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Sony VPL-VW500ES
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Sony VPL-VW500ES Projector

Digital Versus 5 Star homecinemachoice.com Best Buy Trusted Reviews Recommended Expert Reviews Ultimate insideci.co.uk Recommended
DCI 4K (4096 X 2160) 26dB 1,700 ANSI Lumens Sep 2013
Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Projector Brightness Release Date
4K More Than 4x The Quality Of Full HD4K is the very best the big screen can deliver. The VPL-VW500ES gives you that very same, fully immersive cinema experience, at home. Incredible 4096 x 2160... More
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19 Reasons For

Eight Industry Awards

This multimedia projector is one of the most awarded by experts in projectors of all the projectors that were released more than two years ago.

This data projector received a "Recommended" from both Trusted Reviews and Insideci.co.uk, both of which concluded that this Sony projector was good.

The editors of two other expert review sites both endorsed this Sony projector. The writer at Avforums.com conluded that they would definitely endorse this projector and gave it a "Highly Recommended" award and it received a Homecinemachoice.com "Best Buy" award.

This projector received a "5 Star" award from both Digital Versus and 01net.com and Expert Reviews gave it an "Ultimate" award.

This data projector received a "5 Star" award from Les Numeriques.com.

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Excellent Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this projector is 91% based on sixteen expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Digital Versus and homecinemachoice.com. That puts this Sony data projector in the top 12% of all the projectors of a similar age and spec.

Good High Def TV

Some customers who reviewed it thought it was good at displaying high definition TV. Expert review site Whathifi.com rated it 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this projector “Every time we test a 4K-capable product such as this, we get more impatient for the 4K Ultra HD bandwagon to gain proper momentum”. Whathifi.com also mentioned “This is a hugely capable projector that is more than able to deliver on the brilliance of Ultra HD”. Whathifi.com also mentioned “It's good with Full HD material too”.

Excellent Brand

On average Sony data projectors have excellent ratings as do all multimedia projectors manufactured by Sony.

Good Product Quality

A few people who reviewed this projector considered that it was good quality. Expert review site Digitalversus.com mentioned “Image quality is quite simply superb, especially in 4K mode” in their review. Avhub.com.au wrote “Excellent picture quality in 2D and 3D”. Avhub.com.au also mentioned “Stunning 4K picture quality”.

Robust

Some customers thought the product was well made. Elky said on Amazon “Receiver units need their own plugs, are well made and typically of Sony, are surprisingly small” in their review of the Sony VPL-VW500ES. Avhub.com.au wrote “Good build quality” in their review of this projector.

Good Picture Quality

Some customers reckoned that the Sony VPL-VW500ES had good picture quality. One person who purchased this projector considered that it had good colour saturation. Avhub.com.au wrote “Finesse with colours” in their review of the Sony VPL-VW500ES.

Good Connectivity

Two Sony VPL-VW500ES reviewers who reviewed the product wrote that it was good in terms of HDMI connections. Two years ago Elky wrote “I wasn't able to see any difference between this and fast HDMI”. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned three years ago “A competitvely-priced Ultra HD projector with HDMI 2.0 inputs that should extend its usefulness” in their review of the Sony VPL-VW500ES.

Good Technical Features

One Sony VPL-VW500ES reviewer wrote that it had good features. Avhub.com.au wrote “Impressive features” in their Sony VPL-VW500ES review.

Easy to Use

One customer concluded that it was easy to setup. Avhub.com.au said “Easy to set up” in their review of this projector.

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer thought the Sony VPL-VW500ES was quiet. Avhub.com.au mentioned “Quiet 26 dB”.

Nice Design

One Sony VPL-VW500ES owner who reviewed it thought it was luxurious. Avhub.com.au wrote two years ago “Let's address the luxuriously decked out elephant in the room right away”.

DCI 4K (4096 X 2160) Projector Native Resolution

The Sony VPL-VW500ES has a maximum resolution of DCI 4K (4096 x 2160). That's over eight times the resolution of the most common projector native resolution of WXGA (1280x800).

A DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) projector native resolution is actually the best resolution across all comparable spec projectors that came out more than two years ago.

Across similar types of multimedia projector the worst resolution is VGA (640x480).

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Supports Full HD

The Sony VPL-VW500ES supports full HD, unlike most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar spec and age to the VPL-VW500ES which do not support full HD.

There are a number of other projectors which also support full HD which you might want to consider including the HD25-LV, or the HD50 ($1,593.83) both from Optoma.

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Supports 3D

Like most of the other projectors of this age and type, the VPL-VW500ES supports 3D.

There are a number of alternative projectors which also support 3D which you might want to look at including the HD25-LV, or the HD50 ($1,593.83) both from Optoma.

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Fairly Big Matrix Size

The Sony VPL-VW500ES has a fairly big matrix size (0.74 inches) compared to most of the other data projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-VW500ES. The smallest matrix size of projectors of a similar age and spec to the VPL-VW500ES is 0.45" and the biggest is 0.75".

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100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many multimedia projectors of this age and spec.

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10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rates

This projector has a 10|100 Mbit/s ethernet LAN data rates, which is typical of many comparable spec projectors that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

The VPL-VW500ES has one of the quieter noise levels (only 26 decibels) amongst data projectors of this age. The quietest noise level of data projectors that came out more than two years ago is 20dB and the loudest is 47dB.

Other projectors with a louder noise level that you might want to look at include the Sony VPL-HW55ES ($4,134.99) (21dB).

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6 Reasons Against

Not Good in Terms of Size

One customer concluded that this projector was not heavy and bulky. Avhub.com.au said “Bulky design” in their review.

Poor 3D Picture Quality

Two customers who reviewed the product considered that it did not have a good 3D picture quality. Two years ago Avhub.com.au said “Contrast is bettered by JVC's DILA projectors, slight crosstalk with 3D”. Avhub.com.au also mentioned “Mediocre 3D performance”.

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker(s)

The VPL-VW500ES does not have a built-in speaker(s), unlike most of the other data projectors that came out more than two years ago.

There are a number of other multimedia projectors which also have a built-in speaker(s) that you might want to look at including the Optoma HD25-LV.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The VPL-VW500ES does not support wi-Fi, although this is within the context that most of the other data projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-VW500ES also do not support wi-Fi.

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

At only 1,700 ANSI lumen, the VPL-VW500ES has a quite dim projector brightness compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-VW500ES. The dimmest projector brightness of data projectors that have been around for a similar time to the VPL-VW500ES is 300 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 9,200 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 2,900 ANSI lumens.

If you are looking for a multimedia projector with a brighter projector brightness then you might also want to consider the HD25-LV (2,000 ANSI lumens), or the HD50 ($1,593.83) (2,200 ANSI lumens) both from Optoma or the Panasonic PT-AT6000E (2,400 ANSI lumens).

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Heavy

With a weight of 14 kilograms, the VPL-VW500ES is quite heavy compared to most of the other data projectors that have been around for more than two years. The weights of data projectors that have been around for around the same time as the VPL-VW500ES range from 2.2g to 26kg, and the average weight is 5kg.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony VPL-VW500ES

Released Over Three Years Ago

This projector has been on the market for over three years.

Specification

Projector
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Size
Contrast Ratio (dynamic)
Screen Size Compatibility
Projection Technology
Lamps
Bulb Power
Lens System
Vertical Lens Shift Range
Horizontal Lens Shift Range
Video
3D
Full HD
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
HDMI Ports Quantity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
Design
Form Factor
Colour of Product
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Power Consumption (max)
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
User Guide
Handheld Remote Control
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included

8 Awards

Les Numeriques.com 5 Star Digital Versus 5 Star 01net.com 5 Star homecinemachoice.com Best Buy avforums.com Highly Recommended Trusted Reviews Recommended Expert Reviews Ultimate insideci.co.uk Recommended

Expert Reviews

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7 March 2015

Full review of the Sony VPL-VW500ES 4K AV projector by Sound+Image magazine. Free download.This equipment review consists of a full evaluation of the Sony VPL-VW500ES, written by Stephen Dawson.... Read more…

4K resolution
Excellent picture quality in 2D and 3D
Deep black, high contrast
Remote control with backlit buttons and loads of shortcut keys
MotionFlow function works well
Bulky design
No 3D glasses included
SXRD panels weren't correctly aligned in our model (but this can be corrected via the menu)
Still an expensive proposition
Some cheaper no 4K rivals are better with Bluray
22 June 2014

As the sole flag-bearers for Ultra HD home theatre projection, Sony has to be considered the go-to brand for future-proofed theatre installs. The fact then that the VPL-VW500ES delivers an image...

Insideci.co.uk

25 April 2014

The Sony VPL-VW500ES projector impresses from the moment you switch it on. Image quality is quite simply superb, especially in 4K mode. The picture is packed with detail and boasts deep, rich...

Digital Versus

1 April 2014

This is a hugely capable projector that is more than able to deliver on the brilliance of Ultra HD.It's good with Full HD material too. It's a pricey proposition, but one that points the way to an...

The Sony VPL-VW500ES is staggeringly expensive, but still remains one of the more affordable (relative) entries into the world of 4K home cinema projectors. For just under £8,800, you get an...

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User Reviews

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(Verified Purchase)

I was a little worried I would lose quality by going wireless, but I wasn't able to see any difference between this and fast HDMI. Both transmitter and receiver units need their own plugs, are... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00027242869608, 04905524941906, 05013493246003

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