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alaTest has collected and analyzed 57 reviews of Sony BRAVIA VPL-HW10. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the noise and design. The usability and image quality also get good feedback. Views are divided on the black level. There are some less positive comments about the size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Sony BRAVIA VPL-HW10 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Ross Jones and Chris Eberle (

Sony VPL-HW10 LCoS Projector


This is the third in a semi-regular series looking at affordable front projector systems, particularly projectors that don't require a dedicated theater space. So far, we've looked at Sanyo and Mitsubishi projectors. Until recently, I had not...

The Sony VPL-HW10 is an excellent entry-level 1080p front projector. It allows for flexible placement, and produces a surprisingly bright picture for an entry-level LCoS design, making it well suited in a non-dedicated room. Compared to the Sanyo...

Aug, 2009


Expert review by: Kris Deering (

Sony BRAVIA VPL-HW10 SXRD Projector


Sony turned the high-end projector world on its ear with the introduction of the VPL-VW100 SXRD projector. The VPL-VW100 offered resolution and performance far beyond other projectors at or near its price point. Sony has continued to push that envelope...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Kris Deering (

Sony BRAVIA VPL-HW10 SXRD Projector


Sony turned the high-end projector world on its ear with the introduction of the VPL-VW100 SXRD projector. The VPL-VW100 offered resolution and performance far beyond other projectors at or near its price point. Sony has continued to push that envelope...

Color management was a different issue. The Sony offers two color modes, Normal and Wide. Normal is slightly undersaturated in relation to the Rec. 709 color gamut, and it left me wanting with the primaries. Greens and reds looked a bit anemic overall,...

Mar, 2009

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Sony VPL-HW10 SXRD 1080p Front Projector Reviewed


Ever since the release of their famed "Pearl" projector Sony has been on a bit of a hot streak when it comes to making affordable, high-quality projectors for the home theater marketplace. Their VPL-HW10 SXRD projector is no exception and may just be...

The biggest negative aspect of performance of the VPL-HW10 is the inaccuracy of the red and green primary colors. I have to give Sony credit, though, as they have improved them over the higher-end, more expensive VPL-VW60 that remains in the line from...

Sony's new VPL-HW10 represents an incredibly good value in entry-level front projectors. Contrast ratio, by virtue of really good blacks, is quite good, and video processing is clean and smooth. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the VPL-HW10...

Feb, 2009

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Expert review by: Anthony Arrigo (

Sony VPL-HW10


The HW10, is one of the brighter projectors out there, when in its best mode, but really is only the slightest bit brighter in its brightest mode. We'll discuss this in-depth later, as it means that the mix of content you watch, will be an important...

Extremely good color accuracy after calibration ; Excellent black level performance ; Very good shadow detail ; Very bright, in "best" movie mode ; Extensive color control management (called RCP), for the adjustment of individual colors (we do not go...

Limited brightness in brightest mode, will tend to limit screen size for those that want to watch HDTV/Sports, with some intentional ambient light ; Lamp door is on the bottom, and may not allow the lamp to be changed out, without unmounting the...

Based on your budget, and other issues, you'll need to decide if you can live rather well, with the HW10, or feel a compelling need to choose from a handful of well under $10,000 1080p projectors that can produce an even better image

Dec, 2008

Expert review by: Bill Livolsi (

Sony VPL-HW10 Review


The HW10 is easily the finest projector from Sony we've yet seen. It has excellent contrast, open midtones, a sharp picture, and good placement flexibility.

The HW10 is one of the strongest home theater projectors we've yet seen from Sony, and is a great option for large screen 1080p projection in a light-controlled room. With 697 usable lumens and strong contrast performance, the HW10 can be used with...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by: Jim Hill (

Sony VPL-HW10 review


SXRD projection now comes in an affordable package

Superb film-like picture quality ; Excellent build ; Virtually no fan noise

On the large side ; Moderate lamp brightness

A well-specced projector at a very appealing price

Nov, 2008

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Sony VPL-HW10 review


It might've been around for a while, but this Full HD Sony projector can still mix it up with newfangled rivals

It was impressive six months ago and has stood the test of time well – capable of brilliantly believable hi-def video

Jul, 2009

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Sony VPL-HW10 review


Like ViewSonic's Pro8100, the VPL-HW10 is large and heavy, but this projector looks the business. It's much deeper than it is wide. Unlike the Pro8100, it has manual zoom, focus and lens shift controls, which aren't motorised.

Dec, 2008

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (

Sony VPL-HW10 review


Sony has entered the big picture, small-price market in style

Pleasant exterior design ; Full HD spec ; natural colour balance, good detail and sharp edge defnition ; insightful black levels

Some issues with trickiest motion

It was impressive six months ago and it has stood the test of time well – capable of brilliantly believable video images

Nov, 2008

Product Specifications

Upgrade your movie viewing experience with the VPL-HW10 BRAVIA SXRD 1080p home theater front projector. Featuring a 30,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 1000 ANSI lumens and all-digital video signal processing via the BRAVIA Engine 2, you'll enjoy incredibly sharp, vibrant images. And with three SXRD micro-display panels that provide Full 1080p resolution, it's easy to recreate the theater experience at home without breaking the bank. There are also two HDMI inputs with x.v.Color technology, which are perfect for getting brilliant results from your compatible HD camcorder. This entry-level front projector is brimming with features including BRAVIA Engine full digital video processor which enhances contrast and dynamically improves color performance and an ARC-F (All Range Crisp Focus) lens that takes full advantage of the full 1920 x 1080 HD resolution of the SXRD panel. It's also equipped with an ultra-quiet fan, improved lamp life and easy-to-use features.

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
HD Image Format:1080p
High Definition:High Definition
Image Brightness:1000ANSI lumens
Image Contrast Ratio:30000:1
Max Image Size:25ft/25ft / 300in
Max Resolution:1920 x 1080
Min Image Size:3.3ft/3.3ft / 40in
Native Aspect Ratio:Widescreen
Recommended Use of Projector:Cinema
Type:SXRD projector


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony BRAVIA

Projector Lamp

Lamp Type:UHP

Service & Support

Type:2 years warranty

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC 3.58 / NTSC 4.43 / PAL / PAL 60 / PAL-M / PAL-N / SECAM
Analog Video Signal:Component video / Composite video / RGB / S-Video
Digital Video Standard:High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)