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Should You Buy a Sony Projector?

Matthew
Updated 22 August 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 31,000 user and expert reviews and 720+ 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 $360 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 $3,526.

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%
4,579 reviews
#2
Taiwan
94%
94%
4,018 reviews
#3
Taiwan
92%
92%
7,082 reviews
#4
Japan
91%
91%
631 reviews
#5
Taiwan
90%
90%
2,330 reviews
#6
Taiwan
86%
86%
2,152 reviews
#7
85%
85%
410 reviews
#8
LG
South Korea
84%
84%
1,671 reviews
#9
NEC
Japan
83%
83%
113 reviews
#10
Asus
Taiwan
81%
81%
320 reviews
#11
United States
79%
79%
212 reviews
#12
Netherlands
75%
75%
169 reviews
#13
Japan
74%
74%
52 reviews
#14
Kodak
74%
74%
362 reviews
#15
73%
73%
42 reviews
#16
Taiwan
71%
71%
224 reviews
#17
Anker
70%
70%
217 reviews
#18
Pyle
68%
68%
9 reviews
#19
Pyle Pro
68%
68%
24 reviews
#20
3M
67%
67%
221 reviews
#21
Japan
67%
67%
1 review
#22
DBPower
65%
65%
21 reviews
#23
Japan
64%
64%
0 reviews
#24
AAXA Technologies
64%
64%
0 reviews
#25
Elmo
63%
63%
3 reviews
#26
ZTE
63%
63%
2 reviews
#27
XGIMI
62%
62%
56 reviews
#28
UO
62%
62%
4 reviews
#29
Xiaomi
62%
62%
6 reviews
#30
Nebula
61%
61%
10 reviews
#31
Christie
57%
57%
0 reviews
#32
Gigabyte
57%
57%
0 reviews
#33
57%
57%
0 reviews
#34
56%
56%
0 reviews
#35
Maxell
54%
54%
0 reviews
#36
Smart
53%
53%
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 40 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 $24,499
Price Distribution of All Projectors
No. Of Projectors
Average Price
$3,526
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $19,499
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
140
4 stars
47
3 stars
10
2 stars
3
1 star
0
Sony logo

User Reviews

5 stars
259
4 stars
32
3 stars
13
2 stars
3
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 93% of user reviews for Sony projectors are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 85% and 86% respectively across all Projector brands.

Purchasers of Sony projectors frequently mentioned that the product was OK when it came to noise level and produced a high quality picture. Their projectors have also won 100+ awards.

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%
31 reviews
72%
23 reviews
78%
40 reviews
68%
16 reviews
80%
1 review
projectorcentral.com logo
95%
11 reviews
94%
21 reviews
95%
15 reviews
87%
11 reviews
96%
8 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
82%
16 reviews
67%
9 reviews
77%
8 reviews
67%
6 reviews
85%
26 reviews
hifitest.de logo
80%
19 reviews
82%
19 reviews
90%
3 reviews
79%
8 reviews
85%
6 reviews
Techradar logo
80%
12 reviews
78%
21 reviews
85%
11 reviews
70%
2 reviews
85%
8 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
77%
12 reviews
78%
17 reviews
80%
4 reviews
77%
9 reviews
82%
11 reviews
avforums.com logo
77%
15 reviews
74%
10 reviews
77%
3 reviews
67%
3 reviews
86%
9 reviews
benchmark.pl logo
89%
10 reviews
138%
17 reviews
90%
4 reviews
83%
3 reviews
100%
1 review
homecinemachoice.com logo
85%
6 reviews
80%
8 reviews
93%
3 reviews
80%
5 reviews
94%
8 reviews
whathifi.com logo
80%
6 reviews
82%
9 reviews
85%
4 reviews
60%
1 review
96%
9 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
85%
8 reviews
71%
7 reviews
73%
3 reviews
63%
7 reviews
100%
2 reviews
CNET.com logo
59%
4 reviews
77%
4 reviews
69%
13 reviews
77%
4 reviews
audiovision.de logo
72%
9 reviews
74%
6 reviews
72%
5 reviews
88%
4 reviews
audiovideohd.fr logo
83%
6 reviews
74%
7 reviews
95%
2 reviews
78%
6 reviews
90%
1 review
IT Reviews.com logo
65%
4 reviews
62%
9 reviews
74%
7 reviews
60%
2 reviews
soundandvision.com logo
67%
4 reviews
78%
3 reviews
77%
4 reviews
73%
1 review
84%
10 reviews
altomdata.dk logo
78%
6 reviews
83%
4 reviews
85%
4 reviews
82%
5 reviews
80%
2 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
90%
2 reviews
90%
4 reviews
80%
5 reviews
67%
6 reviews
95%
4 reviews
01net.com logo
90%
4 reviews
64%
5 reviews
70%
2 reviews
68%
5 reviews
78%
5 reviews
lite-magazin.de logo
98%
16 reviews
97%
3 reviews
Other Expert Sites
68%
165 reviews
72%
100 reviews
72%
96 reviews
69%
109 reviews
78%
73 reviews
Average
80%
366 reviews
80%
303 reviews
81%
231 reviews
73%
213 reviews
87%
192 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Sony Projectors Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 103 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 103 awards for its projectors.

Compare all award winning projectors

Number of Awards Benq Optoma Epson Acer Sony
projectorreviews.com logo
5
5
26
2
14
projectorcentral.com logo
7
13
13
5
7
avforums.com logo
11
6
2
9
Trusted Reviews logo
4
11
3
2
8
audiovision.de logo
7
5
6
4
homecinemachoice.com logo
4
6
3
2
6
Lydogbilde.no logo
10
2
7
altomdata.dk logo
4
2
4
6
2
PC Mag logo
3
15
soundandvision.com logo
2
2
3
1
8
benchmark.pl logo
1
10
1
2
Techradar logo
2
6
1
4
ddworld.cz logo
9
4
Les Numeriques.com logo
5
3
2
2
01net.com logo
3
1
1
3
3
Expert Reviews logo
1
3
2
1
4
whathifi.com logo
1
2
1
5
insideci.co.uk logo
2
7
elchapuzasinformatico.com logo
8
audiovideohd.fr logo
3
1
1
1
Other Expert Sites
51
11
28
18
11
Total
138
94
108
49
103

How Reliable Are Sony Projectors?

We checked over 31,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Sony projectors. 10 of these reviews mention reliability of which 73% were positive. Therefore the majority of Sony projector owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

73% 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 Budget Choice Sony Projector?

Sony VPLVW500ES

$6,999.00
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Sony VPLVW500ES
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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
Quieter than average noise level (26dB)
Very high contrast ratio (200000:1)
Supports 3D
Handheld remote control

The highest review score 3D projector around, with very low running costs. It supports 3D and full HD and has a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN. Our review analysis indicates that this multimedia projector has good picture quality, it's outstanding at displaying high definition TV but it has a bad 3D picture quality.

97
Reviews
23 Reviews + 8 Awards
82
Features
Fully-Featured
67
Value for Money
Good
82
Running Costs
$79 Over 5 Years
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Customers report that Sony VPLVW500ES has superb 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 Budget Choice Sony Projector?

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