December 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 670+ 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 $328 for the MP-CD1 which has a noise level of ┬ždB, is a projector that has a very low contrast ratio and a projector that has a resolution of wvga (854x480) and go up to $16,999 for the VPL-VW885ES which has a noise level of 29dB, is a projector that has a 1000000:1 contrast ratio and a projector that has a resolution of 4096 x 2400. The average price of a new Sony projector is $3,015.

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. 3 best projector brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Sony is the 3rd best projector brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
3,592 reviews
#2
Taiwan
94%
94%
2,816 reviews
#3
Japan
92%
92%
576 reviews
#4
Taiwan
92%
92%
4,599 reviews
#5
Taiwan
91%
91%
742 reviews
#6
Taiwan
86%
86%
957 reviews
#7
LG
South Korea
82%
82%
688 reviews
#8
82%
82%
163 reviews
#9
NEC
Japan
82%
82%
78 reviews
#10
Asus
Taiwan
81%
81%
258 reviews
#11
United States
80%
80%
194 reviews
#12
77%
77%
38 reviews
#13
Taiwan
76%
76%
154 reviews
#14
Gigabyte
73%
73%
306 reviews
#15
Japan
70%
70%
49 reviews
#16
Netherlands
70%
70%
111 reviews
#17
Anker
69%
69%
45 reviews
#18
Japan
68%
68%
1 review
#19
Irulu
68%
68%
5 reviews
#20
AAXA Technologies
66%
66%
0 reviews
#21
UO
65%
65%
21 reviews
#22
DBPower
65%
65%
17 reviews
#23
XGIMI
65%
65%
24 reviews
#24
Pyle Pro
64%
64%
19 reviews
#25
ZTE
63%
63%
2 reviews
#26
Aiptek
63%
63%
79 reviews
#27
Pyle
63%
63%
1 review
#28
Celluon
63%
63%
3 reviews
#29
3M
62%
62%
108 reviews
#30
Japan
61%
61%
0 reviews
#31
Nebula
60%
60%
16 reviews
#32
Christie
58%
58%
0 reviews
#33
57%
57%
0 reviews
#34
57%
57%
0 reviews
#35
Xiaomi
55%
55%
1 review
#36
55%
55%
0 reviews
#37
Kodak
53%
53%
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 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
$1,080
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $22,499
Price Distribution of All Projectors
No. Of Projectors
Average Price
$3,015
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $17,499
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
10
2 stars
2
1 star
0
Sony logo

User Reviews

5 stars
226
4 stars
24
3 stars
9
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
71%
40 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
56%
5 reviews
67%
6 reviews
85%
29 reviews
hifitest.de logo
83%
18 reviews
82%
18 reviews
83%
3 reviews
79%
7 reviews
85%
6 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
79%
16 reviews
79%
14 reviews
87%
3 reviews
77%
9 reviews
91%
9 reviews
Techradar logo
78%
12 reviews
80%
18 reviews
84%
10 reviews
70%
2 reviews
85%
8 reviews
avforums.com logo
74%
15 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
whathifi.com logo
78%
8 reviews
83%
8 reviews
85%
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
Les Numeriques.com logo
85%
8 reviews
73%
8 reviews
73%
3 reviews
63%
7 reviews
100%
2 reviews
01net.com logo
82%
9 reviews
64%
5 reviews
60%
1 review
63%
6 reviews
78%
5 reviews
homecinemachoice.com logo
83%
3 reviews
82%
5 reviews
93%
3 reviews
80%
5 reviews
93%
9 reviews
CNET.com logo
80%
3 reviews
80%
2 reviews
69%
13 reviews
77%
4 reviews
audiovision.de logo
72%
7 reviews
76%
4 reviews
72%
5 reviews
89%
5 reviews
audiovideohd.fr logo
81%
6 reviews
77%
6 reviews
95%
2 reviews
78%
6 reviews
90%
1 review
altomdata.dk logo
78%
6 reviews
83%
3 reviews
85%
2 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
98%
12 reviews
100%
1 review
97%
3 reviews
Other Expert Sites
69%
181 reviews
71%
86 reviews
69%
95 reviews
72%
106 reviews
74%
74 reviews
Average
79%
421 reviews
78%
268 reviews
81%
222 reviews
73%
215 reviews
87%
196 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 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 102 awards for its projectors.

Compare all award winning projectors

Number of Awards Benq Optoma Epson Acer Sony
projectorreviews.com logo
5
5
25
2
14
projectorcentral.com logo
11
13
14
6
6
Trusted Reviews logo
6
7
3
2
8
avforums.com logo
7
6
2
10
Lydogbilde.no logo
13
2
8
audiovision.de logo
5
4
6
5
PC Mag logo
3
15
1
homecinemachoice.com logo
2
5
3
2
7
soundandvision.com logo
2
1
3
1
8
Techradar logo
4
6
4
altomdata.dk logo
3
2
2
5
1
Expert Reviews logo
2
4
2
1
4
01net.com logo
5
1
3
3
benchmark.pl logo
1
8
1
2
ddworld.cz logo
7
4
insideci.co.uk logo
2
7
f1cd.ru logo
9
Les Numeriques.com logo
3
1
1
2
Digital Versus logo
2
1
3
lite-magazin.de logo
4
1
Other Expert Sites
34
10
34
11
10
Total
125
79
109
43
102

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.

Sony Reality Creation

Sony projectors that feature reality creation include the Sony VPLHW55ES ($3,101) and the Sony VPL-VW500ES ($6,999).

Sony Picture Position Memory

Sony projectors that feature picture position memory include the Sony VPL-VW500ES ($6,999).

What is the Best Mid-Range Sony Projector?

Sony VPLEW455

$1,424.05
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Sony VPLEW455
WXGA
RESOLUTION
33dB
3,500 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
4,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
225W
LAMP POWER
$111
OVER 5 YEARS

A great mid range choice, priced at $1,424.05 is the Sony VPLEW455, which has a Kagoo Score of 72.

Features We Love:
High contrast ratio (20000:1)
Built-in speaker
Handheld remote control
Ethernet LAN
Ceiling mountable

A good spec and economical to run WXGA average noise level projector. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and is ceiling mountable.

79
Features
Good Features
62
Value for Money
Good
70
Running Costs
$110 Over 5 Years
72
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the VPLEW455 in the US is $1,424.05 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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What is the Best High End Sony Projector?

Sony VPLPHZ10

$1,521.38
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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 84, but is a bit more expensive at $1,521.38.

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

An award winning and remarkably quiet WUXGA very high contrast ratio projector, with a fair price and a very good spec. It has a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN, supports full HD and is ceiling mountable. Multiple reviews mentioned that this projector has good picture quality.

98
Reviews
5 Reviews + 3 Awards
84
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Popularity
Widely Available
77
Value for Money
Very Good
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Sony VPLPHZ10 has very good expert reviews and outstanding user reviews with an average overall rating of 95%.

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Find the best Sony projector for you by checking our complete list of over 578 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?

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